Liz Bauer Esq
Lead Criminal Defense Attorney

Liz is a life long resident of Las Vegas & Henderson. She grew up on the West side of Vegas and attended Western High School.
Liz received her Bachelor's degree from UNLV in Political Science and went on to attend law school at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, CA.
Liz entered law school intending to go into corporate law but when she took her criminal law class. She decided within one week of starting the class that criminal law was what she wanted to do.
In law school, Liz was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award in Criminal Law. During law school, Liz was also able to attend McGeorge's satellite law school in Salzburg, Austria for a six week summer program where Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy was the adjunct professor.
When she graduated from law school, Liz was offered a job at the Clark County District Attorney's Office, where she worked for nine years handling post-conviction matters, appeals, writs, parole matters, civil forfeiture and every kind of criminal case from misdemeanor traffic citations to murder charges. In her career, Liz has tried over 25 felony cases before a jury and even more misdemeanor trials before a judge.
Liz left the practice of law to raise her children which was a difficult but rewarding decision. As her children have gotten older, Liz decided to return to the practice of law with her family's support. Liz finds being a defense lawyer equally as fulfilling as being a Deputy D.A. She has become very aware of how vulnerable and frightened people who find themselves accused of a crime feel. Liz has discovered that there are many, many reasons people find themselves being accused of a crime and she is happy to be in a position to be able to help.
In her spare time, Liz's favorite thing to do is spend time with her family. They often travel to theme parks or the beach. Her biggest accomplishment is her children and she loves that they both still want to spend time with her and her husband.

Some Interesting Facts About Liz

 I started working when I was 14. A friend 2 houses down from us worked at Red Rock movie theaters & took me to work with her to meet her managers. They hired me even though I was only 14. This was back in 1982 when minimum wage was only $3.35 an hour. I worked there for 2 years (without a raise since they knew I didn’t really have any other options at 14 years old) & saved up enough money during that time to buy my first car for $950 when I turned 16. With that car, I was able to take my first job as a runner at a law firm.

20 years ago, I would have said no. I graduated law school with my student loan debt maxed out & saw people making a living without debt. That was difficult when I wanted to stop working to be home with my kids. Now, though, I’m so glad I get to come back to law after being at home all this time. Having my law license is worth everything I put into it.

 The best vacation I ever took was the first time my husband & I took the kids to Disneyland. There will never again be anything as cool as seeing how excited they were & watching them run all over the place not even knowing what to do next.

 My favorite ice cream topping is hot fudge. It’s not really a topping for me, though, since I like more hot fudge than ice cream.

My family isn’t really sure what to think about my career right now. I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for my boys’ entire lives & my husband didn’t even know me when I was a deputy DA. They are all saying all the right things about supporting me & wanting me to be happy. Hopefully, they will still feel the same way in a few months. Honestly, my oldest son has told me several times that he’s very proud of me & excited for me so I’m going to impute that sentiment to the whole family.
I was an only child & I absolutely loved it. My cousin came to live with us when I was 12 & my attitude was horrendous. I threw her bed frame away on bulk trash day when my mom was at work so I could move her mattress from my room when I didn’t want her in there. That did not go over well. She moved to Alaska after 2 years to be with her dad & I was thrilled to be an only child again; plus I was able to appreciate her so much more when I was able to go to Alaska to visit her.

I think I’ve learned lots of lessons the hard way since I was pretty rebellious when I was younger. As an adult though, the hardest lesson I learned was to truly appreciate the time you have with people you love & to tell them you love them even if you are frustrated or overwhelmed at difficult circumstances. My mom lived with me until she died & caring for her was very difficult at times. I wish I’d stepped back from the “work” of it & just appreciated that I got to have that time with her. I really wish I’d never let her see when it was difficult for me but instead just showed her how much I loved her.

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