Michael R. Ayers is the managing partner of the Reno, Nevada office at Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A., and also practices from the firm’s Las Vegas office. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and liability defense with an emphasis in the areas of insurance coverage, construction defect, Carmack Amendment and large property loss subrogation, product liability claims, contract disputes and personal injury matters. He has represented major fast food chains, fire protection system designers and manufacturers, and some of the largest insurance companies in more than 24 states.
Mr. Ayers is a trial lawyer involved in all phases of litigation, including pre-trial work, conducting depositions, discovery and dispositive motions, and attending hearings, mediations, arbitration and settlement negotiations. He has successfully defended clients in government investigations, subpoena responses, and other proceedings involving state agencies. His clients include some of the largest financial institutions and collection companies in the nation and smaller enterprises and Internet-based providers. He represents banks, financial institutions, and collection agencies in federal and state courts across the United States.
For nearly 10 years, Mr. Ayers practiced as a partner with a national law firm in Phoenix, Arizona handling complex commercial litigation, consumer financial services laws, including the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA ) defense; medical marijuana, employment and construction defect cases throughout Arizona, including in the Gila River Tribal Court, Nevada and in the Federal District Court of Colorado and Utah. He has handled and defended class action lawsuits in the Federal District Courts of Arizona and Nevada; and served as outside general counsel for companies in the representation of contract negotiations, litigation disputes, labor and employment issues, risk management, and defending class actions lawsuits in Federal courts.
Prior to joining QPWB, Mr. Ayers was an Of Counsel attorney with a Reno, Nevada law office handling the development of cases in Arizona, Colorado and Nevada in the representation of businesses in contract negotiations and complex litigation involving all of his areas of practice.
Mr. Ayers commenced private practice in 2003 as an associate in Tampa, Florida with an insurance defense litigation law office handling large cases loads of matters throughout the East Coast, he managed all aspects of arbitration claims, and deposed lay and expert witnesses.
Mr. Ayers received his Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law in 2003 and a Bachelor of Arts, with honors, from California State Polytechnic University in 2000. While in law school, he served as editorial member of the University of Miami International and Comparative Law Review.
Mr. Ayers is licensed to practice law in Nevada, Arizona, Colorado and Florida. He is also admitted in the United States District Court for Colorado, Nevada, Arizona and the United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Florida. He is a member of the Native American Bar Association of Arizona, and the Gila River Tribal Court.
Mr. Ayers is a volunteer of the Sugar Bowl Ski Team and is a licensed U.S. Ski & Snowboard Alpine Coach. He has volunteered with many organizations, schools, and youth sports groups. He has mentored students in employment searches at Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law; and has toured middle school students showing them the different departments of the Maricopa County Superior Court to demonstrate how the departments collectively contribute to the effective and systematic running of the Superior Court.
Mr. Ayers is certified by the American Red Cross in CPR, AED, and Adult First Aid.