Mr. Flangas concentrates his practice on commercial and business litigation, most often in connection with development, construction law, and natural resources. He has assisted clients in land use matters involving permitting and licensing applications (zoning, master planning, special use permits) and has been actively involved in water rights transactions and litigation in Reno and Las Vegas for more than 30 years. He served as lead counsel for the private developers and Washoe County in connection with the hearings and appeals involving the Truckee Meadows Project from 1989-1992, one of Nevada's first large-scale interbasin transfer hearings, and continues to be actively involved in working with and handling matters before the last five of Nevada's State Engineers in connection with water rights applications, permits, certificates and formal protest hearings.
Mr. Flangas has tried cases before judges and juries in both State and Federal courts, and has been involved in administrative hearings and proceedings before the Nevada State Engineer and the Division of Water Resources, as well as county commissions, city councils, and various other State courts and local administrative boards and bodies in Reno, Las Vegas, Carson City, Elko, Fallon, Douglas, and other rural Nevada counties. He has also briefed and argued cases before the Nevada Supreme Court and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Flangas has presented seminars on mechanic's liens, water law, and construction law, and has been previously certified by the AAA as a commercial arbitrator.
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe of Indians v. Washoe County, Northwest Nevada Water Resources Limited Partnership, et al. — This 1996 case established the parameters of the "public interest" doctrine related to water rights in Nevada, and affirmed the first, large interbasin transfer application for a change of agricultural water rights to municipal/industrial use on a large-scale basis for a private-public partnership project between a county and private developer. The hearings before the State Engineer were the first interbasin transfer hearings of that magnitude in the State, and the resultant precedent forged the way for subsequent water right projects and established criteria for the State Division of Water Resources to consider in future applications for changes to water rights involving public interest challenges.
Leviton v. Q& D Construction, et al — This 2004 case involved construction related claims against the design engineers and contractors who constructed a 400,000 sq. ft distribution facility. The case involved significant expert testimony regarding concrete materials, design, and construction techniques, eventually resulting in a judgment against the design engineers for failure to properly designate the parameters of the concrete mix and design necessary to facilitate a working floor for the facility. The matter involved numerous experts from various fields and coordination of the testimony of those experts, including not only the design and construction areas, but also logistics and damages.
Leeville dewatering project for Newmont Mining Corporation — In approximately 2000 to 2002, Newmont was involved in applications and hearings before the Nevada State Engineer to obtain approval for dewatering at its underground operation of the Leeville Mine in the Carlin, Nevada area. I was the lead litigation lawyer handling the protest hearings of the dewatering applications, which involved presenting complex groundwater modeling results through expert testimony and analysis to the State Engineer over many days of hearing, and working with the evidence and witnesses necessary to obtain approvals for the project. The project was both a scientific and regulatory success, and marked a significant advancement in the use of advanced modeling and expert witness testimony and presentation to the State Engineer's office to support substantial projects involving water right applications and the movement of water in the State.