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ABOUT US

About Michael P. Carman, Esq.
 

For the past twenty years, Michael P. Carman has built a reputation as one of Clark County’s foremost family law attorneys.  He has represented clients undergoing separation and divorce in all levels of complexity, drawing upon his extensive experience to help clients navigate through the family court to facilitate productive negotiations and faster resolutions of disputes.  Michael’s use of mediation and alternative dispute resolution techniques provide clients with the ability to create their own long-term plans for family and financial success.  While maintaining a sensitivity to the emotional toll of the separation process, Michael understands the business of negotiation and utilizes his skills to protect and advance his client’s interests.  These negotiation and mediation skills are also put to optimal use in Michael’s work drafting cohabitation agreements, pre- and post- marital agreements, and his facilitation of family adoptions. 

 

Michael is also well known as an aggressive litigator and compelling courtroom advocate for those cases in which his client’s interests would be best served by utilizing the legal system.  In addition to his extensive practice history before the Clark County Family Court and specialized trial advocacy training, Michael also began his career in Nevada with a three year Judicial Clerkship with the Honorable T. Arthur Ritchie, Jr.  This experience provided Michael with invaluable insight into the perspective of family law matters as seen from the bench, as well as an intimate working knowledge of the backdrop of the family law system. 

 

Michael is also highly successful at the appellate level, recently arguing before the Nevada Supreme Court for the equality of parental rights for unwed couples, regardless of gender.  Michael’s representation led to the revision of Nevada law as it related to unmarried parents and resulted in the holding that “[u]nmarried parents have equal custody rights regarding their children, absent a judicial custody order to the contrary.” (Druckman v. Ruscitti).

 

As a senior family law practitioner widely respected by both the Bench and the Bar, Michael has been elected to the State of Bar of Nevada’s Family Law Executive Council and he is currently serving his second term.  Michael is frequently invited to lead the Family Law Bench/Bar Meetings for Southern Nevada and to moderate various panels at the Annual Family Law Conference in Ely Nevada.  In 2015, Michael was instrumental in re-writing the laws relating to children providing testimony to the court as a member of the Child Witness Committee.  He has been awarded an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest peer rating standard, signifying that Michael’s peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence for his legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards.  This top rating is reflected by the testimonials provided by Michael’s clients.

About Frances-Ann Fine, Esq.

I make an effort to keep my clients as involved and engaged in the process as possible by keeping them current on documents received and prepared on their behalf. I am sensitive to the impact this process has on the children at issue. I make it a priority to keep my clients focused on their children's needs and not on their needs, how their decisions and actions throughout the course of their case will impact not only the outcome as it relates to their future, but the future of their children.  

 

I am a firm believer that families in crisis should not be permitted to wane in limbo. I attempt to move my cases through the court system as quickly and painlessly as possible.  

 

Throughout the years I have served on the Foundation Board of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) that raises money to support the program of training lay people to speak for the child during court proceedings in the Juvenile Justice System.

 

I am proud of my office family. We work together as a team to provide the very best representation possible. At Fine | Carman | Price there is not one person handling your case but several, so that if I am unavailable, there are others who can address a client's concern and find a credible and reasoned response.

 

Admitted

1985, Nevada and U.S. District Court, District of Nevada

 

Law School

Golden Gate University, J.D., 1983

 

College

University of Arizona, B.S., 1973

 

Membership

American Bar Association; State Bar of Nevada (Member, Executive Council, Family Law Section, March 1988-March 1999); Clark County Bar Association.

 

Biography

Publication, "Who Speaks for the Child?" Nevada Family Law Reporter, 1996 Winter Edition. Instructor, Law 101 - Introduction to Law for Legal Assistants, Community College of Southern Nevada, Jan. 1999-2000. District Court Judge, Family Division, Eighth Judicial District Court, 1992-1998. Member, Board of Trustees, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Foundation, 1991-1992. Member, Nevada Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, March 1993-November 1998. Board Member: National Council for Community and Justice, 1994-2003; Nevada School of the Arts, 1994. Board Member, 1984 and Chair, April 2004 through April 2006, Women's Philanthropy Council, United Jewish Communities of Las Vegas.

 

Community Involvement

  • Women's Philanthropy Board of the Jewish Federation, since 1984 (Chair May 2014 - May 2016)

  • Nevada School of the Arts Board since 1990

  • CASA Clark County Nevada

About Michael P. Carman, Esq.
 

For the past twenty years, Michael P. Carman has built a reputation as one of Clark County’s foremost family law attorneys.  He has represented clients undergoing separation and divorce in all levels of complexity, drawing upon his extensive experience to help clients navigate through the family court to facilitate productive negotiations and faster resolutions of disputes.  Michael’s use of mediation and alternative dispute resolution techniques provide clients with the ability to create their own long-term plans for family and financial success.  While maintaining a sensitivity to the emotional toll of the separation process, Michael understands the business of negotiation and utilizes his skills to protect and advance his client’s interests.  These negotiation and mediation skills are also put to optimal use in Michael’s work drafting cohabitation agreements, pre- and post- marital agreements, and his facilitation of family adoptions. 

 

Michael is also well known as an aggressive litigator and compelling courtroom advocate for those cases in which his client’s interests would be best served by utilizing the legal system.  In addition to his extensive practice history before the Clark County Family Court and specialized trial advocacy training, Michael also began his career in Nevada with a three year Judicial Clerkship with the Honorable T. Arthur Ritchie, Jr.  This experience provided Michael with invaluable insight into the perspective of family law matters as seen from the bench, as well as an intimate working knowledge of the backdrop of the family law system. 

 

Michael is also highly successful at the appellate level, recently arguing before the Nevada Supreme Court for the equality of parental rights for unwed couples, regardless of gender.  Michael’s representation led to the revision of Nevada law as it related to unmarried parents and resulted in the holding that “[u]nmarried parents have equal custody rights regarding their children, absent a judicial custody order to the contrary.” (Druckman v. Ruscitti).

 

As a senior family law practitioner widely respected by both the Bench and the Bar, Michael has been elected to the State of Bar of Nevada’s Family Law Executive Council and he is currently serving his second term.  Michael is frequently invited to lead the Family Law Bench/Bar Meetings for Southern Nevada and to moderate various panels at the Annual Family Law Conference in Ely Nevada.  In 2015, Michael was instrumental in re-writing the laws relating to children providing testimony to the court as a member of the Child Witness Committee.  He has been awarded an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest peer rating standard, signifying that Michael’s peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence for his legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards.  This top rating is reflected by the testimonials provided by Michael’s clients.

About Corinne Price, Esq.
 
I am thrilled to be a part of  Fine | Carman | Price team. Fran and I share a commitment to practicing family law with a child-centered focus, looking to the needs of the entire family in both the short and long term. Originally a third grade teacher at Mendoza Elementary School (Nellis and Charleston area), helping a family craft solutions which work for the parents as well as the children is a matter dear to my heart.

 

Our small practice enables us to work closely with each client and craft a litigation approach specifically tailored to their individual goals. Aside from legal advice, support and guidance is also provided on all of the multi-faceted issues that families encounter while moving through the justice system. Our clients quickly become friends and it is not unusual for us to remain in contact far beyond the conclusion of our legal representation. To me, that is the mark of a true client advocate.

 

Admitted

2006, Nevada and U.S. District Court, District Of Nevada

 

Law School

University of Florida, J.D., magna cum laude, 2006

 

College

University of Iowa (B.A., 2000; B.S., 2000)

 

Membership

American Bar Association (Member, Family Law Section); State Bar of Nevada; Clark County Bar Association.

 

Biography

Order of the Coif. Children's Law Fellow, The Center For Children And Families, 2004-2006. President, Family Law Society, 2004-2006.

 

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