Fetaz, Maximilien D.

Commercial litigator with focus on securities and corporate matters. Known for thought leadership in corporate governance, securities and M&A litigation. Deep knowledge of Nevada corporate statutes and navigating business courts.

With an eye for recovering or minimizing financial losses, Max Fetaz represents his clients in state and federal court in complex commercial litigation disputes, with a focus on securities and M&A litigation. His knowledge of Nevada’s corporate governance statutes allows him to successfully represent both privately held and publicly traded companies and their respective directors in shareholder derivative suits and securities class actions. Max also has broad experience in defending manufacturers against product liability claims, securing fair outcomes under Nevada’s public procurement laws, representing companies in Nevada’s burgeoning cannabis industry and pursuing contract claims in Nevada’s gaming industry.

Max’s recent successes include dismissal at the pleading stage of a shareholder class action and enforcing rights under Nevada’s recreational marijuana establishment laws. Whether obtaining an injunction to stop an action detrimental to his client’s interest or achieving his client’s desired outcome with summary judgment, Max’s balanced approach allows his clients to be successful in the courtroom no matter the dispute.

Prior to Brownstein, Max served as a law clerk to the Honorable Elizabeth G. Gonzalez, of the Business Court for the Eighth Judicial District Court.

Representative Matters
  • Represented company and related directors as Nevada counsel in $1.1 billion stock acquisition with certain investment funds affiliated with the private equity firm Apollo Global Management. While asserting protections under Nevada statutory business judgment rule and Nevada’s exculpation statutes, the matter was successfully resolved in a favorable settlement for our client while motions to dismiss were pending decision.

  • Represented company and related directors as Nevada counsel for publicly traded company in a $274 million merger transaction. Successfully achieved dismissal of action at pleading stage with matter currently on appeal.

  • Successfully represented advertising company in terminating multi-million dollar franchise agreement with public body.

  • Represented Chinese real estate company as Nevada counsel and secured victory at trial for company in shareholder appraisal action arising out of going-private transaction.

  • Successfully represented non-restricted gaming licensee on Las Vegas Strip concerning patron dispute of $2,000,0000 in markers. The claims against client were dismissed at the pleading stage.

  • Represented certain directors as Nevada counsel concerning claims surrounding the potential purchase of wireless spectrum assets valued at $2.2 billion. Facing allegations of “entire fairness” review, successfully represented the directors in a preliminary injunction hearing that allowed them to continue using their business judgment to vet the purchase.

  • Achieved favorable settlement for ventilation fan manufacturer in product liability case.

  • Represented target company as Nevada counsel in $181 million all-cash acquisition and achieved dismissal of aiding and abetting claims in a post-acquisition damages case.

  • Successfully enjoined improper award of $26.5 million enterprise class network equipment contract due to violation of public procurement laws, and ultimately resulted in client receiving contract from public body.

  • Represented an owner on a $12.3 million, 226 unit senior residential apartment complex project. The claims were asserted against the general contractor and architect, and included construction defect, breach of contract, and fraud claims. The matter was successfully resolved during trial resulting in a favorable settlement for our client.

  • Represented non-restricted gaming licensee operating in downtown Las Vegas in enforcement action against patron with $500,000 in unpaid markers. Achieved judgment in excess of $500,000 for client.

  • Obtained favorable settlements on behalf of exercise equipment manufacturer in product liability cases in Las Vegas.

  • Successfully represented company and individual owner in contract and fraud dispute by securing dismissal of all claims asserted against them and securing award in an amount exceeding $300,000 in attorney fees. Also, successfully defended dismissal and award in appeal before the Supreme Court of the State of Nevada.

News & Events

Volunteer, Piero’s Restaurant “Turkey Gobble,” 2005-present

Board of Directors, Sunrise Children’s Foundation 

Publications & Presentations
  • J.D., 2011, UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law
  • B.A., 2005, cum laude, Loyola Marymount University
  • Nevada

Best Lawyers in America, Ones to Watch, 2021

Vegas Inc Top Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2020

Super Lawyers, Mountain States, Rising Stars, 2019-2020

1st Place Team, Society of Advocates Mock Trial Competition

Legal Elite, Nevada Business Magazine, 2017



State Bar of Nevada

Clark County Bar Association

American Bar Association