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Deanna L. Forbush


Las Vegas

3800 Howard Hughes Parkway
Suite 500
Las Vegas, NV 89169
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S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1991
Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri
State Bar Licenses
New Jersey
Court Admissions
U.S. District Ct., District of Nevada
Supreme Court of Alabama
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
U.S. District Ct., M.D. of Alabama
U.S. District Ct., N.D. of Alabama
Supreme Court of Nevada
Supreme Court of New Jersey
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Deanna L. Forbush


Deanna L. Forbush represents employers throughout the United States in all areas of employment, traditional labor relations, corporate immigration, general business litigation and related matters. Deanna is licensed to practice law in Nevada, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Alabama. Before joining the firm of Morris Polich & Purdy, LLP in March 2015, Deanna practiced with such notable firms as Fox Rothschild (she founded FR’s Las Vegas office), Grotta, Glassman & Hoffman, Markowitz and Richmond, and Haygood, Cleveland, Pierce & Thompson, and served as Associate General Counsel for the Venetian Casino Resort and Frontier Casino and Gambling Hall. She has a great deal of experience in the areas of employment and traditional labor law including:

  • Employment litigation
  • Title VII, ADEA, and ADA employment litigation defense
  • FLSA, wage and hour, and other class actions
  • ADA Title III Public Access defense
  • Employment and Business Litigation
  • Business and employment based Immigration
  • Union avoidance
  • I-9 Audits
  • Negotiation and administration of collective bargaining and project labor agreements
  • Labor and employment arbitrations
  • Health and welfare fund representation
  • Unfair labor practice charge defense
  • Training (union awareness, sexual harassment, all forms of discrimination, and immigration compliance)
  • EEOC and state agency compliance programs and investigations, including investigation of claims to determine whether discrimination or a violation of the law has occured
  • Daily Human Resource and employment support
  • EEOC and NERC administrative proceedings
  • All general aspects of labor, employment and business law

Additionally, Deanna represents employers and international investors in corporate and employment based immigration matters, including worksite compliance and enforcement, and ICE raids.

Deanna also provides preventative counseling to employers and conducts employee training around the country on a wide variety of issues, including union awareness and avoidance, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, immigration compliance, and related areas. 


  • Author, "Nevada Supreme Court Clears Up Wage-Benefits Question", HR Daily Advisor, June 2018
  • Author, "Marijuana mainstream: Should it be treated like tobacco for overtime purposes?", Nevada Employment Law Letter, December 2017 
  • Co-Author, "Failure to train managers on FMLA costs employer $284", Nevada Employment Law Letter, December 2017
  • Author, "Nevada enacts domestic violence leave law: impact for employers", Nevada Employment Law Letter, September 2017
  • Author, "Nevada lawmakers tighten up enforcement of nonsolicitation, noncompete agreements", Nevada Employment Law Letter, August 2017
  • Author, "Service animals gone wild: Bring Your Boa Constrictor to Work Day", Nevada Employment Law Letter, July 2017
  • Author, Nevada Employment Law Letter, June 2017
    • "Bill O'Reilly, meet Title VII"
    • "Don the whistleblower's hat: a strategy for avoiding retaliation claims"
  • Author, "Nevada employers under siege: Has legislature declared war?", Nevada Employment Law Letter, May 2017
  • Author, "Workers held strike on International Women's Day—can you strike back?", Nevada Employment Law Letter, April 2017
  • Author, Nevada Employment Law Letter, March 2017 
    • "Existing law already requires equal pay for equal work" 
    • "Nationwide class action shows how misclassifying workers can result in significant liability"
  • Author, Nevada Employment Law Letter, February 2017 "Trump Ruffin vs. the culinary union: Las Vegas workers prevail"
  • Author, Nevada Employment Law Letter, November 2016 
    • "Guidance on MWA from high court: provide vs. enroll, retroactivity" 
    • "More supreme court guidance: effective date of MWA statutory exemptions repeal"
  • Author, "Employers may be required to accommodate unhygienic employees", Nevada Employment Law Letter, June 2016
  • Author, "Tip-pooling law in Nevada dealt a serious blow by 9th Circuit", Nevada Employment Law Letter, March 2016
  • Author, "Some employees may legally be terminated for gaining weight", Nevada Employment Law Letter, February 2016
  • Author, "EEOC guidance on arrests and convictions and Nevada law on personnel records", Nevada Employment Law Letter, February 2016
  • Author, "How will legalization of pot affect your ability to manage workers", Nevada Employment Law Letter, December 2015
  • Author, "NLRB Guidance on authorization card signatures makes union organizing easier", Nevada Employment Law Letter, November 2015
  • Author, "Beware when designating workers as independent contractors", Nevada Employment Law Letter, November 2015
  • Quoted in "Conflicting laws affect employers, workers", Las Vegas Business Press, November 1, 2015
  • Author, "Joint employer’ finding may result from use of employment agencies", Nevada Employment Law Letter, October 2015
  • Co-Author, "Nevada Legislature adjourns—employers can breathe sigh of relief", Nevada Employment Law Letter, August 2015
Appointed by the Nevada State Supreme Court to Nevada’s Blue Ribbon Article 6 Commission formed by the Nevada Supreme Court to study all aspects of the Nevada Judiciary
Appointed by Dean John Valery White to the Law School's Advisory Board at UNLV, Boyd College of Law
Trustee for her alma mater, Westminster College
Regularly included in the list of "Top 100 Attorneys in Southern Nevada" and "Legal Elite" by Nevada Business Magazine and Thomson Reuters' list of Super Lawyers - Mountain States in the area of Employment & Labor
Employment Lawyer of the Year in Nevada, Global Law Experts, 2017
Best Lawyers in America - Nevada, 2017-2019
Deanna Forbush was recently selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 in the field of Labor Law - Management.
Editor, Employers Counsel Network's Nevada Employment Law Letter
Board of Directors for the Dr. Miriam & Sheldon G. Adelson Clinic for Drug Abuse Treatment & Research
Board of Directors for the Nevada Policy Research Institute
Board of Directors for the Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA)
Chair of the Center for Nevada Policy Research Institute’s Justice and Constitutional Litigation panel
Former Board Member of the Nevada Neuroscience Foundation
Practice Areas
Immigration LawLabor & Employment