The Law Firm of Pitaro & Fumo, Chtd. is comprised of a knowledgeable staff that is committed to protecting your rights. We provide legal care that is confidential, diligent and professional. Our Law Firm is dedicated to giving close personal attention to every client.
Thomas F. Pitaro
Osvaldo "Ozzie" Fumo
Emily K. Strand
Thomas F. Pitaro
Thomas F. Pitaro has been a practicing attorney in Las Vegas since 1974. He consistently maintains the highest rating (AV) for a criminal defense attorney, according to Martindale Hubble Lawyer rating services.
Thomas F. Pitaro has successfully tried every type of criminal case in Las Vegas from misdemeanors to capital murder.
- Listed in Best Lawyers in America
- A member of the National Association of Ciminal Defense Lawyers
- One of the founding members of the Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Justice
- A member of the Nevada Society of Italian American Lawyers
- A member of the Clark County Bar Association
Thomas F. Pitaro has extensive experience practicing law in the state of Nevada. He is nationally recognized for his work in criminal defense and has represented unions, fighting for the rights of workers to organize, bargain collectively, and assemble to assert the fundamental First Amendment rights of their members.
He currently sits as one of the select few Judges on the Police use of Force Review Board.
He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the UNLV Boyd School of Law where he taught his area of expertise: Trial Advocacy.
Osvaldo E. Fumo
Like his partner Tom Pitaro, Ozzie also maintains the highest rating (AV) for a criminal defense attorney from Martindale-Hubbell. Ozzie is also a member of Super Lawyers.
Having practiced law in Nevada for over 20 years, Ozzie is a litigator primarily focused on criminal defense work. He is admitted in all levels of the State Court in the Eighth Judicial District, practices in the United States Federal Court District of Nevada, and has argued successfully in the Ninth Circuit court of Appeals.
Ozzie Fumo is also one of the few attorneys in town with experience in capital cases.
Ozzie often serves as a legal analyst for local television stations and is frequently quoted in the Las Vegas Review-Journal as an expert on various cases. Ozzie also sits as one of the select few Judges for the Police Use of Force Board.
His memberships and awards include The American Bar Association, Nevada Trial Lawyers Association, Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Justice, The National Italian American Bar Association, Past President of the Nevada Society of Italian American Lawyers, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and in 2006 was awarded the Outstanding Service Award by the State Bar of Nevada. In 2019, Ozzie was awarded the consumer advocate a year award from the Nevada Justice Association. Additionally, in 2019 Ozzie was awarded the Defender of the year from the Nevada attorneys for criminal justice.
He is also an Adjunct Professor at the UNLV Boyd School of Law where he teaches Trial Advocacy, Opening and Closing Statements, and Pretrial Criminal Litigation.
Additionally, Ozzie served two terms as a legislator in the Nevada State Assembly from 2016 through 2020.
Dustin R. Marcello
Dustin R. Marcello was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. His father moved to Las Vegas from Batavia, New York, in the Buffalo area, while his mother is from Rhode Island.
Although Dustin attended Clark High School, he is a proud member of the first graduating class of Cimarron-Memorial High School.
Dustin holds a degree in Economics from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, specializing in monetary theory and growth dynamics of developing countries, and he continued his commitment to our community by obtaining his law degree from the UNLV Boyd School of Law.
During law school, Dustin interned with the Honorable Judge Bruce Markell and after being licensed to practice law in Nevada, he went on to work in the Appellate Division of the Clark County District Attorney’s Office, writing appellate briefs on behalf of the citizens of the State of Nevada.
Right out of law school, Dustin drafted a legal manual entitled, “Southern Nevada Multi-Housing Association – 2007 Handbook.
Dustin is admitted to practice in Nevada, including the Federal District Courts and has had numerous appellate briefs affirmed by the Nevada Supreme Court. After leaving the District Attorney’s office, Dustin joined Pitaro & Fumo in 2009.
Dustin has also a published articles and appeared on TV with the dean of Nevada politics, Jon Ralston, to discuss legal topics.
Michael J. Miceli
Michael Miceli moved with his family from New Jersey to Las Vegas in 1984. A graduate of Valley High School, Michael also achieved success at the Honors College of UNLV, where he graduated Cum Laude with a major in Criminal Justice and a minor in Political Science, and at the UNLV Boyd School of Law where he received his law degree.
In law school, Michael was an extern for Justice Michael Cherry, who later served as a member of the Nevada Supreme Court. Michael was also a law clerk at the Federal Public Defender’s Office and has extensive experience writing briefs in the Federal District Court of Nevada and in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Michael is licensed to practice in all Nevada courts including the Federal District Court of Nevada.
The protégé of Mr. Pitaro, Michael was hand-selected by Mr. Pitaro to join his firm directly after being admitted to the Nevada Bar in 2006. Based on his exemplary trial skills while studying Trial Advocacy under Mr. Pitaro at the the Boyd School of Law, Mr. Pitaro knew Michael would make an outstanding addition to Pitaro & Fumo.
Michael has tried numerous jury trials to verdict as well as filed appeals to the Nevada Supreme Court. His tenacity in court is well-known and he is one of the most successful criminal defense attorneys in the State of Nevada.
Emily K. Strand
Emily Strand is an associate attorney at Pitaro & Fumo Chtd. where she focusses her efforts on criminal and attorney/judicial ethics cases.
Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Emily attended the University of Portland where she earned Bachelors degrees in both psychology and sociology. Emily moved to Las Vegas in 2015 to attend the William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV. She graduated in 2019 with highest pro bono honors.
Growing up, Emily was exposed to the criminal justice system at a young age and learned firsthand, how unjust the “justice system” can be. She became determined to get her law degree and dedicate her life to helping others navigate the intricacies of both the criminal justice system and family court.
Emily has worked as both a mediator and truancy diversion judge in the Eighth Judicial District Family Court. She has also served as an eviction mediator in the Las Vegas Justice Court.
Emily has a strong dedication to representing underserved communities and regularly provides pro-bono representation to needy clients. She has been recognized for her volunteer work by both the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada and the UNLV Kids’ Court School.
When she’s not working or volunteering, Emily enjoys learning new recipes, gaming with friends, traveling to new places, and spending time with her family, including her rescue cats.
Kendall S. Stone
Kendall Stone grew up in Reno. She attended the University of Nevada, Reno where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English. She then moved to Las Vegas to attend law school at the UNLV Boyd School of Law. She graduated from Boyd Cum Laude and with highest pro bono honors.
During law school, Kendall interned with the Honorable Judge Kerry Earley. She also became the co-coordinator of UNLV’s Kids’ Court School Competency Program. As coordinator of this program she taught children in the juvenile court system about the court process and oversaw the training of the program’s members.
Kendall is admitted to practice in all Nevada courts, including the Federal District Court.