Portrait of Liane Wakayama

Liane K. Wakayama


Marketing and International Business


For over 15 years, Liane Wakayama has practiced in Nevada as a litigator and an estate planning attorney. Her practice areas include general civil, commercial, business, real estate, and trust litigation as well as estate planning, probate, and guardianship. She is highly regarded by her peers as evidenced by the fact that since her second year of practice (2009), she has been honored every single year as one of the top 100 attorneys in Southern Nevada and has held the title of Nevada’s Legal Elite. Wakayama has also been repeatedly recognized as America’s Most Honored Lawyers (Top 1%), America’s Most Honored Professionals (5%), Top Attorneys in The Mountain States, and Super Lawyers, to name a few of her achievements.  She was also awarded the peer ranking of “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell representing the highest level of professional excellence for an attorney’s legal expertise, judgment, communication skills, and ethical standards.

After graduation, Wakayama started her legal career at one of the largest local firms in Nevada. In five short years, Wakayama was made partner and, shortly thereafter, she became an equity shareholder. She was the premier female shareholder trial attorney with the firm, she served as the firm’s hiring partner for over five years and, through policy reform, she paved the way for young women attorneys who desired to start a family while in practice. Wakayama worked at this firm for almost 13 years.

As for Wakayama’s clientele, she has represented prominent members of the State Bar of Nevada (including a former federal judge), celebrities, thriving local businesses, professional fiduciaries, leading entrepreneurs throughout the U.S., and many upstanding citizens of Las Vegas. She has successfully tried a number of high-profile cases involving multi-million dollar, extremely complex disputes both in federal and state court; however, she also understands the importance of and the value in obtaining favorable settlements for her clients in order to keep them out of the courtroom. Wakayama is a zealous advocate for her clients throughout the entire litigation process, whether it is during the deposition process, motion practice, mediations or on appeal.

Both her clients and peers have commended Wakayama for her high moral ethics, her unwavering loyalty, her attention to detail, sound judgment, legal acumen, integrity, and her courtroom demeanor and presence. In April 2020, Wakayama decided to expand her legal career and co-found the law firm of Hayes Wakayama. In doing so, Wakayama is devoted to continuing her family’s legacy, doing her part to shape Nevada law and providing competent representation to her clients that surpasses all expectations.