Awarded 2017, 2018, and 2019

Top Ten Best Nevada Attorney

Theresa Ristenpart

Awarded 2017, 2018, and 2019

Top 100 Trial Lawyers

Theresa Ristenpart is an experienced trial attorney with over a decade of litigation in both civil and criminal matters.  She is known for her aggressive and innovative trial strategies and winning difficult cases.  Theresa incorporates the latest technology, utilizing 3D graphic animations and PowerPoints for closing arguments. 

"Unparalleled advocacy for her clients. Ristenpart Law team is the best of the best in Reno and Las Vegas."

— Virna Magallenes

Theresa Ristenpart has been admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, 9th Circuit Appellate Court, Nevada State Bar, and the Louisiana State Bar.  She has a bachelor of science in biology and a bachelor of arts in cultural anthropology, in addition to juris doctorate. 

In addition to her criminal defense trial work, Theresa Ristenpart is a senior adviser to the U.S. State Department for international projects, teaching judges, lawyers, and law enforcement officials from all over the world.  Theresa Ristenpart has lived in the Middle East and Southeast Asia working with international rule of law programs by teaching local national attorneys legal trial skills.

She is an adjunct professor at University of Reno, Nevada where she teaches legal writing and research, mock trial, and criminal law and procedures.  Ms. Ristenpart is the faculty academic adviser for the university mock trial team and presents continuing legal education courses with the State Bar of Nevada.

Ms. Ristenpart is also an appointed pro tem judge for Washoe County, Nevada.