Tyson E. Hafen


  • Tyson E. Hafen
  • Phone: +1 702 868 2655
    Fax: +1 702 993 0722

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  • Duane Morris LLP
    100 North City Parkway, Suite 1560
    Las Vegas, NV 89106-4617

Tyson E. Hafen practices primarily in business and commercial litigation with a focus in banking, contractual disputes and insurance coverage related matters. His recent victories include obtaining a complete defense verdict in a $5 million jury trial, prevailing on an appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court, recovering defense fees and costs, and winning numerous dispositive motions resulting in dismissals of entire actions. Tyson concentrates his practice in representing the financial services industry, which includes international and community banks, loan service companies, and insurance companies.  His insurance coverage practice includes representation of insurers in high-stakes coverage litigation arising from construction, environmental, and product liability claims. Tyson has jury trial experience and has represented clients in state, federal, and tribal courts. 

Tyson is a 2012 cum laude graduate of the University of Utah with dual J.D. and M.B.A. degrees. He was an editor of the Utah Environmental Law Review and served as an extern to Justice Jill N. Parrish of the Utah Supreme Court. Tyson is a 2009 graduate, with highest honors, of Brigham Young University, where he studied economics and completed internships with U.S. Senator Orrin G. Hatch and the Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives.

Tyson was elected in 2021 to the Firm’s Associates Committee. He is currently serving as Chairman of American Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Business Law Committee, and as Chairman of the State Bar of Nevada’s Insurance Coverage Sub-Section. Tyson is also currently serving on the Executive Board of the Las Vegas Chapter of the Inn of Court and on the University of Utah School of Business’ Alumni Executive Board. 

Areas of Practice

  • Business and Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Banking and Consumer Finance
  • Media Law


  • Nevada
  • Utah
  • Arizona
  • Oregon
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nevada
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Utah
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States


  • University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2012
    - Executive Text Editor, Utah Environmental Law Review
  • University of Utah David Eccles School of Business, M.B.A., 2012
  • Brigham Young University, B.S., with highest honors, 2009
    - Co-Editor, BYU Pre-Law Review


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Associate, 2016-present
  • Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP
    - Associate, 2014-2016
  • Alverson Taylor Mortensen & Sanders
    - Associate, 2012-2014
  • Utah Supreme Court
    - Extern to Justice Jill N. Parrish, 2010
  • United States Senate
    - Intern to U.S. Senator Orrin G. Hatch, 2009
  • Utah State Legislature
    - Intern to Speaker of the House David Clark, 2008

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
    - Chairman, Business Law Section, Young Lawyers Division
    - Young Lawyer Liaison, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section
    - Nevada Delegate, Young Lawyer 2020 General Assembly

  • State Bar of Nevada
    - Chairman - Insurance Coverage Sub-Section
    - Executive Board Member/Treasurer - Insurance Law Section

  • University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
    - Alumni Executive Board Member
    - Ambassador - Las Vegas Regional Alumni Network

  • American Inn of Court, Howard D. McKibben Las Vegas Chapter
    - Executive Board Member
    - Barrister Representative

  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • Vegas Young Professionals

Honors and Awards

  • Named to Best Lawyers "Ones to Watch," 2022

Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, "Big I Industry Focus and Associate Business Development," Duane Morris Annual Meeting, General Session, Boca Raton, FL, October 19, 2019
  • Presenter, "Expert Evidence," Howard D. McKibben Inn of Court, Las Vegas, NV, May 8, 2018
  • Presenter, "Voting Rights and the 15th, 19th, 22nd, 24th, and 26th Amendments," Howard D. McKibben Inn of Court, Las Vegas, NV, October, 18 2016