Practice Areas

  • Insurance Defense
  • Insurance & Reinsurance Coverage
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Retail, Restaurants & Hospitality


  • California
  • Nevada

Aaron S. Motschenbacher
Phone: 949.209.9187
Office: Las Vegas

Mr. Motschenbacher has dedicated his career to insurance defense and coverage law. His career in insurance defense began prior to law school when he was a claims adjuster for larger insurance carriers and a third party administrator.

Mr. Motschenbacher has defenses cases in Nevada and California in the following areas: insurance coverage; commercial and personal automobile and trucking liability (including UM/UIM/SIU claims); general/premises liability; products liability; construction defect and construction contract disputes; habitability and real estate; professional negligence/malpractice; and business contracts.

Mr. Motschenbacher was raised in Northern California and graduated from the University of California, Davis in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Relations. Prior to going to law school, Mr. Motschenbacher was a multi-lines claims adjuster for larger insurance carriers and a third-party administrator. In 2009, Mr. Motschenbacher received his Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University School of Law. While in law school, Mr. Motschenbacher was an Associate for the Santa Clara Journal of International Law and was the recipient of an International Law Certificate. Further, Mr. Motschenbacher worked for a Tokyo, Japan-based firm handling international trade/contract related matters as well as a firm dedicated to representing clients facilitating international trade between China and the United States (including the handling of non-immigrant business visa applications, petitions, and AAO appeals).

  • Santa Clara University School of Law, 2009 J.D.
  • University of California, Davis, 2002, B.A., International Relations
  • Associate, Santa Clara Journal of International Law
  • International Law Certificate from Santa Clara School of Law
  • Honor Roll awards for pro bono work for the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada
Representative Matters
Publications and Speaking Engagements
Community Involvement
  • Represented numerous neglected and abused children through the Children’s Attorneys Project of Nevada
Professional Experience
  • Partner – MESSNER REEVES, LLP, Los Angeles, CA and Las Vegas, NV 2013 – Current
  • Associate Attorney – WILSON, ELSER, MOSKOWITZ, EDELMAN, & DICKER, LLP, Las Vegas, NV 2012 – 2013
  • Associate Attorney – MORAN LAW FIRM, Las Vegas, NV 2010 – 2012
  • Associate Attorney (started as Law Clerk) – U.S.-CHINA LAW GROUP, San Jose, CA 2008 – 2011
  • Claims Examiner – HAWAII MEDICAL SERVICES ASSOCIATION, Honolulu, Hawai’i 2005 – 2006
  • Multi-Lines Claims Examiner – GALLAGHER BASSETT SERVICES & ZURICH NORTH AMERICA, NV and CA 2002 – 2004