Micaela Rustia Moore was appointed to serve as City Attorney in January 2017. Micaela is the Chief Legal Officer of the City, managing all civil and criminal legal matters for the City. She and her staff provide legal, business, and strategic advice to the Mayor, City Council, Redevelopment Agency, North Las Vegas Library District, all official boards and commissions, all City officers and employees, and all departments.
She also oversees prosecution of misdemeanor and infraction violations, including, but not limited to, domestic violence, battery, petty theft, driving under the influence, code violations, and traffic offenses that occur within city limits. She supervises and manages all litigation and transactional matters handled in-house and by outside counsel, in all aspects of municipal law, such as land use, development, public finance, procurement, labor law, employment law, constitutional law, torts, transportation, public utilities, construction, compliance, risk management, ethics, open meeting law, and public records.
Prior to becoming City Attorney, Micaela was a partner at national law firm Fox Rothschild LLP, where she specialized in financial restructuring and bankruptcy, real estate law, business law, and litigation. She represented a diverse clientele of land developers, financial institutions, commercial businesses, business owners, and officers, in varied industries, including real estate, lending, retail, gaming, hospitality, entertainment, manufacturing, solar, and mining. Having worked on some of the largest and highly contested restructuring matters in the state and represented clients in different roles, Micaela has a unique ability to understand and tackle each party’s competing goals to negotiate and implement solutions to get the best outcome for clients as quickly and efficiently as possible.
With the City recovering from an unprecedented period of financial and political crisis, joining the City of North Las Vegas presented Micaela with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to merge her passion for business transformation with her desire to serve the public good. She is a key member of the executive management team, driving the vision and strategic course of the City. Micaela has played a lead role in bringing a number of significant projects to fruition, including solving a decades-old problem to bring water to the Apex Industrial Park, as well as forming and bonding a special improvement district to add sewer and road infrastructure to previously undeveloped land, all of which has already attracted new industrial businesses with many jobs. Micaela works to keep North Las Vegas in the strongest possible legal standing, thereby saving millions of dollars for essential services. She has been active in identifying risk-generating activities and finding solutions to reduce liability.
Micaela earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern Law School. Admitted to the Nevada and California bars, Micaela has practiced law for more than 13 years.
Micaela has received numerous awards. She has been named a top attorney several times in the Legal Elite edition of Nevada Business Magazine, Super Lawyers Mountain States Magazine, and ALM’s “Women Leaders in the Law”. She has also been named a 2015 Rising Star by Las Vegas Business Press. Micaela is also rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell, which is testament that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.
Micaela serves the community through volunteering with the Junior League of Las Vegas and the Children’s Attorney Project through the Pro Bono Project of Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada. She is also an Executive Council At-Large Member of the State Bar of Nevada Public Lawyers Section and on the advisory board for the Leadership and Law Preparatory Academy at Canyon Springs High School. Micaela is a graduate of Leadership Las Vegas, Class of 2018.
Born in the Philippines, Micaela is pleased to be the first Filipina-American to serve North Las Vegas as City Attorney. Her husband is a lifelong Las Vegan and they have three kids.