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Jeffrey D. Van Niel

Attorney, Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas, Nevada

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  • Bachelorís in Criminal Justice, Ohio University, 1983
  • J.D., Capital University Law School, 1987, cum laude


Jeffrey D. Van Niel is a native of Columbus, Ohio. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps immediately after graduating from high school in 1976. After four years of service in the Marines as a scout sniper, he received an Honorable Discharge and joined the Ohio State Highway Patrol. He left the Highway Patrol in 1981 to get a Bachelorís Degree in Criminal Justice at Ohio University in 1983. He started law school in 1984 in lieu of joining the Secret Service (and never looked back). Mr. Van Niel served as Executive Notes Editor for the Capital University Law Review, and he was graduated from Capital University Law School in 1987, cum laude, having received the honors of the Order of the Curia and the Order of the Barristers. He clerked for Ohio Supreme Court Justice Andrew Douglas after graduation, and then he joined the Cleveland, Ohio law firm of Hahn Loeser ▲ Parks in 1988. When one of the firmís partners became the Ohio Attorney General, Mr. Van Niel followed him to serve in the Ohio Attorney Generalís Public Utilities Commission Practice Group. He volunteered for a second tour of duty with the Supreme Court of Ohio in 1993 as the Courtís Utilities Law Master Commissioner. Moving from Ohio to Nebraska to Houston (to join his wife at each of her academic positions), Mr. Van Niel worked as a consultant until 2004, when he joined the Harris County Community Service and Corrections Department as Staff Counsel. In yet another move to satisfy his wifeís wanderlust, this time to Las Vegas, Mr. Van Niel became a consultant in regulatory and governmental affairs to Nye County in the Yucca Mountain licensing proceeding in October 2007. He is admitted to the bars of the states of Ohio, Nebraska, Texas, and Nevada, and he served as a former bar examiner in Ohio.

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