About

A 13-year career as a prosecutor in the Clark County District Attorney’s Office has provided Dena Rinetti with vast experience involving trial litigation within the Eighth Judicial District Court, as well as several opportunities to argue cases before the Nevada Supreme Court. 

Her litigation experience has been devoted primarily to matters set for jury trial, and Dena has tried over 50 jury cases as either lead counsel or co-lead counsel. 

Currently a Chief Deputy District Attorney, Dena’s 13 years with the office have been spent working exclusively within the criminal division. She spent six years in the Special Victims Unit, specializing in crimes against women and children. Specifically, several years of her public service career have been devoted exclusively to cases involving physical child abuse resulting in substantial bodily harm or the death of a child. 

Dena managed an extremely high case volume, which required daily court appearances. She worked closely with law enforcement discussing cases, attending briefings regarding suspicious child deaths, and reviewing search warrants. Additionally, Dena worked closely with members of the medical community reviewing suspicious injuries to children. Moreover, this case volume required her to research and draft pleadings, motions, writs of habeas corpus, and appellate briefs. 

She also successfully argued several criminal appeals at the Nevada Supreme Court.

Cases of Significance

Experience

The Honorable Sally Loehrer
Judicial Law Clerk

Dena was a judicial law clerk for one year to Judge Sally Loehrer.  She prepared and briefed the Judge’s daily criminal and civil calendars, involving research and analysis of statutory and case law on a broad range of issues raised in pre-trial motion practice and trial.  She was tasked with drafting, verifying, and editing court orders and jury instructions for both criminal and civil cases. She maintained regular communications with local attorneys regarding orders, scheduling, and procedural issues.  Further, Dena processed applications and orders for default judgments, compromises of minor’s claim, and procedural matters.

National Park Service
National Park Ranger

Dena was a National Park Ranger for one summer at the Outer Banks in North Carolina. She supervised the Oregon Inlet campground, which is the northernmost campground on Cape Hatteras National Seashore.  She assisted guests at the campground, patrolled the campground for safety concerns, and advised guests of local attractions. Furthermore, Dena led tours at the famous Cape Hatteras lighthouse, which is the tallest brick lighthouse structure in the United States.

Education

Juris Doctorate, cum laude, 2005
Roger Williams University School of Law
Top 10% of Law School graduating class

Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in Political Science, 2002
Dickinson College

High School Honors Diploma, 1998
La Reina High School

Interests and Hobbies

After studying abroad in college and law school, Dena absolutely loves to travel.  Her favorite thing to do is to immerse herself in the local culture and learn the history of whatever city she visits.  Dena enjoys cooking large meals for family and friends, and is always on the lookout for new techniques or ingredients to use.