Pamela A. McKay

Pamela McKay has over twenty years of experience representing and advising clients concerning a wide range of insurance coverage issues, including representing insurers in litigation and at settlement conferences, and drafting insurance policy language for insurers. 

In addition to a successful insurance coverage practice, Ms. McKay routinely successfully represents clients regarding employment claims and suits, including Title VII and the American’s with Disabilities Act.

Ms. McKay’s litigation practice also includes representing clients in personal injury and construction defect matters. She counsels clients to optimize the client’s position and avoid litigation. If the claim is in suit, Ms. McKay’s approach to the suit is to reduce the duration of litigation while aggressively advocating the client’s position.

Ms. McKay’s practice includes counselling clients in estate planning to establish wills and trusts to avoid costly probate. She also provides representation to clients who have not established an estate plan to avoid probate and require diligent representation to wind down the affairs of a decedent to effectuate the decedent’s wishes.

Her practice involves federal and state litigation in Arizona, California, and Nevada. Ms. McKay has tried numerous federal and state jury and bench trials to verdict. She has argued before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the California Court of Appeal on numerous occasions. She has resolved appeals without oral argument before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Nevada Supreme Court and the California Court of Appeal.

Ms. McKay received her B.A. (English) from Walla Walla University, and her J.D., from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. In law school, Ms. McKay obtained numerous jurisprudence awards, and was a Law Review literary editor and case note author before graduating cum laude in December, 1993. Before forming McKay Law Firm, Chtd. n/k/a McKay & Nordstrom, she was Of Counsel to Selman Breitman, LLP, in its San Diego, California and Las Vegas, Nevada offices, where she practiced insurance coverage law and litigation.


State of California, 1994
State of Nevada, 2001
State of Arizona, 2007
United States District Court for the Southern District of California
United States District Court for the Central District of California
United States District Court for the Northern District of California
United States District Court for the District of Nevada
United States District Court for the District of Arizona
9th Circuit Court of Appeals


Bachelor of Arts, English (1985), Walla Walla University, College Place, Washington
Juris Doctorate, cum laude, (1993), Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California


Insurance Coverage
Insurance Defense
Construction Defect
Personal Injury
Estate Planning, and Estate & Trust Administration