Lifelong Las Vegan and attorney, Dayvid Figler, has had a diverse legal and cultural career.
On the law side, he was a Special Public Defender defending the indigent accused of capital offenses, a Las Vegas Municipal Court judge, and a private attorney taking special interest in the protecting the rights of citizens, most recently those afflicted with problem gambling disorders. He was recognized for his efforts in 2019 by being awarded the prestigious Medal of Justice from the Nevada State Bar.
On the culture side, the Nevada Arts Council has twice awarded Figler with competitive Fellowships for excellence in the performance and writing; he has also received awards for Best Radio Program in Las Vegas, Local Influencer of the Year, and Favorite Radio Personality for his personal essays aired on local and national public radio. He writes an award-winning column on legal and social issues for the Nevada Independent.
A journeyman storyteller, he has performed at festivals around the country including: Porchlight (San Francisco), Back Fence (Portland, Oregon), Radar Reading Series (San Francisco), Lollapalooza, SxSW, Bumbershoot, and the National Poetry Slam Finals. His personal essays have been featured on Live Wire (OPB) and All Things Considered (NPR). He has been the producer and host of Las Vegas’ premiere storytelling series, “The Tell” and other literary events for over two decades. He’s also the lead lyricist and screecher for the once voguish Las Vegas punk rock polka band, Tippy Elvis.