Thursday, April 19, 2018

Dirty Air


  • The battle over Badlands continues as developers have singled out three residents who are responding with an anti-SLAPP motion. [LasVegasNow]
  • Here's a follow-up article on the Boulder City gag order case involving Stephen Stubbs. [BCR]
  • David Copperfield took the stand yesterday. [Fox5Vegas; RJ]
  • Las Vegas is one of the most polluted metropolitan areas in the country. [Las Vegas Sun]

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

RIP Jacob Hafter

Jacob Hafter passed away yesterday at age 42. [RJ]

Battle For DA

The primary election is a little under two months away on June 12, but today is as good as any to start talking about the two candidates in the race for district attorney. 

INCUMBENT- Steve Wolfson.  (Did you know he did an AMA on Reddit last year in conjunction with his tv show?)

CHALLENGER- Robert Langford.

Both have a long history in the community, have been in the national limelight related to their cases, and both have even gone head to head on cases before. What do you think is important to consider in this race? Does the recent story about Wolfon's assistant and the campaign funds spell doom for this campaign? Or is he a shoo in? What does the public need to know about these two candidates?

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Rebrand and Rebuild


  • According to a press release, Chief Judge Gloria Navarro has announced that Carla Higginbotham has been selected to replace Valerie P. Cooke (who is retiring July 31, 2018) as a United States Magistrate Judge in Reno.  Higginbotham is currently an AUSA in the criminal division in Reno and must undergo investigations by the FBI and IRS--a process expected to take 10-12 weeks.  Once officially appointed, her term will be for eight years.
  • Steve Wynn and Elaine Wynn have settled their epic six-year court battle. [RJ]
  • They're replacing some HVAC ducts in the Grant Sawyer building after finding the presence of two species of mold. [RJ; TNI]
  • Is it time to reform the NSHE (i.e. more work for some lucky lawyers)? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • There is still a backlog of untested rape kits in Nevada. [LasVegasNow]
  • Not wanting to miss out on all the excitement surrounding new sports in southern Nevada, the 51s will rebrand and get a new name when they move to Summerlin next year. [LasVegasNow]

Monday, April 16, 2018

RIP John Momot

Attorney John Momot, who represented mob defendants and played himself in the movie "Casino" has died at age 74. [RJ]

Deflated And Concerned


  • According to President Trump, all lawyers are deflated and concerned because of the raid on his attorney Michael Cohen. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Judge Denton has decided to keep the courtroom open in a personal injury case against David Copperfield that may require him to reveal the secret behind one of his illusions. [KTNV]
  • Danny Tarkanian was sued by his former law partner Samira Knight over $200,000 that she claims he took without authorization. [TNI]

Friday, April 13, 2018

All About Steves


  • Steven Myhre is no longer the number 2 prosecutor in Nevada. [RJ]
  • Boulder City Municipal Judge Victor Miller has recused himself from the crosswalk protest case in which he issued a gag order against Stephen Stubbs. [BCR]
  • Steve Wynn sued the AP for defamation. [RJ]
  • Judge Melanie Andress-Tobiasson talks about her interactions with and fears concerning Metro vice detectives. [LasVegasNow]

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Job Tips: Naming The Practice

One of our readers called Tumbledorf writes in with the following question:

I'm leaving my firm to go into solo practice. I have a very common last name - might as well be "Smith." That means there are approximately 900,000 "Smith Law Offices," "Smith Law Group," etc. Also, there's no way I would ever be able to get a simple domain like smithlaw.com Something like smithlawofficenevada.com might be possible, but it's really long and guaranteed people will leave the "nevada" part out. 

I am on the fence about generic names like "Hot Desert Law Center". But that might be practically necessary to get a reasonably short domain name.


Thoughts? Obviously it can't be something that implies the firm is bigger than just me. What is good and what just sounds dumb? Does anyone even care? What is best for clients? (I do civil litigation mostly.)

Smith Law Firm / Group (for a solo?)
[Generic geographic reference] Law (e.g., High Desert, Desert, Red Rock, etc.)
Lawyer McLawface
A completely made-up word? (e.g., "zillow")

Other ideas? What say you?

Thanks!

Reminder:  Today is the first day to submit nominations for the Board of Governors. You only have until April 27, 2018, to get them in.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Go Knights Go


  • Judge Stefany Miley thinks Metro is engaged in gamesmanship with regard to releasing records related to October 1. [RJ]
  • The CCSD is appealing the arbitration ruling that went in favor of teachers. [TNI]
  • Here are the latest developments from the Lamplight HOA case as Michael McKelleb is representing the HOA in a deal that will likely see the HOA filing a claim against the insurance company and the Plaintiff agreeing not to pursue the judgment from the homeowners. [Fox5Vegas]
  • The Golden Knights have their first game in the NHL playoffs tonight. [NYTimes]

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Long Live Attorney-Client Privilege


  • Judge Herndon sentenced a man 32 years to life for a random killing on I-15. [RJ]
  • The City of Henderson paid Littler Mendelson PC almost $11,000 for work related to investigating claims of sexual harassment against a former assistant city manager. [RJ]
  • Two petitions to recall elected state lawmakers don't have enough signatures after a court ruled that people could withdraw their signatures. [KTNV]
  • After a raid involving one of his lawyers, President Trump declared on Twitter that "Attorney-client privilege is dead." Thoughts? [WaPo]