Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Attorney at Work

Earlier this week, the RJ profiled Jason Gerber, a newly appointed director at Marquis Aurbach Coffing, for one of its columns entitled "Nevadan at Work."  Jason seems like someone I could have a beer with.  What do you think?

Monday, August 29, 2011

Best of the August 26, 2011 Friday Open Thread!

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Wow! I'm not sure who/what to thank, but as you might have noticed, the Las Vegas Law Blog has been getting some much needed traffic these past few days.  In fact, since last Friday, there have been almost 600 page-views and we are quickly closing in on 10,000 total hits since the blog's inception just three months ago.
I also want to thank everyone for all the comments and address just a few things from Friday and today:
  1. I agree that the Las Vegas Law Blog could use a Facebook page and Twitter account.  Unfortunately, this blog makes me approximately $0,000,000.00 and as long as I’m lucky enough to have a paying gig, I’ve decided to focus my limited resources just on this blog.  Of course that could change at some time in the future, but for now, this is about what you should expect.
  2. On the one hand, I agree that anonymous commenting (and blog hosting) has the potential for abuse.  However, I also agree that anonymous commenting (and blog hosting) is absolutely necessary for the free-flow of information, which is what we all come here to read.  I try to manage this blog with these competing perspectives in mind, and so far, I think the commenters have done a good job at balancing them as well.  That being said, if anyone a problem with a particular post or comment that can't be addressed with a simple follow-up comment, shoot me an email and depending on the situation, I will consider how to best address the issue (See also Comment Guidelines to the right).
  3. Along these lines, I agree that we can't have commenters trying to "out" "Elle."  Please give Elle a break and save me the hassle of having to delete those comments.
  4. @ 7:51am(8.26.11)/11:00am(8.26.11)/ 11:00am(8.26.11) – The new judges’ performance is a good topic.  I’ll do a post about that soon.
  5. @12:34pm(8.26.11) – For some strange reason, your first post got caught in the auto “spam” filter – sorry!
  6. @12:20pm(8.26.11) - #3 doesn’t apply to you.  That comment was funny.
  7. @1:53pm(8.26.11)/2:08pm(8.26.11)/2:57pm(8.26.11) – I think the CPK party is also a good topic and I will cover that as well.
  8. @4:36pm(8.26.11) - Did you hit a happy hour between the time when you typed the first two paragraphs and the third?
  9. @6:48pm(8.26.11) – Possibly - refer to #2 (above).
  10. @12:01am(8.27.11) – Jordan, thanks for reading, commenting, and bringing some aspect of legitimacy to the blog.
  11. @12:01am(8.27.11) – Jordan, don’t you have anything better to do on a Friday night at midnight?
  12. @8:29am(8.29.11) – Thank you, I appreciate your comments.
  13. @8:55am(8.29.11) – I agree.  Please get on that, pronto.
  14. Here are a few of the google searches that led people to the blog today:
      • amber candelaria vampire
      • aria hotel class action
      • candelaria vampire las vegas attorneys
      • changes to edcr 7.27
      • las vegas law blog blogspot
      • las vegas legal news blog
      • legal blog las vegas
      • nancy quon the lawyer
      • whos hiring in las vegas 2011
Thanks for reading!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Friday Open Thread!

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Happy Friday everyone!  What's on your minds?  Anything interesting going on this weekend? 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

City Center Updates!

Ok, so I hate to say "I told you so," but it looks like a group of at least six plaintiffs have now sued the Aria over the Legionnaires disease debacle. Did anyone else find it amusing that the VegasInc reporter covering this story seemed particularly interested in the loss of consortium claims? 

Also, it looks like plans are now in the works to implode the still-vacant Harmon Hotel, but the County wants more information before giving the green light. In addition to generating more legal fees, I bet there's some reality tv money to be made there...

Monday, August 22, 2011

Good Day My Dear Friends. . .

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So did you see the LVRJ story today about Valner Johnson Esq.?  Apparently, the already disbarred (for life) Johnson was sentenced today to three years of probation after pleading guilty to felony charges of making false statements to FBI agents who were conducting an investigation into Johnson's attempts to bribe an individual he believed was a bank employee. 

According to the Justice Department's website, Johnson thought it would be a good idea to try and locate "a bank employee who could assist Johnson in carrying out a scheme to misrepresent his bank balance to third parties in order for Johnson to earn large profits." 

I'm not sure exactly how this scheme was supposed to work, but it reminds me of the time I tried to assist "Wumi Abdul; the only Daughter of late Mr and Mrs George Abdul retrieve a very large sums of money from a suspense accounts in a local Bank here in Abidjan . . . ."

Anyway, is it just me or does three years of probation seem like just a slap on the wrist?  Does anyone know if the underlying fraud case still being investigated?

Friday, August 19, 2011

Friday Open Thread

Happy Friday, everyone! 

Other than the LDS judiciary ratio in Nevada, what's on your mind?

Here are a few starter topics:

Does anyone else (other than a tipster) think there may be an unusually high associate attrition rate at Gordon & Silver?

Does anyone know what's going on with Judge Earl?  I hear he is quite ill these days (and if that is true, I wish him a speedy recovery).

Does anyone have any thoughts about the latest Desai/Hep-C trial that just got underway?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Nancy Quon (Hellen) Arrested . . . Again

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Nancy Quon, who is now apparently using the name Nancy Hellen, was arrested (again) yesterday after a grand jury indicted her on charges of: (1) False Claim For Insurance Benefits; (2) Arson-1st Degree; (3) Conspiracy To Violate Uniform Control Substance Act; (4) Conspiracy To Commit A Crime; and (4) Arson For Insurance Fraud.

For those of you who haven't been following the sad/bizarre/fascinating story of Nancy Quon, et al., she was is a local attorney who is separately being investigated by the FBI for allegedly rigging homeowner association elections, and her boyfriend is former Las Vegas Metro police officer William Ronald Webb Jr.  Last year, they were allegedly involved in a botched suicide/insurance fraud scheme in which Webb allegedly acquired drugs to help Quon stage what was to look like an accidental death and give her assets to her family.

Monday, August 15, 2011

November 11, 2011 = Vampire Killing Day?

Well, this story isn't about Amber, its about her (purported ex) husband, Clarke D. Walton, who owns the Walton Law Firm, "a boutique Internet law firm that serves website owners worldwide."
According to Clark County Detention Center records, a "Clarke D. Walton" was recently arrested on felony grand larceny and burglary charges.  Can anyone confirm whether this is the same Mr. Walton who owns the Walton Law Firm?  Does anyone have any more details on this story?

And, regardless of whether or not its the same Mr. Walton, can anyone explain what's going on with Mr. Walton's profile on the State Bar of Nevada Website (which was changed after the initial post)?  Apparently, November 11, 2011 is a very special date for him... Maybe he's going to be killing vampires that day?

Bonus: Here's a link to what appears to be a manifesto authored by the vampire killer himself (this webpage was deleted after the initial post).  To view it, hold the control button and scroll-out with your mouse..

Thanks for the story, tipster!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Friday Open Thread!

Happy Friday, everyone, and as always, please feel free to speak your mind.

If you need a starter topic, apparently "Howard Awand is in the news" again, even though I can't seem to find the story...   Maybe someone will be kind enough to post a link?

For those of you who don't know the Howard Awand history, here are some past links:

CNN Money Story on Awand

LV Sun Story on Awand

US Dept of Justice Story on Awand

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Congratulations, Miranda Du - Nevada's First (nominated) Asian-American Federal Judge!

Corrected, thanks commenters!

This past Thursday, President Obama nominated Reno-based, soon-to-be-former partner with McDonald Carano Wilson, Miranda Du to serve as a in the US District Court for the District of Nevada.

According to an article in the
""Miranda Du will be an esteemed addition to the Federal bench for the people of Nevada,” President Obama said in a statement, adding. “I am grateful for her dedication to public service.”  US Sen. Harry Reid, who recommended Du, noted the lawyer’s extensive litigation experience and deep understanding and dedication to the Nevada community. . . .  A refugee of Vietnam who immigrated to the US when she was nine years old, Du would be the first Asian-American judge in the history of Nevada."
Congratulations, Ms. Du!

Wall Street to The Strip

Well, the stock market has had a wild past few days, and that is putting it mildly.  Unless you have been living under a rock, you should already know that Standard & Poor's downgraded the the United States' credit rating from "AAA" to "AA+" last Friday (we are now ranked below: Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom).

On Monday, investors reacted poorly to the downgrade - the Dow Jones industrial average lost 636 points, the worst single-day decline in three years and the sixth-steepest single-day decline ever.  It looks like the Dow is doing a little better so far today, but it stocks have still lost approximately 15 percent of their value in just 2½ weeks.

However, according to a interview published this morning, Jim Murren - the Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International says that "so far the company hasn’t been affected by" the Wall Street rollercoaster ride. 

That sounds like good news for MGM, but what do you all think this means, if anything, for the rest of Las Vegas and specifically, for the lawyers here?

Oh yea, and in other news: Henderson City Attorney Elizabeth Quillin accepted a $99,500 severance package and resigned Monday following her May DUI arrest.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Friday Open Thread!

Happy Friday, everyone! What's going on out there? What are your plans for the weekend?

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


So, a commenter recently asked if anyone had heard that Mr. Libo Agwara had some trouble with the law.  Is that true?  Does anyone have the goods?  I couldn't find anything in the news or on Odyssey

I don't know much about Mr. Agwara, other than what I just learned from the Dope Game News and what I remembered from WWL: that Mr. Agwara apparently drives a sweet car with an even sweeter vanity plate.  However, I did just learn from his online profile, that "[b]efore attending law school, Libo Agwara was a ???????? with a strong background in ?dadadadadadada."  Amazing...

Someone fill us in!

Also, to make up for not posting in nearly a week, here is a link to the LV Sun story today about the Nevada Supreme Court's "revised rules for television, broadcasting, camera and recording coverage of court hearings."

And, here is another link to the LVRJ story today about "Henderson City Attorney Elizabeth Quillin" and the fact that she will soon "face City Council members on Monday for the first time since her May 23 arrest on drunken driving and other charges."