Friday, June 1, 2012

Drama!

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Here's a juicy bone for you all to chew on.  If you haven't been following the campaign for Nevada's State Senate District Nine (covering some of Henderson and most of the southwest valley) between Brent Jones and Mari Nakashima St. Martin, it's getting . . . well, nasty.  News stories of the smear campaign can be found here and here, and the competing hatesites can be found here and here.  There's a little something for everyone in this drama, including allegations of defrauding the mentally handicapped, ostrich breeding, partying, bikini photos, and much, much more...  And to top it all off, now there's even a lawsuit: A-12-662563.*

And speaking of lawsuits, as a commenter pointed out earlier today, it looks like we may all soon find out who the infamous, anonymous "Lawyer" commenter is in the Mary Brown defamation lawsuit, as Discovery Commissioner Bulla denied "Lawyer's" motion to quash the subpoena issued to the LVRJ. 

Oh, and although it might not qualify as "news" anymore, yesterday 14 more people, including former Las Vegas attorneys Jeanne Winkler and Brian Jones pled guilty in the well-publicised HOA scandal.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

*Thanks for the tip, tipster! 

22 comments:

  1. Here is some drama. Check out the second file in May's bar counsel report:

    http://nvbar.org/articles/content/bar-counsel-report-may-2012

    Case No 09-028-2699.

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    Am I the only person who thinks that this poor attorney got screwed?

    This just looks like a problem client from day one who would not stop.

    The client was "verbally abusive" to the attorney and his staff and then the same client had an issue with his treating doctor. Then he filed a bar complaint.

    Watch your back and trust yourself if you think that a client will be a problem.

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  2. @12:06--the attorney paid a lien without consulting the client and then refused to provide the client with the file--how did the attorney get "screwed"?

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  3. Brent Jones' complaint is awesome. Nothing like a good defamation suit to have all your skeletons brought out into public view.

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  4. 12:06 = the attorney who was disciplined. Only the involved attorney would fine this one "dramatic." It doesn't say the client WAS verbally abusive - it says the attorney SAID the client was verbally abusive. I know there are plenty of clients from hell, but given that this attorney could not comprehend rules about liens or client files, I'm not so sure the attorney is all that credible.

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  5. "find" ... before the blog grammar/typo trolls pounce upon me

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  6. I'm wondering....is the complaint by the Browns' about an anonymous poster having a chilling impact on our willingness to post comments? Certainly "lawyer" seems to be sweating it. I wonder if he/she will pay off the Browns to avoid being revealed? (not that anyone cares what he/she said about the Browns).

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  7. The suit by the Browns certainly has a chilling effect on the R/J and its new "Facebook" policy.

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  8. The ASU law firm:

    http://www.newyorklawjournal.com/PubArticleNY.jsp?id=1202557309020&Think_of_It_as_a_Residency_for_Lawyers=&et=editorial&bu=NY%20Lawyer&cn=careers%206%2F05%2F12&src=EMC-Email&pt=New%20York%20Law%20Journal%20Weekly%20Buzz%20Alert&kw=Think%20of%20It%20as%20a%20Residency%20for%20Lawyers

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  9. I've been saying for years that the third year of law school should be banished in favor of a one-year "residency". The third year of law school is usually worthless and 90% of what an attorney learns about the law is learned in practice anyway. I'm not sure law schools would be willing to give up a year of tuition though...

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  10. So I know this is an annual topic but I received "Nevada Business" Magazine today, in which one of the most ridiculous lists of "Top Nevada Attorneys" exists.

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  11. I don't get "Nevada Business" so I'm curious what makes their list of the Top Nevada Attorneys so ridiculous? Who's on the list?

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  12. you can find the list online. and it's very obvious which firms paid to have their attorneys on the list, haha. such a joke.

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  13. The firms who advertise in the Magazine had their attorneys on the List. Are there good attorneys on the list? Sure. Is the vast majority of the list an utter sham? Of course.

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  14. Ya'll just jeli.

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  15. Nevada Business Magazine should be ashamed by this each year. I personally refuse to submit my name for the list (and I make EVERY legitimate list) because I don't want my name next to these wannabes who submit their name for a list that is clearly lacking to anyone who has been around. Honestly, they put attorneys with just a few years' experience on the list. Shame on the magazine.

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  16. I don't think there's any paying going on. It's my experience that firms with 40-ish attorneys get more 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year attorneys on these lists because the attorneys at the firm are encouraged to vote for each other. Another factor is that some attorneys make a huge effort to get on the list by asking their attorney friends to vote for them. I think it’s quite transparent which attorneys shouldn’t be on the list yet. I would be embarrassed to be one of them. If you’re a third year attorney, and you do good work, that’s great. Maybe if you keep it up you should be on these types of lists one day. But there’s no reason you should be on there now. It’s also amazing that certain government attorneys who do excellent work are left off the list, perhaps because the civil bar doesn’t have as much interaction with them. When I was a law clerk, the US Attorney’s Office submitted some of the best work, and consistently performed the best in the courtroom. I’ve seen many of the attorneys on this list perform, and based on my comparison, I think there should be at least 20 AUSAs on the list.

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  17. There should also be a lot of FPDs. They do excellent work, too, and I should have included them in my last post.

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  18. I get on a lot of lists, a few are an honor, some like this one are a pay for play embarassment. Are we really supposed to belienve that a 1-2 attorney is the "top" atty in NV. There are many fine attys on the list, but most are a complete joke.

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  19. I'm on the list and I'll admit that the process is a complete joke. The problem is that the real top 100 attorneys aren't nominating themselves or getting nominated, so the list is open for the junior associates to make a grab for the list. Either way, it's just another award to list on the profile so the firm can tout how awesome we are.

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  20. Did we ever find out who the anonymous blogger is?

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