Friday, May 6, 2016

Moving On Up


  • A lawsuit accuses CCSD of covering up an attack on a high school student. [RJ]
  • Suspects in the killing of  Lee's Liquor store employee were appointed public defenders. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • One of our readers reports that several firms are moving or have moved:  Fisher & Phillips LLP has moved downtown to the Bank of America building; Gordon Rees will be joining them in the near future; Koeller, Nebeker, Carlson & Haluck are moving down the street; Fox & Rothschild has moved to downtown Summerlin; and, Jolley Urga Woodbury & Little is leaving Howard Hughes Parkway for phase 2 of Tivoli Village. Anyone have any insight into the reason for these moves? Is it all about the bottom line? Are they getting more or less space? Any other firms making big moves?

36 comments:

  1. Firms have been leaving Hughes Center in droves lately and its probably going to get worse. Despite growing vacancies, HC seems unwilling to renegotiate leases to market rates. There is talk that other large law firms at HC will move to the Bank of America tower downtown.

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    1. What does BofA charge? I think it might be around $1.50 / sq. ft. I think Molasky Building is like $4 / sq. ft. Any idea of the charge of HC?

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    2. We're in a really nice building in Summerlin, and the charge is about $2.75 / sq. ft. That's crazy that BofA would be that low, or that HC would be that high.

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    3. Bank of America Downtown is more than $1.50 psf. Its around $2.50 psf. CityCenter building next door is $2.65 psf. Molasky/LVVWD Building is just short of $4. HC is routinely north of $3 psf.

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  2. So we're lawyers, let's analyze the Lee's liquor store surveillance footage. The guy in the black sweatshirt who comes in last doesn't appear to have a gun in his hand and also allows the girl to leave the store. Does he have a separate lawyer than the other two? If you were his lawyer wouldn't you be arguing hard that he deserves a lesser punishment? Let's discuss.

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    1. Unless of course he planned the whole thing and convinced the first two to go in first and he only came in at the back end to try and lessen his apparent culpability.

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    2. 11:15 here yes it goes without saying that I have no other evidence before me and we won't find out until later what went on off-camera (for instance, who actually killed the clerk).

      My prediction is that there's going to be a lot of finger-pointing and hearsay, at the end of the day the jury is going to see that video over and over. Which might be good for black sweatshirt guy's lawyer unless the jury wants to just hang them all.

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    3. All three defendants will have separate lawyers so that they can be played off against each other.

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    4. Plus, co-defendants can really never have the same counsel even with a conflict waiver, adversity is almost always present.

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    5. According to the RJ the big guy in the grey sweatshirt was the shooter. On the video he appears to be the most animated and the "leader" of the crew. Warm up Old Sparky for him.

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    6. I'm not sure there's really any set of facts that are going to get any of these guys off. There is no real dispute that they entered with intent to commit a crime, and then a guy was killed during that crime. Felony murder every day of the week, right? (I don't practice crim law, so maybe I'm completely off base...)

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    7. 11:15 here again I think you are right 3:24. I practice civ law but I think felony murder gets this guy. Would be interested to hear from a crim person the implications (if any) of him not holding a weapon in his hand. Also maybe letting the other girl go could be the basis of an argument for more lenient sentencing? I definitely would agree though that these 3 guy's goose is cooked.

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    8. Nah, nah nah, see you got it all wrong, dawg. Dude was just strollin' into the local likka sto' for his daily fo'ty of Colt 45, when he saw those oth'a two dudes wavin' their pieces aroun'. Homeboy just saw his chance to grab some free drinks, know what I mean?

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    9. Take that racist shit to the RJ comment section, 4:04. You're not welcome here.

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    10. Yeah, the jury's not likely to buy it. Maybe if he wasn't related to one of the other assholes.

      Let each one of them sit in a cage for a very, very, very long time. Particularly the guy who tried to use a kid as a human shield when SWAT came knocking. Screw him. The unarmed guy might claim he didn't think anyone would get hurt, but that's not a defense to felony murder. Enjoy HDSP, boys.

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    11. 4:04 you suck.

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    12. Leave 4:04,alone. Have a sense of humor.

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    13. I'm a middle-aged white-guy so can't attest, but 4:04's patois SOUNDS legit to me? Is mimicry racist just because it's intent is comedic? Don Cheadle is extremely erudite...is his performance in Out of Sight racist because he sounds like an uneducated thug? I feel like we can make fun of people, even stereotypes, without it being racist. The same humor works for rednecks.

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    14. Okay, let's have a discussion. Explain the "humor" in 4:04's comment? How is it funny? What about the dialect makes it comedic? Does the dialect in any way increase the "comedy"?

      Because if what makes the comment funny is that "black people talk like that", then, yeah, that's racist. Because then the whole point of the "joke" is that we're supposed to laugh because black people can't even talk properly. Which is both untrue and racist.

      And the same (minus the racism) can be true of redneck jokes (depending on the teller) if the whole point of the joke is "ha, ha, rednecks talk funny." Punch up, not down. Also, FWIW, bringing up the "won't somebody think of the rednecks" argument during a discussion about a specific act of racism against black people is not a great look, because it gives the impression that you either don't think the latter is important on its own merits, or are deliberately trying distract from a real complaint. I'm not saying you are, but that's the appearance it gives.

      Finally, with regards to the "Don Cheadle can say the n-word so why, can't I?" argument. Because you can't, that's why. Because of a very long history of racism and oppression against people like Don Cheadle that white people just haven't had to deal with. And given the long and nasty history of enslavement and oppression of black people in America, the thing that should not be bothering any of us at this point is that it's not appropriate for white people to use minstrel dialect.

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    15. @12:25--4:04 did not reference the race of the suspects. 4:04 referenced the perceived dialect which gun-toting armed robbers evince all too commonly. He didn't say they were Black; you did.

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    16. If we can't have racism where does that leave comedians, out of work. Is that what you want.

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  3. Hang all 3 by their nuts for wearing baggy pants that show their nasty underwear.

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  4. I don't know why they are leaving HC, but I can recall my experience there over many years. To start, the place is very well managed by a competent core staff under strong leadership. The security staff is a bit uppity but very effective at keeping the rif-raff off property. (Remember, infamous Crack Valley is right across the street. I spent many many nights looking out my window at the LVMPD light-show, complete with copters, etc.) The rent is all inclusive.

    So, let's now talk about downsides. Location. Location. Location. You are at the edge of a violent ghetto. Paradise is the most clogged arterial outside my left anterior descending artery. The airport connector to 215 has turned into a nightmare during construction, and wasn't exactly dreamy before that. Good luck getting on I-15, too. As attorneys, we know time is money, and I am not making money sitting in traffic.

    Finally, the place is a bit old, and although it is standard among class A properties, paying for after hours A/C in summer is ridiculous. Attorneys are not insurance adjusters. You don't win cases by working 9-5, like some ticket punching schlub. Getting a huge bill for the basic necessity of a decent office climate is a bit off putting.

    Would I go back? Maybe. Once Paradise is a six lane designated high speed arterial and the 215 and I-15 are again easily accessible.

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  5. What's the draw to HH Center? By the airport? Relatively nice? Located by other big companies' offices? Firms that go to HH puzzle me because I always assume that they'd want to be located near the courthouse. Especially if they have any litigation presence.

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    1. I used to make the trip to courthouse from HC door to door in 15 minutes. It's not that bad.

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    2. Most days it takes me 18-20 minutes, but that's not bad for the occasional hearing. When you're in trial, it really is another thing.

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    3. I agree, even with some traffic, I can leave my office and walk into the courtroom in 15 minutes. (Same as walking from Bank of America building -- it takes 5 minutes for those elevators sometimes.)

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    4. Having worked in both BOA and HH Center, I'd take HH Center hands down. Good security, nice greenery when taking a lunch time stroll, good food options close, DI or Spring Mountain back to the west side.

      BOA, I never felt safe working later at night, there were always security alerts about people breaking into cars, or showing up randomly on office floors. The building is old. Plus, you have to deal with the traffic of the spaghetti bowl which was a fender bender waiting to happen.

      I'd rather take a 15 minute commute to court, and come back to a nice office space, rather than get panhandled every six seconds as I walk the block from the BOA building.

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  6. HH Center is very convenient for clients, being right by the airport and hotels.

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  7. HH Center is overpriced and does not have the panache any longer. Plus for many lawyers it is not about getting to Court; it is about getting home. And in 10 minutes from HH you can get to any number of equally squalid locations. Freeway access is terrible. Arterial access is terrible. Unless you are an out-of-state firm with frequent "fly-ins" who cares how close you are the airport?

    I heard Kolesar about bankrupted itself over what it spent at Tivoli. DT Summerlin is flat out expensive.

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  8. Of course Jolley Urga is moving to DSummerlin, they rip off grandma and grandpa.

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  9. Interesting article on Nevada LLCs in the Review Journal this weekend: http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/nevada/lawyers-doubt-new-rules-can-stop-tax-evasion-money-laundering-financial-crime

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    1. Another governmental over-reaction

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    2. Another RJ overreaction. At least they had Sean Whaley write this one rather than Jeff "Hitman" German.

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  11. It's all because of that new sign... Liquor All Over. Makes a man crazy and pisses off women. Mayhem was bound to happen.

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