Monday, March 20, 2017

Johnny B. Goode


  • Ashley Sisolak, the public defender (and Boyd '13 grad) representing the mannequin attacker, is not going to be challenging her client's mental competency. [RJ]
  • Several lawyers are on the Vegas Inc. 40 under 40 list, including Stacie Michaels, VP and General Counsel at Wynn; Robin Perkins, a partner at Snell & Wilmer; Greg Riches, VP and legal counsel at MGM Resorts International; Timothy O'Reilly, O'Reilly Law Group president; and Judah Zakalik, founding partner at Peters and Associates. No sign of any Boyd '13s, but their day is coming. [Vegas Inc.]

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  1. Why would a 'founding partner' of a firm willingly agree to be the 'and Associates' of a firm's name? If he was truly a 'founding partner' wouldn't he at least want his name on it? Or did he join later and just say he was a 'founding partner' because it sounded better than saying he was a 'partner'?

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  2. I have wondered this too. Maybe that giant panda can shake some sense into him?

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  3. 1. PANDA is good marketing hook.
    2. Judah Zakalik isn't exactly Lincoln or Darrow.

    Their ads are effective and they do good work.

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    1. This wasn't a smash on his abilities. The name "Judah Zakalik" isn't exactly Lincoln or Darrow. PANDA is easier to pronounce and remember.

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    2. @9:35a here - I totally agree with you on that. They're doing a great marketing job and with few exceptions I hear good things about them. I just always wondered why he would agree to play 2nd fiddle in the firm name.

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  4. PANDA is a good firm? News to me. Can someone name one case from the Sup Ct or Odyssey that we can pull up. Just one great result??

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    1. Here is my experience: I needed a loan mod when Chase said no for over a year. I was not upside down, but my interest was 5.5%.

      My experience from the first phone call was outstanding. I met with X (Xenophon Peters). He was professional. His fees were reasonable. He did everything he said he would. He took my phone calls. And when it was all over, got my loan modified to 2% fixed.

      I am not a lawyer, but have been working with law firms for over 20 years. Most firms (regardless of practice area) can not hold a candle to the exemplary client service PANDA delivered to me.

      And yes, in my view, "PANDA" is likely the best law firm brand in the Las Vegas legal marketing arena. Among other things, it communicates that the lawyers' egos are not larger and grander than their legal expertise. Glen? Ed? Farhan? Richard? Adam? Etc.? I would prefer better client service to Giant ego. A law firm brand does not have to be someone's name.

      Lastly, to prove this is an authentic post, based on an authentic experience; anyone who doesn't believe it can call me personally at 702-562-2269.

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    2. How exactly are you affiliated with them?

      Please explain what qualifies you to opine on the quality of client service of "most firms (regardless of practice area"?

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    3. You could have called me to ask these questions, but since you asked here...

      My only affiliation with them is as a former client.

      What qualifies me to opine on the quality of client service of most firms? I have been a self employed legal marketing consultant for over 20 years, mostly in CA and NV. I have had clients in every practice area. And in my experience, one of the common obstacles to business development in most law firms is "average" client service.

      If you have any other questions about my experience and opinions about the business of law; feel free to call me @ 702-562-2269.

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  5. I don't know whether Zakalik is a good attorney or not, but since they are regular advertisers with the Sun, it seems like that should be disclosed in the Vegas Inc publication.

    I think I'm impressed with the general counsel for Wynn and legal counsel for Wynn. Pretty impressive to be in those positions at those ages, right?

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    1. Another example of how much money you have and who you know/who your parents know gets you where you are.

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    2. I don't see you on the list, smartypants.

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    3. @2:47 - True. I don't have rich parents/major connections/giant trust account/commissioner father :( To be fair, I do not think that everyone on the list is there because of their connections, but many on the list are. I mean, Blake Sartini II? Shouldn't the article be required to disclose that he is the son of the owners of Golden Gaming, the very company where he has magically worked his way to the top?

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    4. 10 of them are marketing/PR people (or work for marketing firms). I'd guess the rest have marketing/PR firms working for them.

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  6. Do any of you donate money to your law school? I'm half thinking about it. But I keep thinking "man, I think I'd rather just have that money for me."

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    1. Do you consider paying law professors a healthy six figure salary to work part-time with rock solid job security (regardless of performance or competency) to be worthy charity?

      If so, donate away!

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    2. Current student here and I would say save your money...

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    3. Please don't. It will only encourage them

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    4. I told them they might start getting my money if my student loan ever gets paid off.

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    5. Never! Never!

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    6. In my view,Boyd does not have a very good history of hiring solid local attorneys to teach--either as full-time professors or adjuncts. Instead,it seems to me they try to attract out-of-state academians.

      Most law schools understand the necessity of hiring some local talent. It helps with fund raising, local credibility and profile being enhanced, placement services enhanced, plus students benefit in that real life current or former Nevada practitioners guide the students as to as to the realities of local practice, such as what is effective and what is not.

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    7. The legal profession supported the state sponsored taxpayer funded law school and killed Western States from coming here (a/k/a Thomas Jefferson). The promise we received was that the state school UNLV Boyd would use local attorneys to teach specialty classes. Instead we got radicals who won't teach the elements of a sexual assault and the defenses. The faculty are all out of town carpetbaggers. Then they wonder why their students flunk the bar. It is total baloney that the Nevada Bar is the hardest in the country. Try taking California and see what happens. On top of that UNLV professors waive into the Nevada bar. What kind of nonsense is that.

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    8. First, Western States wasn't accredited and wanted a complete waiver of ABA accreditation from the Supreme Court. Second, there was never a promise that Boyd would hire locals to teach. In fact, it was the hope that professors would be brought in from elsewhere to raise the standard of pracice. There are a number of locals who are teaching speciality classes as adjuncts.

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    9. Judge Bybee, Dominic Gentile, Bruce Markell... all adjunct professors at UNLV Law. Boyd also has some great full time faculty that truly cares for there students and makes themselves available to the students. They get rid of those pretty quick who do not get good student feedback or are not available to students. I went to Boyd (not Boyd 13). Although I may have disliked some of my professors for various reasons, 99% of them were always responsive and available to meet me if i had any questions. It could be argued that this should be expected at all schools, but I do not think it is true. Also, the administrative staff is equally supportive and involved. Dean Durand does a great job keeping his "ear to the ground" and being in touch with the students' needs and wants. Boyd is never going to be a T30 school, and that's fine with me. I would much rather take the small town everyone knows your name approach they have. It goes a long way.

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    10. 3:34 says Boyd would hire professors who would be brought in from elsewhere. "Elsewhere to raise the level of practice!" Nonsense. The professors brought in from elsewhere are not lawyers but academics who have never practiced law and never will but they are given a law license without taking the bar exam. Dominic Gentile was the exception. Everybody knows Dominic. Bybee was a full time teacher and then became a judge and Sheldon Markell became a bankruptcy judge. They are the exception. They were on track for that and the law school was a diversion. I distinctly remember Dean Morgan promising to involve the local legal profession and pounding the pavement for donations. Then the law school did not support the local profession once it was underway. I practiced in other states. Nevada is no worse than them but this law school teaches we are all idiots and our courts are corrupt because they are elected.

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  7. I don't understand why this blog loves Boyd '13 grads so much.

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    1. Hint, if anyone but the 12 people who read this bog cared, it would be here: http://knowyourmeme.com/

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    2. Who you non-Boyd-'13 people?

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  8. Jury has reached a verdict in the War Machine case. Gee, I wonder what that verdict will be?

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    1. Hung on attempted murder though:

      http://www.reviewjournal.com/crime/courts/las-vegas-jury-convicts-war-machine-sexual-assault

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    2. I'm guessing that the 29 out of 34 charges he was convicted of will be an effective life sentence, or close to it.

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  9. Tom Brady's jersey recovered, thanks to the flippin' FBI. Good to know they're available for petty crimes. Someone broke into my shed, what FBI department handles stolen lawn mowers?
    http://www.reviewjournal.com/sports/football/tom-brady-s-missing-super-bowl-jersey-found-mexico

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  10. Interesting how the 40 under 40 doesn't have anyone under 30 or anyone over 40. blatant ageism.

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    1. I am 50 but self-identify as 39, so leaving my successful mug off the list is discrimination. Who wants the case?

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    2. It's better than some of the discrimination cases which survive summary judgments or motions to dismiss.

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    3. I'm totally age-fluid. Who is this magazine to tell me that I can't live my truth?

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  11. Off topic: Beers, Seroka, or Roush? I'm undecided. Anyone have personal experiences they'd care to relate?

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    1. Beers. Republican with a big R. Plus, his name is cool. Beers for everyone!

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    2. Beers is a loud mouth idiot. The man who praised Cliven Bundy as a hero. Seroka is solid. 30 year military officer, full bird colonel. Roush, not impressed.

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    3. Bundy is a hero. How come campus burning anti-speech activists get to be heroes but ranchers saving cattle and freedom are not? Bundy could take down every Berkeley protester with nothing but his horse and a rope. Beers!

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    4. Bob Beers is a good man. We need more like him. I miss him in the legislature. We need folks who will stand up to the folks trying to raise taxes and pass stupid laws. The City of Las Vegas would have their own boondoggle stadium if it were not for Beers.

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    5. Saving cattle and freedom? Bundy is a thief who wraps himself in the flag of a country whose laws he does not want to obey. He has stolen from the taxpayers for years and refuses to obey any law he does not like. He didn't give a crap about the livestock for the sake of the livestock, he was only worried about the money he would lose if the cattle were impounded and taken. If Bundy is your hero, then you are sorely lacking for role models in your life.

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  12. Newbie question (and don't make fun of me haha): If my client got a child support order we do not agree with (from the Court on Flamingo), 1) How long do we have to appeal and 2) What is the first step to appeal i.e., some sort of notice of appeal or Motion or something to the District Court Judge? Thanks in advance!

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  13. I just finished reading Lowry's post from today, regarding "boilerplate" objections, and the court decision he referenced. Pretty interesting stuff. I was trained to object in every single response -- the exact opposite of what they are preaching here. What do you guys think? Is it safe to drop the boilerplate in state court?

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    1. If it's a cognizance objection, by all means, make it. If, on the other hand, the objection is so broad that it can be copied and pasted onto 17 of the remaining Discovery requests, (or it HAS been copied and pasted from previous responses in another case), you've got yourself some boilerplate. Pitch it.

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  14. It wouldn't be an Appeal(as it is not yet an order. It is only a recommendation from a hearing master).

    The approach is that you need to file an objection to the District Judge within 10 days of receipt of the recommendations. If you were handed(and/or signed for) the recommendations at the conclusion of the hearing, I believe the 10 days starts running from that time.

    If you don't object, or if you do object but the objection is denied, the recommendations will be adopted as an order. Once they are adopted as an order, and receipt occurs, then all the applicable post-order deadlines apply(whether it be 10 days for re-hearing, 6 months for set aside, 30 days to appeal to state Supreme Court, or whatever).

    It's far better to object now and demonstrate some error of law establishing that the recommendations are clearly erroneous, rather than seeking a re-hearing once it becomes an order. Otherwise, if you wait until it becomes an order, then in addition to making those arguments as to why the recommendations are erroneous, you would have the additional complicated task of, before being permitted to demonstrate that the rulings were erroneous, demonstrating a convincing legal/procedural basis as to why you should be entitled to have the matter re-heard.

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  15. wow - thank you for such a detailed and thoughtful response - I see the common phrase here is "who you people" - so several "who you peoples" to you :)

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