Feds Prepare to Pluck Nevada: If Sage Grouse is “Endangered”

Lyle Brennan

You may never have heard of a sage grouse, but this chicken-like wild bird will cost Nevada millions of dollars if federal agencies put it on the Endangered Species list. Conservationists, industry stakeholders and government representatives in Nevada have been discussing the sage grouse since 2000, and the governor even appointed a blue-ribbon commission to study it. Why has … [Read more...]

Healthcare Check-Up: Meeting the New Challenges


There’s no shortage of uncertainty swirling around Nevada’s healthcare industry: from the challenges of the local and national economies to insurance regulations and the implications – even the contours and very existence -- of Obamacare. The outlook, however, is decidedly optimistic. And with good reason. “One of the advantages of healthcare is that it’s been projected … [Read more...]

Young Executives: Nevada’s Future


After finishing graduate school, Nevada resident, Adam Kramer, launched his own business, I Am America, which provided online video content for companies. Four years later, his wife landed an opportunity in Las Vegas, and the couple relocated to the city from Los Angeles. Kramer sold his business and found a job with the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce as the director of its … [Read more...]

Industry Focus: Education


Education has long been one of the biggest challenges facing the Silver State. With a jobs base that has traditionally not encouraged secondary education and a need for an education culture, Nevada has been on the low end of several national indicators. However, educators in this state see hope for the future and are working hard to improve Nevada’s educational system. … [Read more...]

Legal Opinions


Ever wished for free legal advice? The following pages feature a special report that has been written entirely by attorneys offering their wisdom in the legal field. With topics ranging from healthcare to wealth planning, Legal Opinions is directed to business professional and is filled with several informational, useful articles for every business. Attorneys at each of the … [Read more...]

The Trend To Greater Patent Portfolio Awareness Hits The Bottom Line

William Zychlewicz

Savvy businesses today, regardless of their size, are learning they can generate significant value by selling or licensing their portfolio of intellectual property assets, most notably patents. In fact, those that recognize the potential of their patent portfolio are reaping large rewards that make an impact on their balance sheet. While in the past, valuations of patent … [Read more...]

The Business and Practices of Medicine Post the Affordable Care Act: What Challenges Lie Ahead for Nevada

Patricia Daehnke

By: Patricia Egan Daehnke & Kristin Marker The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("ACA"), enacted by Congress in 2010, has been the subject of heated political debate since it was passed. Determined to be constitutional in 2012 by the U.S. Supreme Court, states are now faced with the challenge of incorporating the federal health care mandates into existing state … [Read more...]

Positive Changes

Left to right: Robert T. Eglet and David T. Wall

Most people rarely, if ever, are forced to deal with life-altering events. As a law firm specializing in personal injury litigation, we deal with tragic life-altering events every day. Every once in a while, however, our law firm is able to not only help our clients make the best out of a life-altering situation, but we are able to effect change; the kind of change that helps … [Read more...]

Pointers on Selecting a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Counsel

Matthew Zirzow

As a business owner you undoubtedly will be involved in one aspect or another of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy case. Representation by a competent bankruptcy professional is imperative to protecting your interests because the practice is fast-paced and requires intimate knowledge of a specific and complicated federal statutory scheme (the Bankruptcy Code), as well as of the local … [Read more...]

Question: Who are the good guys in construction defect lawsuits? Answer: Certainly not the lawyers.

R. Scott Rasmussen

In 1996, I came to Las Vegas, fresh out of law school as a new lawyer, trying to find a job and make a name for myself. With two small children, my wife and I saw Las Vegas as a great opportunity to lay down some roots. We saw Nevada as a great place for a lawyer fresh out of law school to start a career. One of my first projects was the representation of a local stucco … [Read more...]

Preparing to Avoid the Biggest Threat to Your Business: Litigation

Left to right: John Steffen and Telia Williams

As a small business owner, avoiding the crippling dangers of litigation should be at the top of your list of priorities. Lawsuits are not only costly, but they can take you by surprise and take away your focus from one of your business’ most crucial tasks—your bottom line. There are several simple measures that every small business owner can take to minimize the threat of a … [Read more...]

Will an Umbrella Protect You from a Lightning Strike?

Left to right: Colins Hunsaekaer and Jeffrey Burr

We all have heard the overused phrase that “we live in a litigious society.” For many of us, being a named defendant in a lawsuit can be compared to being stuck in a lightning storm with an umbrella - an unsettling proposition. Even if a person believes that he or she is not at fault for another’s damages or injuries, that person is relying on what many believe is an imperfect … [Read more...]

Choose Words Carefully: Determining One’s Status in Federal Investigations

Left to Right: Justin Cochran and Craig Denney

Whenever a client has the misfortune of being visited by federal agents or served with a grand jury subpoena, he wants to know the answer to a basic question: What is going to happen to me? Federal grand jury investigations are intimidating, long lasting, and stressful. The grand jury’s primary function is to determine if there is probable cause that someone committed a … [Read more...]

Pro Bono Attorneys: Changing Lives One at a Time

Barbara Buckley

Mary was excited to be pregnant. She adored her young child and was thrilled at the prospect of having another. One day, she experienced a pain and went to the emergency room. Unfortunately, she miscarried. She then developed sepsis and lost both her arms and legs. Despite this tragic development, she worked on getting her strength back. Mary bonded with the nurses at the … [Read more...]

Intent to Use Trademark Applications – Planning for and Preparing Your Intent to Use

Matt Francis

There are two primary types of trademark (and service mark) applications that are filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”). The first type of application is called an “in use” or “Section 1(a)” application. An “in use” application is filed when an applicant is actually using a trademark in commerce in conjunction with the sale of the applied-for goods or … [Read more...]

Thinking ahead: The Ins and Outs of Business Insurance


Business insurance exists for one reason: to protect your business from essentially two categories of threat – those arising from people in our litigious society where anyone who owns a business can be considered a deep pocket target, and where damage caused by your business’s product or advice is actionable; and to protect against Mother Nature and all her occasionally … [Read more...]

November 2012: Around the State


Home Sales Rise in Lake Tahoe According to a quarterly report released by Lake Tahoe-based real estate company, Chase International, there was a 37 percent jump in homes sold and a 16 percent rise in sales volume in the Lake Tahoe area. Homes sales under one million increased by 37 percent and home sales above one million increased by 33 percent while overall prices fell. The … [Read more...]

Taxpayers Don’t Prevail: Nevada’s prevailing wage law benefits narrow groups at public expense

Imagine you’re a plumber living in Mesquite. For most jobs, you’d probably earn as much as a plumber living in nearby St. George, Utah — $19.67 per hour, on average, according to data from the U.S. Department of Labor. If you can get work on a public works project financed by Clark County or the State of Nevada in your hometown, however, your employer would be required to … [Read more...]

Industrial Summary: Third Quarter 2012


Las Vegas The Las Vegas industrial market continues to face a slower pace of market contraction, contributing to increased stability in the overall vacancies. The sector reported a vacancy rate of 18.6 percent during the third quarter of 2012. In the past 12 months, the sector has witnessed 674,500 square feet of negative absorption, an improvement over the negative 1.5 … [Read more...]