The Road to Becoming a Lawyer:
The story starts when I am 7 years old. I am living in Las Vegas with my family. One day I am with my older brother, who is 11 years old. My brother looks at me and says: “Okay, when we grow up, I will be the Doctor and you will be the Lawyer.” I say “Okay”. The matter is settled as only children can agree on such a thing.
Fast forward to present day and my brother is a Doctor, working at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. I have my own personal injury law practice. My brother’s plan worked!
When it was time to go to law school, the timing couldn’t have been better. I graduated from UNLV in the late ‘90s. At the time, Nevada didn’t have a law school. So, I was looking at law schools around the country. I found out that UNLV was opening a new law school and I applied. It turns out that I was the first student on the books. In 2000, UNLV’s Boyd Law graduated its first class of 5 newly minted law students, of which I was a part.
I started out my legal career working at a family friendly insurance defense law firm. It was there that I learned about the law and how insurance companies put those injured under a microscope. I came to the realization that insurance companies treated people like numbers and believed that most people could not actually be injured in traumatic accidents.
After this soul-sapping experience, I decided it was time to open my own law office. It is such a great feeling, helping people during the most difficult times of their lives. I now focus exclusively on personal injury matters, helping those who have been injured as a result of the carelessness of others.
For me, it is an honor and privilege to be the voice from someone on their legal journey. I will make sure that when you hire me, I will guide you through the legal process. You will be well informed and taken care of along the way.
What do I do when I am not standing up to insurance companies? I have lived in Las Vegas Valley almost my entire life and I love rock climbing with my family in the beautiful desert southwest.Type your paragraph here.
Hudgins, Gunn & Dial, LLC
6385 South Rainbow Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89118
Phone: (702) 938-3847
College of Southern Nevada
6375 W. Charleston Blvd., W32E
Las Vegas, Nevada 89146
Phone: (702) 651-7325
Asked her biggest challenge to date and Stacy will point to raising three teenage daughters. Studying for bar exams, orchestrating divorce trials, handling depositions, or arguing with other lawyers pales in comparison to mediating disputes over daughters borrowing shoes or makeup without asking. Stacy is the founder and managing partner of Right Lawyers in Las Vegas, Nevada. For over a decade Stacy has been one of the top divorce attorneys in the area. Her ability to negotiate disputes and knack for uncovering important issues has been key to her success as a divorce attorney and mother. Stacy graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Whittier College in 1991. She went on to earn her law degree from the University of San Diego School Of Law in 1996. Stacy is admitted to practice law in the State of Nevada. She is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Federal District Court and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Law Office of Kathleen
M. Paustian, Chartered
3205 Skipworth Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89107
Ganz & Hauf
8950 W. Tropicana Ave Suite 1
Las Vegas, NV 89147
Phone: (702) 598-4529
Marjorie Hauf is a Martindale-Hubbell AV rated attorney with many years of experience protecting injured people. Marjorie obtained her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (cum laude), and a law degree from the William S. Boyd School of Law, charter class (2002), where she received the CALI Award for Law Practice Management. Prior to her admission to the Nevada Bar, she worked in hotel-casino management in the Las Vegas, most recently as a risk management representative, investigating claims and negotiating settlements. Marjorie has been involved in the successful resolution of millions of dollars in personal injury, Insurance Bad Faith, wrongful death, and medical malpractice settlements and jury verdicts. Marjorie is a member of Clark County Bar Association, Arizona State Bar Association, Nevada Justice Association, Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, Washoe County Bar Association, The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Lawyers, Nevada State Bar Association, Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys. Marjorie is licensed to practice law in Nevada and Arizona.
Nadia von Magdenko & Associates
624 S. 9th St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: (702) 385-1600
Recently, Kathleen has focused on mediation and arbitration, while continuing her 27 years of ligating employment defense and commercial matters. Since 1997, Kathleen has also served at the behest of the Nevada Supreme Court as a Settlement Judge (mediator), having resolved multi-million dollar development appeals, as well as employment contract, union issue and premises liability appellate cases. She is also an employment and commercial panel arbitrator and mediator for the American Arbitration Association. Since 1997, Kathleen has maintained the highest Martindale-Hubbell AV rating and was named a 2013 Best Employment Lawyer of the Year for Las Vegas by Best Lawyers and to the 2015 Best Lawyers in America for employment law. The Mountain States Super Lawyers has included her for employment law each year since 2007 and as corporate counsel for 2008, ‘09 and ’10 and for her ADR work in 2015. Since, 2014, her firm has been named annually to “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News and World Report.
Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP
300 South 4th Street - 11th Floor
Las Vegas, NV 89101-6014
Phone: (702) 727-1394
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JUDGE ELISSA CADISH
Eighth Judicial District Court, Dept. 6
Sept. 15 5TH ANNUAL JUSTICE MIRIAM SHEARING AWARD GALA
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Kristina S. Holman
703 S. Eighth Street
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: (702) 614-4777
Diane is the Assistant General Counsel for the College of Southern Nevada and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Boyd School of Law, where she was a member of the Society of Advocates Moot Court Team, Articles Editor for the Nevada Law Journal, and was named Outstanding Graduate. Diane became familiar with both Federal and State courts, first as a Federal Court extern for the Honorable Philip Pro, and later as the law clerk for the Honorable Elissa Cadish. Her first two years of practice were with the law firm of Hutchison & Steffen handling probate litigation and complex commercial litigation cases prior to joining the Office of General Counsel for CSN. In her spare time, Diane loves sports and travel. She plays tennis and golf, with the occasional scuba diving trip. Diane comes from a proud Air Force family and has two grown sons, Tom and Dan.
Mary Chapman graduated from the University of South Florida in 1985, receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and, in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. Mary pursued a career in law enforcement and was a Traffic Homicide Investigator, court certified expert traffic reconstructionist, for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in Tampa, Florida. She then decided to attend law school receiving her law degree, cum laude, from the Stetson University College of Law in 1998. After graduation, she moved to Las Vegas and was admitted to practice in 1998, and then was licensed in California in 1999.
Mary entered private practice in 1998 where she focused primarily on employment law defense and business law. Since her admission to the bar Mary has taken an active role in the legal community helping to form the New Lawyers Committee at the Clark County Bar Association; spending 15 years working with the Trial By Peers program; serving on the Board of Directors for the Clark County Law Foundation and the Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys. Mary is also active in the Las Vegas community having served in the United State Coast Guard Auxiliary; as a Member of the Board of Directors for the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada; and as a Member of the Saint Elizabeth Ann Seaton School Advisory Board.
In 2003, Mary opened her own office where she continues to practice in the areas of small business and employment law. Mary is AV rate by Martindale-Hubbell. In 2013, Mary was recognized as one of the top attorneys in Southern Nevada. She is an experienced trial attorney having tried cases in both federal and state court. Mary is also an experienced appellate attorney having argued before both the Nevada Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
600 S. Tonopah Drive, Suite 300
Las Vegas, Nevada 89106
Phone: (702) 914-0400
Law Office of Mary F. Chapman, Ltd.
8440 West Lake Mead Blvd. Suite 203
Las Vegas, Nevada 89128
Phone: (702) 562-1246
Karen L. Bashor is Of Counsel at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker. She graduated cum laude from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and was selected Phi Beta Kappa. Karen then attended Seton Hall University School of Law, routinely made the dean’s list and was awarded scholarships. Karen has significant litigation and trial experience with complex litigation, large transportation claims and catastrophic injury defense. She has successfully tried civil and criminal jury trials, in state and federal court, in Nevada and New Jersey. Prior to joining Wilson Elser, Karen was the first woman partner at a prominent Las Vegas law firm where she routinely managed cases involving multimillion-dollar claims, including punitive damages, fraud and wrongful death. She has vigorously defended companies and individuals across the nation.
Karen is a proud member of Wilson Elser’s initiative dedicated to Women Attorneys Valued & Empowered (WAVE) and serves as the Las Vegas regional representative. She brings her passion to help women attorneys support one another and achieve a healthy and meaningful work/life balance to her involvement with SNAWA. Karen is honored to serve on the board.
Karen is married to Ryan Bashor, a lawyer as well. Karen is also a proud mother to a young son named Angus, and two miniature dachshunds, Imelda and Rockefeller.
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