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August 24, 2022

LAWYER SPOTLIGHT: Johnathan Leavitt

Johnathan Leavitt As a child, Johnathan Leavitt grew up in a family of lawyers, igniting his interest at an early age. His grandfather was the late Nevada Supreme Court Justice, Myron Leavitt. For Johnathan, personal…

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Johnathan Leavitt

As a child, Johnathan Leavitt grew up in a family of lawyers, igniting his interest at an early age. His grandfather was the late Nevada Supreme Court Justice, Myron Leavitt. For Johnathan, personal injury law intrigued him the most in law school and he excelled in it. Ultimately helping an injured person pursue and hold a negligent tortfeasor accountable appealed to Johnathan and led to him finding his right-fit place in personal injury law.

For Johnathan, the opportunity of helping those in their greatest time of need, especially when all odds are against them, is the best part of practicing personal injury law. He enjoys being an integral part of their recovery journey, helping those who need medical treatment and fighting for the compensation and financial recovery they deserve. Johnathan genuinely enjoys taking a case to trial and telling his client’s story to a jury.

Johnathan knew he wanted to be a part of the biggest and best in Nevada, so when he interviewed with Richard Harris Law Firm, he instantly knew he was in the place he was meant to work. The reputation, dedication to clients, and the firm culture were a perfect fit.

Johnathan earned his undergraduate degree from University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and completed his Juris Doctorate from University of Idaho College of Law. He is now a member of the Nevada Justice Association, taking part in significant legislative advocacy and lobbying for Plaintiff’s rights. Johnathan was also a recipient of Super Lawyers Rising Stars (Mountain States) nominations in 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022.

A specific experience that stands out to Johnathan from his career is from a recent victory, achieved for a client after a week-long jury trial. The client was involved in what may have seemed like a low-impact rear end collision to others back in 2015. At the time of the accident, she was 65 and was genuinely injured as a result, yet only received a modest amount of medical treatment to return back to normal. The insurance company representing the negligent defendant refused to pay for her medical treatment. Johnathan took her case to trial and told her story to a jury, resulting in a judgment for 65 times the amount that the insurance company had offered to pay. The heartfelt gratitude that his client expressed to him sticks with him today.

Johnathan likes to live-by two mottos: Never let someone else outwork you; always be the hardest working person in the room and you catch more flies with honey than vinegar. Remembering these two things has allowed Johnathan to be someone his clients can confide in, but also be aggressive in the courtroom, while cordial and respectful.

Outside of the office, Johnathan loves to travel and see the world with his family. He enjoys playing sports, playing the piano, and watching MMA. We are proud to have Johnathan as part of our team and can’t wait to see his continued success in fighting for the help and compensation his clients deserve!

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August 24, 2022

RECENT VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS – SUMMER 2022

Multimillion-dollar settlement for family of wrongful death victim pedestrian struck by shuttle bus in crosswalk Multimillion-dollar settlement for store customer struck by falling object Multimillion-dollar settlement for family of wrongful death victim of medical malpractice…

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Multimillion-dollar settlement for family of wrongful death victim pedestrian struck by shuttle bus in crosswalk

Multimillion-dollar settlement for store customer struck by falling object

Multimillion-dollar settlement for family of wrongful death victim of medical malpractice

Multimillion-dollar settlement for family of wrongful death victim pedestrian struck by vehicle in crosswalk

7-figure settlement for rideshare driver struck by vehicle

7-figure settlement for motorcycle driver struck by vehicle

7-figure settlement for pedestrian struck by vehicle in crosswalk

7-figure settlement for driver rear-ended by truck

7-figure settlement for driver and passenger T-boned by tractor-trailer running a red light

7-figure settlement for driver struck by vehicle suddenly braking then traveling in reverse

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August 24, 2022

The Friendly Tow Truck Driver And Helpful “Witness” To Your Accident May Not Be Your Friends

Ambulance chasing lawyers illegally approach accident victims directly, without an invitation and solicit representation. These unethical lawyers pay “runners” and “cappers” to monitor police and other first responder scanners and Twitter feeds for a traffic…

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Ambulance chasing lawyers illegally approach accident victims directly, without an invitation and solicit representation. These unethical lawyers pay “runners” and “cappers” to monitor police and other first responder scanners and Twitter feeds for a traffic collision dispatch or other emergency.

They immediately race to the scene to contact the victims of accidents. They are often rideshare drivers, tow truck drivers or a “witness” who supposedly just happened upon the scene, who offers to take pictures and videos and provide information about “their lawyer.”

The vulnerable unsuspecting injured accident victim is under a lot of stress, unaware these “helpful” folks are paid agents for an unscrupulous lawyer and are tricked into thinking this is their only choice.

Besides showing up at accident scenes, insider informants at hospitals, medical offices, and insurance agencies approach accident victims directly or provide private information to other runners and cappers who call to sing the praises of “their lawyer” promising large financial recoveries to lure the accident victim to sign a retainer agreement with the lawyer.

Runners and cappers are paid thousands of dollars in kickbacks for each signed “referral” in untraceable cash or gift cards.

Although ambulance chasers appear friendly and helpful, victims of these schemes end up with lawyers ill-suited for their personal injury case. Ambulance chasing is a crime in Nevada and most states. A lawyer willing to commit a crime to get your case, is unethical, unprofessional, and not trustworthy.

This leads to more damage to the accident victim from inadequate or incompetent legal representation. Insurance companies know who these dishonest lawyers are and often label their clients suspicious, assigning the case to the Special Investigations Unit, to delay or deny the claim.

HAVE YOU BEEN THE VICTIM OF ILLEGAL SOLICITATION?

Not every person who recommends an attorney is on the payroll of a dishonest lawyer. After an accident, seek the assistance of a personal injury attorney of your choice.

If the person recommending an attorney to you is not getting paid for their recommendation, there is nothing wrong with someone referring you to a good personal injury lawyer. But if someone you don’t know pushes you to hire a lawyer, don’t trust them. Don’t do it.

If you were pressured at the accident scene to hire a particular lawyer by a tow truck driver, or overly helpful “witness,” or later by hospital, medical provider, body shop, or insurance agency staff, you may be the victim of ambulance chasing.

We know these unethical lawyers, and some heavily advertise to cover their criminal conduct. If you have a pending personal injury case, and believe you were the victim of illegal solicitation, get a new lawyer. Your contract with the lawyer is void and you do not have to pay them. Even if your case has settled, we can help you get additional compensation for the amount you paid the ambulance chasing lawyer.

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August 24, 2022

Firm News: Summer 2022

→ Richard Harris and Ben Cloward were recognized by Super Lawyers magazine as top personal injury plaintiffs’ attorneys in the Mountain West. → Samantha Martin, Michael Sandoval, Jeff Scarborough, Johnathan Leavitt, Nicholas Lasso, and Vladana…

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→ Richard Harris and Ben Cloward were recognized by Super Lawyers magazine as top personal injury plaintiffs’ attorneys in the Mountain West.

→ Samantha Martin, Michael Sandoval, Jeff Scarborough, Johnathan Leavitt, Nicholas Lasso, and Vladana Dervisevic were named “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine.

→ Avvo ranks Richard Harris 10 out of 10 “Superb,” the highest possible rating.

→ Jeff Scarborough and Nicholas Lasso were recognized as 2022 Top Rank Attorneys, formerly known as Legal Elite, by Nevada Business Magazine.

→ Martindale-Hubbell ranks Richard Harris and the Richard Harris Law Firm “AV – Preeminent,” the highest possible rating.

→ Richard Harris Law Firm, Ticket Busters and The Defenders won Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Best of Las Vegas Gold awards.

→ Richard Harris Law Firm was a proud partner for the second year in a row with Nevada Wheelchair Foundation and featured on Nevada Business for their support.

→ Richard Harris Law Firm and Ben Cloward were featured in TopVerdict.com for having the second highest wrongful death verdict in the country in 2020 for $38,000,000.

→ Richard Harris Law Firm represents the family of a 20-year-old UNLV student who died after participating in an unsupervised charity boxing match. Stories were featured in local, national and international news.

→ With over 25 lawyers, over 100 staff, and over 4,000 pending cases, the Richard Harris Law Firm is Nevada’s largest personal injury law firm.

→ With over 5,000 pending criminal, DUI and traffic cases, Richard Harris Law Firm divisions The Defenders and Ticket Busters are Nevada’s largest criminal defense firm.

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August 1, 2021

Firm News

Richard Harris and Ben Cloward were recognized by Super Lawyers magazine as top personal injury plaintiffs’ attorneys in the Mountain West. Christian Miles, Ryan Helmick, Johnathan Leavitt, Jonathan Lee, Jessica Munoz, Samantha Martin and Michael…

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Richard Harris and Ben Cloward were recognized by Super Lawyers magazine as top personal injury plaintiffs’ attorneys in the Mountain West.

Christian Miles, Ryan Helmick, Johnathan Leavitt, Jonathan Lee, Jessica Munoz, Samantha Martin and Michael Sandoval were named “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine.

Avvo ranks Richard Harris 10 out of 10 “Superb,” the highest possible rating.

Ryan Helmick received Vegas Inc. magazine’s 2021 “Top Lawyers” award for criminal defense.

Jeff Scarborough was recognized as a 2021 Legal Elite Award recipient by Nevada Business Magazine.

Martindale-Hubbell ranks Richard Harris and the Richard Harris Law Firm “AV – Preeminent,”the highest possible rating.

Richard Harris Law Firm, Ticket Busters and The Defenders won Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Best of Las Vegas Gold awards in multiple categories.

Spirit of Nevada, the weekly video series presented by the Richard Harris Law Firm, is in its 5th year and has millions of views on social media. The show also airs weekly on COX YurView channel 14 from Las Vegas and on KOLO channel 8 from Reno.

Real Vegas magazine gave its 2021 “Women Who Wow” honors to firm members Julianne Harris Stone, Jessica Munoz, Kristina Weller, Melissa Graham, Nancy Bernstein, Nia Killebrew, Samantha Chian and Samantha Martin.

Ryan Helmick was interviewed by local and national news media for his representation of a Las Vegas father whom police briefly sought in connection with the suspected killing of his son — only to be cleared hours later when the boy was found alive.

With 30 lawyers and over 7,500 pending cases, the Richard Harris Law Firm is Nevada’s largest plaintiff personal injury practice.

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July 28, 2021

Lawyer Spotlight: Jeff Scarborough

Jeff Scarborough Jeff Scarborough made his way to a career in law after standing at the intersection of legal and sales. The discourse and goals for each career path are similar – in the end,…

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Jeff Scarborough

Jeff Scarborough made his way to a career in law after standing at the intersection of legal and sales. The discourse and goals for each career path are similar – in the end, you want to get your client what they need to solve their problem. The difference between the two paths, and one area where Jeff truly shines, is the analytical skill needed to be a successful attorney. For clients at Richard Harris Personal Injury Law Firm, in Jeff they have a committed attorney whose greatest joy is the ability to assist people who are in the greatest need of help. “By far, the most rewarding part of my job is when my client is sincerely happy and appreciative at the end of their case,” said Scarborough.

Jeff appreciates and admires the greater opportunities he is exposed to in order to help those who may need it the most. At the start of his law career, Jeff initially thought he would practice in criminal defense, as he was passionate about helping those who were wrongfully convicted. He also practiced in employment law before pivoting to join Richard Harris Personal Injury Law Firm in 2017.

“When I decided to transition into practicing personal injury exclusively, I was lucky enough to secure an interview with Richard Harris Law Firm,” said Scarborough. “After the first interview, I knew this is where I wanted to be. There are many other great firms, but I don’t think there is a more complete firm in Nevada than Richard Harris Law Firm, with regard to its work environment, culture, attorneys, and staff.” 

Jeff graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a focus on International Relations. At UCLA, Jeff was a member of the Pre-Law Society and UCLA’s Ski Team. He then moved to Las Vegas and graduated from the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. During law school, Jeff also served as an Editor for the Nevada Law Journal, competed in moot court, and gained valuable experience interning for Justice Michael L. Douglas in the Supreme Court of Nevada. Upon graduation from law school, Jeff served as a law clerk to the Honorable Michael P. Villani of the Eighth Judicial District Court located in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Outside of the office, Jeff is a bit of a foodie, and takes advantage of Las Vegas’ top-tier dining options. He enjoys musical and sporting events, especially Los Angeles Dodgers games, and traveling. You can find Jeff at his happiest when he’s somewhere with a beach to relax or a mountain for snowboarding.

We’re certain Jeff would have been a great salesman, but we’re glad he became part of the RHLF team.

Jeff Scarborough

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July 31, 2020

Recent Verdicts & Settlements

Multi 8-figure jury verdict for a family of shooting victim at an apartment complex Multimillion-dollar settlement for the family of murdered hotel guest Multimillion-dollar settlement for the injured driver struck head-on by a commercial vehicle…

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Multi 8-figure jury verdict for a family of
shooting victim at an apartment complex

Multimillion-dollar settlement for the family of
murdered hotel guest

Multimillion-dollar settlement for the injured
driver struck head-on by a commercial vehicle

Multimillion-dollar settlement for a family of
woman killed on I-15 when struck head-on

Multimillion-dollar settlement for patrons of
restaurant injured by falling debris

Multimillion-dollar settlement for a family of
man who fell at a restaurant and died

7-figure settlement for injured car crash
victim after jury verdict and appeal

7-figure settlement for injured rideshare
driver sideswiped by another vehicle

7-figure settlement for injured driver struck
by truck running a red light

7-figure settlement for injured rideshare
a driver struck head-on at an intersection

7-figure settlement for injured driver struck
by car violating the right of way

7-figure settlement for injured cyclist struck
by commercial vehicle

7-figure settlement for an injured driver in
rear-end collision

7-figure settlement for an injured pedestrian
struck by a car in a parking lot

7-figure settlement for an injured couple in
rear-end collision

Ian Estrada

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July 27, 2020

Lawyer Spotlight: Ian Estrada

Ian Estrada: From Insurance Defense to Plaintiffs’ Advocate Gandhi once said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Attorney Ian Estrada took that quote to heart. As a child, Ian watched a…

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Ian Estrada
Ian Estrada:
From Insurance Defense to
Plaintiffs’ Advocate

Gandhi once said, “Be the
change you wish to see in the
world.” Attorney Ian Estrada
took that quote to heart.

As a child, Ian watched a family member attempt to navigate the legal system after being injured in a car accident. Like most people, his family did not know what to do or where to turn. With so many variables (hospitals, insurance companies, legal options, etc.), the family was lost. Looking back, Ian does not know how he could have helped, but wished someone had. “Ultimately, I think my family member was treated unfairly by the insurance companies who knew she wasn’t the most sophisticated claimant. After I became a lawyer, I saw how common that story is, and I began looking into personal injury law.”

Born and raised in California, Ian attended the University of California, Los Angeles where he obtained degrees in Political Science and History in 2006. After graduating from UCLA, Ian went to Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, earning his Juris Doctorate in 2009. He relocated to Las Vegas and began his legal career at an insurance defense law firm where he represented insurance companies in personal injury lawsuits.”

Seeing how people need help dealing with the legal system after an accident is one of the main reasons I got into law,” Ian said. “Personal injury is one area of the law where people are forced into the legal system unexpectedly. They’re in an accident and then to make matters worse, they now have to figure out how to deal with insurance companies and the legal system.” So, after gaining valuable experience from the insurance company perspective, Ian made a change.

Ian had a friend who gave him glowing reviews of the Richard Harris Law Firm culture. Armed with a passion to help those injured at no fault of their own, Ian joined the firm in 2017.

After spending years defending insurance companies, Ian’s first week as a personal injury lawyer stands out. “During my first week, I attended a mediation with a client. We were able to settle the case and my client gave me the longest hug. The next day she brought me lunch unannounced. It really showed me how much impact attorneys can have on people’s lives.”

Since joining the Richard Harris Law Firm, Ian has embraced the firm culture which attracted him to the firm, enjoying his colleagues and participating in firm events. Outside of the office, you can find Ian honing his photography skills and capturing the beauty of Nevada.

Firm News 2020

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July 27, 2020

Firm News – Summer 2020

Once again, Richard Harris was recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as a top personal injury plaintiff attorney. Joshua Dowling, Johnathan Leavitt, Jonathan Lee, Jessica Munoz, Samantha Martin, and Michael Sandoval were named “Rising Star” by…

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RHLF Group June 2020

Once again, Richard Harris was recognized by
Super Lawyers Magazine as a top personal
injury plaintiff attorney.

Joshua Dowling, Johnathan Leavitt, Jonathan Lee, Jessica
Munoz, Samantha Martin, and Michael Sandoval were
named “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine.

Avvo ranks Richard Harris 10 out of 10
“Superb,” the highest possible rating.

Jeff Scarborough was recognized as a 2020 Legal Elite
Award recipient by Nevada Business Magazine. Jeff was
also featured on the Best Up and Coming list.

Martindale-Hubbell ranks Richard Harris and the
Richard Harris Law Firm “AV – Preeminent,”
the highest possible rating.

The Defenders criminal defense lawyer Ryan Helmick
fought for protections for incarcerated inmates given the
COVID-19 pandemic.

Telemundo Las Vegas and KLAS 8NewsNow interviewed
personal injury attorney Nancy Bernstein on self-defense
and other topics.

Attorney Ryan Helmick released a new book
titled, “The Defense Begins.”

Attorney Richard Harris was interviewed by
the Las Vegas Review-Journal to discuss the
impact of COVID-19 and the liability of businesses
reopening in the Las Vegas Valley.

Attorneys Nancy Bernstein and Ryan Helmick appeared
on multiple segments of KTNV’s The Morning Blend
to discuss criminal defense, personal injury, and
selecting the right insurance.

Attorneys Ben Cloward and Ian Estrada won a $38.6 million
jury verdict for the family of a shooting victim at a Las
Vegas apartment complex.

Spirit of Nevada, the weekly video series presented
by the Richard Harris Law Firm, surpassed 6,000,000
views on social media.

With 29 lawyers, the Richard Harris Law Firm is Nevada’s
largest plaintiff personal injury, workers’ compensation,
and social security disability practice according to Vegas,
Inc. and Las Vegas Business Press.

 

Mask Up - Just In Case

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July 27, 2020

Life in the Time of COVID

This year, we all watched the world change in a matter of weeks. Our thriving cities turned into ghost towns when the threat of COVID -19 became too great to ignore. People from around the…

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This year, we all watched the world change in a matter of weeks. Our thriving cities turned into ghost towns when the threat of COVID -19 became too great to ignore. People from around the world sheltered at home to help throttle the spread of the deadly virus, allowing only first responders and other essential workers to perform their duties to keep our economy running. Businesses were forced to close or perform their tasks remotely.

Over the past few months, we learned a new meaning of “Just in Case®”.”

We protected our staff and lawyers, who remained dedicated to protecting the injured and accused, by transitioning to work from home, just in case. Our team showed their commitment by responding to our clients remotely and efficiently.

Though the courthouses were closed, we did everything possible to continue to serve our thousands of clients, handling court appearances and depositions via Zoom, negotiating with insurance companies, and achieving best-case resolutions. We knew that your “just in case” circumstances could not wait, so neither could we.

And on the lighter side, when the initial “stay-at-home” order was extended, we realized our annual party could not happen as before. While we would have loved to welcome you all to the dome, as we have every year for nearly 20 years, we threw our party at your home with a do-it-yourself Pandemic Party Pack, just in case.

Mask Up - Just In Case

Working remotely exposed inefficiencies, and we discovered better ways to do things. Job description boundaries disappeared as our teams stepped up and crossed over to help other teams. The pandemic also allowed us to rediscover what matters – our families, our friends, ourselves. The world will be better by treating each other with more compassion, dignity, and respect.

And while none of us are certain how long the threat of the novel coronavirus will affect our lives, I promise the law firm I began 40 years ago will adapt and do whatever it takes. After representing tens of thousands of injured people and their families for decades, I know “just in case” is never something you can plan for, but something the Richard Harris Law Firm stands for.

We are thankful for the ability to continue to serve you. Our clients believe in us and care enough about their loved ones to send them to us for help. As Nevada’s largest personal injury law firm for the people and one of the largest in the West, we deliver the best service and results possible. And while that may not look quite the same, it remains at the level our clients expect.

–Rick

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August 28, 2019

Recent Verdicts & Settlements – Summer 2019

Multi-million-dollar jury verdict for personal trainer with neck, back, and arm injuries from collision with bus. Multi-million-dollar settlement for security guard with neck and back injuries from rear-end collision. Multi-million-dollar settlement for retail store worker…

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Multi-million-dollar jury verdict for personal trainer with neck, back, and arm injuries from collision with bus.

Multi-million-dollar settlement for security guard with neck and back injuries from
rear-end collision.

Multi-million-dollar settlement for retail store worker with neck and back injuries from collision with vehicle that failed to yield.

Multi-million-dollar settlement for security manager with back injuries from defective chair that collapsed.

Multi-million-dollar settlement for girl paralyzed from undiagnosed appendicitis by negligent medical clinic.

Multi-million-dollar settlement for handicapped passenger with traumatic injuries from fall on bus.

7-figure settlement for business owner with traumatic injuries from multiple vehicle collision.

7-figure settlement for taxicab driver with neck and back injuries from rear-end collision.

7-figure settlement for pedestrian with multiple traumatic injuries from being struck in crosswalk.

7-figure settlement for children of father killed while a passenger of car struck by drunk driver.

7-figure settlement for husband and wife with multiple injuries from rear-end collision.

7-figure settlement for family of woman who died of injuries from fall at hair salon.

Richard Harris Personal Injury Team

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August 28, 2019

Firm News – Summer 2019

Once again, Richard Harris was recognized by Super Lawyers magazine as a top personal injury plaintiff attorney. Johnathan Leavitt, Samantha Martin, Jessica Munoz and Mike Sandoval were named “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine. Avvo…

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Richard Harris Personal Injury Attorneys

Once again, Richard Harris was recognized by Super Lawyers magazine as a top personal injury plaintiff attorney.

Johnathan Leavitt, Samantha Martin, Jessica Munoz and Mike Sandoval were named “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine.

Avvo ranks Richard Harris 10 out of 10 “Superb,” the highest possible rating.

Martindale-Hubbell ranks Richard Harris and the Richard Harris Law Firm AV – “Preeminent,” the highest possible rating.

The Clark County School District School-Community Partnership Program presented a Certificate of Recognition to the Richard Harris Law Firm for its annual Spirit of Nevada scholarship contest.

Richard Harris presented at the Personal Injury Lawyers Marketing and Management Lawyers Association Super Summit in New Orleans.

Spirit of Nevada, the weekly video series presented by the Richard Harris Law Firm, surpassed 2,000,000 views on social media.

The Richard Harris Law Firm acquired the affiliate license for Los Angeles, Ventura and Kern County for Law Tigers, the national motorcycle injury lawyer network.

Richard Harris, Josh Harris, Chris Henderson and Melissa Graham presented at the first annual Law Tigers Affiliate Summit in Phoenix, Arizona.

With 30 lawyers, the Richard Harris Law Firm is Nevada’s largest plaintiff personal injury, workers’ compensation and social security disability practice according to Vegas, Inc. and Las Vegas Business Press.

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August 28, 2019

Samantha Martin: Courtroom Champion

One week after landing her first legal job, Samantha Martin was in the courtroom representing a client. As a fierce advocate for her clients, being front and center in court was a natural fit for…

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One week after landing her first legal job, Samantha Martin was in the courtroom representing a client. As a fierce advocate for her clients, being front and center in court was a natural fit for one of the most experienced trial attorneys at Richard Harris Law Firm.

“The courtroom is a stage, and I’m a natural performer,” said Samantha about her draw to the courtroom. “I don’t fear going to trial. Sometimes it’s the best way to get the best results for my clients, and that’s what I’m after.”

Samantha, a Las Vegas resident since the age of five, was led to practicing law as a merger of two passions: theater and the power of persuasion. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Arizona State University, she moved to Chicago to study law at Loyola University. After graduation and a few years of work in Chicago, Samantha sought warmer temperatures and decided it was time to bring her legal and courtroom talents back to Las Vegas. After a longtime friend recommended looking at Richard Harris Law Firm, Samantha interviewed and landed the job.

Since joining the firm in August 2013, Samantha has represented thousands of clients. “The thing I like most about personal injury law is the ability to meet, connect and help my clients. It’s one thing to meet them at their worst when they’re facing a hard time – probably one of the hardest in their lives – but it’s completely different and fulfilling at the end when I’m able to let them know that they’re going to get the resources they need to recover. It’s a wonderful feeling.”

Samantha describes herself as a person who makes friends with everyone she interacts with. This explains why she maintains contact with her clients long after their cases have settled.

Outside of the office, Samantha enjoys time with her husband traveling as far and as often as possible.

Bristle Cone Pine Tree

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August 28, 2019

A Law Practice For The People

In 1982, the Richard Harris Law Firm began with a single client and one thing remains constant over the years, our clients come first. As advocates for the people, we fight for the causes and…

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In 1982, the Richard Harris Law Firm began with a single client and one thing remains constant over the years, our clients come first. As advocates for the people, we fight for the causes and rights of negligence victims and champion the underdog against corporate greed and government overreach.

What started as a small automobile accident personal injury law practice in the early 1980’s quickly expanded to include premises liability cases, medical malpractice, products liability, nursing home neglect, workers’ compensation and mass tort litigation involving defective drugs and medical devices.

Our mission to serve our clients in every way we can led to additional practice areas of motorcycle injury cases through Law Tigers, Social Security disability cases through Harris Disability Law, criminal defense and traffic cases through The Defenders and Ticket Busters, and immigration and employment law workplace fairness cases.

In whatever case we take, we fight for what’s right and for what’s just. Our team has risen to the challenge with 30 skilled and diverse lawyers and over 100 staff in offices throughout the West. We have recovered over a billion dollars in personal injury and wrongful death verdicts and settlements. We’ve helped many accused individuals clear their names and win justly deserved freedom. But we are most proud of our lawyers and staff knowing each of our client’s stories and that their case, large or small, is individually handled by our compassionate team of professionals.

We’re grateful for the referrals of hundreds of lawyers and judges who personally know our reputation. And we want to recognize our thousands of clients and their families. You’re amazing! We’re inspired by your stories and honored to have helped put your lives back together. And after your case was closed, thank you for caring enough about your loved ones and friends to send them to us for help in their journey to justice.

You’ve made us Nevada’s largest personal injury law firm for the people and one of the largest in the West. And we will continue to deliver the exceptional results and service our clients expect.

For nearly 40 years – the Richard Harris Law Firm – Just In Case.

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July 24, 2018

Heart of Nevada & Spirit of Nevada

Making a Difference: Heart of Nevada The Richard Harris Personal Injury Law Firm has a long-standing commitment to give back, and we consider it our responsibility to make a positive impact on the communities we…

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Making a Difference: Heart of Nevada

The Richard Harris Personal Injury Law Firm has a long-standing commitment to give back, and we consider it our responsibility to make a positive impact on the communities we serve. Through our community outreach program, Heart of Nevada, we support local organizations sharing our mission in a number of ways. We are passionate about helping people live better.

Why are we different? We care.

Discover Both Sides With Spirit of Nevada

Beyond the sparkling lights of the Las Vegas Strip lies a state filled with spectacular natural beauty, hidden one-of-a-kind hangouts, and a deep, rich, Wild Western history. From the unusually verdant Clark County Wetlands Park to the nostalgic throwback of the Pinball Hall of Fame, Spirit of Nevada explores the diverse people and places of our state.

Catch new Spirit of Nevada episodes every week on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram, and watch past episodes at SpiritOfNevada.org.

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July 24, 2018

Recent Verdicts & Settlements

Multimillion-dollar jury verdict for personal trainer with neck, back, and arm injuries from collision with bus. Seven-figure settlement for woman with neck and back injuries from falling into open utility box on sidewalk. Seven-figure settlement…

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Multimillion-dollar jury verdict for personal trainer with neck, back, and arm injuries from collision with bus.

Seven-figure settlement for woman with neck and back injuries from falling into open utility box on sidewalk.

Seven-figure settlement for truck driver with neck, back, and shoulder injuries from collision with another truck.

Seven-figure settlement for bus passenger with multiple traumatic injuries from rear-end crash with another vehicle.

Seven-figure settlement for casino dealer with neck and back injuries when rear-ended by truck.

Seven-figure settlement for designer with neck and back injuries when rear-ended by bus.

Seven-figure settlement for mother and daughter with neck, back, and shoulder injuries from multiple-vehicle collision.

Seven-figure settlement for husband and wife with multiple traumatic injuries from rear-end collision.

Seven-figure settlement for passengers of car with multiple traumatic injuries when sideswiped by another car then rolled.

Seven-figure settlement to adult children of parents killed when rear-ended by truck.

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August 2, 2017

A Legacy Law Firm

It seems like yesterday I was in my late 20s starting my solo practice. I handled every phone call, wrote every letter, took every deposition and tried every case. In those early years, I didn’t…

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Legacy Law FirmIt seems like yesterday I was in my late 20s starting my solo practice. I handled every phone call, wrote every letter, took every deposition and tried every case. In those early years, I didn’t think anyone could do a better job than me. I had passion, drive and heart – good qualities for a personal injury lawyer for the people.

The problem with doing everything myself is no one was accountable but myself. There weren’t enough hours in a day to help everyone who needed me. The mark of a good leader is to get out of your own way, recognizing there are those better than you. We successfully grew the Richard Harris Law Firm by bringing good people in to do important jobs for the people we served.

After nearly 40 years of practice, I’ve got a lot to think about; not just what we’ve done, but what we need to do to create a legacy law firm. Leaving a legacy is rooted in the desire to be remembered and influence the next generation with a desire to carry on.

I’ve been blessed to have a family business with my three kids working with me. I think of my young children coming to visit me at work. Now my grandkids come see me – and play with the same toys in my office their folks did. Today, Josh Harris supervises our day-to-day operations. Jake Harris works in our marketing department. Julianne Harris Stone oversees our trust accounting. Litigation partner, Ben Cloward, 2016-2017 Trial Lawyer of the Year, is like a son.

In this information age, everyone wants it all right now. Some Las Vegas personal injury lawyers are in a hurry to be number one. But it’s not just One Call, That’s All. Personal injury law is serious business, and good settlements take time. Questionable poll results allow lawyers to fake it until they become who they say they are. I’ve always been a Tortoise and the Hare kind of guy. Patience gives perspective. I’ve learned acts of kindness and generosity improve you more than the people you are serving. I know money is important, but focusing on doing a good job with purpose and belief is better. Tens of thousands of people have trusted us with their cases. Scores of staff and lawyers have trusted us with their livelihoods. Sharing the trust and lifetime friendships is the biggest reward.

We’ve taken the long and high road, leading to the honor of being Nevada’s largest and highest rated personal injury law firm. They say immortality is living a life doing good things for others and leaving your mark behind for the next generation. Continuing quality representation and results are the legacy of the Richard Harris Law Firm.

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August 2, 2017

Recent Verdicts and Settlements – Summer 2017

Multiple seven-figure settlement for newborn baby with brain damage following failure to perform C-section. Multiple seven-figure settlement for office worker with neck and back injuries from rear-end collision. Multiple seven-figure settlement for wrongful death of…

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Multiple seven-figure settlement for newborn baby with brain
damage following failure to perform C-section.

Multiple seven-figure settlement for office worker with
neck and back injuries from rear-end collision.

Multiple seven-figure settlement for wrongful death of young mother
who died from failure to monitor following routine surgery.

Seven-figure settlement for food server with neck and back injuries from rear-end collision.

Seven-figure settlement for security systems worker
with back injuries from rear-end collision.

Seven-figure settlement for pedestrian with multiple traumatic injuries
from being struck on the sidewalk by a vehicle.

Seven-figure settlement for photographer
with multiple traumatic injuries from driver who ran red light.

Seven-figure settlement for property
manager with neck and back injuries from driver who failed to yield.

Seven-figure settlement for realtor with neck and back injuries from rear-end collision.

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August 2, 2017

Spirit Of Nevada

Beyond the sparkling lights of the Las Vegas Strip lies a State filled with spectacular natural beauty, hidden one-of-a-kind hangouts and a deep, rich Wild Western history. From the unusually verdant Clark County Wetlands Park…

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Spirit of Nevada

Beyond the sparkling lights of the Las Vegas Strip lies a State filled with spectacular natural beauty, hidden one-of-a-kind hangouts and a deep, rich Wild Western history. From the unusually verdant Clark County Wetlands Park to the nostalgic throwback of the Pinball Hall of Fame to exceptional organizations making our communities better, Spirit of Nevada explores the diverse people and places of our State.

Each week, Spirit of Nevada and our host, Samantha Chian, head out on the road to discover the local heroes and hidden gems that embody what it means to be “Battle Born.”

Catch new Spirit of Nevada episodes every week on Facebook and Instagram. Watch past episodes at SpiritOfNevada.org.

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August 2, 2017

Lawyer Spotlight – Ben Cloward

Back in 2013 we featured our associate attorney, Ben Cloward, in this newsletter and said he was a natural born trial lawyer. This year Ben rejoined the Richard Harris Law Firm as a partner. Born…

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Benjamin ClowardBack in 2013 we featured our associate attorney, Ben Cloward, in this newsletter and said he was a natural born trial lawyer. This year Ben rejoined the Richard Harris Law Firm as a partner.

Born and raised in rural Utah, Ben learned to hunt, fish and fight to survive. He proved to be a natural leader and earned the Eagle Scout award before graduating from Spanish Fork High School. Ben served a two-year church mission in Louisiana prior to graduating from the University of Utah in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in finance and a law degree in 2008.

Ben is a Board Certified Personal Injury Specialist by the State Bar of Nevada. He is also admitted in his home state of Utah. He graduated from the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer College and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Following back-to-back jury verdicts of $15 million and $13 million, Ben was recognized as the Nevada Justice Association’s 2016-2017 Trial Lawyer of the Year, the youngest to receive the award. He was also named to the National Trial Lawyers list of “Top 40 Under 40,” reserved for the best young trial attorneys in the country.

Most recently, Ben Cloward successfully lobbied the Nevada legislature for passage of AB234 “Harvey’s Law,” requiring paratransit bus drivers to be trained in first aid. Harvey’s Law was inspired by Ben’s work with the Chernikoff family, whose mentally disabled son, Harvey, choked to death while riding a paratransit bus.

Ben loves people and loves to fight for those who can’t fight for themselves. When he’s not in the courtroom, he likes to be outdoors, hunting, fishing or long-range target shooting. Ben is a devoted husband, father and Boston Red Sox fan.