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…
Ian Estrada: From Insurance Defense to
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.
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…
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
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.
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.
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.
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…
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…
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
The Richard Harris Personal Injury Law Firm values the contributions of women in the legal industry, and our six female attorneys are key to our continued success. Women are changing the landscape of the law,…
The Richard Harris Personal Injury Law Firm values the contributions of women in the legal industry, and our six female attorneys are key to our continued success. Women are changing the landscape of the law, and their dedication, compassion, and innovation are making a difference in the lives of our clients.
The lady lawyers of the Richard Harris Personal Injury Law Firm recently attended a seminar for women trial lawyers called “Embrace Your Inner Bad-Ass: Access Your Power In The Courtroom and Boardroom.” Women across the country and around the world face challenges to their success, their autonomy, and their professional development. This seminar focused on harnessing power as a woman trial attorney and finding a unique voice while being true to being a woman.
The Richard Harris Personal Injury Law Firm stands by its commitment to serve our community and the injured, and we are proud to have a diverse lineup of strong female attorneys.
The rise of the #MeToo movement empowered women to speak up and call out perpetrators of sexual harassment by name. Unfortunately, the movement encourages many to cast all men as predators and all women as…
The rise of the #MeToo movement empowered women to speak up and call out perpetrators of sexual harassment by name. Unfortunately, the movement encourages many to cast all men as predators and all women as victims. With the net cast too far, the #MeToo backlash doubted a woman’s ability to consider complexity—to distinguish different types of behavior, for instance, between complimenting a woman’s appearance and real sexual harassment. As Time magazine pointed out, “We’re still at the bomb-throwing point of this revolution, a reactive stage at which nuance can go into hiding.” This is a disservice to intelligent, thoughtful, and independent women who most deserve our support.
Fortunately, as the #MeToo movement matures, the conversations around sexual harassment are beginning to move from outrage at particular men—Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Steve Wynn—to questions about the ways to reform workplaces, industries, and society as a whole. Despite their progress over the past century, ordinary women still face economic gender discrimination and intimidation as men continue to cast a shadow on women.
But women are becoming more vocal about their place in society, particularly in government. #MeToo inspired an historic wave of women running for Congress and governor this year. A 28-year old female first-time candidate just unseated fourth-ranking House Democrat Joseph Crowley in the primary. People have made it clear—they want to send women to Congress, where men still outnumber women 5 to 1. Most of the female candidates are appealing to voters with overt references to women’s rights, #MeToo, and the election of President Trump.
On the homefront, the Richard Harris Personal Injury Law Firm celebrates gender equality. Two-thirds of our combined professional and support staff are women, including our COO. We are particularly proud to recognize our six women lawyers. It’s been a long uphill road for ladies in the law. In 1869, Arabella Mansfield became the first female lawyer in the United States. In 1953, the year I was born, women comprised only 4% of law students. By 1977, the year I started law school, 30% of my classmates were women. 2016 was the first year women made up the majority of law school attendees, and now 51% of law students are women. Currently, there are three women on the United States Supreme Court, 1/3 of that body.
Women are not the minority, but there is a shared bond. It is a bond of shared experience—experiences that only women go through and struggles that only women face. Substantial barriers remain for women to achieve full economic and social equality. No doubt #MeToo was a tipping point and has emboldened women to capture its energy to create the message, launch the campaigns, and win the elections to change our country for the better. Until then, the movement continues.
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…
Once again, Richard Harris was recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as a top personal injury plaintiff attorney. Samantha Martin was once again named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine. AVVO ranks Richard Harris 10…
Once again, Richard Harris was recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as a top personal injury plaintiff attorney.
Samantha Martin was once again named a 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 Personal Injury Law Firm AV Preeminent, the highest possible rating.
Richard Harris Personal Injury Law Firm received the 2018 award for Client Satisfaction from the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal and several Las Vegas TV stations reported on criminal defense attorney Ryan Helmick’s cases.
Spirit of Nevada, the weekly video series presented by the Richard Harris Personal Injury Law Firm, surpassed 1,500,000 views on social media.
The Richard Harris Personal Injury Law Firm became the Nevada and Northern California affiliate of Law Tigers, the national motorcycle injury lawyer network.
With 23 lawyers, the Richard Harris Personal Injury 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.
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 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.
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…
Richard Harris was recognized by Super Lawyers magazine as a top personal injury plaintiff attorney. Garnet Beal, Bryan Blackwell, Samantha Martin and Michaela Tramel were named “Rising Stars” by Super Lawyers magazine. Bryan Blackwell received…
Richard Harris was recognized by Super Lawyers magazine as a top personal injury plaintiff attorney.
Garnet Beal, Bryan Blackwell, Samantha Martin and Michaela Tramel were named “Rising Stars” by Super Lawyers magazine.
Bryan Blackwell received the 2017 Legal Elite Award from Nevada Business 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.
Ben Cloward and the Chernikoff family successfully lobbied for passing AB234 “Harvey’s Law,” requiring paratransit bus drivers to be trained in first aid.
KVVU Fox 5 reported on one of our cases where a toddler was negligently left outside, alone in triple-digit temperature by a pre-school.
Richard Harris Law Firm received the 2017 award for “Client Satisfaction” from the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys.
With 20 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.
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 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.