Journey to Justice
By Richard A. Harris
The day dragged on and evening fell as lawyers haggled over money. Money was all that was left to talk about since the accident took both my client’s legs more than a decade ago. Outside, streetlights flickered and I thought of the streetlight, struck by the car, my teenage client was riding in, that October day in 2002.
Now a 28-year-old woman, my client and I exchanged smiles as my mind wandered back to her deposition years ago. She described the events leading up to the crash and when she was finished the callous defense lawyer said, “That’s it?” My client shot back, “No. That’s just the beginning!” She detailed learning to cope as a double amputee, with multiple surgeries and ongoing complications. I thought of the teenage boy who died in the crash and how his family’s lawyer from another firm took the small quick settlement and moved on. I contrasted our 13-year legal battle, disappointing dismissals and four appeals, which finally brought the reluctant defendant to the settlement conference this day – to pay a fair amount. This passion has driven me through 35-years of helping injured people.
When the confidential settlement was struck, there were a lot of tears and hugs, even the worn out defense lawyers were relieved. As my client and I walked out, she on prosthetic legs, I knew “that was it” for me on this case. But for my client, it was “just the beginning –” the beginning of a life with resources and independence, the things money can buy.
To all my clients, thank you for your trust and confidence in allowing us to represent you. And to all the people in the communities we serve, thank you for caring enough about your family and friends in their Journey to Justice, to refer them to us. We are Nevada’s largest personal injury law firm for the people – and according to our clients, the hardest working.
| Kyle Stucki, a native of Las Vegas, is not only a prime example of what an outstanding personal injury lawyer stands for, he is also an incredible human being.|
Kyle graduated from Utah Valley University with a bachelor’s degree in legal studies and subsequently earned his Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law in only two years. During law school, Kyle led the J. Reuben Clark Law Society while serving as Chapter President. Kyle went on to earn his MBA from Suffolk University while working full-time as a lawyer.
“Kyle comes from a long family legal tradition. His grandfather, several uncles, and in-laws are lawyers. So, it’s no surprise he became one of the youngest lawyers in the history of Nevada. In his short career, Kyle has resolved hundreds of personal injury and wrongful death cases,” said Rick Harris, founder of the Richard Harris Law Firm. “Some have resulted in settlements exceeding a million dollars in damages for his clients.”
Kyle helps people in meaningful ways on a daily basis. He has given thousands of dollars to families in need and driven friends to out-of-state rehab facilities in the middle of the night. He has offered a place to stay to friends going through family issues at home, and secured jobs for people in serious need. Kyle would give you the shirt off his back if you asked for it, yet you would never know any of these things from his modest and humble nature. For Kyle, the most rewarding aspect of his job is the opportunity to sit across from a client who is going through the hardest thing they have ever faced, and being able to say “I can help you.”
Kyle has been featured in industry publications including Rising Stars 2015, by Super Lawyers Magazine, and Top 40 Under 40 by The National Trial Lawyers. In his free time, Kyle loves working on his Jeep, watersports, spending time with his wife, 19 nieces and nephews and lounging with his two dogs.
Richard Harris Law Firm Annual Party
May 1, 2015
The Richard Harris Law Firm has a long-standing commitment to give back, and we consider it our responsibility to make a positive impact in the communities we serve. We support organizations sharing our mission in a number of ways. Whether through financial contributions, leadership or the inspiring volunteer efforts of our lawyers and staff, we are passionate about helping people live better. Why are we different? We care.
Students With A Cause
The 2015, sixth annual, Students with a Cause campaign was one for the books! The theme of this year’s contest, “What If…,” challenged students to answer the hypothetical question as it relates to improving lives, or making a better society. To watch the winning videos or learn more, visit studentswithacause.org
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United Blood Services
Richard Harris Law Firm attorneys and staff gave blood at a United Blood Services event that took place at the firm. Visit unitedbloodservices.org/lv.
Take Your Kids to Work
Richard Harris Law Firm participated in “Bring Your Child To Work Day.” We had a blast with all the youngsters helping out at the office! Visit daughtersandsonstowork.org
Richard Harris Law Firm continued its support for Driver's Edge, a non-profit organization and public charity dedicated to teaching young drivers what's not being taught in traditional driver's education. The sole mission of Driver's Edge is to help save lives with a unique and innovative behind the wheel program. Visit driversedge.org
Richard Harris Law Firm was a co-title sponsor of JuneFest 2015. We had the opportunity to speak with many attendees who stopped by our vendor booth at the event. Visit 963kklz.com
Richard Harris Law Firm staff had a wonderful time participating in the Three Square “Backpack for Kids” event this year! Our employees, and other community volunteers, helped fill 3,060 backpacks with food to be given to hungry school aged children in Las Vegas. Visit threesquare.org
Richard Harris Law Firm is a proud supporter of KNPR public radio through the corporate challenge matching fund program. Visit knpr.org
| Kyle Stucki received the “Top 40 Under 40” award from The National Trial Lawyers Association. |
Bryan Boyack, Seth Little and Kyle Stucki were all named “Rising Stars” by Super Lawyers magazine.
Ryan Helmick, managing attorney of The Defenders, the criminal defense division of the Richard Harris Law Firm, was interviewed on KLAS TV regarding a city of Henderson official’s DUI arrest.
Richard Harris was interviewed by Mike O’Brian and Carla Rea on “The Morning Show” of KKLZ.
Richard Harris Law Firm received the 2015 award for “Client Satisfaction” from the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys.
Richard Harris was named a lifetime charter member of “Best Attorneys of America.”
Richard Harris was inducted into “Esteemed Lawyers of America.”
With 18 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.
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.
| Eight-figure settlement for California upholstery worker who suffered a traumatic brain injury after falling 30 feet while working at a Las Vegas Hotel/Casino.|
Eight-figure combined settlements for three individuals who contracted a bloodborne disease during medical procedures.
Multi-million dollar settlement for California salesman who injured his back at a Las Vegas Hotel/Casino spa when he fell from an unstable bench.
Seven-figure jury verdict for Las Vegas man who incurred injuries to his neck, back, and head from rear-end collision at a red-light near Rancho and Craig.
Seven-figure settlement for Las Vegas housewife, with neck and back injuries from rear-end collision with a semi-truck on I-15.
Seven-figure settlement for Las Vegas hydraulic technician who sustained neck, back, and leg injuries from rear-end accident while stopped at a red light on Craig and Allen.
Seven-figure settlement for family of a Las Vegas personal trainer killed on his motorcycle at the intersection of Craig and Cimarron.
Seven-figure settlement for Pahrump woman, who slipped in a milky substance on the floor of a convenience store in California and suffered a back injury.
Seven figure settlement for California teenager with leg injuries when the vehicle she was a passenger in hit a light pole.
Seven-figure settlement for North Las Vegas plumber with head, neck, and back injuries after being rear ended while stopped in traffic on the 215 beltway.
Seven-figure settlement for Las Vegas woman who injured her neck and back after slipping in a puddle of water in a store check-out line.
ONE OF NEVADA’S LARGEST AND HIGHEST RATED INJURY AND DISABILITY LAW FIRMS
- Auto Accidents
- Aviation Accidents
- Boat Accidents
- Bus Accidents
- Dangerous Drugs
- Defective Products
- Dog Bites
- Insurance Bad Faith
- Medical Malpractice
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Personal Injury
- Premises Accidents
- Social Security Disability
- Truck Accidents
- Workers’ Compensation
- Wrongful Death