Reaching Out - Summer 2016 Edition


By Richard A. Harris

A tribe is a group of people connected to one another through commitment to the same principles. Since the beginning of time, human beings have been part of one tribe or another. For over 35 years, the Nevada Justice Association has been my tribe.

A tribe of heretics, nonconformist lawyers who dare to dissent, to challenge the dogma of no accountability, who fight for their clients – the injured, the disabled, the families of loved ones lost – and make the world safer.

A tribe with leaders who understand what they cannot compromise on – who do not water down the message in order to make the tribe more mainstream – leaders who realize that a small, motivated and strongly connected tribe is far more powerful than a larger group with no passion for a cause.

A tribe with heroes, people who are admired and idealized for their courage and outstanding achievements in the courtroom and halls of the legislature.

As a trial lawyer, I’ve enjoyed success in the courtroom, but I found over the years that my strongest talent was putting together a winning team, collaborating with the best lawyers and creating a laboratory at my office for lawyers to cultivate their skills.

Young personal injury lawyers frequently tell me they want to be like me, to have a large personal injury practice like mine. I smile and say, “Yesterday, I was you.” Yesterday, I was in law school. Yesterday, I was at my first of more than 30 annual Nevada Justice Association convention seminars where I heard my heroes say things like, “What are you waiting for? File suit!” and, “Be patient. The good cases will come.” “Do a good job – the money will follow.” And then I blinked, and 35 years had gone by….

This summer, I received the Nevada Justice Association Lifetime Achievement Award – an award reserved for my trial lawyer heroes through the years. I think of my Mom, who had the heart of an angel, who loved unconditionally and always smiled. My Dad, the hardest working person I’ve ever known, did not compromise when it came to what’s right. Thank you, Mom and Dad, for inspiring me to be a lawyer for the people.

There are powerful special interests who want to take away the rights of our underdog clients. We will not give in. We will not turn against each other. We will always stand united – as proud members of the Nevada Justice Association to protect the people, to defend their rights, and take action against those who are responsible for the harms they cause.

They say it’s not where you go in life; it’s who you go with. I’m grateful to be on this important journey with my tribe, the trial lawyers of the Nevada Justice Association.
As a trial lawyer with The Defenders, the criminal defense division of the Richard Harris Law Firm, Ryan is determined to help people facing serious challenges. He lives life with passion and drive.

Ryan was born in Elkins, West Virginia, and raised between Las Vegas and Cocoa Beach, Florida. Growing up, he loved outdoor activities like surfing, fishing and wakeboarding. One of Ryan’s favorite sports is tennis and he was fortunate to attend the renowned Colon Nunez tennis camp in Miami.

During college, Ryan worked in a law office and graduated from UNLV with a degree in Criminal Justice. He attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, where he twice earned a spot on the Dean’s List for academic excellence. After graduating from law school, Ryan passed the Nevada bar and focused exclusively in Criminal Defense. In his short career, he has already successfully handled nearly 2,000 DUI and criminal cases.

In 2015, Ryan was recognized as National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40. In 2016, he received the “10 Best Award in Client Satisfaction” by The American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys. He was also honored by Avvo, the lawyer rating service, with the Clients Choice Award for 2016. Ryan trains at the renowned Trial Lawyers College, founded by famed trial lawyer, Gerry Spence. “Ryan has a heart of gold and nerves of steel,” said Rick Harris, founder of the Richard Harris Law Firm. “He is a consummate criminal defense lawyer.”

When Ryan is not practicing law, he enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter and their two dogs. His hobbies include boxing, basketball, working out, scuba diving, reading and traveling with his family. 
Richard Harris Law Firm Annual Party
May 6, 2016
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The Richard Harris Law Firm has a longstanding 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 several 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.

Goodie Two ShoesGoodieTwoShoes
Our law firm proudly supported GoodieTwoShoes this year, an organization whose mission is to provide disadvantaged children with new shoes and socks. Visit

Students with a CauseStudents with a Cause
2016 marked the seventh annual Students with a Cause scholarship competition. The theme, “Just in Case,” asked high school students the question: What information can you share to help others avoid dangerous or bad situations or to be better prepared if the unexpected happens? This year, we opened the contest to new student submission options: a 30-second video, a work of art, a short story/poem or a website. See the winning submissions and learn more at

Once again, Richard Harris Law Firm and Ticket Busters co-sponsored JuneFest 2016. Many of the record 5,500 concert attendees visited our team booth for lots of giveaways. Visit

Take Your Kids to Work Day
Attorneys and staff members brought their kids to the office for “Bring Your Child To Work Day” where we made work fun! Visit

Three Square "Backpacks for Kids"
Richard Harris Law Firm team members volunteered for Three Square’s “Backpack for Kids” program. We helped fill over 3,000 backpacks with food to support childhood nutrition in Las Vegas. Visit

United Blood ServicesUnited Blood Services
United Blood Services paid visits to Richard Harris Law Firm. Our attorneys and staff were happy to give life-saving blood. Visit

Law & Order Food Truck EventLaw & Order Food Truck Event
Richard Harris Law Firm hosted Law and Order: Special Food Truck Unit events where the legal advice and food were free. Our team had a great time networking with clients and friends of the firm, while enjoying tasty grub from popular food trucks.

Insane Inflatable 5KInsane Inflatable 5K
This year our firm participated in the Insane Inflatable 5k obstacle course race in North Las Vegas. This fun, action-packed event helped raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society and its Relay For Life movement. Visit
Richard Harris received the Super Lawyer award and Bryan Boyack, Seth Little, Kyle Stucki and Bryan Blackwell were all named “Rising Stars” by Super Lawyers magazine. 

Bryan Blackwell and his client were featured by KTNV Channel 13 in a story about a child’s school playground injury. Read story.

Richard Harris was interviewed by local, national and international news media for the tragic case of a client of the firm, Chelsea Ake, who died in a cryotherapy chamber.

Richard Harris received the Nevada Justice Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. View photo.

Kristina Weller was mentioned in the Las Vegas Business Press and Vegas Inc.

The Clark County School District honored the Richard Harris Law Firm for sponsoring the “Students with a Cause” contest, now in its seventh year.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported the $13,000,000 jury verdict for the family of Christina Konarski, a client of the Richard Harris Law Firm. Read story.

KSNV Channel 3 reported the $15,000,000 jury verdict for the family of Harvey Chernikoff, a client of the Richard Harris Law Firm, who choked to death on a paratransit bus. View story.

Richard Harris Law Firm received the 2016 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.

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.
$15,000,000 jury verdict for wrongful death of special needs passenger who choked to death on a paratransit bus.

$13,000,000 jury verdict for wrongful death of Michigan woman who was killed by a drunk driver on the night of her 21st birthday.

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

Seven-figure settlement for customer service manager with neck and back injuries from rear-end collision by drunk driver.

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

Seven-figure settlement for private banker with neck injuries from driver who ran a stop sign.

Seven-figure settlement for retired state trooper and family with multiple broken bones when rear-ended on freeway.

The Nevada Supreme Court affirmed the seven-figure judgment on a jury verdict for our client with neck and back injuries from a rear-end collision.

The Nevada Supreme Court and the Nevada Court of Appeals granted new trials for two clients who lost their cases.

  • Auto Accidents
  • Aviation Accidents
  • Boat Accidents
  • Bus Accidents
  • Dangerous Drugs
  • Defective Products 
  • Dog Bites
  • Medical Malpractice 
  • Motorcycle Accidents 
  • Nursing Home Abuse 
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Accidents
  • Social Security Disability 
  • Truck Accidents
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Wrongful Death
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