Ogonna Brown invited to join The American College of Bankruptcy

Holley Driggs Walch Fine Wray Puzey & Thompson is proud to announce that Partner Ogonna M. Brown has been invited to become a Fellow in The American College of Bankruptcy.

This prestigious invitation is based on a proven record of the highest standards of professionalism, ethics, and service to the legal community.

Ms. Brown will become one of only five Fellows in the state of Nevada and will join fellow HDWFWP & T Partner Richard F. Holley on that accomplished and respected list.

Ms. Brown will be officially inducted into this elite organization in the Spring of 2018.

Congratulations Ogonna!!!

Shareholder Kim Stein named Volunteer Attorney of the Month

Firm Shareholder Kimberly Stein was named as the Southern Nevada Pro Bono Project’s Attorney of the Month for September. The award presentation occurred at the monthly Civil Judges’ Meeting.

Ms. Stein is well known in the Las Vegas area for generously giving her time and resources to several charities. Ms. Stein is a Regional Trustee of the Las Vegas chapter of Olive Crest, a charity that serves at-risk children in the community.

Ms. Stein has been practicing law in Nevada since 2003.

Firm Attorneys Honored With 2017 Super Lawyers Rankings

Holley Driggs Walch Fine Wray Puzey & Thompson congratulates our attorneys on being included on the Mountain States Super Lawyers’ list in numerous practice areas. The Firm applauds our attorneys’ dedication to providing superior legal services, cherishing client relationships, and serving the region with pro bono and community service.

Many businesses and individuals turn to our Nevada attorneys when they need effective, insightful representation for a wide range of business matters, as well as some of the most urgent legal issues they face.

The following Firm attorneys were named to the 2017 Mountain States Super Lawyers list: Ogonna M. Brown, Brian W. Boschee, J. Douglas Driggs, Bryce K. Earl, Dennis R. Haney, Richard F. Holley, James W. Puzey, Ronald J. Thompson, and Gregory J. Walch. Firm attorneys F. Thomas Edwards and Cami M. Perkins were both named to the Rising Stars of Attorneys’ list. Please click on the attorneys’ names to learn more about our Super Lawyers!

 

Reno Construction Contract Workshop A Huge Success

A team of Holley Driggs Walch Fine Wray Puzey & Thompson attorneys recently presented a construction contract workshop in Reno, Nevada.

Those who attended the day-long seminar left with added knowledge on contracts, bidding and project documents, as well as the ability to recognize and avoid ethical pitfalls common to construction contracting while ensuring honesty, integrity, fair-dealing, and quality assurance throughout the construction process.

HDWFWP & T shareholders Brian W. Boschee and William J. Wray along with senior associate Donna DiMaggio travelled to Reno and presented this valuable information to a group of engineers and contractors.

Kristol Bradley Ginapp Named Partner at HDWFWP & T

Holley Driggs Walch Fine Wray Puzey and Thompson is pleased to announce that Kristol Bradley Ginapp has been named as a Partner and will work out of the Las Vegas office.

Ms. Bradley Ginapp’s practice is primarily made up of Employment Law and Commercial Litigation.

Originally a native of Colorado, Bradley Ginapp has been practicing law in Nevada since 2003.

Puzey inducted into University of Nevada Sports Hall of Fame

Holley Driggs Walch Fine Wray Puzey & Thompson’s own James Puzey was recently inducted into the University of Nevada’s sports Hall of Fame.

Puzey played baseball for the Wolf Pack from 1982 through 1985, finishing his UNR playing days with a career batting average of .355. At the time it represented the highest average of any four-year player in Wolf Pack history. Puzey was also the UNR leader in career hits, runs, double, base on balls and hit by pitch when he left campus.

Puzey is the only Wolf Pack player to be named All-NCBA First Team three different times.

Puzey represented the United States of America, playing on the U.S. National Baseball team. In the 1983 Pan American Games in Caracas, Venezuela, Puzey led team USA in hitting with an amazing.778 batting average.

Puzey was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 17th round of the Major League Baseball draft after his senior season. Puzey played five seasons in the Cardinals’ organization reaching the AAA level. Puzey was invited to and played in Major League spring training games in 1990.

Puzey ultimately retired from professional baseball to be with his family and to pursue law.

Martindale Hubbell has designated Puzey as an AV-rated lawyer, which is its highest rating.  Puzey has been recognized in Super Lawyers as one of the top lawyers in the Mountain States (Nevada, Utah, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming) for 2013-2015, and he has been selected to join the Corporate America Legal Elite of 2015.

Five HDWFWP&T attorneys named to “Best Lawyers in America”

Five attorneys of the Holley Driggs Walch Fine Wray Puzey & Thompson law firm have recently been named to bestlawyers.com’s “Best Lawyers in America” list.

Richard F. Holley, J. Douglas Driggs, William J. Wray, Glenn F. Meier and Dennis R. Haney all were nominated and named to the group.

Holley was recognized for his work in bankruptcy and creditor rights/ insolvency and reorganization law. Driggs was named in real estate law. Wray, Meier and Haney were each listed in the construction law section

HDWFWP&T Delivers For Kids

Holley, Driggs, Walch, Fine, Wray, Puzey & Thompson came through with flying colors for students in Nevada, in the Communities In Schools, “Fill The Bus” campaign.

Several boxes of school supplies were collected by the firm and delivered in early August. Promotion wide, over $135,000.00 worth the school supplies were collected.

HDWFWP&T shareholder Kim Stein spearheaded the collection campaign.
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Communities In Schools of Nevada is working to distribute school supplies and uniforms to over 58,000 students in 55 schools statewide and the firm was happy to help with this worthy cause.

Choosing a Name that “Wows”

Take on the Las Vegas NHL Name Challenge

Bill Foley, the owner of the new National Hockey League (NHL) expansion team in Las Vegas, recently issued a challenge to fans and interested parties to suggest a name for our NHL team – a name that “wows,” represents and is unique to Las Vegas, and causes people to say: ‘“These guys are tough. These guys are going to win. These guys are dedicated.”’ Oh, and one more important condition – the name must “not already trademarked” and can be obtained without paying someone who has already secured the rights. (See “Bill Foley’s frustration grows over lack of name for Las Vegas NHL team,” Steve Carp, Las Vegas Review-Journal, July 15, 2016.)
I understand Mr. Foley’s concern and frustration. Having worked with a substantial number of clients on trademark and other intellectual property matters, one of the most difficult decisions that any business owner makes is identifying a brand that can be both defended and enforced. Often, like in the case of our city’s expansion team, the first choice (and sometimes the second choice or third choice) is simply not available. The choice: (a) may already be used by someone else on the same or similar goods or services, making it difficult to defend, or (b) may be too descriptive, making it difficult to enforce.
It is important to know that in the United States, first use of a trademark controls and the first use owner has priority rights over those who use the same or a confusingly similar trademark thereafter. In some instances, the priority rights holder may not register the rights with applicable state or federal government agencies, making it more difficult to fully “clear” proposed new trademarks.
For those interested in accepting Mr. Foley’s challenge or for anyone else going through a similar process, may I offer the following suggestions:
1. Have a brainstorming session where every potential word, combination, or other variation is identified.
2. Put all of the letters/numbers of the top 2 or 3 choices in a hat, mix them up, and assemble them into 2 or 3 made-up/coined versions that convey the impression of the desired brand. Note: these made-up versions tend to be the easiest to defend and enforce because there are often no existing instances in the marketplace, making it easier to obtain related intellectual property, such as domain names and social media handles.
3. Perform a trademark search on the top choices, starting with the free databases available at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) (www.uspto.gov), Nevada Secretary of State (www.nvsos.gov), and Clark County Fictitious Firm Name (http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/clerk/services/Pages/FFNSearch.aspx) websites. Note: While no search will capture all third party rights, this step can avoid the most glaring potential problems and narrow the decision to more viable options.
4. After reviewing the results and assessing the corresponding risks, select the best available option and proceed to bolster the rights, including obtaining a federal registration with the USPTO.
Bryce Earl is a native Nevadan who strives to strengthen the long-term vitality of the business community. He is a shareholder with Holley, Driggs, Walch, Fine, Wray, Puzey & Thompson, a prominent law firm with offices in Las Vegas and Reno. By combining his background in information systems and the law, he helps clients implement a customized intellectual property plan to enhance and protect their businesses.

http://businesspress.vegas/professional-services/choosing-company-name-wows

Rachel E. Donn named Partner at HDW

Rachel E. Donn was recently named as partner in the law firm on Holley, Driggs, Walch, Fine, Wray, Puzey & Thompson.

Ms. Donn’s practice areas include commercial litigation, real estate, mortgage banking, title insurance defense, lien/priority litigation, employment law, family law, and appellate law.