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’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.
Kim Stein_sml
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”) (, Nevada Secretary of State (, and Clark County Fictitious Firm Name ( 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.

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.

Ogonna M. Brown named 2015 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year

Ogonna M. Brown, shareholder at Holley, Driggs, Walch, Fine, Wray, Puzey and Thompson, has been honored as the 2015 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year for her extraordinary commitment and dedication to helping individuals in need.

Her tireless efforts on behalf of so many individuals and her leadership in inspiring other lawyers to become involved in pro bono were recognized at the 2015 Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada annual benefit luncheon.

“We are very proud of Ogonna and her work with the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada,” said Ron Thompson, HDWFW&T managing partner. “It was great to see her recognized for her hard work and efforts. We could not be more pleased.”

Sean Story and Hannah Goodwin join HDW

Holley Driggs Walch Fine Wray Puzey & Thompson has hired Sean E. Story and Hannah S. Goodwin as associates in their Las Vegas office. Sean Story, a graduate of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, will practice primarily in the firm’s Commercial Litigation department. While in law school, Mr. Story was a writer for the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law and a recipient of the Dorothy H. and Lewis Rosenstiel Scholarship. Hannah Goodwin, a graduate of Emory University College of Law, will practice in the firm’s Natural Resources and Commercial Litigation departments.

HDW welcomes Kimberly P. Stein

Kimberly P. Stein has joined Holley Driggs Walch Fine Wray Puzey & Thompson as a shareholder in the firm’s Las Vegas office. Ms. Stein concentrates her practice on securities law, gaming law, intellectual property, civil litigation, and corporate law.  Ms. Stein’s experience in the gaming industry, which spans over 15 years, began prior to her becoming a lawyer. Over the course of her career, Ms. Stein has worked for various companies, including Mikohn Gaming, Sun International Resorts, Casino Data Systems, Alliance Bally Gaming and First Interstate Bank of Nevada. Ms. Stein’s experience in banking, securities, finance, operations and law has provided her a strong business background to assist with her clients on a business and legal level.  Ms. Stein is active in the community as a member of the UNLV Foundation’s Annual Giving Council, an Advisory Board Member of Nevada H.A.N.D., and a Regional Trustee of Olive Crest, Las Vegas Chapter.

2016 Best Lawyers®

Five HDW attorneys have been selected to The Best Lawyers in America© for 2016: Richard F. Holley (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy); Dennis R. Haney and William J. Wray (Construction Law); Glenn F. Meier (Litigation – Real Estate and Construction Law); and J. Douglas Driggs, Jr. (Real Estate Law).

As noted on the Best Lawyers® website, Best Lawyers® is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.  Their lists of outstanding attorneys are compiled by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. If the votes for an attorney are positive enough for inclusion in Best Lawyers®, that attorney must maintain those votes in subsequent polls to remain on the list for each edition. Lawyers are not permitted to pay any fee to participate in or be included on our lists.