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.

HDW Attorneys Named Super Lawyers

Eleven Holley, Driggs, Walch, Fine Wray Puzey  & Thompson attorneys have been ranked by Super Lawyers Magazine among the best in the Mountain States  (Nevada, Utah, Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming) in its 2015 Edition and Ogonna M. Atamoh was recognized as one of the Top 50 Women in the Mountain States.

The Super Lawyers selection process is a rigorous, multiphase process involving peer nominations, evaluations, and third party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. No more than five percent of the total lawyers in the state are selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers.

HDW shareholders receiving recognition as Super Lawyers in their practice areas were Dennis R. Haney (construction litigation), J. Douglas Driggs, Jr. (real estate), Gregory J. Walch (environmental), Richard F. Holley (bankruptcy/business litigation), Brian W. Boschee (business litigation), Ogonna M. Atamoh (bankruptcy/business litigation), James W. Puzey (business litigation) and Bryce K. Earl (Intellectual Property). In addition, shareholders F. Thomas Edwards (business litigation) and Cami M. Perkins (business/corporate) were named in the publication’s “Rising Star” list, along with attorney William N. Miller (business litigation).

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” in 2015

Holley, Driggs, Walch, Puzey & Thompson has been named a Tier 1 Best Law Firm in Las Vegas for Construction by U.S. News –  Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” for 2015.  In addition, Richard Holley has been named Lawyer of the Year for Las Vegas Litigation – Bankruptcy as well as a Best Lawyer in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, and Dennis Haney has been named Lawyer of the Year for Las Vegas Construction LawBest Lawyers® also named J. Douglas Driggs, Jr. to the 2015 Best Lawyers in America list in Real Estate Law.

In their press release on November 3, 2014, U.S. News –  Best Lawyers® stated, “The 2015 rankings are based on the highest number of participating firms and highest number of client ballots on record. To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America©, which recognizes the top four percent of practicing attorneys in the US. Over 17,000 attorneys provided almost 600,000 law firm assessments, and almost 7,500 clients provided more than 40,000 evaluations.”