Sunday, 28 May 2017

The Advantages of Personal Injury attorneys

You can’t become jack of all trade for sure and if you are taking your personal injury case so lightly then you get into big trouble that we get into detail later. Thus it’s too important for you to seek the different advantages of personal injury attorneys such that you could claim your compensation from a rightful person. Given below are the following advantages:  

How Much Your Claim is Worth

A great many people don't know how much cash they can get from their own harm claims. Despite the fact that there are instruments, it won't give you a precise gauge of the last estimation of your settlement. Since most lawyers take personal injury cases on a possibility premise you won't have any forthright expenses and in this manner there is little reason not to enlist an accomplished lawyer to speak to you.  

Understands the Legal Process

Regardless of the possibility that you have a smart thought of what your own damage settlement may be worth, you will be new to the lawful systems required with disputing or intervening your case. This incorporates not knowing which authoritative reports to document, how to legitimately entire structures, and the material statute of impediments. The hole in your lawful information may permit the insurance agencies to beat you on a legitimate detail.

Improves Your Odds

Stated by Preston Rezaee conflicting with the insurance agency resembles get ready for the fight to come. Undertaking such a fight independent from anyone else is equivalent to appearing to battle without any weapons. Regardless of the amount you set yourself up, you just won't have the capacity to set up a solid battle or put your best foot forward. The insurance agency realizes that it has much more learning and bartering power and will utilize this to guarantee that you get the most reduced settlement conceivable.

An Attorney Is Motivated to Help You

Most individual damage legal counselors chip away at a possibility premise. This implies they will just get paid in the event that you get a protection settlement. This is extraordinarily gainful to you since you have somebody who has encounter conflicting with insurance agencies, propelled to help you get the most noteworthy settlement conceivable. What's more, since an individual harm lawyer does not get paid unless you do, he will be more inclined to settle your case rapidly.

Can Take Your Case to Trial

Most mischance damage cases never go to trial. Measurements demonstrate that most individual harm cases are settled. Insights likewise demonstrate that there is a high probability that a jury will manage against insurance agencies. Thusly having a lawyer speaking to you demonstrates the insurance agencies that you are set up to go to trial. This will probably rouse them to a prior and fairer settlement offer.

These are following advantages that you could avail while at time you are hiring a personal injury attorney for your case according to Preston Rezaee.

Friday, 19 May 2017

The Value In Owning Your Own Office

If you own your practice, there are few things that will impact your future net worth more than owning your office. 

Think about it. In the next few years, you could own sizable equity in your office. In 15 years, you could own it outright — or you could be the proud owner of a big stack of rent receipts. The good news is that, with a little bit of preparation, the process of buying an office is easier than ever. 

There is a growing trend across the country in which buyers turn to Real Estate brokers who not only guide the buyer through the transaction to closing, but also help in arranging tenant improvements. That serves a critical need when the inventory available needs major renovation to fit the client’s needs. 

Dan Coletti of Sun West Custom Homes is one of Nevada’s most respected builders. His long history of building includes not only iconic multi million-dollar hillside homes but also a significant amount of commercial construction. 

“There are a lot of very attractive buildings downtown if you have an eye for the possibil-ities,” Coletti said. “We see some interiors gutted and reworked, and these buildings are perfectly suited to attorneys’ business needs. With the right eye for design and construction details there really are opportunities an owner can really be proud of.” 

(Point of disclosure: Mark Fierro, the author of this column, is an agent with a related company, Sun West Luxury Realty LLC.) 

There is good news on the loan side as well. The Small Business Administration offers a loan, the SBA’s 504 program, which allows the owner to wrap all the tenant improvements and building rehab right into the loan. 

A generation ago Small Business Administration Loans had a reputation for not being user friendly, but those transactions have been made far simpler with help from Nevada State Development Corporation, which specializes in SBA 504 loans for business owners seeking to buy property or equipment.  

“These loans typically feature below-market rates. In the first quarter of 2017 we are in the mid-4 percent range, and that’s with 10 percent down,” said Evan Dickson, Senior Vice President/Senior Credit Officer with Nevada State Development Corporation. “We can get the customer in, ask a pretty short list of questions regarding your business and its performance over the past couple of years, and give you a pretty good idea whether the SBA’s 504 program is a good fit for you and if it looks like you’ll have a chance to qualify. 

Taking advantage of the opportunity to own their own headquarters can represent a pivotal point in the career of many entrepreneurs, according to Dickson. It’s something he sees time and time again working with Nevada State Development Corporation. 

“That’s what we do,” Dickson said. “The basis for our program is about job creation and economic development, and one of the results is the fact that it lets businesses purchase property with as little as 10 percent down, which can allow the business and its owners to start accumulating wealth by taking ownership of a building. We can wrap tenant improvements into the package, subject to a satisfactory appraisal” 

It’s a road that the Editor of this magazine, Vegas Legal Magazine, used to great effect in buying and completely renovating his offices at 630 South 3rd Street in downtown Las Vegas. 

NSDC’s Paola Gonzalez worked with Preston Rezaee, Esq., principal of The Firm, P.C., and Editor in Chief of Vegas Legal Magazine to make his renovations and the purchase of his new office in downtown Las Vegas a success. 

“NSDC is a company that’s very vested in investing in the business future of this com-munity,” Rezaee said. “The level of personal attention that I received was unexpected, so definitely go.” 

Chris Hunter, who serves as vice president and business development officer with NSDC, pointed out that many business owners — whether in the legal realm or any other field — may be experts in their own line of work but unfamiliar with the nuances of financing a building purchase. 

“We walk them through every step of the process, laying out the financials up front to make it as easy as possible,” Hunter said. “We explain it in terms they understand. My job is to make life easy for them.”

About Fierro Communications, Inc. 

Fierro Communications, Inc., is a full-service public relations and marketing firm with video production assets and a wealth of media contacts in Southern Nevada and throughout the United States. Mr. Fierro is an author of two books and has appeared on national news broadcasts including CNN, “Entertainment Tonight” and ABC’s “20/20.” 

The Firm, P.C. is a boutique Las Vegas law firm founded by Preston Rezaee, Esq. Preston Rezaee is also the founder and Editor in Chief of Vegas Legal Magazine.

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Thursday, 18 May 2017

Social Media’s Impact On The Law & Business

Social media is destroying the legal system. It is tearing at the fabric of our laws. Manipulating our fundamental rights. And eroding our justice system. In five years it will cause the downfall of society, trigger the apocalypse, and set forth a series of catastrophic events that will destroy our planet. 

Okay, maybe that was a little dramatic. But hopefully it got your attention. What I mean to say is that social media has a profound effect on the law. And that it is critical for businesses, entrepreneurs, and executives to understand how social media affects the laws governing their industry and business activities in order to succeed in our social marketplace and avoid serious legal trouble. 

So let’s explore how social media affects the law and what you can do about it.

Be Wary: Social Media Advances Faster than the Law Can Adapt  

When our forefathers gathered around to hammer our United States Constitution, guess what? MySpace didn’t exist. George Washington wasn’t a Facebook friend of James Madison. Thomas Jefferson didn’t live tweet the drafting of the Declaration of Independence. And John Hancock didn’t SnapChat a selfie with his quill. Of course, social media (and the internet for that matter) was never even contemplated (much less used) at the time our basic fundamental rights were formed. But that’s not all. 

Nearly all state and federal laws that govern our ability to conduct business, manage employees, and promote products and services on social media were created long before social media was commonplace. We therefore must apply “old” laws to new technology – and most of the time – it’s like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. But just because it’s difficult to understand the laws regarding social media, doesn’t mean you can ignore them. It will only be a matter of time until your company, your employees, or someone working on your behalf posts something online that violates these laws and YOU are held responsible. So what can you do? 

Be Informed: Learn How the Law Applies to Your Social Media Activities 

No matter what industry you’re in, you need to know the laws that apply to your social media use and how to comply with them. Don’t know what laws apply? No problem. Here are a few examples: 

If you have employees that use social media personally or professionally, then your company is subject to the National Labor Relations Act. If you promote products or services on social media, then the Federal Trade Commission regulates your posts. If you are in the financial services, banking, or credit industry, then your company is governed by a whole lot of laws, including Regulation Z, the Truth in Lending Act, the Fair Housing Act, and the Federal Financial Examinations Council. 

To learn more about the laws applying to your industry, check out your local law library’s copy of corpus juris secundum or call a social media attorney. Once you know the law, what’s the most important step to prevent social media from destroying your business? 

Be Proactive: Prevent Serious Lawsuits with Simple Risk Management Solutions 

There is no bigger waste of time and money then to pay a bunch of lawyers thousands upon thousands of dollars to argue about insignificant things. So put that money back in your bank account and spend more time focusing on building your business empire by setting up a simple risk management program that is designed to avoid lawsuits in the first place. Sounds simple, right? Here three easy, peasy steps to setting one up: 

Step One: Identify the laws and regulations that effect your company’s social media activities. These laws can be industry specific (like financial services) or activity specific (like online contests or sweepstakes). 

Step Two: Audit your current risk management activities to determine whether you are fully compliant with these laws and regulations. Conducting an internal audit will help you determine what additional risk management, if any, are needed to protect your company. 

Step Three: Implement a social media risk management program that includes social media related policies, internal compliance procedures, and employee training to ensure that you minimize serious legal risk that could destroy your business and drain your profits. 

Be Smart: Consult with a Social Media Attorney when Needed 

Experienced scoial media attorneys can assist your company in assessing applicable laws, conducting a risk assessment audit, and implementing your risk management program in a compliant manner. 

Still have social media law questions? Twitter’s got answers: You can tweet to me at and use the #socialmedialaw 

Now that you know the effect of social media on the law, you can focus on what’s really important: Saving the world from social media, of course. Our founding fathers will thank you. 

Ethan Wall is an attorney in Miami, Florida. He is the founder of Social Media Law and Order and the author of the Social Media Guide for Lawyers. He is a nationally recognized expert in social media and the law. Ethan has delivered speeches to thousands of attorneys, financial institution executives, and human resource professionals worldwide through his live and online multi-media programs. Ethan can be contacted at 

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Thursday, 11 May 2017

5 Different Kinds of Personal Injury Claims

In any case, the accident could happen only at one condition either you commit a mistake or some other make a mistake leading to worse condition to each other. But if the accident is carried out due to some other person carelessness then for such case you can ask for compensation and could lawsuit a file against them as per Preston Rezaee.  

So if you have been a victim of any such situation given below then it's time for you to search for personal injury attorney that could help you to get the compensation. 

Medical Malpractice :

Restorative negligence cases can emerge when a specialist or other human services proficient neglects to give capable and sensible talented care, and a patient is harmed thus. Therapeutic negligence cases are the absolute most complex sorts, and you'll see why in our segment on Medical Malpractice. 

Car Accident Cases:

Auto collisions goad the most individual harm cases in the United States. At the point when a mishap happens, as a rule, this is on account of somebody isn't taking after the guidelines of the street, or driving as painstakingly as he or she ought to be. A thoughtless driver can (for the most part) be considered fiscally and in charge of wounds coming from a pileup.  

Slip and Fall Cases:

According to Slip and fall cases are another exceptionally basic kind of individual harm case. Property proprietors (or, at times, the individuals who are leasing property) have a legitimate obligation to keep their premises sensibly protected and free of risks so that individuals who are on the property don't end up plainly harmed. Obviously, not all wounds that happen on the property will prompt risk.  

Dog Bites:

By and large, the proprietors of a pooch are fiscally in charge of chomps and different wounds brought on by the canine. The correct laws on proprietor duty do differ from state to state, however. At times, strict obligation rules exist and the pooch proprietor will be subject for puppy chomp harms regardless of the possibility that the canine has never demonstrated any animosity or inclination to nibble previously.  


Maligning of character as criticism or defamation alludes to the way that a man can endure a harm to his or her notoriety for being an aftereffect of false articulations. The correct way of what criticism offended party must demonstrate will shift contingent upon who the offended party is, and the gathering where the announcement was made. The normal individual typically simply needs to demonstrate that a false negative articulation was made and that genuine damage originated from it. 

The above 5 points are different kinds of personal injury claims that are provided by Preston Rezaee that could help to get the compensation that becomes your rights in case if you get stuck with any mishappening like mentioned.   

Sunday, 7 May 2017

From High School To High Courts… Two Friends Transcend Nevada’s Legal Landscape

The Firm, P.C. is a boutique Las Vegas law firm founded by Preston P. Rezaee, Esq. Preston Rezaee is also the founder and Editor in Chief of Vegas Legal Magazine. With a history binding them to the same hallowed Clark County halls, Nevada’s top female politicos share their passion for improving the Silver State…one example-setting measure at a time. 

Many people look back on high school with mixed emotions. Nostalgia, humor, recollections, longing, and sometimes regrets may color memories of teenage days gone by. But for two Nevada women, their time at Clark High was the start of something big. 

Now the Chief Judge of the Nevada Court of Appeals—the first woman to hold this seat in the Silver State—Abbi Silver sits beside me, thumbing through her Clark High School yearbooks. 

The daughter of prominent Las Vegas surgeon Frank Silver, she recalls the lifelong bonds formed in those school days in the early 1980s; in particular, then- teenage Silver struck up a friendship with another student with a prominent dad: Catherine Cortez, daughter of the former head of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority—the late Manuel “Manny” Cortez. 

Silver’s own father, Frank, had opened the Boulder City Hospital, and the two high school girls met after Frank Silver transplanted his family to Las Vegas from what Silver remembers as a very happy life in the small Nevada town of Boulder City. 

“I had a nice childhood, growing up there in Boulder City,” Silver recalls. “My dog followed me to school half the time. It is just a really nice place to grow up. I had a pretty idyllic childhood.” 

But Frank Silver wanted to practice medicine in Las Vegas hospitals. Then a sophomore, Abbi transferred to Clark High School where she met Catherine, and the two teens did everything from work on the yearbook together to play on the powder-puff football team.  

“[At Clark] I met a lot of my friends that remain my friends to this day, including Nevada’s own  

U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto. I knew her as ‘Catherine Cortez,’” Silver reminisces, turning the pages of her senior yearbook for the class of 1982. “We [did] yearbook together.  

And, as you can see, she signed my yearbook right here on the first page. “One of the things she told me was, ‘I hope … you have a great life,’” points Silver. “That is Catherine’s entry right there. It was really sweet.”  

While the two young women parted ways after graduation, they stayed in touch over the years and found themselves on similar paths. Both graduated from separate law schools and became attorneys. One started out working for the Clark County prosecutors’ office (Silver) while one went on to become Nevada’s attorney general before being elected as Nevada’s first female senator last November, as well as the first Latina in the United States Senate (Cortez Masto). And after voters passed a measure in November 2014 creating the Nevada appellate court, Cortez Masto gave Silver a reference for the latter’s appointment to the new appeals court…the first woman to hold the seat.  

You could say it’s been something of a tag-team, mutual admiration society between the two former high school classmates.  

“I have known Abbi for so long, and I am proud of her,” Cortez Masto says in an interview where she was all too happy to discuss her old friend. “[I’m] proud of what she has done after high school…and now she is one of our appellate judges.”  

In an age of raised eyebrows and cynicism over some of our elected officials, Cortez Masto says she still sees that friendly teenager she first met more than 35 years ago in the woman Silver is today. “Abbi has not changed, and that is a good thing in the sense that she is so full of life.  

Everybody she has ever met just loves her.” Alternately, Silver volleys back. “We have watched each other’s careers build,” says Silver. “It is really pretty neat that she is our U.S. senator now. I am really proud of her.”  

There were other famous (and sometimes infamous) people who went to Clark High at the same time as Silver and Cortez Masto. “Lance Malone was our student body president and our senior ball king,” says Silver reaching for her 1980 yearbook—her first year at Clark. “And when I show you the senior ball picture, you are going to see Rory Reid was also on the homecoming court, which is kind of fun. So, I had some really interesting characters there.”  

Indeed, Clark High School’s early 80s’ classes had their share of stars in Nevada history: Rory Reid, the son of former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, would go on to head the County Commission and would also launch an unsuccessful bid for Nevada governor in 2010, losing to now-Gov. Brian Sandoval. (In an ironic twist, Cortez Masto would fill Harry Reid’s senate seat when he retired in January.)  

The student body also included people who would go on to become well known for some of the wrong reasons. Former Senior Ball King Lance Malone, who attended Clark and graduated before Silver and Cortez Masto, became a country commissioner and lobbyist but later became ensnarled in the infamous “strippergate” scandal of a decade ago, and was convicted of being the “bagman” in the Cheetah’s strip-club scheme involving influence peddling and county commissioners. In 2005, Malone was sentenced to 36 months in prison. (He has since been released and lives in the valley). Malone graduated in the Clark High class of 1980…a class that was also not immune to senseless tragedies. 

As Silver admires Malone’s photo—her high school crush—she points to a beautiful girl who was part of that same royal court. “That young lady was murdered,” says Silver. “Her name was Jamey Walker. That was a cold case. She was murdered the year after high school in ’81. She was raped and murdered out by Lake Mead. And they just found her killer through DNA.”  

The story, which had hung over the class for more than 30 years, involved a ransom demand for Jamey Walker’s safe return. As daughter of the late past president of the local NAACP, Eleanor Walker, she was considered “Westside royalty” and was kidnapped from her home. The press reported her later making pleas for help on the phone to her parents. But she was murdered before the ransom could be raised in what was Nevada’s first kidnapping-for- ransom of an African American.  

Last year, convicted felon Willie Lee Shannon accepted a plea deal whereby he entered an “Alford plea” in Walker’s death, a type of plea that allows a defendant to admit the prosecution has enough evidence to convict them, but does not require them to admit guilt. 

Shannon—nicknamed “The Cannon”—was a Nevada state boxing champion and neighbor of the Walkers. A Clark High grad and UNLV student at the time of her death, Walker was Las Vegas’ first African-American prom and homecoming queen. Her king? Danny Tarkanian, who Walker’s mother had recalled in earlier press accounts. Tarkanian became a 2016 Republican 

Congressional candidate who narrowly lost his race in November to Jackie Rosen, Cortez Masto’s fellow Democrat. Danny Tarkanian is also the son the late, legendary UNLV Runnin’ Rebel Basketball Coach Jerry Tarkanian. Silver turns the yearbook page to recall happier memories involving classmates. “Also, in my senior year, right over here, we have two other judges that I am very good friends with: Judge Joanna Kishner and Judge Kathleen Delany. Kathleen was a year younger than me. And then Joanna and I were actually law-school roommates.” 

With plenty more entries to write in the yearbook of their lives, Cortez Masto says she thinks the combined success of herself and her former classmate will inspire future generations of school girls to reach for their dreams. 

“We meet so many incredible people in our community, including young girls,” says Cortez Masto. “There is this kind of twinkle in their eyes. It is exciting in the positions that Abbi and I hold, because we are blazing a trail for them. And the young girls that I meet—Latinas, and so many wonderful high school girls, elementary school girls—they know they can achieve.  

Last year, convicted felon Willie Lee Shannon accepted a plea deal whereby he entered an “Alford plea” in Walker’s death, a type of plea that allows a defendant to admit the prosecution has enough evidence to convict them, but does not require them to admit guilt. 

Judge Abbi Silver: Winning Cases to Win Equality March is known for celebrating women in business and in history. Fittingly, Judge Abbi Silver recently made state history by becoming the first female chief judge of the Nevada appellate court. 

Silver has certainly paid her dues. After graduating Clark High School in 1982, she went to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and graduated from UNLV as a political science major in 1986. 

(Fun fact: The future judge tried her hand in professional cheerleading for the Utah Jazz in the 1980s, when the NBA team played some home games in Las Vegas. 

It was only when departing for law school that Silver briefly moved away from Southern Nevada. “We had no law school in Nevada. We were one of a couple of states that didn’t have one. So, I went as close as possible, to L.A., to Southwestern Law School,” Silver says. “I went for 3 years, came back, and started practicing [law] immediately. I took and passed both the California and Nevada bar [exams].” 

Silver soon worked for the district attorney’s office, where she became chief of the special victims unit at the DA’s office. That SVU prosecuted cases involving domestic homicide; domestic violence and stalking; sexual assault; and, sexual abuse of children and adults. “It [also] involved abuse involving physical or mental injury of children. Shaken babies, [or] any kind of medical case would go to our unit,” she explains. 

Silver’s career ascended with her election to Municipal Court in 2003. She was then elected to Las Vegas Justice Court in late 2006, and took office in January 2007. She soon filed to fill a District Court vacancy, and was later elected twice without opposition. In 2014, Silver was appointed to the newly created court of appeals. 

Despite her advancement and achievements, Silver says that starting out as a female attorney in the late 1980s and early 1990s was no easy task. “A judge, judges: they called me a ‘girl attorney’ and [said] I was too pretty,” Silver recalls. “Honestly, they meant it really nice. It is just [that] as a woman, trying to get respect…I definitely can tell you women worked really hard to get respect, especially at the beginning, in the DA’s office.” 

Silver hasn’t forgotten the struggle for equality. “It was really tough because I came in with two guys, and they got all the really good cases, and I got put on some track that really didn’t have any trials,” she says. “So, I had to work twice as hard.” While the work has been hard, it has also been fascinating. Some of Silver’s cases became the subjects of true-crime books or television series; among them, the 1998 case of the defendant John Patrick Addis. The book Ghosts, by local reporter Glen Meeks, covered the case. 

“Addis was an Alaskan State Trooper who actually taught crime scene investigation,” recalls Silver. “He had been fired from the police department after he had abducted his kids from Alaska and kept them from their mother. Ultimately, he met a woman here in Las Vegas under a fake identity. Unfortunately, that woman vanished in Arizona and was presumed dead.” 

Silver successfully managed to get a rare indictment without having the body of the victim. Sadly, while her success in that case was groundbreaking, Add is fled to Mexico and was never brought to justice, and claimed more victims before authorities caught him. 

“He was so horrible that there are many, many TV shows on this particular case, like on America’s Most Wanted,” she explains. “Ultimately, when I became a judge years later, they found him in Mexico, dead, with a new wife who he had abducted. He had children with her and, ultimately, he killed himself and his whole family in Mexico.” 

Judge Silver has been invited several times to appear on the Discovery Channel’s Investigative Discoveries television program. Once or twice it was for the story of Mary Kay Beckman, the Las Vegas woman who was nearly murdered by a man named Wade Ridley, who she met on That case, due to the nightmarish scenario of meeting a monster on a dating site, continues to retain viewer interest. 

“They call the episode the ‘Dates from Hell,’” Silver says. ”I still get calls from the Discovery Channel—as of last Thanksgiving. They wanted me to come in the beginning of December to Minneapolis. I just wasn’t able to get there.” She couldn’t get there that time, but Silver says her dedication to being an advocate for those who can’t fight won’t stop. And thanks to her new position, Silver’s passion for justice can benefit Nevada for years to come.

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto Is Ready To Fight Our President Nevada’s first female senator is keeping herself very busy. 

In late February, Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., squeezed in this phone interview before preparing to attend President Donald J. Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress. No surprisingly, the Democrat and Nevada’s first Latina senator is not a fan, and has been vocal in her distain for President Trump’s policies and many of his cabinet picks…one of which hits especially close to home. 

Cortez Masto was among the united group of Democrats that opposed the confirmation of Betsy DeVos, Trump’s nominee to head the department of education. Cortez Masto points to her own public school roots at Clark High School, where she attended with Nevada Appellate Court Chief Judge Abbi Silver, as an example of a successfully improved public school. “It is nowa magnet school for math and science that is publicly funded,” says Cortez Masto, “and that is apositive thing. That is why I did not support Betsy DeVos. She has spent most of her life diverting money away from public schools. We need to be ensuring that we are funding an education system that has equal access for everyone to get a really great education. 

Unfortunately, we are now at the bottom of all the bad lists when it comes to education, and we need to improve it.” Nevada’s new junior senator would also like to find a way to make college more affordable so that students “don’t have to mortgage their future just to get (a degree) and to fall into this enormous debt.” In particular, Cortez Masto would like to make it easier for students to refinance their student loans at lower interest rates. Says the senator: “The government should not be making money off of students.” 

Another key point for Cortez Masto is making technical school educations a viable, available option again. One of the first big political battles of this new Trump Administration has been over immigration. In February, President Trump issued an executive order temporarily suspending immigrants and visitors from a handful of nations that the Obama Administration had identified earlier as hotbeds of terrorism. A federal judge in the state of Washington stopped that executive order, and the court ruling was upheld by a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Appeals. Trump has since revised and re-issued another such order. Cortez Masto is diametrically opposed to the president’s immigration and travel policies. “My first bill that I introduced in the United States Senate was to rescind that [executive] order, because I think it is that wrong solution for what we are dealing with,” says Cortez Masto. 

“The solution to this broken immigration system that we have is to pass comprehensive immigration reform. It is not to build a wall. It is not to tear families apart. It is not mass deportations. What we should be doing is working in a bipartisan manner to pass comprehensive immigration reform, which I know can be done because the United States Senate has done so. 

We have passed a comprehensive immigration reform, in the past, in a bipartisan manner.” The American people would benefit from such a move, says Cortez Masto. “The comprehensive immigration reform would reduce our deficit by a trillion dollars. We would add to our gross domestic product by $832 billion. It would grow our economy and create jobs.” 

And, while the Affordable Care Act is far from perfect, Cortez Masto acknowledges she doesn’t want to see “Obamacare” scrapped. “I don’t support repealing the Affordable Care Act, which has given healthcare to millions of Americans and 400,000 Nevadans through the Silver State Healthcare Exchange and expanding Medicaid,” she says. “It has addressed the most egregious practices of the insurance companies when it comes to pre-existing conditions, closing that doughnut hole for seniors, and ensuring that we are doing everything that we can to bring healthcare access to the most vulnerable in our society. 

That should continue.” Cortez Masto hopes to “repair” the Affordable Care Act, rather than repeal the legislation. “For me, it has always been, ‘Let’s keep what works in the Affordable Care Act and fix what does not.’ That is the starting point for me.” Democrats and progressives, especially, are likely the most eager to embrace some of Cortez Masto’s ideas on change. But her other causes, such as reducing student debt, could be supported by a broad base of Nevadans. Certainly, Cortez Masto seems eager to deliver on behalf of those who believed in her. 

The chances of the success for Cortez Masto, and her longtime friend Silver, seem like a better bet than most in Vegas. Valerie Miller is an award-winning journalist based in Las Vegas. She can be reached at 

The Firm, P.C. is a boutique Las Vegas law firm founded by Preston P. Rezaee, Esq. Preston Rezaee is also the founder and Editor in Chief of Vegas Legal Magazine.