LAS VEGAS – Kaempfer Crowell Renshaw Gronauer & Fiorentino (Kaempfer Crowell) is pleased to announce that the 2010 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business recognized Kaempfer Crowell as among the nation’s best for Real Estate. Chambers USA also recognized Chris Kaempfer, Mark Fiorentino and Bob Gronauer among the best in Zoning and Land Use in Nevada for 2010. Since 1990, Chambers USA has published the world’s leading guides to the legal profession and has built a reputation for in-depth, objective research using interviews with lawyers and clients.

Kaempfer Crowell is a prominent force in Nevada, serving local, regional and national clients in the real estate development, hospitality, manufacturing, energy, water and utility industries. With offices in Las Vegas, Reno and Carson City, Kaempfer Crowell’s lawyers counsel top corporations, business owners and individuals. The firm’s attorneys are routinely rated among The Best Lawyers in America®, Chambers USA, Super Lawyers, and Nevada’s Legal Elite.

For more information about Kaempfer Crowell, please call (702) 792-7000 or visit www.kcnvlaw.com.
Kaempfer Crowell is a Nevada professional corporation.

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The State of Nevada, counties, cities, towns, public agencies and political subdivisions of the State of Nevada are currently engaged in constructing, altering and repairing public works and public improvements.  Obviously, that means many Nevada sub-subcontractors and material suppliers are supplying the labor and materials to the subcontractors and general contractors contracted to perform the work. 

NRS 339.025(1)(b)  requires that in qualifying situations the general contractor performing the work must post a payment bond for the protection of claimants supplying labor or materials to the general contractor.  NRS 339.025(2)  requires that in certain qualifying situation the subcontractors of the general contractor must also post payment bonds.  These payment bonds are security to protect claimants in the event they are not paid.  However, pursuant to NRS 339.035(2)(a), claimants must within 30 days after furnishing the first of such materials or performing the first of such labor, serve a written notice upon the contractor.  The written notice must inform the contractor of the nature of the materials being furnished or to be furnished or the labor performed or to be performed.  It must also identify the person contracting for such labor or materials and the site for the performance of such labor or materials.

 Failure of a claimant to provide the NRS 339.025(1)(b) written notice could preclude a claimant’s ability to file an action for payment against the payment bond pursuant to NRS 339.035.  Therefore, it is critical that sub-subcontractors and suppliers serve the required notice.  A boilerplate form of notice is attached to this page.  Additionally, following is a link to NRS Chapter 339  – Contractors’ Bonds on Public Works

http://www.leg.state.nv.us/NRS/NRS-339.html

 Should you have any questions or require any assistance, please contact Jim Smyth at
(702) 792-7044 or via email at jsmyth@kcnvlaw.com.

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Nevada Court Halts Flawed Proposed Ballot Initiative Aimed At Interfering With Women’s Private Health Care Decisions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 8, 2010

CONTACT:
Elisa Maser, Nevada Advocates of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, (775) 762-6141, emaser@nevadaadvocates.org
Lee Rowland, ACLU of Nevada, (775) 786-1033 (Reno), rowland@aclunv.org
Maggie McLetchie, ACLU of Nevada, (702) 366-1902 (Las Vegas), mcletchie@aclunv.org
Lorraine Kenny, ACLU, (917) 532-1623 (cell), lkenny@aclu.org

CARSON CITY, NV – In a legal challenge seeking to block the “Personhood Nevada” petition, an initiative that could potentially ban a range of reproductive health care in the state, Judge Russell of the First Judicial District today declared the initiative invalid. 

An individual woman, a pharmacist and an obstetrician-gynecologist filed a legal challenge against the petition on November 12, 2009, arguing that the initiative proposes far reaching changes to the Nevada Constitution and laws, is misleading and fails to give voters a clear understanding of the changes it proposes and its purpose and effect.

“I am pleased that the court recognized that the initiative was confusing and failed to tell voters that it would affect access to reproductive health services,” said Emmily Bristol, one of the plaintiffs.

The initiative attempted to re-define the term “person” to include a fertilized egg and all subsequent stages of prenatal development.  According to the initiative’s proponents, the newly defined “persons” would have full constitutional rights under the Nevada Constitution.  The initiative could have banned all abortions and commonly used forms of birth control.  In addition, it could have interfered with doctors’ ability to treat life-threatening pregnancies, miscarriages, and infertility, as well as banned some stem cell research and other life-saving therapies and cures.

“Today’s decision rightfully prevents this sweeping and misleading initiative from being placed on the 2010 ballot,” said Lee Rowland, one of the attorneys for plaintiffs.  “This initiative could have impacted literally thousands of laws, inviting lawyers and the courts to reinterpret every Nevada law and regulation that contains the word “person’ all at the expense of Nevada taxpayers.  The key problem is that it covered too many issues, and failed to explain to voters its intent and impact on Nevada law.”

Plaintiffs in today’s legal challenge, Bristol v. Personhood Nevada, include Emmily Bristol, Dr. Mindy Hsu, and Dr. William Ramos. Lawyers on the case include John Griffin and Jason Woodbury, Kaempfer Crowell Renshaw Gronauer & Fiorentino in Carson City, Rowland and Maggie McLetchie of the ACLU of Nevada, Mimi Liu, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and Diana Kasdan, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project.

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“The deadline to file your 2010-2011 property tax appeals in Clark County, Nevada is January 15, 2010. If you have any questions regarding your property taxes or the appeal process, feel free to contact us at (702) 792-7000.”

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The Clark County Comprehensive Planning Department has announced effective January 2010, they will no longer send out expiration letters. 

Read more . . .   Expiration Letter Notification – Comprehensive Planning

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December 7, 2009

Contact: Jennifer Lazovich, Partner, Kaempfer Crowell Renshaw Gronauer & Fiorentino (702) 792-7000 or jlazovich@kcnvlaw.com

Severin A. Carlson Elected as Chair of
Nevada Certified Court Reporters Board – 2010

CARSON CITY:  In 2007, Governor Jim Gibbons appointed Severin (“Sev”) A. Carlson, an attorney with Kaempfer Crowell Renshaw Gronauer & Fiorentino (Kaempfer Crowell), to the Nevada Certified Court Reporters Board (“Board”), which regulates and controls the practice of court reporting. The five member Board is comprised of three court reporters, one public member and one attorney. Last week, the members elected Sev to serve as Chair of the Board in 2010.

A native Nevadan, Sev works in Kaempfer Crowell’s Northern Nevada office where he handles administrative law, water law, and commercial litigation matters. He is an active member of the State Bar of Nevada, a requirement that a practicing attorney must meet to serve on the five-person Board. The Board reports to the Governor and was established by the Nevada Legislature to oversee the practice of court reporting since the profession affects the public health, safety and welfare of Nevadans.

Kaempfer Crowell is a prominent force in Nevada, serving local, regional and national clients in the areas of government affairs, legislative affairs, land use & zoning, commercial litigation, real estate, energy, telecommunications and water. With offices in Southern and Northern Nevada, Kaempfer Crowell’s lawyers counsel top corporations, business owners and individuals. The Firm’s attorneys are routinely rated among The Best Lawyers in America®, Chambers USA and Nevada’s Legal Elite.

For more information about Kaempfer Crowell, please call (702) 792-7000 or visit www.kcnvlaw.com. Kaempfer Crowell is a Nevada professional corporation.

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December 7, 2009

Contact: Jennifer Lazovich, Partner, Kaempfer Crowell Renshaw Gronauer & Fiorentino (702) 792-7000 or jlazovich@kcnvlaw.com

Peter C. Bernhard was Selected for Inclusion in 2009 Super Lawyers – Corporate Counsel Edition

LAS VEGAS – Kaempfer Crowell Renshaw Gronauer & Fiorentino (Kaempfer Crowell) is pleased to announce that Peter C. Bernhard was selected for inclusion in 2009 Super Lawyers – Corporate Counsel Edition. His primary area of practice is business litigation.

The selections for Super Lawyers are made by Law & Politics, a division of Key Professional Media, Inc. of Minneapolis, Minn. Each year, Law & Politics undertakes a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by Law & Politics’ attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check.

Kaempfer Crowell is a prominent force in Nevada, serving local, regional and national clients in the areas of government affairs, legislative affairs, land use & zoning, commercial litigation, real estate, energy, telecommunications and water. With offices in Southern and Northern Nevada, Kaempfer Crowell’s lawyers counsel top corporations, business owners and individuals. The Firm’s attorneys are routinely rated among The Best Lawyers in America®, Chambers USA and Nevada’s Legal Elite.

For more information about Kaempfer Crowell, please call (702) 792-7000 or visit www.kcnvlaw.com. Kaempfer Crowell is a Nevada professional corporation.

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For Release: September 29, 2009

Contact:   Jennifer Lazovich, Partner, Kaempfer Crowell Renshaw Gronauer & Fiorentino (702) 792-7000 or jlazovich@kcnvlaw.com

LAS VEGAS – Kaempfer Crowell Renshaw Gronauer & Fiorentino (Kaempfer Crowell) is pleased to announce the following attorneys were selected as The Best Lawyers in America® 2010:

Thomas D. Amick, partner – Land Use & Zoning Law
Peter C. Bernhard, of counsel – Alternative Dispute Resolution Law, Commercial Litigation Law and Real Estate Law
Robert L. Crowell, partner – Energy Law and Government Relations Law
Mark H. Fiorentino, partner – Government Relations Law and Land Use & Zoning Law
John W. Griffin, partner – Government Relations Law
Bob Gronauer, managing partner – Land Use & Zoning Law
Christopher L. Kaempfer, partner – Government Relations Law, Land Use & Zoning Law and Real Estate Law
Jennifer Lazovich, partner – Government Relations Law
Russell M. Rowe, partner – Government Relations Law
Steven E. Tackes, partner – Energy Law

Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 32,000 leading attorneys cast almost two million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their specialties, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

It is important to note that the lawyers listed in Best Lawyers have no say in deciding which specialties they are included in. They are voted into specialties entirely as a result of the votes they receive from their peers. The subspecialties listed after their names are based on information from a variety of sources.

Kaempfer Crowell is a prominent force in Nevada, serving local, regional and national clients in the real estate development, hospitality, manufacturing, energy, water and utility industries.  With offices in Las Vegas, Reno and Carson City, Kaempfer Crowell’s lawyers counsel top corporations, business owners and individuals.  The Firm’s attorneys are routinely rated among The Best Lawyers in America®, Chambers USA and Nevada’s Legal Elite. 

For more information about Kaempfer Crowell, please call (702) 792-7000 or visit www.kcnvlaw.com.  Kaempfer Crowell is a Nevada professional corporation.

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Kaempfer Crowell is excited to announce that several of its attorneys were recognized as a Legal Elite by Nevada Business Magazine. This month, the magazine ranked the top 100 attorneys in Nevada. We are extremely proud that Chris Kaempfer received the most votes in the Legal Elite category and is this year’s number one Legal Elite.  The other attorneys recognized as Nevada’s Legal Elite include:  Tom Amick, Bob Gronauer, Jennifer Lazovich and Jim Smyth. 

Read more  http://www.nevadabusiness.com/issue/0909/1/2100

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Attorney Peter C. Bernhard is a guest speaker at the Association of Corporate Counsel Nevada Chapter’s monthly luncheon meeting on July 28 at McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant.  He will be a presenter on the topic, Regulatory Design-Making: Philosophy and Practice in the Gaming Industry.   He will be discussing some examples of regulatory decision-making and factors that may or may not influence the outcome of contested matters.  For more information on ACC, visit www.acc.com 

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