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Law Firm’s Roots Run Deep in the Valley

In an era where more and more out-of-state law firms are entering the market to capitalize on the valley’s explosive growth, brothers Mark and Chris Albright take pride in calling Albright, Stoddard, Warnick & Albright a hometown, Las Vegas law firm.  Through 40-plus years, this business law oriented firm has been known for helping hundreds of valley businesses and corporations. The firm’s attorneys have deep roots in the community.

“We have many attorneys who were born and raised here. … We are not an out-of-state firm that recently decided to open doors here. … We’ve seen the growth in this town. We know the business and political environment,” said Chris Albright.

Mark and Chris’ father, Vern Albright, now 78, opened the firm in 1966. Prior to going into private practice, he was a former assistant U.S. attorney in Nevada, and deputy district attorney in Clark County. Vern’s father, Bud Albright, came to the valley in the 1930s with the building of the Hoover Dam, and then became one of the valley’s well known county commissioners; most notably, becoming known as the father of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Albright, Stoddard, Warnick & Albright has represented or counseled some of Nevada’s longest-running and largest corporate citizens, including: Nevada Power, Nevada
Ready Mix, Century Steel, Community Bank, American Asphalt, Harley Davidson, Del Webb, PCL Construction, PBS&J Engineering and others. The firm belongs to the
Martindale-Hubbell Register of Preeminent Lawyers and enjoys the highest AV ranking by the register, a distinction held by only five percent of all U.S. law firms.  Ten years ago, Mark Albright, who now holds the title of managing partner, decided, with the legal needs of the community growing, it was time for the firm to expand to become a full-service firm to meet the requirements of local business owners.

Since then, the firm has grown from nine to 25 attorneys today, and now employs some 50 people in a 10,000-square-foot building in the Quail Park office complex on
Rancho Drive near the courthouse. Albright, Stoddard, Warnick & Albright is now one of the oldest and largest (top ten) firms in the valley. Today, the firm serves the local
business community in the areas of business & commercial law,Federal & Nevada tax law, real estate law, lending, labor & employment law, construction law and insurance law, as well as estate planning, personal injury, and criminal defense. The firm is presently
defending various subcontractors in over 100 construction defect cases.

With a strong reputation to uphold, Mark Albright not only sought attorneys with high-level experience, but who also had professional backgrounds in the fields they represented. Thus, Albright, Stoddard, Warnick & Albright now has attorneys who are also CPAs, accountants, civil engineers, mortgage brokers, lobbyists, MBAs and former prosecutors. These individuals bring a wealth of professional experience along with their legal understanding to help resolve business disputes and better serve as advocates in business litigation. Recently, two attorneys at the firm were honored to become bar examiners and court approved arbitrators. The firm also recently hired a former prosecutor to lead its criminal defense unit.

The pursuit for these uniquely qualified individuals has yielded some of the field’s best attorneys, now employed by one of the valley’s top, most highly-regarded law firms.
Some examples include: Curtis Cannon, who practices tax law and is a CPA (recently honored in Texas as a Tax Super Lawyer); Spencer Judd, who has owned his own mortgage business for more than 20 years and specializes in banking and lending law (and has been involved in most of the recent high profile mortgage litigation); and Tony May, a civil engineer/attorney who represents some of the valley’s most prominent engineering and professional design companies. Bud Stoddard, number one in his class in law school, was recruited from a large national firm in Los Angeles to head the transactional unit. Brad Ballard was recently recruited from another large local firm to defend businesses being sued for personal injuries. Jan Maher and Hilary Muckleroy were recently recruited from other firms for their expertise in construction defect and insurance litigation.

As a testament to its exacting hiring standards, many of the firm’s attorneys have also held positions as judicial law clerks prior to working for Albright, Stoddard, Warnick & Albright. The firm recently hired three new attorneys from judicial clerkship posts.

“That’s very unique and something we’re proud of. These are sought after attorneys,” Mark Albright added. Chris Albright, who clerked for the Nevada Supreme Court, heads the firm’s appellate division. Mark Albright, who clerked in the Federal Court for Judge George, handles dozens of federal cases. Whitney Warnick continues to chair the estate planning unit.

In an era where more and more out-of-state law firms are entering the market to capitalize on the valley’s explosive growth, brothers Mark and Chris Albright take pride in calling Albright, Stoddard, Warnick & Albright a hometown, Las Vegas law firm.  Through 40-plus years, this business law o

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