Reisman Sorokac is pleased to announce the addition of Robert E. McPeak to the firm.

IMG-Rob McPeak-headshot-web photoRobert E. McPeak has joined the firm as a member and will be part of the firm’s real estate and corporate practice groups.

Rob’s broad-based commercial real estate practice encompasses every phase of property acquisition, financing, development, management, leasing, and sale.  Rob regularly advises Nevada businesses with entity formation, governance and on-going operations, including commercial credit and equipment finance matters.

Rob is active in the community through involvement with NAIOP and the United Way of Southern Nevada, where he is a member of the Tocqueville Society and a member of the Executive Committee of the Young Philanthropists Society.  Rob received his law degree from Boston University School of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.

Rob can be reached at

In Response to Reisman Sorokac’s Success in Hernandez, the Clark County Commission Replaces the Coroner’s Inquest Process

In response to the ruling of the Nevada Supreme Court in Hernandez v. Bennett-Haron, 128 Nev. Adv. Op. 54 (Oct. 25, 2012), the Clark County Commission has established a new procedure for public examination of officer-related shooting deaths.   In Hernandez, the Nevada Supreme Court ruled in favor of Reisman Sorokac’s clients, who argued that the former coroner’s inquest process was unconstitutional.  The Hernandez court held that justices of the peace were constitutionally barred from serving as presiding officers in Clark County coroner’s inquests.

The Clark County Commission has now established a new method for examining fatal police officer shootings in Clark County.  The new process, titled a “police fatality review process” by the Commission, responds directly to the Supreme Court’s finding in Hernandez by replacing justices of the peace with “hearing officers.”  Additional details on Clark County’s new process for examining facts surrounding fatal shootings by police officers are available at the links below.

Officers feel vindicated after court rules against inquests

“LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) — The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shooting deaths of Erik Scott and Trevon Cole in 2010 prompted the Clark County Commission to change how law enforcement officers are investigated when involved in someone’s death. ”

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Nevada Supreme Court Strikes Down Coroner’s Inquest

“The Nevada Supreme Court threw out Clark County’s system for investigating deaths in which law enforcement officers are involved, but rejected Nevada Highway Patrol officers’ contention that the process violated their constitutional rights, according to a unanimous decision released Thursday.”

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Reisman Sorokac is pleased to announce the addition of Heidi Parry Stern to the firm

Ms. Stern received her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1999. She began practicing appellate law in Nevada in 2004, following a clerkship with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She began her career in New York City as a commercial litigator and is admitted to the Nevada and New York bars.

Ms. Stern will head Reisman Sorokac’s appellate division and will also practice in the area of commercial litigation.

Three police officers want revamped coroner’s inquest halted

Three Las Vegas police officers facing the first revamped coroner’s inquest filed legal paperwork late Monday asking a judge to halt the hearing on constitutional grounds.”

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Police union says changes to the coroner’s inquest unconstitutional

The Las Vegas Police Protective Association filed legal action Tuesday to halt changes to the coroner’s inquest process that it deems unconstitutional, specifically the introduction of an ombudsman to represent victims’ families.

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The [Anti-Defamation] League also presented the Daniel R. Ginsberg Leadership Award to five exceptional young regional leaders

The [Anti-Defamation] League also presented the Daniel R. Ginsberg Leadership Award to five exceptional young regional leaders: Amy Altshuler of Phoenix; Tracy Grossman of Boca Raton, Florida; Michael Puma of Philadelphia; Josh Reisman of Las Vegas; and Robyn Steinberg of Boston.”

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Court puts limits on Fair Housing Act litigation

“In a case closely monitored by multifamily developers and disabled rights advocates across the country, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the right to sue over violations of the Fair Housing Act expires two years after a project’s completion.

The court heard the case of Garcia v. Brockway with all 11 judges on March 25 and issued a 9-2 decision Tuesday, reaffirming a 2-1 decision by a court panel in September.”

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Anatomy of Garcia V. Brockway: My Case That Could Go to The United States Supreme Court…But I Sure Hope It Doesn’t

“I am currently awaiting the filing of a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari in the case of Garcia v. Brockway, 526 F.3d 456 (9th Cir. 2008). Having prevailed in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, I am researching the procedures and timing for the opposition that I intend to file. I am also preparing my application for admission to practice before the Supreme Court. While most lawyers would probably be excited about the possibility of arguing before the Supreme Court, I am not. Instead, I feel like Sisyphus, with Garcia v. Brockway as my boulder.

The Boulder: The significance of Garcia v. Brockway
In law school, we fantasize about cases like Garcia – cases that involve issues of first impression on matters of genuine public importance. I have learned, however, that in reality, such cases are gruelingand humbling. They try your soul.”

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