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Alex Velto

Creating Workplace Safety in an Active Shooter Era


This article originally appeared in Nevada Business Magazine’s Legal Opinions Special Reports, October 1, 2019. We live in an active shooter era. Society increasingly sees mass shootings as commonplace. The workplace is far from immune from this broader trend. Since 2006, there have been 11 workplace mass killings—defined as four or more people killed— resulting…


Preparing to Negotiate: Going Beyond the Case File to Achieve Success


In this article I am providing the second installment of my review of William Ury’s book, Getting Past No: Negotiating in Difficult Situations.  In my previous article, I put the cart before the horse and talked about the five steps to a successful negotiation — here I am going to talk about the horse that…


Making It Work: An Attorney-Client Relationship Primer


We are all familiar with the old cliché: Everyone hates lawyers until they need one. In truth, most attorney-client relationships fall into the love-hate category. Clashing egos, arrogant attitudes, fee misunderstandings, communication problems, unpredictable results – the list of pitfalls that can hinder or destroy the relationship is seemingly endless. I don’t have the secret…


Hiring A Lawyer – Part III


[ This is Part III in a three-part series on how to hire a lawyer. In Parts I and II, I discussed the importance of interviewing your potential lawyer to make sure that he or she is right for you, particularly in terms of experience and costs. In today’s edition of the Opening Statement, we…


Hiring A Lawyer – Part II


[ This is Part II of a three-part series on hiring a lawyer. Yesterday, you learned that just like a good pair of jeans, you need to “try your lawyer on” during the interview process to make sure he or she “fits.”  In this edition, I’ll give you some hints about what types of billing-related…



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