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Lowden ad challenges Hutchison's profession

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In a new campaign advertisement, Republican lieutenant governor candidate Sue Lowden introduces a clip from her televised debate with Republican primary foe Mark Hutchison on the show “Nevada Newsmakers” in which he said: “I’ve been called a lot of things in my life but not a personal injury lawyer. I’m not a personal injury lawyer.” Lowden said to Hutchison: “You employ them.” Hutchison: “No, I don’t employ personal injury lawyers.” The ad then shows the website for the Hutchison & Steffen law firm of which Hutchison is a partner. Lowden says: “But his own website advertises that he is and even his law partners admit they are a personal injury law firm. If we can’t even trust Mark Hutchison to tell the truth about his own profession, what can we trust that he says?”

What’s true -- The Las Vegas law firm’s website lists personal injury as one of its 21 practice areas. The personal injury section lists eight “personal injury attorneys,” including law firm co-founder John Steffen.

What’s a stretch -- The website names Hutchison as a partner but not as a personal injury lawyer. Instead, it says that he practices “primarily in the areas of business and complex tort litigation, constitutional litigation, trust and probate litigation, professional liability defense, appellate litigation, and election law and government ethics.”

This was confirmed by a check of the 25 lawsuits filed in Clark County District Court from January 2012 through February 2014 where Hutchison was listed as an attorney. The cases included 10 alleged breaches of contracts, four business court matters, a foreign judgment and a landlord/tenant dispute. There was also a product liability dispute, a construction defect lawsuit, alleged fraud involving an investment, a dispute involving an estate, alleged defamatory statements from a bank, two lawsuits involving representation of an Ultimate Fighting Championship athlete, and a construction company disagreement.

Hutchison was an attorney in a traffic accident case that allegedly involved serious injuries, but he represented the defendants, a church and one of its employees who was accused of causing the accident. A jury trial in that case is scheduled for October.

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