Scott Lachman is an associate attorney at Weinberg, Wheeler, Hudgins, Gunn & Dial, a national trial law firm dedicated solely to litigation. “I concentrate my practice on all phases of complex commercial litigation, including catastrophic injury, construction, natural disaster law, premises liability, and appellate practice,” he said. Scott is responsible for defending some of Nevada's largest healthcare and personal injuries actions. Previously, he clerked for then-Chief Justice Michael A. Cherry of the Supreme Court of Nevada where he drafted opinions and dispositions for the Court.
“The most rewarding aspect of my current position is zealously advocating for clients who have been wrongfully accused of creating injuries,” he said. “There is nothing worse than being unfairly credited for causing injuries by money-hungry plaintiffs. I am passionate about defeating such frivolous claims.”
During his time as a student at MSU College of Law, the Housing Clinic was the highlight of Scott’s law school experience. “Through this involvement I gained hands-on familiarly and knowledge of the legal profession,” he said. “I represented and provided educational assistance on housing law to low-income clients. I also managed disputes and negotiated settlements with landlords and condominium associations. Moreover, I was able to hone my legal drafting skills by composing legal memoranda, demand letters, and motions.”
Participating in student organizations at the Law College allowed Scott to develop his leadership skills and make lifelong friendships. As vice president of the Jewish Student Union, he hosted monthly bagel and lox lunches. “I also traveled to Israel on behalf of the Law School for a comparative legal system seminar with law students from throughout the country,” he said.
In addition, as the Law School liaison for the Council of Graduate Students, Scott was able to foster relationships with other graduate students and with the University administration in order to advance collaborative projects between the Law College and the university. “Getting involved in these leadership opportunities gave me the chance to join the State Bar of Nevada's Young Lawyers Section Executive Council, where I have spearheaded the Disaster Relief Services Program and was awarded Young Lawyer of the Year,” he said.
Growing up in Detroit with dreams of a brighter future in Las Vegas, Scott was hesitant to remain in the Midwest for law school. “However, being associated with a Big Ten institution with world-class research and top-notch sports teams, I could not have asked for a better law school experience. I was able to take a wide variety of classes, attend Spartan football games, and enjoy all the benefits of a Big Ten university.”