The Notes: Jan. 22, 2024

Mon, Jan 22, 2024 (2 a.m.)

Cashless payment firms Koin and Marker Trax have hired Mark Hemmerle as chief legal officer. Hemmerle will advise the sister companies’ leaders on legal and compliance matters.

Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada recognized outstanding pro bono lawyers and law firms in Southern Nevada at its Pro Bono Awards Luncheon. From October 2022 through September 2023, volunteer attorneys in Clark County contributed 19,527 hours of counsel, advice and representation through the Pro Bono Project at Legal Aid Center and have assisted with more than 500 pro bono cases. The Pro Bono Attorney of the Year is Meng Zhong, a partner at Lewis Roca, which was named Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year. Also recognized were: Bonnie Smith, Most Cases by Attorney; Raelene Palmer, Most Hours by Attorney; Lewis Roca, Most Cases by a Law Firm; Brownstein Hyatt, Most Hours by a Law Firm. In addition, the center announced its new board president, Marisa Rodriguez, chief deputy city attorney for the City of North Las Vegas.

Howard Hughes Holdings Inc. announced two new leases at 1700 Pavilion, a 10-story, Class-A office building at Downtown Summerlin. The law firm Snell & Wilmer will occupy the entire seventh floor spanning 27,542 square feet. Douglas Elliman, a residential real estate brokerage, will occupy Suite 150, offering 3,856 square feet.

Optum Care Cancer Center, 2300 W. Charleston Blvd., added two physicians to help meet the growing need for health services in the Las Vegas community: Dr. Okechukwu Obi and Dr. Swetha Pentapati specialize in internal medicine.

Longtime Las Vegas advertising executive Bernice Bamburak has joined B&P Advertising, Media and Public Relations as its executive creative director. In her new role, Bamburak will lead the agency’s creative efforts, ranging from branding, creative concept development and execution, to multimedia, interactive and digital design for clients.

The City of Henderson received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index for 2023. The index examines how inclusive municipal laws, policies and services are for the LGBTQ+ community members who live and work within the surveyed cities. For the third consecutive year, Henderson received 100 out of 100 points. Criteria evaluated within the MEI include non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement, LGBTQ+ equality leadership and more. The 2023 index is the 12th annual edition and rates 506 cities on various equality criteria.

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