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OUR PRACTICE

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Meeting Challenges With Excellence

W elcome to the Geddes Law Firm. We handle a wide variety legal issues. Our practice emphasizes civil litigation and appeals in five, key areas:

  • CIVIL RIGHTS LAW;
  • EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION;
  • BUSINESS LAW;
  • PERSONAL INJURY; &
  • WORKER'S COMPENSATION.

However, our practice is not limited to these subjects. Please call us to learn how we may help you with your particular legal claim: 775-853-WILL (9455), or drop us a line, at Will@TheGeddesLawFirm.com

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We Embrace a Philosophy of Strong Preparation.

OUR APPROACH

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Saving Time, Money, and Aggravation

The Geddes Law Firm represents plaintiffs and defendants, alike—whether individuals, organizations, businesses, estates, or government agencies. Our practice has a marked emphasis on civil litigation. As for litigation, statistics inform us that most cases settle out of court, rather than proceed to a trial verdict. Yet, there is an important role for preparing cases early and strongly—even though such cases might not proceed to trial. Doing so can achieve early, favorable results for clients, saving them time, money, and aggravation. Cases that linger unnecessarily can become more expensive to pursue.

Waiting to develop key evidence and key legal theories can become a lesson in false economy.


Lost Witnesses

Witnesses can relocate, making it difficult and costly to track them down. Sometimes, they move outside the jurisdiction of Nevada and the subpoena-power of Nevada courts. This can make it more costly and time-consuming to obtain their witness statements or take their depositions in faraway places. Delay can also erode the quality, reliability, and persuasiveness of witness statements and testimony, as their memories fade. People sometimes have difficulty remembering the basics facts of an event—let alone their minute details—when an event occurred in the distant past.


Lost Documents

Similarly, delay can cause the loss of important evidentiary documents if they are misplaced or destroyed over time—including through an agency's well-meaning, document-retention policies that mandate the destruction of documents after a certain period of time has passed. Thus, delay can close windows of opportunity to advance a client's strongest legal position, including after the passing of statutes of limitation or court-imposed, scheduling-order deadlines. That is why preparing early and strongly can yield better results, and why such a practice is part of our a solution-oriented approach.


A Different Approach

At The Geddes Law Firm, we embrace a philosophy of early, strong preparation. We strive continuously to provide value in legal services to our clients.

We help clients obtain a sense of mastery over the development of their legal case—early and throughout our representation.
An early command of the evidence and legal theories underpinning a case leads to effective advocacy. This can pay dividends, including at early settlement conferences, which courts often require parties to attend. Persuasiveness at early mediation conferences can inform the other side that pursuing a long, legal battle is not in their best interest. This can lead to an early and fair resolution of disputes.


Informed Clients

Working closely with our clients, we seek to help clients obtain a balanced, legal perspective of their case, which can help them make informed decisions on how best to manage the risks and costs of litigation. Such decisions include whether to pursue an early settlement of a case for a targeted settlement value; whether to avoid certain litigation costs, including by limiting the scope of discovery; whether to pursue a more sweeping approach to trial preparation, notwithstanding such risks and costs; whether to pursue early, dispositive motions in hopes of ending the case, without a need for trial; and whether to hunker down for the long haul, including through trial and appeal, in pursuit of securing the benefits of a relentless pursuit: a result that is true, fair, just, and complete. No matter what your approach to resolving your legal dispute may be, our approach is solution-oriented. We want you to achieve success.


Selecting An Attorney

Selecting an attorney to handle your legal matter is a very important decision. A word of caution is warranted regarding stereotypes of effective legal representation and overly-aggressive lawyers. We believe that cases can become bogged down and more costly to pursue or defend, when attorneys become hostile and overly aggressive.

Beware of attorneys who offer extreme aggressiveness as the centerpiece of their legal-skill repertoire.

Such frantic brinkmanship is unnecessary and often results in the parties becoming further polarized. This can prompt parties to adopt intractable and unreasonable legal positions, driving up the costs of litigation and driving down the prospects for a prompt, fair, and favorable resolution of legal disputes. The sound of fury that signifies nothing may be dramatic, but it does not serve the best interest of clients, which is what attorneys are called upon to do. We keep this in mind.


Zealous & Even-Tempered

While we are certainly zealous in pursuing the truth for our clients and presenting that truth to the courts and to juries, we avoid over-the-top aggressiveness for the sake of aggressiveness. Such hostility only vexes the courts and the parties and yields counter-productive results. We exude a measured temperament, keeping focused on the big picture of solving your legal problems. That is another reason why we are solution-oriented.


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We are a solution-oriented firm, aiming to resolve client problems early and economically.

Sometimes this can be done without filing or responding to a legal complaint. Often this can be done without going to trial. Nevertheless, if pursuing or defending a litigation—through trial and appeal—becomes necessary, attorney Will Geddes will zealously fight for you. Call us to discuss how we might help make your situation better, at 775-853-WILL (9455), or write to Will@TheGeddesLawFirm.com.

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ATTORNEY BIO

Attorney Will Geddes
Attorney Will Geddes.

Admitted to State & Federal Bars

Attorney Will Geddes is admitted to practice law in Nevada, where he has been practicing since 2000. He is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


Early Exposure to Litigation

93 Will got an early start in litigation, working as a paralegal, and later as a law clerk, in California and Nevada from 1993 to 2000, assisting in the defense of Ford Motor Company, Jaguar Motors, and Lockheed-Martin. As a law clerk, Will worked for a sole-practitioner, assisting in the handling of personal-injury claims for injured plaintiffs, while also working at the San Diego District Attorney's Office, assisting with child-support enforcement.


Private Practice in Litigation

00 As an attorney, Will began his career, working in private practice, from 2000 through 2005. During that period, he handled cases involving construction defect, insurance defense, construction law, insurance-coverage disputes, and general litigation. During this period, Will honed his deposition skills, taking or defending over 200 depositions of a wide variety of witnesses—including business owners, homeowners, contractors, architects, engineers, and other experts.


Attorney General's Office | Litigation

05 In late 2005, Will was appointed as a deputy attorney general in the Litigation Division of the Attorney General's Office in Carson City. He was eventually promoted to the position of Senior Deputy Attorney General. During his tenure at the Attorney General's Office, Will successfully handled civil-rights litigation, in the defense of state government agencies, including the defense and favorable resolution of wrongful-death claims and a class-action suit initiated by the ACLU against the Nevada Department of Corrections. Will also assisted in the legal defense of the multi-state Tobacco Litigation, which matter was resolved favorably for the State of Nevada. Will also represented state courts and state-court judges in civil litigation commenced against them.


Formation of The Geddes Law Firm

14 In 2014, Will resigned from public practice, to start his own private practice, The Geddes Law Firm. Will has handled all aspects of civil litigation, including jury trials and appeals. He brings a wealth of perspective and experience to the firm, including over twenty years of exposure to civil litigation—as a paralegal, law clerk, and attorney.


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If you or someone you know is in need of confident and solution-oriented legal representation, please call The Geddes Law Firm, at 775-853-WILL (9455), or write us at: Will@TheGeddesLawFirm.com.

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        Ormsby County Court (Historical), 
        Carson City, NV (Built 1922)
Justice for All: Then and Now.

CONTACT US

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W e can be reached at:

Will Geddes, Attorney at Law
THE GEDDES LAW FIRM, P.C.
8600 Technology Way, Suite No. 115
Reno, Nevada 89521
Phone: 775-853-WILL (9455)
E-Mail: Will@TheGeddesLawFirm.com




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SAMPLES OF

WILL'S COURT FILINGS


Appellate Briefs

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Appellee's Answering Brief


Trial Court Briefs

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Trial Brief

WILL'S BLOG

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YOUR RIGHTS:

CLAIM THEM NOW

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        California (c. 1899).
Your Legal Rights Rest on a Firm Foundation.

Introduction

A general overview of your legal rights falling within our key practice areas is provided in the sections below. Please feel free to bookmark this web-page, so that you can return to this discussion at your leisure. You might find the related blog-discussions on this website helpful to a situation that you or someone you know now face.


Use Them or Lose Them

Our legal rights come from many sources: the Constitution, statutes, regulations, the common law, and private contracts. Our rights are powerful and important.

Yet, our rights are only as valuable as the use to which they are put. To ignore them is to deny them.


Building on Your Legal Rights

A t the Geddes Law Firm, we understand how vital your legal rights are. We can put your legal rights to good use, building upon them in effort to solve your legal problems. Give us a call, at 775-853-WILL (9455), or send your questions to Will@TheGeddesLawFirm.com, to learn more about your legal rights in Nevada.

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Your Legal Rights are Time-Honored.

YOUR RIGHTS:

1st AMENDMENT

The Bill of Rights.
Words that Protect Your Right to Speak Freely.

Free Speech & Retaliation

The 1st Amendment protects us from governmental restraints on our ability to speak freely.
S ay, for instance, a government employee is fired after speaking to the press about a work-related matter of public concern that put the boss in an unfavorable light.

The firing might give rise to a lawsuit for unlawful retaliation.
R etaliation occurs when the government takes adverse action against someone, in response to their First Amendment activity. Sometimes such retaliation occurs when jail officials write false disciplinary charges against inmates, who file grievances or lawsuits complaining about the conditions of their confinement. Attorney Will Geddes is familiar with these kinds of lawsuits, having defended the Nevada Department of Corrections in such suits. Here, the law aims to prevent the government from "chilling" First Amendment activity, which is the foundation of our free democracy. The First Amendment and companion statutes, such as 42 U.S.C. § 1983 protect us against such wrongful, government transgressions.


Free Religion

The 1st Amendment also protects us from governmental restraints on our ability to practice our religion.
F or example, agency officials might wrongfully deny a land-use permit to a property owner, who wishes to use the land in some religious manner—for example, by erecting a religious symbol on his or her private property. As well, federal prisons or county jails might refuse to allow inmates kosher meals or sufficient access to the detention-center chapel, while incarcerated. Will Geddes is familiar with these types of religious-constitutional cases in the prison setting. If you believe that you or someone you know has been the victim of a First Amendment violation—whether in the free world or behind bars, please call us at 775-853-WILL (9455), or send a message to Will@TheGeddesLawFirm.com.

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YOUR RIGHTS:

4th AMENDMENT

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    Nevada
Scrutinizing the Reasonableness of Government Intrusions.

W e live in an age where our privacy and freedoms require vigilant protection.


Unreasonable Searches

The 4th Amendment protects us against unreasonable searches by government officials.

G overnment searches are commonly carried out by law-enforcement officers who investigate or arrest citizens. Unreasonable searches are those conducted without a lawful search warrant. Where the law recognizes certain exceptions to obtaining a search warrant—such as for searches incident to an arrest—searches can can be unreasonable when the officer does not have a sufficient, underlying basis for interrogating or arresting the person in the first place. Similarly, one exception to the warrant requirement no longer generally applies.

In 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a search warrant is required to search one's mobile phone—even during an arrest.

Challenges to unlawful searches are not limited to criminal proceedings, but can also be made in administrative and civil-proceedings, for example, in civil-forfeiture actions. Attorney Will Geddes is familiar with civil-forfeiture proceedings, as he has prosecuted them on behalf of the State of Nevada. He may be able to help you or someone you know, who is named as a respondent in a civil-forfeiture matter.


Unreasonable Seizures | Excessive Force

4 th Amendment rights also protect us from unlawful government seizures. Seizures occur when our freedom of movement is restricted, such as during a police interrogation or arrest. The use of excessive force to effect an arrest constitutes an unreasonable seizure, under the 4th Amendment. The same would be true for excessive force used by jail officials on pre-trial detainees—i.e.  inmates who await trial and have not yet been convicted of the crime charged against them.

A lawsuit might arise, where police officers kick a suspect in the head during an arrest—say, in response to the victim being verbally abusive or resisting arrest.
Similarly, a inmate might have cause to sue a correctional officer at a jail, for using excessive force during an overly-aggressive cell-extraction.


Call Us

I f you or someone you know has been the victim of an Fourth Amendment Violation—whether in an unreasonable-search by police officers or by their use of excessive-force—we'd like to help you. Will Geddes is familiar with such claims. He prosecuted civil-forfeiture actions for state agencies and understands what challenges lie ahead for agencies that are sued in civil-forfeiture actions. He also defended government agencies in excessive-force claims, and knows the types of legal challenges facing the government in such suits. Whether the use of excessive force implicates the 4th Amendment (police officers) or the 8th Amendment (prison officials), we are ready to help. Give us a call at 775-853-WILL (9455), or send an e-mail to Will@TheGeddesLawFirm.com.

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Protecting Us from Governmental Overreach.
YOUR RIGHTS:

8th AMENDMENT

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Courts Protect the Constitution, which Protects You.

Excessive Fines

W e arguably live in a time of governmental over-reaching. The 8th Amendment forbids the government from imposing excessive fines on those who break the law. This issue might play out in a civil-forfeiture proceeding, where the government seeks to confiscate one's home  because contraband was found there.

All things considered, the penalty of losing one's home might violate the Excessive Fines Clause of the 8th Amendment.
Attorney Will Geddes has prosecuted civil-forfeiture proceedings on behalf of the State of Nevada. He has familiarity with such matters and may be able to help you or someone you know, who is named as a respondent in a civil-forfeiture matter.


Cruel & Unusual Punishment

8 th Amendment rights also protect us against the government's imposition of cruel and unusual punishment. This issue sometimes arises in the context of a prisoner's life. The Eighth Amendment protects the health and wellbeing of convicted inmates on four fronts during their incarceration.


Excessive Force

F irst, the 8th Amendment protects inmates from excessive force by correctional officials. The use of excessive force on convicted inmates constitutes cruel and unusual punishment under the 8th Amendment.

Correctional officers may not use force to sadistically punish inmates, but only to restore order and discipline.
Questions about whether the use of force against an inmate is excessive can arise in in many different contexts in prison, such as during the extraction of a verbally-abusive inmate from his cell, or with the use of "belly-chains" to restrain a "low-risk" inmate during his escort or transport.


Inmate-on-Inmate Attack

S econd, the 8th Eighth Amendment protects inmates from physical attacks by other inmates. Correctional officials are required to take reasonable precautions to prevent such inmate-on-inmate attacks.

A lawsuit can arise where two, rival gang-members are placed in the same cell, leading to a physical attack.


Sanitation & Basic Necessities

T hird, the 8th Eighth Amendment guarantees sanitary conditions and basic-living necessities to prisoners. This would include food, shelter, sunlight, and exercise. So, for example, if an inmate is kept in administrative or disciplinary segregation in such a manner that he is not permitted to go outside to exercise, then he might file a lawsuit against a federal detention center for an Eighth Amendment violation.


Prison Medical Care

F ourth, the Eighth Amendment protects against "deliberate indifference" to an inmate's serious, medical needs. Such deliberate indifference would constitute a form of cruel & unusual punishment. For instance, if an inmate cannot obtain medical care for a chronic condition, such as diabetes, then the failure to provide medical care might amount to a violation of the Eighth Amendment. Moreover, the failure to provide medical care for a chronic condition might cause secondary, acute medical problems, say, renal failure.

An injunction might be in order, to compel medical officials to provide medical treatment to an inmate.
As well, compensation might also be due to the inmate for the injuries, harm, and suffering occasioned by any such deliberate indifference.


Call Us

I f you or someone you know has been the victim of an Eighth Amendment Violation—whether an excessive-fine violation or a cruel-and-unusual-punishment violation—we may be able to help you. Will Geddes is familiar with all types of 8th Amendment claims. He prosecuted civil-forfeiture actions for state agencies. He defended the Nevada Department of Corrections against 8th Amendment claims by inmates. Give us a call, at 775-853-WILL (9455), or send a message to Will@TheGeddesLawFirm.com.

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YOUR RIGHTS:

14th AMENDMENT

The U.S. Supreme Court
Guarding Your Right to Due Process.

Due Process

Under the 14th Amendment, the government can't take our stuff, without due process of law.
Any significant taking falls within the protection of the Due Process clause. The fundamental requirement of due process is that one be given an opportunity to be heard at a meaningful time and in a meaningful manner.


No Hearing | Arbitrary Action

For instance, government agencies might revoke a license—for example, an occupational license or a business license—without giving the licensee a fair opportunity to contest such a taking.

Agency actions might be arbitrary, capricious, or taken in abuse of their discretion, in violation of the Due Process Clause.
Attorney Will Geddes is familiar with the administrative-hearing process, as he prosecuted administrative claims for agencies of Nevada. He understands the nature of due-process claims that might be asserted against government agencies. He might be able to help you or someone you know, who has been the victim of an administrative agency's unfair actions.


Stigma-Plus | Business Disparagement

A s well, due process violations can occur when government investigators disparage a business during an investigation, before any due process hearing occurs.

Such disparagement can cause stigma to one's business, violating the Due Process Clause.
Such agency actions and resulting losses might constitute a governmental taking, without due process.


A Prisoner's Liberty Interest

T he Fourteenth Amendment not only protects property rights, but liberty interests, as well. Here, an example might involve jail or detention-center officials keeping an inmate in protective segregation indefinitely, on the hunch that he is a gang member.

Yet, if the inmate has never admitted to being a gang-member, he should receive a due-process hearing on the issue.
Will Geddes is familiar with inmate rights and understands the nature of due-process claims that might be asserted against jail officials.


Protected-Class Discrimination

14th Amendment rights also guarantee us the equal protection of the laws. Government officials cannot discriminate against people, based on their membership in a protected class.

Protected classes include race, religion, alienage, national origin, and gender.
People commonly complain that employers have discriminated against them. This topic is covered in the next section, "Employment Discrimination." As well, it is not uncommon for detention-center inmates to believe that they have been unfairly discriminated against, based on their race or national origin. Will Geddes has experience with equal-protection claims in the inmate-setting, and he may be able to help you or someone you know with such an issue.


Arbitrary Discrimination

Even when discriminatory conduct by the government is not based of one's membership in a protected class, the government's differential treatment must still  be rationally related to a proper government purpose. Otherwise, such discrimination can be ruled arbitrary and unlawful.

Agency decisions may be arbitrary, when there appears to be no consistent application of a policy, or a rational basis for the agency action.


Call Us

I f you or someone you know has been the victim of a Fourteenth Amendment Violation—whether a due-process violation or an equal-protection violation—we may be able to help. Will Geddes has experience dealing with agencies and their decisions that are legally challenged. He understands the nature of discrimination claims that might be asserted against government agencies. You are entitled to equal protection of the laws, under the Fourteenth Amendment. Call us, at 775-853-WILL (9455), or send an e-mail directly to Will@TheGeddesLawFirm.com.

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        in Reno, NV
Equal Protection Under the Law.
YOUR RIGHTS:

EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION

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80,000 Hours of Your life: 40 Hours per Week for 40 years.

Employers cannot discriminate against an employee, based on the worker's race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, age at 40 and older, and gender-orientation.


Non-Hiring, Firing, and Non-Promotion


U nder federal law, protections against employment discrimination are afforded by Title VII, the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and the ADEA. Under state law, employment discrimination, including gender-orientation and gender expression, is prohibited by NRS 613.310-613.435. While Title VII does not expressly prohibit discrimination based on one's sexual-orientation, it does prohibit discrimination based on one's failure to conform with "gender stereotypes." State and federal law also protects workers from adverse action taken by employers in retaliation for the worker's reporting of such employment-discrimination violations.

Examples of adverse actions taken by employers include not hiring a prospective employee and not promoting—or firing—a current employee.
Such adverse actions by an employer are prohibited by law when they are taken because of one's membership in a protected class (i.e., one's race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, age (40 and older), gender-orientation and/or gender-stereotyping).


Workplace Harassment

It is important to remember that merely being harassed can constitute a ground for filing a discrimination claim.
S tated otherwise, it is not required that a worker be fired or not promoted to state a claim for employment discrimination; he or she can base her claim on the occurrence of harassment in the workplace.

Harassment in the workplace must be unwelcome and pervasive in nature, to state a claim for discrimination. Mere isolated instances will likely not trigger the protections of the law. Harassment includes physical and  verbal harassment.

Such harassment need not be sexual in nature to state a claim for employment discrimination.


Sexual Harassment

Y et, where the harassment is  sexual in nature, it usually takes one of two forms. First, there is quid pro quo sexual harassment, which occurs when a supervisor conditions tangible employment benefits—including continued employment—on the worker's submission to the supervisor's sexual demands.


Hostile Work-Environment

S econd, there is hostile–work–environment harassment, which occurs when there is pervasive and unwelcome harassment of an employee due to the worker's gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, or the worker's non-conformance with gender stereotypes. It is important to keep in mind that hostile-work-environment claims can also be asserted by workers on a non-sexual  basis, as long as it is based on their membership in a protected class—i.e., when a worker is harassed because of his or her race, religion, national origin, disability, or age (40 and over).


Disability Discrimination

Discrimination based on one's disability might include refusing to accommodate a disabled worker after he or she becomes disabled on the job.

A disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a "major life activity."
Major life activities are basic activities of anyone's life, including walking, talking, seeing, learning, and working. If an impairment substantially limits one's ability to perform one or more of these activities, then he or she might be "disabled," within the meaning of applicable statutes, sufficient to pursue a discrimination claim against an employer. Disability discrimination claims often involve worker's compensation claims, which our office also handles.


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W e handle all types of employment-discrimination claims. If you or someone you know has been the victim of employment discrimination in Nevada, please call us: 775-853-WILL (9455), or send out a message to Will@TheGeddesLawFirm.com.

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Fair Treatment for All in the Workplace.
YOUR RIGHTS:

BUSINESS LAW

Contract
Anticipating Outcomes of Every Contract Clause.

Business Law covers a wide range of interactions a company might have during its operations.


Constitutional Battles

Businesses challenge unconstitutional laws and arbitrary government action that harms them.
For example, a general contractor may oppose the constitutionality of a "slow-growth" law, that limits the number of homes that may be built in a given area. As well, a business might have a license revoked without due process of law, or pursuant to arbitrary board action. The government has to deal with businesses fairly. If unfair government action is harming your business or the business of someone you know, let us know.


Business Defamation

As well, businesses must protect their goodwill and reputation, in an age where social media and e-commerce have become so prominent. It is not unheard of for businesses to be targeted by those who would cause them harm.

It is all too easy for one to publish defamatory material about a business, causing financial harm.
This can include, for instance, malicious and false "customer reviews" posted on the Internet. Consider that even government investigations of a company might result in harmful business disparagement. This can occur when an investigator makes defamatory statements about a business during an investigation of the business, and before any hearing on the matter. We can help businesses take swift, legal action, to stop an unlawful, defamatory publication or business disparagement—including by seeking a court injunction. As well, we can help businesses seek monetary damages for financial harm caused by such defamation.


Internal Business Disputes

Sometimes business partners or associates leave a company on unfavorable terms.

It may become necessary to protect a business, by preparing or enforcing non-disclosure agreements and non-compete agreements.
Such internal, business disputes can be so significant that a buy-out of certain owners becomes necessary. In a worst-case scenario, a dissolution of the business and distribution of its assets may become necessary. We can help with these types of legal matters.


Breach-of-Contract Claims

Vendors and subcontractors of a business sometimes do not live up to their promises. They fail to deliver products or services at the cost, quantity, quality, or time that they once agreed to do. We can help try to resolve such disputes, short of litigation.

Yet, if court action is required, we help businesses pursue injunctive relief, to force a vendor to live up to its agreement.
We can also help you seek money damages for contractual breaches and bad faith.


Business-Related Torts

Businesses are faced with exposure to liability on many fronts, merely by carrying out normal business operations. For instance, businesses can be sued for: slip-and-fall accidents on company premises that injure patrons; motor-vehicle accidents, involving an employee and another driver; environmental hazards and toxic spills; and defamation arising from company statements or publications.

As well, businesses can be sued for the harmful conduct of their employees, merely for being their employers.
Moreover, businesses owners and management can face liability if they are not careful about whom they hire, and how employees are trained, supervised, and retained.

A company can be sued for for negligent hiring, training, supervision, and retention of employees, who cause foreseeable injury to third parties.
For instance, if a maintenance worker at a shopping mall has a history of making predatory advances toward young, female shoppers, then the business could face liability for negligent hiring, supervision, or retention of the worker, if he commits a harmful or offensive touching of such a shopper.


Employee-Discrimination Claims

Businesses can also be sued for employment discrimination under Title VII, Nevada's anti-discrimination laws, the ADA, and the Rehabilitation Act. Such claims assert that a person was the victim of adverse treatment by the company, such as not being hired, not being promoted, being harassed, or being fired.

Discrimination claims assert that an employer's adverse action was based on the worker's race, age, gender, national origin, disability, or gender-orientation.
We handle employment discrimination claims—for, both, plaintiffs and defendants alike. Please see our fuller discussion of this matter on this web page.


Call Us

Regardless of the type of legal problem your business might face, The Geddes Law Firm is here to help. We can provide a full range of legal representation for businesses, including on matters concerning: constitutional challenges of laws and agency decisions; business defamation; internal business disputes; breach of contract claims; slip-and-fall accidents, motor-vehicle accidents; employee torts; negligent hiring, training, supervision, and retention of employees; and employer-discrimination claims. Call us to discuss your particular business needs for legal representation: 775-853-WILL (9455), or send an e-mail to Will@TheGeddesLawFirm.com.

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Businesses Require Broad Legal Protection.
YOUR RIGHTS:

PERSONAL INJURY

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Personal Injuries Can Happen to Anyone.


Sudden Injuries

Personal injuries occur suddenly and can happen anywhere—on the road, at a job-work-site, in a hospital, in a nursing home, on the premises of a business establishment or at someone's home. Such injuries might be accidental.

Injuries can occur in car accidents, work-place mishaps, medical-care mistakes, elder-care neglect, slip-and-fall incidents, and animal attacks.
Personal injuries can also be intentionally caused, for example, by bullies or criminals who physically harm their victims.


Medical Care and Legal Recovery

W hen you or a loved one has sustained a personal injury through the carelessness or ill-will of others, it is important to get proper and complete medical care.

It is also important to seek full and fair, legal compensation.
The Geddes Law Firm handles personal-injury cases, including motor-vehicle accidents, slip-and-fall incidents, medical-negligence, nursing-home neglect, elder-abuse, and assault-and-battery cases.


Call Us

I f you or someone you know has suffered a personal injury and need a tough negotiator, who is also solution oriented, The Geddes Law Firm is here for you.

We will take the fight to the other side—including any insurance company that refuses to compensate your claim fully and fairly.
Please call us to discuss how we can help you with your personal-injury claim: 775-853-WILL (9455), or send your message to Will@TheGeddesLawFirm.com.

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Justice is Full Recompense.
YOUR RIGHTS:

WORKER'S COMPENSATION

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When Safety Breaks Down.


Work Injuries & Disabilities

Nevada's comprehensive Labor and Industrial Relations Statutes allow for the quick and efficient payment of compensation to employees who are injured or disabled on the job, in accidents arising out of, and in the course of, one's employment. Worker's compensation can include accident benefits, such as medical, surgical, hospital or other treatments, nursing, medicine, medical and surgical supplies, crutches and prosthetic devices.

A disabled worker can seek disability benefits for a total or partial disability sustained in workplace accidents.
If a worker dies in the accident, then death benefits might be recoverable.


Work Injuries & Disabilities

Worker's compensation statutes aim to get an injured worker back to the very same job the worker had before the injury occurred.

If a worker cannot return to the same job, then he or she might be entitled to a different job with the same employer—with necessary accommodations.
Such accommodations would compensate for any limitation imposed by the worker's injury. If this is not possible, then the goal would be to return the employee to a different employer, to work a job that uses the injured employee's existing skills. If this is not feasible, then the worker's compensation statutes aim to provide training to the injured employee, for work in a different vocation.


Work Injuries & Disabilities

The Geddes Law Firm handles worker's compensation cases. If you or someone you know has been injured on the job, we can help you pursue full and complete compensation. Call us to discuss your particular case, at 775-853-WILL (9455), or drop us a line at: Will@TheGeddesLawFirm.com.

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Worker's Compensation: Getting You Back on Track.
YOUR RIGHTS:

WORK INJURY BY 3RD PARTIES

Car Crashing Through Roof of Warehouse
An Unexpected Sunroof can Present a 3rd-Party, Work-Injury Claim.


Worker's Compensation Claims

Workers usually cannot sue their employers in civil lawsuits, for personal injuries sustained at work through the carelessness of the employer. Worker's compensation statutes generally prohibit such lawsuits.

Worker's Compensation laws aim to provide no-fault, remedial benefits, without the perils of civil litigation.


Third-Party, Work-Injury Claims

Yet, worker's compensation statutes do not prohibit lawsuits against non-employer third-parties who are responsible for causing injuries to workers on the job.

For instance, a bus driver might be injured on the job by a motorcyclist, who causes a collision.
Likewise, a bartender might be injured on the job by an intoxicated patron, who throws a shot-glass at another patron. Such injured workers might file a lawsuit against the third-party and a worker's compensation claim against the employer.

A injured worker might be more fully compensated by a third-party in a civil lawsuit, than in a worker's compensation claim.


Call Us

At The Geddes Law Firm, we will pursue full compensation for you—whether in a civil lawsuit against a third-party, a worker's compensation claim, or both. If you or someone you know has been injured at work by someone who is not your employer, please call us, at 775-853-WILL (9455), or send a message to Will@TheGeddesLawFirm.com.

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SAMPLES OF

WILL'S COURT FILINGS


Appellate Briefs

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
9th Cir. Ct. of Appeals
Case 05-15691
Answering Brief

Nevada Supreme Court
Nevada Supreme Court
Case 63987
Answering Brief


Trial Court Briefs

U.S. District Court of Nevada, Las Vegas
U.S. Dist. Ct., Las Vegas
Case 3:05-cv-00400
Trial Brief

U.S. District Court of Nevada, Las Vegas
U.S. Dist. Ct., Las Vegas
Case 02:11-cv-00883
Injunction Brief

U.S. District Court of Nevada, Las Vegas
U.S. Dist. Ct., Las Vegas
Case 02:13-cv-02349
Summ. Judgment Brief

WILL'S BLOG

(Blog coming soon)

YOUR RIGHTS

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Your Legal Rights Rest on a Firm Foundation.

Introduction

A general overview of your legal rights falling within our key practice areas is provided throughout this web-page. Please feel free to bookmark this website, so that you can return to this discussion at your leisure. You might find the related blog-discussions on this website helpful to a situation that you or someone you know now face.


Use Them or Lose Them

Our legal rights come from many sources: the Constitution, statutes, regulations, the common law, and private contracts. Our rights are powerful and important.

Yet, our rights are only as valuable as the use to which they are put. To ignore them is to deny them.


Building on Your Legal Rights

A t the Geddes Law Firm, we understand how vital your legal rights are. We can put your legal rights to good use, building upon them in effort to solve your legal problems. Give us a call, at 775-853-WILL (9455), or send your questions to Will@TheGeddesLawFirm.com, to learn more about your legal rights in Nevada.

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YOUR RIGHTS:

BUSINESS LAW

Contract
Anticipating Outcomes of Every Contract Clause.

Business Law covers a wide range of interactions a company might have during its operations.


Constitutional Battles

Businesses challenge unconstitutional laws and arbitrary government action that harms them.
For example, a general contractor may oppose the constitutionality of a "slow-growth" law, that limits the number of homes that may be built in a given area. As well, a business might have a license revoked without due process of law, or pursuant to arbitrary board action. The government has to deal with businesses fairly. If unfair government action is harming your business or the business of someone you know, let us know.


Business Defamation

As well, businesses must protect their goodwill and reputation, in an age where social media and e-commerce have become so prominent. It is not unheard of for businesses to be targeted by those who would cause them harm.

It is all too easy for one to publish defamatory material about a business, causing financial harm.
This can include, for instance, malicious and false "customer reviews" posted on the Internet. Consider that even government investigations of a company might result in harmful business disparagement. This can occur when an investigator makes defamatory statements about a business during an investigation of the business, and before any hearing on the matter. We can help businesses take swift, legal action, to stop an unlawful, defamatory publication or business disparagement—including by seeking a court injunction. As well, we can help businesses seek monetary damages for financial harm caused by such defamation.


Internal Business Disputes

Sometimes business partners or associates leave a company on unfavorable terms.

It may become necessary to protect a business, by preparing or enforcing non-disclosure agreements and non-compete agreements.
Such internal, business disputes can be so significant that a buy-out of certain owners becomes necessary. In a worst-case scenario, a dissolution of the business and distribution of its assets may become necessary. We can help with these types of legal matters.


Breach-of-Contract Claims

Vendors and subcontractors of a business sometimes do not live up to their promises. They fail to deliver products or services at the cost, quantity, quality, or time that they once agreed to do. We can help try to resolve such disputes, short of litigation.

Yet, if court action is required, we help businesses pursue injunctive relief, to force a vendor to live up to its agreement.
We can also help you seek money damages for contractual breaches and bad faith.


Business-Related Torts

Businesses are faced with exposure to liability on many fronts, merely by carrying out normal business operations. For instance, businesses can be sued for: slip-and-fall accidents on company premises that injure patrons; motor-vehicle accidents, involving an employee and another driver; environmental hazards and toxic spills; and defamation arising from company statements or publications.

As well, businesses can be sued for the harmful conduct of their employees, merely for being their employers.
Moreover, businesses owners and management can face liability if they are not careful about whom they hire, and how employees are trained, supervised, and retained.

A company can be sued for for negligent hiring, training, supervision, and retention of employees, who cause foreseeable injury to third parties.
For instance, if a maintenance worker at a shopping mall has a history of making predatory advances toward young, female shoppers, then the business could face liability for negligent hiring, supervision, or retention of the worker, if he commits a harmful or offensive touching of such a shopper.


Employee-Discrimination Claims

Businesses can also be sued for employment discrimination under Title VII, Nevada's anti-discrimination laws, the ADA, and the Rehabilitation Act. Such claims assert that a person was the victim of adverse treatment by the company, such as not being hired, not being promoted, being harassed, or being fired.

Discrimination claims assert that an employer's adverse action was based on the worker's race, age, gender, national origin, disability, or gender-orientation.
We handle employment discrimination claims—for, both, plaintiffs and defendants alike. Please see our fuller discussion of this matter on this web page.


Call Us

Regardless of the type of legal problem your business might face, The Geddes Law Firm is here to help. We can provide a full range of legal representation for businesses, including on matters concerning: constitutional challenges of laws and agency decisions; business defamation; internal business disputes; breach of contract claims; slip-and-fall accidents, motor-vehicle accidents; employee torts; negligent hiring, training, supervision, and retention of employees; and employer-discrimination claims. Call us to discuss your particular business needs for legal representation: 775-853-WILL (9455), or send an e-mail to Will@TheGeddesLawFirm.com.

The Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas, 
        Nevada.
Businesses Require Broad Legal Protection.
YOUR RIGHTS:

8th AMENDMENT

The Pershing County Courthouse in Lovelock, Nevada
Courts Protect the Constitution, which Protects You.

Excessive Fines

W e arguably live in a time of governmental over-reaching. The 8th Amendment forbids the government from imposing excessive fines on those who break the law. This issue might play out in a civil-forfeiture proceeding, where the government seeks to confiscate one's home  because contraband was found there.

All things considered, the penalty of losing one's home might violate the Excessive Fines Clause of the 8th Amendment.
Attorney Will Geddes has prosecuted civil-forfeiture proceedings on behalf of the State of Nevada. He has familiarity with such matters and may be able to help you or someone you know, who is named as a respondent in a civil-forfeiture matter.


Cruel & Unusual Punishment

8 th Amendment rights also protect us against the government's imposition of cruel and unusual punishment. This issue sometimes arises in the context of a prisoner's life. The Eighth Amendment protects the health and wellbeing of convicted inmates on four fronts during their incarceration.


Excessive Force

F irst, the 8th Amendment protects inmates from excessive force by correctional officials. The use of excessive force on convicted inmates constitutes cruel and unusual punishment under the 8th Amendment.

Correctional officers may not use force to sadistically punish inmates, but only to restore order and discipline.
Questions about whether the use of force against an inmate is excessive can arise in in many different contexts in prison, such as during the extraction of a verbally-abusive inmate from his cell, or with the use of "belly-chains" to restrain a "low-risk" inmate during his escort or transport.


Inmate-on-Inmate Attack

S econd, the 8th Eighth Amendment protects inmates from physical attacks by other inmates. Correctional officials are required to take reasonable precautions to prevent such inmate-on-inmate attacks.

A lawsuit can arise where two, rival gang-members are placed in the same cell, leading to a physical attack.


Sanitation & Basic Necessities

T hird, the 8th Eighth Amendment guarantees sanitary conditions and basic-living necessities to prisoners. This would include food, shelter, sunlight, and exercise. So, for example, if an inmate is kept in administrative or disciplinary segregation in such a manner that he is not permitted to go outside to exercise, then he might file a lawsuit against a federal detention center for an Eighth Amendment violation.


Prison Medical Care

F ourth, the Eighth Amendment protects against "deliberate indifference" to an inmate's serious, medical needs. Such deliberate indifference would constitute a form of cruel & unusual punishment. For instance, if an inmate cannot obtain medical care for a chronic condition, such as diabetes, then the failure to provide medical care might amount to a violation of the Eighth Amendment. Moreover, the failure to provide medical care for a chronic condition might cause secondary, acute medical problems, say, renal failure.

An injunction might be in order, to compel medical officials to provide medical treatment to an inmate.
As well, compensation might also be due to the inmate for the injuries, harm, and suffering occasioned by any such deliberate indifference.


Call Us

I f you or someone you know has been the victim of an Eighth Amendment Violation—whether an excessive-fine violation or a cruel-and-unusual-punishment violation—we may be able to help you. Will Geddes is familiar with all types of 8th Amendment claims. He prosecuted civil-forfeiture actions for state agencies. He defended the Nevada Department of Corrections against 8th Amendment claims by inmates. Give us a call, at 775-853-WILL (9455), or send a message to Will@TheGeddesLawFirm.com.

The U.S. Constitution.
Your Rights of the Highest Order.
YOUR RIGHTS:

PERSONAL INJURY

Kennedy on Crutches

Personal Injuries Can Happen to Anyone.


Sudden Injuries

Personal injuries occur suddenly and can happen anywhere—on the road, at a job-work-site, in a hospital, in a nursing home, on the premises of a business establishment or at someone's home. Such injuries might be accidental.

Injuries can occur in car accidents, work-place mishaps, medical-care mistakes, elder-care neglect, slip-and-fall incidents, and animal attacks.
Personal injuries can also be intentionally caused, for example, by bullies or criminals who physically harm their victims.


Medical Care and Legal Recovery

W hen you or a loved one has sustained a personal injury through the carelessness or ill-will of others, it is important to get proper and complete medical care.

It is also important to seek full and fair, legal compensation.
The Geddes Law Firm handles personal-injury cases, including motor-vehicle accidents, slip-and-fall incidents, medical-negligence, nursing-home neglect, elder-abuse, and assault-and-battery cases.


Call Us

I f you or someone you know has suffered a personal injury and need a tough negotiator, who is also solution oriented, The Geddes Law Firm is here for you.

We will take the fight to the other side—including any insurance company that refuses to compensate your claim fully and fairly.
Please call us to discuss how we can help you with your personal-injury claim: 775-853-WILL (9455), or send your message to Will@TheGeddesLawFirm.com.

Lady Justice No. 3
Justice is Full Recompense.
YOUR RIGHTS:

WORKER'S COMPENSATION

A Warehouse at the Ely Train Depot in Ely, Nevada.
When Safety Breaks Down.


Work Injuries & Disabilities

Nevada's comprehensive Labor and Industrial Relations Statutes allow for the quick and efficient payment of compensation to employees who are injured or disabled on the job, in accidents arising out of, and in the course of, one's employment. Worker's compensation can include accident benefits, such as medical, surgical, hospital or other treatments, nursing, medicine, medical and surgical supplies, crutches and prosthetic devices.

A disabled worker can seek disability benefits for a total or partial disability sustained in workplace accidents.
If a worker dies in the accident, then death benefits might be recoverable.


Work Injuries & Disabilities

Worker's compensation statutes aim to get an injured worker back to the very same job the worker had before the injury occurred.

If a worker cannot return to the same job, then he or she might be entitled to a different job with the same employer—with necessary accommodations.
Such accommodations would compensate for any limitation imposed by the worker's injury. If this is not possible, then the goal would be to return the employee to a different employer, to work a job that uses the injured employee's existing skills. If this is not feasible, then the worker's compensation statutes aim to provide training to the injured employee, for work in a different vocation.


Work Injuries & Disabilities

The Geddes Law Firm handles worker's compensation cases. If you or someone you know has been injured on the job, we can help you pursue full and complete compensation. Call us to discuss your particular case, at 775-853-WILL (9455), or drop us a line at: Will@TheGeddesLawFirm.com.

Traintracks at the Ely Train Depot in Ely, Nevada.
Worker's Compensation: Getting You Back on Track.

ATTORNEY BIO

Attorney Will Geddes
Attorney Will Geddes.

Admitted to State & Federal Bars

Attorney Will Geddes is admitted to practice law in Nevada, where he has been practicing since 2000. He is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


Early Exposure to Litigation

93 Will got an early start in litigation, working as a paralegal, and later as a law clerk, in California and Nevada from 1993 to 2000, assisting in the defense of Ford Motor Company, Jaguar Motors, and Lockheed-Martin. As a law clerk, Will worked for a sole-practitioner, assisting in the handling of personal-injury claims for injured plaintiffs, while also working at the San Diego District Attorney's Office, assisting with child-support enforcement.


Private Practice in Litigation

00 As an attorney, Will began his career, working in private practice, from 2000 through 2005. During that period, he handled cases involving construction defect, insurance defense, construction law, insurance-coverage disputes, and general litigation. During this period, Will honed his deposition skills, taking or defending over 200 depositions of a wide variety of witnesses—including business owners, homeowners, contractors, architects, engineers, and other experts.


Attorney General's Office | Litigation

05 In late 2005, Will was appointed as a deputy attorney general in the Litigation Division of the Attorney General's Office in Carson City. He was eventually promoted to the position of Senior Deputy Attorney General. During his tenure at the Attorney General's Office, Will successfully handled civil-rights litigation, in the defense of state government agencies, including the defense and favorable resolution of wrongful-death claims and a class-action suit initiated by the ACLU against the Nevada Department of Corrections. Will also assisted in the legal defense of the multi-state Tobacco Litigation, which matter was resolved favorably for the State of Nevada. Will also represented state courts and state-court judges in civil litigation commenced against them.


Formation of The Geddes Law Firm

14 In 2014, Will resigned from public practice, to start his own private practice, The Geddes Law Firm. Will has handled all aspects of civil litigation, including jury trials and appeals. He brings a wealth of perspective and experience to the firm, including over twenty years of exposure to civil litigation—as a paralegal, law clerk, and attorney.


Call Us

If you or someone you know is in need of confident and solution-oriented legal representation, please call The Geddes Law Firm, at 775-853-WILL (9455), or write us at: Will@TheGeddesLawFirm.com.

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        Ormsby County Court (Historical), 
        Carson City, NV (Built 1922)
Justice for All: Then and Now.

CONTACT US

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    Nevada (Built 1876).
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W e can be reached at:

Will Geddes, Attorney at Law
THE GEDDES LAW FIRM, P.C.
8600 Technology Way,
Suite No. 115
Reno, Nevada 89521
Phone: 775-853-WILL (9455)
E-Mail: Will@TheGeddesLawFirm.com




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OUR PRACTICE

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Meeting Challenges With Excellence.

W elcome to the Geddes Law Firm. We handle a wide variety legal issues. Our practice emphasizes civil litigation and appeals in five, key areas:

  • CIVIL RIGHTS LAW;
  • EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION;
  • BUSINESS LAW;
  • PERSONAL INJURY; &
  • WORKER'S COMPENSATION.

However, our practice is not limited to these subjects. Please call us to learn how we may help you with your particular legal claim: 775-853-WILL (9455), or drop us a line, at Will@TheGeddesLawFirm.com

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We Embrace a Philosophy of Strong Preparation.

OUR APPROACH

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    Firm, P.C.
Our Offices on Technology Way.

Saving Time, Money, and Aggravation

The Geddes Law Firm represents plaintiffs and defendants, alike—whether individuals, organizations, businesses, estates, or government agencies. Our practice has a marked emphasis on civil litigation. As for litigation, statistics inform us that most cases settle out of court, rather than proceed to a trial verdict. Yet, there is an important role for preparing cases early and strongly—even though such cases might not proceed to trial. Doing so can achieve early, favorable results for clients, saving them time, money, and aggravation. Cases that linger unnecessarily can become more expensive to pursue.

Waiting to develop key evidence and key legal theories can become a lesson in false economy.


Lost Witnesses

Witnesses can relocate, making it difficult and costly to track them down. Sometimes, they move outside the jurisdiction of Nevada and the subpoena-power of Nevada courts. This can make it more costly and time-consuming to obtain their witness statements or take their depositions in faraway places. Delay can also erode the quality, reliability, and persuasiveness of witness statements and testimony, as their memories fade. People sometimes have difficulty remembering the basics facts of an event—let alone their minute details—when an event occurred in the distant past.


Lost Documents

Similarly, delay can cause the loss of important evidentiary documents if they are misplaced or destroyed over time—including through an agency's well-meaning, document-retention policies that mandate the destruction of documents after a certain period of time has passed. Thus, delay can close windows of opportunity to advance a client's strongest legal position, including after the passing of statutes of limitation or court-imposed, scheduling-order deadlines. That is why preparing early and strongly can yield better results, and why such a practice is part of our a solution-oriented approach.


A Different Approach

At The Geddes Law Firm, we embrace a philosophy of early, strong preparation. We strive continuously to provide value in legal services to our clients.

We help clients obtain a sense of mastery over the development of their legal case—early and throughout our representation.
An early command of the evidence and legal theories underpinning a case leads to effective advocacy. This can pay dividends, including at early settlement conferences, which courts often require parties to attend. Persuasiveness at early mediation conferences can inform the other side that pursuing a long, legal battle is not in their best interest. This can lead to an early and fair resolution of disputes.


Informed Clients

Working closely with our clients, we seek to help clients obtain a balanced, legal perspective of their case, which can help them make informed decisions on how best to manage the risks and costs of litigation. Such decisions include whether to pursue an early settlement of a case for a targeted settlement value; whether to avoid certain litigation costs, including by limiting the scope of discovery; whether to pursue a more sweeping approach to trial preparation, notwithstanding such risks and costs; whether to pursue early, dispositive motions in hopes of ending the case, without a need for trial; and whether to hunker down for the long haul, including through trial and appeal, in pursuit of securing the benefits of a relentless pursuit: a result that is true, fair, just, and complete. No matter what your approach to resolving your legal dispute may be, our approach is solution-oriented. We want you to achieve success.


Selecting An Attorney

Selecting an attorney to handle your legal matter is a very important decision. A word of caution is warranted regarding stereotypes of effective legal representation and overly-aggressive lawyers. We believe that cases can become bogged down and more costly to pursue or defend, when attorneys become hostile and overly aggressive.

Beware of attorneys who offer extreme aggressiveness as the centerpiece of their legal-skill repertoire.

Such frantic brinkmanship is unnecessary and often results in the parties becoming further polarized. This can prompt parties to adopt intractable and unreasonable legal positions, driving up the costs of litigation and driving down the prospects for a prompt, fair, and favorable resolution of legal disputes. The sound of fury that signifies nothing may be dramatic, but it does not serve the best interest of clients, which is what attorneys are called upon to do. We keep this in mind.


Zealous & Even-Tempered

While we are certainly zealous in pursuing the truth for our clients and presenting that truth to the courts and to juries, we avoid over-the-top aggressiveness for the sake of aggressiveness. Such hostility only vexes the courts and the parties and yields counter-productive results. We exude a measured temperament, keeping focused on the big picture of solving your legal problems. That is another reason why we are solution-oriented.


Call Us

We are a solution-oriented firm, aiming to resolve client problems early and economically.

Sometimes this can be done without filing or responding to a legal complaint. Often this can be done without going to trial. Nevertheless, if pursuing or defending a litigation—through trial and appeal—becomes necessary, attorney Will Geddes will zealously fight for you. Call us to discuss how we might help make your situation better, at 775-853-WILL (9455), or write to Will@TheGeddesLawFirm.com.

Our Offices in Reno
Conveniently located in the South Meadows Area of Reno.

YOUR RIGHTS:

1st AMENDMENT

The Bill of Rights.
Words that Protect Your Right to Speak Freely.

Free Speech & Retaliation

The 1st Amendment protects us from governmental restraints on our ability to speak freely.
S ay, for instance, a government employee is fired after speaking to the press about a work-related matter of public concern that put the boss in an unfavorable light.

The firing might give rise to a lawsuit for unlawful retaliation.
R etaliation occurs when the government takes adverse action against someone, in response to their First Amendment activity. Sometimes such retaliation occurs when jail officials write false disciplinary charges against inmates, who file grievances or lawsuits complaining about the conditions of their confinement. Attorney Will Geddes is familiar with these kinds of lawsuits, having defended the Nevada Department of Corrections in such suits. Here, the law aims to prevent the government from "chilling" First Amendment activity, which is the foundation of our free democracy. The First Amendment and companion statutes, such as 42 U.S.C. § 1983 protect us against such wrongful, government transgressions.


Free Religion

The 1st Amendment also protects us from governmental restraints on our ability to practice our religion.

F or example, agency officials might wrongfully deny a land-use permit to a property owner, who wishes to use the land in some religious manner—for example, by erecting a religious symbol on his or her private property. As well, federal prisons or county jails might refuse to allow inmates kosher meals or sufficient access to the detention-center chapel, while incarcerated. Will Geddes is familiar with these types of religious-constitutional cases in the prison setting. If you believe that you or someone you know has been the victim of a First Amendment violation—whether in the free world or behind bars, please call us at 775-853-WILL (9455), or send a message to Will@TheGeddesLawFirm.com.

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Justice Restores Fairness in the Lives of Many.
YOUR RIGHTS:

4th AMENDMENT

The Churchill County Courthouse in Fallon, 
    Nevada
Scrutinizing the Reasonableness of Government Intrusions.

W e live in an age where our privacy and freedoms require vigilant protection.


Unreasonable Searches

The 4th Amendment protects us against unreasonable searches by government officials.

G overnment searches are commonly carried out by law-enforcement officers who investigate or arrest citizens. Unreasonable searches are those conducted without a lawful search warrant. Where the law recognizes certain exceptions to obtaining a search warrant—such as for searches incident to an arrest—searches can can be unreasonable when the officer does not have a sufficient, underlying basis for interrogating or arresting the person in the first place. Similarly, one exception to the warrant requirement no longer generally applies.

In 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a search warrant is required to search one's mobile phone—even during an arrest.

Challenges to unlawful searches are not limited to criminal proceedings, but can also be made in administrative and civil-proceedings, for example, in civil-forfeiture actions. Attorney Will Geddes is familiar with civil-forfeiture proceedings, as he has prosecuted them on behalf of the State of Nevada. He may be able to help you or someone you know, who is named as a respondent in a civil-forfeiture matter.


Unreasonable Seizures | Excessive Force

4 th Amendment rights also protect us from unlawful government seizures. Seizures occur when our freedom of movement is restricted, such as during a police interrogation or arrest. The use of excessive force to effect an arrest constitutes an unreasonable seizure, under the 4th Amendment. The same would be true for excessive force used by jail officials on pre-trial detainees—i.e.  inmates who await trial and have not yet been convicted of the crime charged against them.

A lawsuit might arise, where police officers kick a suspect in the head during an arrest—say, in response to the victim being verbally abusive or resisting arrest.
Similarly, a inmate might have cause to sue a correctional officer at a jail, for using excessive force during an overly-aggressive cell-extraction.


Call Us

I f you or someone you know has been the victim of an Fourth Amendment Violation—whether in an unreasonable-search by police officers or by their use of excessive-force—we'd like to help you. Will Geddes is familiar with such claims. He prosecuted civil-forfeiture actions for state agencies and understands what challenges lie ahead for agencies that are sued in civil-forfeiture actions. He also defended government agencies in excessive-force claims, and knows the types of legal challenges facing the government in such suits. Whether the use of excessive force implicates the 4th Amendment (police officers) or the 8th Amendment (prison officials), we are ready to help. Give us a call at 775-853-WILL (9455), or send an e-mail to Will@TheGeddesLawFirm.com.

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Protecting Us From Governmental Overreach.
YOUR RIGHTS:

14th AMENDMENT

The U.S. Supreme Court
Guarding Your Right to Due Process.

Due Process

Under the 14th Amendment, the government can't take our stuff, without due process of law.
Any significant taking falls within the protection of the Due Process clause. The fundamental requirement of due process is that one be given an opportunity to be heard at a meaningful time and in a meaningful manner.


No Hearing | Arbitrary Action

For instance, government agencies might revoke a license—for example, an occupational license or a business license—without giving the licensee a fair opportunity to contest such a taking.

Agency actions might be arbitrary, capricious, or taken in abuse of their discretion, in violation of the Due Process Clause.
Attorney Will Geddes is familiar with the administrative-hearing process, as he prosecuted administrative claims for agencies of Nevada. He understands the nature of due-process claims that might be asserted against government agencies. He might be able to help you or someone you know, who has been the victim of an administrative agency's unfair actions.


Stigma | Business Disparagement

A s well, due process violations can occur when government investigators disparage a business during an investigation, before any due process hearing occurs.

Such disparagement can cause stigma to one's business, violating the Due Process Clause.
Such agency actions and resulting losses might constitute a governmental taking, without due process.


An Inmate's Liberty Interest

T he Fourteenth Amendment not only protects property rights, but liberty interests, as well. Here, an example might involve jail or detention-center officials keeping an inmate in protective segregation indefinitely, on the hunch that he is a gang member.

Yet, if the inmate has never admitted to being a gang-member, he should receive a due-process hearing on the issue.
Will Geddes is familiar with inmate rights and understands the nature of due-process claims that might be asserted against jail officials.


Protected-Class Discrimination

14th Amendment rights also guarantee us the equal protection of the laws. Government officials cannot discriminate against people, based on their membership in a protected class.

Protected classes include race, religion, alienage, national origin, and gender.
People commonly complain that employers have discriminated against them. This topic is covered in the next section, "Employment Discrimination." As well, it is not uncommon for detention-center inmates to believe that they have been unfairly discriminated against, based on their race or national origin. Will Geddes has experience with equal-protection claims in the inmate-setting, and he may be able to help you or someone you know with such an issue.


Arbitrary-Conduct Discrimination

Even when discriminatory conduct by the government is not based of one's membership in a protected class, the government's differential treatment must still  be rationally related to a proper government purpose. Otherwise, such discrimination can be ruled arbitrary and unlawful.

Agency decisions may be arbitrary, when there appears to be no consistent application of a policy, or a rational basis for the agency action.


Call Us

I f you or someone you know has been the victim of a Fourteenth Amendment Violation—whether a due-process violation or an equal-protection violation—we may be able to help. Will Geddes has experience dealing with agencies and their decisions that are legally challenged. He understands the nature of discrimination claims that might be asserted against government agencies. You are entitled to equal protection of the laws, under the Fourteenth Amendment. Call us, at 775-853-WILL (9455), or send an e-mail directly to Will@TheGeddesLawFirm.com.

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YOUR RIGHTS:

EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION

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Employers cannot discriminate against an employee, based on the worker's race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, age at 40 and older, and gender-orientation.


Non-Hiring, Firing, and Non-Promotion

U nder federal law, protections against employment discrimination are afforded by Title VII, the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and the ADEA. Under state law, employment discrimination, including gender-orientation and gender expression, is prohibited by NRS 613.310-613.435. While Title VII does not expressly prohibit discrimination based on one's sexual-orientation, it does prohibit discrimination based on one's failure to conform with "gender stereotypes." State and federal law also protects workers from adverse action taken by employers in retaliation for the worker's reporting of such employment-discrimination violations.

Examples of adverse actions taken by employers include not hiring a prospective employee and not promoting—or firing—a current employee.
Such adverse actions by an employer are prohibited by law when they are taken because of one's membership in a protected class (i.e., one's race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, age (40 and older), gender-orientation and/or gender-stereotyping).


Workplace Harassment

It is important to remember that merely being harassed can constitute a ground for filing a discrimination claim.
S tated otherwise, it is not required that a worker be fired or not promoted to state a claim for employment discrimination; he or she can base her claim on the occurrence of harassment in the workplace.

Harassment in the workplace must be unwelcome and pervasive in nature, to state a claim for discrimination. Mere isolated instances will likely not trigger the protections of the law. Harassment includes physical and  verbal harassment.

Such harassment need not be sexual in nature to state a claim for employment discrimination.


Sexual Harassment

Y et, where the harassment is  sexual in nature, it usually takes one of two forms. First, there is quid pro quo sexual harassment, which occurs when a supervisor conditions tangible employment benefits—including continued employment—on the worker's submission to the supervisor's sexual demands.


Hostile Work-Environment

S econd, there is hostile–work–environment harassment, which occurs when there is pervasive and unwelcome harassment of an employee due to the worker's gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, or the worker's non-conformance with gender stereotypes. It is important to keep in mind that hostile-work-environment claims can also be asserted by workers on a non-sexual  basis, as long as it is based on their membership in a protected class—i.e., when a worker is harassed because of his or her race, religion, national origin, disability, or age (40 and over).


Disability Discrimination

Discrimination based on one's disability might include refusing to accommodate a disabled worker after he or she becomes disabled on the job.

A disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a "major life activity."
Major life activities are basic activities of anyone's life, including walking, talking, seeing, learning, and working. If an impairment substantially limits one's ability to perform one or more of these activities, then he or she might be "disabled," within the meaning of applicable statutes, sufficient to pursue a discrimination claim against an employer. Disability discrimination claims often involve worker's compensation claims, which our office also handles.


Call Us

W e handle all types of employment-discrimination claims. If you or someone you know has been the victim of employment discrimination in Nevada, please call us: 775-853-WILL (9455), or send out a message to Will@TheGeddesLawFirm.com.

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YOUR RIGHTS:

WORK INJURY BY 3RD PARTIES

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An Unexpected Sunroof can Present a 3rd-Party, Work-Injury Claim.

Worker's Compensation Claims

Workers usually cannot sue their employers in civil lawsuits, for personal injuries sustained at work through the carelessness of the employer. Worker's compensation statutes generally prohibit such lawsuits.

Worker's Compensation laws aim to provide no-fault, remedial benefits, without the perils of civil litigation.


Third-Party, Work-Injury Claims

Yet, worker's compensation statutes do not prohibit lawsuits against non-employer third-parties who are responsible for causing injuries to workers on the job.

For instance, a bus driver might be injured on the job by a motorcyclist, who causes a collision.
Likewise, a bartender might be injured on the job by an intoxicated patron, who throws a shot-glass at another patron. Such injured workers might file a lawsuit against the third-party and a worker's compensation claim against the employer.

A injured worker might be more fully compensated by a third-party in a civil lawsuit, than in a worker's compensation claim.


Call Us

At The Geddes Law Firm, we will pursue full compensation for you—whether in a civil lawsuit against a third-party, a worker's compensation claim, or both. If you or someone you know has been injured at work by someone who is not your employer, please call us, at 775-853-WILL (9455), or send a message to Will@TheGeddesLawFirm.com.

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SAMPLES OF

WILL'S COURT FILINGS


Appellate Briefs

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
9th Cir. Ct. of Appeals
Case 05-15691
Answering Brief

Nevada Supreme Court
Nevada Supreme Court
Case 63987
Answering Brief


Trial Court Briefs

U.S. District Court of Nevada, Las Vegas
U.S. Dist. Ct., Las Vegas
Case 3:05-cv-00400
Trial Brief

U.S. District Court of Nevada, Las Vegas
U.S. Dist. Ct., Las Vegas
Case 02:11-cv-00883
Injunction Brief

U.S. District Court of Nevada, Las Vegas
U.S. Dist. Ct., Las Vegas
Case 02:13-cv-02349
Summ. Judgment Brief

WILL'S BLOG

(Blog coming soon)

YOUR RIGHTS:

1st AMENDMENT

The Bill of Rights.
Words that Protect Your Right to Speak Freely.

Free Speech & Retaliation

The 1st Amendment protects us from governmental restraints on our ability to speak freely.
S ay, for instance, a government employee is fired after speaking to the press about a work-related matter of public concern that put the boss in an unfavorable light.

The firing might give rise to a lawsuit for unlawful retaliation.
R etaliation occurs when the government takes adverse action against someone, in response to their First Amendment activity. Sometimes such retaliation occurs when jail officials write false disciplinary charges against inmates, who file grievances or lawsuits complaining about the conditions of their confinement. Attorney Will Geddes is familiar with these kinds of lawsuits, having defended the Nevada Department of Corrections in such suits. Here, the law aims to prevent the government from "chilling" First Amendment activity, which is the foundation of our free democracy. The First Amendment and companion statutes, such as 42 U.S.C. § 1983 protect us against such wrongful, government transgressions.


Free Religion

The 1st Amendment also protects us from governmental restraints on our ability to practice our religion.

F or example, agency officials might wrongfully deny a land-use permit to a property owner, who wishes to use the land in some religious manner—for example, by erecting a religious symbol on his or her private property. As well, federal prisons or county jails might refuse to allow inmates kosher meals or sufficient access to the detention-center chapel, while incarcerated. Will Geddes is familiar with these types of religious-constitutional cases in the prison setting. If you believe that you or someone you know has been the victim of a First Amendment violation—whether in the free world or behind bars, please call us at 775-853-WILL (9455), or send a message to Will@TheGeddesLawFirm.com.

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YOUR RIGHTS:

BUSINESS LAW

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Business Law covers a wide range of interactions a company might have during its operations.


Constitutional Battles

Businesses challenge unconstitutional laws and arbitrary government action that harms them.
For example, a general contractor may oppose the constitutionality of a "slow-growth" law, that limits the number of homes that may be built in a given area. As well, a business might have a license revoked without due process of law, or pursuant to arbitrary board action. The government has to deal with businesses fairly. If unfair government action is harming your business or the business of someone you know, let us know.


Business Defamation

As well, businesses must protect their goodwill and reputation, in an age where social media and e-commerce have become so prominent. It is not unheard of for businesses to be targeted by those who would cause them harm.

It is all too easy for one to publish defamatory material about a business, causing financial harm.
This can include, for instance, malicious and false "customer reviews" posted on the Internet. Consider that even government investigations of a company might result in harmful business disparagement. This can occur when an investigator makes defamatory statements about a business during an investigation of the business, and before any hearing on the matter. We can help businesses take swift, legal action, to stop an unlawful, defamatory publication or business disparagement—including by seeking a court injunction. As well, we can help businesses seek monetary damages for financial harm caused by such defamation.


Internal Business Disputes

Sometimes business partners or associates leave a company on unfavorable terms.

It may become necessary to protect a business, by preparing or enforcing non-disclosure agreements and non-compete agreements.
Such internal, business disputes can be so significant that a buy-out of certain owners becomes necessary. In a worst-case scenario, a dissolution of the business and distribution of its assets may become necessary. We can help with these types of legal matters.


Breach-of-Contract Claims

Vendors and subcontractors of a business sometimes do not live up to their promises. They fail to deliver products or services at the cost, quantity, quality, or time that they once agreed to do. We can help try to resolve such disputes, short of litigation.

Yet, if court action is required, we help businesses pursue injunctive relief, to force a vendor to live up to its agreement.
We can also help you seek money damages for contractual breaches and bad faith.


Business-Related Torts

Businesses are faced with exposure to liability on many fronts, merely by carrying out normal business operations. For instance, businesses can be sued for: slip-and-fall accidents on company premises that injure patrons; motor-vehicle accidents, involving an employee and another driver; environmental hazards and toxic spills; and defamation arising from company statements or publications.

As well, businesses can be sued for the harmful conduct of their employees, merely for being their employers.
Moreover, businesses owners and management can face liability if they are not careful about whom they hire, and how employees are trained, supervised, and retained.

A company can be sued for for negligent hiring, training, supervision, and retention of employees, who cause foreseeable injury to third parties.
For instance, if a maintenance worker at a shopping mall has a history of making predatory advances toward young, female shoppers, then the business could face liability for negligent hiring, supervision, or retention of the worker, if he commits a harmful or offensive touching of such a shopper.


Employee-Discrimination Claims

Businesses can also be sued for employment discrimination under Title VII, Nevada's anti-discrimination laws, the ADA, and the Rehabilitation Act. Such claims assert that a person was the victim of adverse treatment by the company, such as not being hired, not being promoted, being harassed, or being fired.

Discrimination claims assert that an employer's adverse action was based on the worker's race, age, gender, national origin, disability, or gender-orientation.
We handle employment discrimination claims—for, both, plaintiffs and defendants alike. Please see our fuller discussion of this matter on this web page.


Call Us

Regardless of the type of legal problem your business might face, The Geddes Law Firm is here to help. We can provide a full range of legal representation for businesses, including on matters concerning: constitutional challenges of laws and agency decisions; business defamation; internal business disputes; breach of contract claims; slip-and-fall accidents, motor-vehicle accidents; employee torts; negligent hiring, training, supervision, and retention of employees; and employer-discrimination claims. Call us to discuss your particular business needs for legal representation: 775-853-WILL (9455), or send an e-mail to Will@TheGeddesLawFirm.com.

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ATTORNEY BIO

Attorney Will Geddes
Attorney Will Geddes.

Admitted to State & Federal Bars

Attorney Will Geddes is admitted to practice law in Nevada, where he has been practicing since 2000. He is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


Early Exposure to Litigation

93 Will got an early start in litigation, working as a paralegal, and later as a law clerk, in California and Nevada from 1993 to 2000, assisting in the defense of Ford Motor Company, Jaguar Motors, and Lockheed-Martin. As a law clerk, Will worked for a sole-practitioner, assisting in the handling of personal-injury claims for injured plaintiffs, while also working at the San Diego District Attorney's Office, assisting with child-support enforcement.


Private Practice in Litigation

00 As an attorney, Will began his career, working in private practice, from 2000 through 2005. During that period, he handled cases involving construction defect, insurance defense, construction law, insurance-coverage disputes, and general litigation. During this period, Will honed his deposition skills, taking or defending over 200 depositions of a wide variety of witnesses—including business owners, homeowners, contractors, architects, engineers, and other experts.


Attorney General's Office | Litigation

05 In late 2005, Will was appointed as a deputy attorney general in the Litigation Division of the Attorney General's Office in Carson City. He was eventually promoted to the position of Senior Deputy Attorney General. During his tenure at the Attorney General's Office, Will successfully handled civil-rights litigation, in the defense of state government agencies, including the defense and favorable resolution of wrongful-death claims and a class-action suit initiated by the ACLU against the Nevada Department of Corrections. Will also assisted in the legal defense of the multi-state Tobacco Litigation, which matter was resolved favorably for the State of Nevada. Will also represented state courts and state-court judges in civil litigation commenced against them.


Formation of The Geddes Law Firm

14 In 2014, Will resigned from public practice, to start his own private practice, The Geddes Law Firm. Will has handled all aspects of civil litigation, including jury trials and appeals. He brings a wealth of perspective and experience to the firm, including over twenty years of exposure to civil litigation—as a paralegal, law clerk, and attorney.


Call Us

If you or someone you know is in need of confident and solution-oriented legal representation, please call The Geddes Law Firm, at 775-853-WILL (9455), or write us at: Will@TheGeddesLawFirm.com.

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CONTACT US

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W e can be reached at:

Will Geddes, Attorney at Law
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Phone: 775-853-WILL (9455)
E-Mail: Will@TheGeddesLawFirm.com




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OUR PRACTICE

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W elcome to the Geddes Law Firm. We handle a wide variety legal issues. Our practice emphasizes civil litigation and appeals in five, key areas:

  • CIVIL RIGHTS LAW;
  • EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION;
  • BUSINESS LAW;
  • PERSONAL INJURY; &
  • WORKER'S COMPENSATION.

However, our practice is not limited to these subjects. Please call us to learn how we may help you with your particular legal claim: 775-853-WILL (9455), or drop us a line, at Will@TheGeddesLawFirm.com

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YOUR RIGHTS

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Introduction

A general overview of your legal rights falling within our key practice areas is provided in the sections below. Please feel free to bookmark this web-page, so that you can return to this discussion at your leisure. You might find the related blog-discussions on this website helpful to a situation that you or someone you know now face.


Use Them or Lose Them

Our legal rights come from many sources: the Constitution, statutes, regulations, the common law, and private contracts. Our rights are powerful and important.

Yet, our rights are only as valuable as the use to which they are put. To ignore them is to deny them.


Building on Your Legal Rights

A t the Geddes Law Firm, we understand how vital your legal rights are. We can put your legal rights to good use, building upon them in effort to solve your legal problems. Give us a call, at 775-853-WILL (9455), or send your questions to Will@TheGeddesLawFirm.com, to learn more about your legal rights in Nevada.

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YOUR RIGHTS:

4th AMENDMENT

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W e live in an age where our privacy and freedoms require vigilant protection.


Unreasonable Searches

The 4th Amendment protects us against unreasonable searches by government officials.

G overnment searches are commonly carried out by law-enforcement officers who investigate or arrest citizens. Unreasonable searches are those conducted without a lawful search warrant. Where the law recognizes certain exceptions to obtaining a search warrant—such as for searches incident to an arrest—searches can can be unreasonable when the officer does not have a sufficient, underlying basis for interrogating or arresting the person in the first place. Similarly, one exception to the warrant requirement no longer generally applies.

In 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a search warrant is required to search one's mobile phone—even during an arrest.

Challenges to unlawful searches are not limited to criminal proceedings, but can also be made in administrative and civil-proceedings, for example, in civil-forfeiture actions. Attorney Will Geddes is familiar with civil-forfeiture proceedings, as he has prosecuted them on behalf of the State of Nevada. He may be able to help you or someone you know, who is named as a respondent in a civil-forfeiture matter.


Unreasonable Seizures | Excessive Force

4 th Amendment rights also protect us from unlawful government seizures. Seizures occur when our freedom of movement is restricted, such as during a police interrogation or arrest. The use of excessive force to effect an arrest constitutes an unreasonable seizure, under the 4th Amendment. The same would be true for excessive force used by jail officials on pre-trial detainees—i.e.  inmates who await trial and have not yet been convicted of the crime charged against them.

A lawsuit might arise, where police officers kick a suspect in the head during an arrest—say, in response to the victim being verbally abusive or resisting arrest.
Similarly, a inmate might have cause to sue a correctional officer at a jail, for using excessive force during an overly-aggressive cell-extraction.


Call Us

I f you or someone you know has been the victim of an Fourth Amendment Violation—whether in an unreasonable-search by police officers or by their use of excessive-force—we'd like to help you. Will Geddes is familiar with such claims. He prosecuted civil-forfeiture actions for state agencies and understands what challenges lie ahead for agencies that are sued in civil-forfeiture actions. He also defended government agencies in excessive-force claims, and knows the types of legal challenges facing the government in such suits. Whether the use of excessive force implicates the 4th Amendment (police officers) or the 8th Amendment (prison officials), we are ready to help. Give us a call at 775-853-WILL (9455), or send an e-mail to Will@TheGeddesLawFirm.com.

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14th AMENDMENT

The U.S. Supreme Court
Guarding Your Right to Due Process.

Due Process

Under the 14th Amendment, the government can't take our stuff, without due process of law.
Any significant taking falls within the protection of the Due Process clause. The fundamental requirement of due process is that one be given an opportunity to be heard at a meaningful time and in a meaningful manner.


No Hearing | Arbitrary Action

For instance, government agencies might revoke a license—for example, an occupational license or a business license—without giving the licensee a fair opportunity to contest such a taking.

Agency actions might be arbitrary, capricious, or taken in abuse of their discretion, in violation of the Due Process Clause.
Attorney Will Geddes is familiar with the administrative-hearing process, as he prosecuted administrative claims for agencies of Nevada. He understands the nature of due-process claims that might be asserted against government agencies. He might be able to help you or someone you know, who has been the victim of an administrative agency's unfair actions.


Stigma | Business Disparagement

A s well, due process violations can occur when government investigators disparage a business during an investigation, before any due process hearing occurs.

Such disparagement can cause stigma to one's business, violating the Due Process Clause.
Such agency actions and resulting losses might constitute a governmental taking, without due process.


An Inmate's Liberty Interest

T he Fourteenth Amendment not only protects property rights, but liberty interests, as well. Here, an example might involve jail or detention-center officials keeping an inmate in protective segregation indefinitely, on the hunch that he is a gang member.

Yet, if the inmate has never admitted to being a gang-member, he should receive a due-process hearing on the issue.
Will Geddes is familiar with inmate rights and understands the nature of due-process claims that might be asserted against jail officials.


Protected-Class Discrimination

14th Amendment rights also guarantee us the equal protection of the laws. Government officials cannot discriminate against people, based on their membership in a protected class.

Protected classes include race, religion, alienage, national origin, and gender.
People commonly complain that employers have discriminated against them. This topic is covered in the next section, "Employment Discrimination." As well, it is not uncommon for detention-center inmates to believe that they have been unfairly discriminated against, based on their race or national origin. Will Geddes has experience with equal-protection claims in the inmate-setting, and he may be able to help you or someone you know with such an issue.


Arbitrary-Conduct Discrimination

Even when discriminatory conduct by the government is not based of one's membership in a protected class, the government's differential treatment must still  be rationally related to a proper government purpose. Otherwise, such discrimination can be ruled arbitrary and unlawful.

Agency decisions may be arbitrary, when there appears to be no consistent application of a policy, or a rational basis for the agency action.


Call Us

I f you or someone you know has been the victim of a Fourteenth Amendment Violation—whether a due-process violation or an equal-protection violation—we may be able to help. Will Geddes has experience dealing with agencies and their decisions that are legally challenged. He understands the nature of discrimination claims that might be asserted against government agencies. You are entitled to equal protection of the laws, under the Fourteenth Amendment. Call us, at 775-853-WILL (9455), or send an e-mail directly to Will@TheGeddesLawFirm.com.

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YOUR RIGHTS:

EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION

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Employers cannot discriminate against an employee, based on the worker's race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, age at 40 and older, and gender-orientation.


Non-Hiring, Firing, and Non-Promotion

U nder federal law, protections against employment discrimination are afforded by Title VII, the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and the ADEA. Under state law, employment discrimination, including gender-orientation and gender expression, is prohibited by NRS 613.310-613.435. While Title VII does not expressly prohibit discrimination based on one's sexual-orientation, it does prohibit discrimination based on one's failure to conform with "gender stereotypes." State and federal law also protects workers from adverse action taken by employers in retaliation for the worker's reporting of such employment-discrimination violations.

Examples of adverse actions taken by employers include not hiring a prospective employee and not promoting—or firing—a current employee.
Such adverse actions by an employer are prohibited by law when they are taken because of one's membership in a protected class (i.e., one's race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, age (40 and older), gender-orientation and/or gender-stereotyping).


Workplace Harassment

It is important to remember that merely being harassed can constitute a ground for filing a discrimination claim.
S tated otherwise, it is not required that a worker be fired or not promoted to state a claim for employment discrimination; he or she can base her claim on the occurrence of harassment in the workplace.

Harassment in the workplace must be unwelcome and pervasive in nature, to state a claim for discrimination. Mere isolated instances will likely not trigger the protections of the law. Harassment includes physical and  verbal harassment.

Such harassment need not be sexual in nature to state a claim for employment discrimination.


Sexual Harassment

Y et, where the harassment is  sexual in nature, it usually takes one of two forms. First, there is quid pro quo sexual harassment, which occurs when a supervisor conditions tangible employment benefits—including continued employment—on the worker's submission to the supervisor's sexual demands.


Hostile Work-Environment

S econd, there is hostile–work–environment harassment, which occurs when there is pervasive and unwelcome harassment of an employee due to the worker's gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, or the worker's non-conformance with gender stereotypes. It is important to keep in mind that hostile-work-environment claims can also be asserted by workers on a non-sexual  basis, as long as it is based on their membership in a protected class—i.e., when a worker is harassed because of his or her race, religion, national origin, disability, or age (40 and over).


Disability Discrimination

Discrimination based on one's disability might include refusing to accommodate a disabled worker after he or she becomes disabled on the job.

A disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a "major life activity."
Major life activities are basic activities of anyone's life, including walking, talking, seeing, learning, and working. If an impairment substantially limits one's ability to perform one or more of these activities, then he or she might be "disabled," within the meaning of applicable statutes, sufficient to pursue a discrimination claim against an employer. Disability discrimination claims often involve worker's compensation claims, which our office also handles.


Call Us

W e handle all types of employment-discrimination claims. If you or someone you know has been the victim of employment discrimination in Nevada, please call us: 775-853-WILL (9455), or send out a message to Will@TheGeddesLawFirm.com.

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YOUR RIGHTS:

WORK INJURY BY 3RD PARTIES

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An Unexpected Sunroof can Present a 3rd-Party, Work-Injury Claim.

Worker's Compensation Claims

Workers usually cannot sue their employers in civil lawsuits, for personal injuries sustained at work through the carelessness of the employer. Worker's compensation statutes generally prohibit such lawsuits.

Worker's Compensation laws aim to provide no-fault, remedial benefits, without the perils of civil litigation.


Third-Party, Work-Injury Claims

Yet, worker's compensation statutes do not prohibit lawsuits against non-employer third-parties who are responsible for causing injuries to workers on the job.

For instance, a bus driver might be injured on the job by a motorcyclist, who causes a collision.
Likewise, a bartender might be injured on the job by an intoxicated patron, who throws a shot-glass at another patron. Such injured workers might file a lawsuit against the third-party and a worker's compensation claim against the employer.

A injured worker might be more fully compensated by a third-party in a civil lawsuit, than in a worker's compensation claim.


Call Us

At The Geddes Law Firm, we will pursue full compensation for you—whether in a civil lawsuit against a third-party, a worker's compensation claim, or both. If you or someone you know has been injured at work by someone who is not your employer, please call us, at 775-853-WILL (9455), or send a message to Will@TheGeddesLawFirm.com.

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Saving Time, Money, and Aggravation

The Geddes Law Firm represents plaintiffs and defendants, alike—whether individuals, organizations, businesses, estates, or government agencies. Our practice has a marked emphasis on civil litigation. As for litigation, statistics inform us that most cases settle out of court, rather than proceed to a trial verdict. Yet, there is an important role for preparing cases early and strongly—even though such cases might not proceed to trial. Doing so can achieve early, favorable results for clients, saving them time, money, and aggravation. Cases that linger unnecessarily can become more expensive to pursue.

Waiting to develop key evidence and key legal theories can become a lesson in false economy.


Lost Witnesses

Witnesses can relocate, making it difficult and costly to track them down. Sometimes, they move outside the jurisdiction of Nevada and the subpoena-power of Nevada courts. This can make it more costly and time-consuming to obtain their witness statements or take their depositions in faraway places. Delay can also erode the quality, reliability, and persuasiveness of witness statements and testimony, as their memories fade. People sometimes have difficulty remembering the basics facts of an event—let alone their minute details—when an event occurred in the distant past.


Lost Documents

Similarly, delay can cause the loss of important evidentiary documents if they are misplaced or destroyed over time—including through an agency's well-meaning, document-retention policies that mandate the destruction of documents after a certain period of time has passed. Thus, delay can close windows of opportunity to advance a client's strongest legal position, including after the passing of statutes of limitation or court-imposed, scheduling-order deadlines. That is why preparing early and strongly can yield better results, and why such a practice is part of our a solution-oriented approach.


A Different Approach

At The Geddes Law Firm, we embrace a philosophy of early, strong preparation. We strive continuously to provide value in legal services to our clients.

We help clients obtain a sense of mastery over the development of their legal case—early and throughout our representation.
An early command of the evidence and legal theories underpinning a case leads to effective advocacy. This can pay dividends, including at early settlement conferences, which courts often require parties to attend. Persuasiveness at early mediation conferences can inform the other side that pursuing a long, legal battle is not in their best interest. This can lead to an early and fair resolution of disputes.


Informed Clients

Working closely with our clients, we seek to help clients obtain a balanced, legal perspective of their case, which can help them make informed decisions on how best to manage the risks and costs of litigation. Such decisions include whether to pursue an early settlement of a case for a targeted settlement value; whether to avoid certain litigation costs, including by limiting the scope of discovery; whether to pursue a more sweeping approach to trial preparation, notwithstanding such risks and costs; whether to pursue early, dispositive motions in hopes of ending the case, without a need for trial; and whether to hunker down for the long haul, including through trial and appeal, in pursuit of securing the benefits of a relentless pursuit: a result that is true, fair, just, and complete. No matter what your approach to resolving your legal dispute may be, our approach is solution-oriented. We want you to achieve success.


Selecting An Attorney

Selecting an attorney to handle your legal matter is a very important decision. A word of caution is warranted regarding stereotypes of effective legal representation and overly-aggressive lawyers. We believe that cases can become bogged down and more costly to pursue or defend, when attorneys become hostile and overly aggressive.

Beware of attorneys who offer extreme aggressiveness as the centerpiece of their legal-skill repertoire.

Such frantic brinkmanship is unnecessary and often results in the parties becoming further polarized. This can prompt parties to adopt intractable and unreasonable legal positions, driving up the costs of litigation and driving down the prospects for a prompt, fair, and favorable resolution of legal disputes. The sound of fury that signifies nothing may be dramatic, but it does not serve the best interest of clients, which is what attorneys are called upon to do. We keep this in mind.


Zealous & Even-Tempered

While we are certainly zealous in pursuing the truth for our clients and presenting that truth to the courts and to juries, we avoid over-the-top aggressiveness for the sake of aggressiveness. Such hostility only vexes the courts and the parties and yields counter-productive results. We exude a measured temperament, keeping focused on the big picture of solving your legal problems. That is another reason why we are solution-oriented.


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We are a solution-oriented firm, aiming to resolve client problems early and economically.

Sometimes this can be done without filing or responding to a legal complaint. Often this can be done without going to trial. Nevertheless, if pursuing or defending a litigation—through trial and appeal—becomes necessary, attorney Will Geddes will zealously fight for you. Call us to discuss how we might help make your situation better, at 775-853-WILL (9455), or write to Will@TheGeddesLawFirm.com.

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Conveniently located in the South Meadows Area of Reno.
YOUR RIGHTS:

8th AMENDMENT

The Pershing County Courthouse in Lovelock, Nevada
Courts Protect the Constitution, which Protects You.

Excessive Fines

W e arguably live in a time of governmental over-reaching. The 8th Amendment forbids the government from imposing excessive fines on those who break the law. This issue might play out in a civil-forfeiture proceeding, where the government seeks to confiscate one's home  because contraband was found there.

All things considered, the penalty of losing one's home might violate the Excessive Fines Clause of the 8th Amendment.
Attorney Will Geddes has prosecuted civil-forfeiture proceedings on behalf of the State of Nevada. He has familiarity with such matters and may be able to help you or someone you know, who is named as a respondent in a civil-forfeiture matter.


Cruel & Unusual Punishment

8 th Amendment rights also protect us against the government's imposition of cruel and unusual punishment. This issue sometimes arises in the context of a prisoner's life. The Eighth Amendment protects the health and wellbeing of convicted inmates on four fronts during their incarceration.


Excessive Force

F irst, the 8th Amendment protects inmates from excessive force by correctional officials. The use of excessive force on convicted inmates constitutes cruel and unusual punishment under the 8th Amendment.

Correctional officers may not use force to sadistically punish inmates, but only to restore order and discipline.
Questions about whether the use of force against an inmate is excessive can arise in in many different contexts in prison, such as during the extraction of a verbally-abusive inmate from his cell, or with the use of "belly-chains" to restrain a "low-risk" inmate during his escort or transport.


Inmate-on-Inmate Attack

S econd, the 8th Eighth Amendment protects inmates from physical attacks by other inmates. Correctional officials are required to take reasonable precautions to prevent such inmate-on-inmate attacks.

A lawsuit can arise where two, rival gang-members are placed in the same cell, leading to a physical attack.


Sanitation & Basic Necessities

T hird, the 8th Eighth Amendment guarantees sanitary conditions and basic-living necessities to prisoners. This would include food, shelter, sunlight, and exercise. So, for example, if an inmate is kept in administrative or disciplinary segregation in such a manner that he is not permitted to go outside to exercise, then he might file a lawsuit against a federal detention center for an Eighth Amendment violation.


Prison Medical Care

F ourth, the Eighth Amendment protects against "deliberate indifference" to an inmate's serious, medical needs. Such deliberate indifference would constitute a form of cruel & unusual punishment. For instance, if an inmate cannot obtain medical care for a chronic condition, such as diabetes, then the failure to provide medical care might amount to a violation of the Eighth Amendment. Moreover, the failure to provide medical care for a chronic condition might cause secondary, acute medical problems, say, renal failure.

An injunction might be in order, to compel medical officials to provide medical treatment to an inmate.
As well, compensation might also be due to the inmate for the injuries, harm, and suffering occasioned by any such deliberate indifference.


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I f you or someone you know has been the victim of an Eighth Amendment Violation—whether an excessive-fine violation or a cruel-and-unusual-punishment violation—we may be able to help you. Will Geddes is familiar with all types of 8th Amendment claims. He prosecuted civil-forfeiture actions for state agencies. He defended the Nevada Department of Corrections against 8th Amendment claims by inmates. Give us a call, at 775-853-WILL (9455), or send a message to Will@TheGeddesLawFirm.com.

The U.S. Constitution.
Your Rights of the Highest Order.
YOUR RIGHTS:

PERSONAL INJURY

Kennedy on Crutches

Personal Injuries Can Happen to Anyone.


Sudden Injuries

Personal injuries occur suddenly and can happen anywhere—on the road, at a job-work-site, in a hospital, in a nursing home, on the premises of a business establishment or at someone's home. Such injuries might be accidental.

Injuries can occur in car accidents, work-place mishaps, medical-care mistakes, elder-care neglect, slip-and-fall incidents, and animal attacks.
Personal injuries can also be intentionally caused, for example, by bullies or criminals who physically harm their victims.


Medical Care and Legal Recovery

W hen you or a loved one has sustained a personal injury through the carelessness or ill-will of others, it is important to get proper and complete medical care.

It is also important to seek full and fair, legal compensation.
The Geddes Law Firm handles personal-injury cases, including motor-vehicle accidents, slip-and-fall incidents, medical-negligence, nursing-home neglect, elder-abuse, and assault-and-battery cases.


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I f you or someone you know has suffered a personal injury and need a tough negotiator, who is also solution oriented, The Geddes Law Firm is here for you.

We will take the fight to the other side—including any insurance company that refuses to compensate your claim fully and fairly.
Please call us to discuss how we can help you with your personal-injury claim: 775-853-WILL (9455), or send your message to Will@TheGeddesLawFirm.com.

Lady Justice No. 3
Justice is Full Recompense.
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WORKER'S COMPENSATION

A Warehouse at the Ely Train Depot in Ely, Nevada.
When Safety Breaks Down.


Work Injuries & Disabilities

Nevada's comprehensive Labor and Industrial Relations Statutes allow for the quick and efficient payment of compensation to employees who are injured or disabled on the job, in accidents arising out of, and in the course of, one's employment. Worker's compensation can include accident benefits, such as medical, surgical, hospital or other treatments, nursing, medicine, medical and surgical supplies, crutches and prosthetic devices.

A disabled worker can seek disability benefits for a total or partial disability sustained in workplace accidents.
If a worker dies in the accident, then death benefits might be recoverable.


Work Injuries & Disabilities

Worker's compensation statutes aim to get an injured worker back to the very same job the worker had before the injury occurred.

If a worker cannot return to the same job, then he or she might be entitled to a different job with the same employer—with necessary accommodations.
Such accommodations would compensate for any limitation imposed by the worker's injury. If this is not possible, then the goal would be to return the employee to a different employer, to work a job that uses the injured employee's existing skills. If this is not feasible, then the worker's compensation statutes aim to provide training to the injured employee, for work in a different vocation.


Work Injuries & Disabilities

The Geddes Law Firm handles worker's compensation cases. If you or someone you know has been injured on the job, we can help you pursue full and complete compensation. Call us to discuss your particular case, at 775-853-WILL (9455), or drop us a line at: Will@TheGeddesLawFirm.com.

Traintracks at the Ely Train Depot in Ely, Nevada.
Worker's Compensation: Getting You Back on Track.


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