Killing Goliath- The Story of the Little Valley Fire (Streaming)


Killing Goliath- The Story of the Little Valley Fire

Part of the Richard A. Harris Series of Continuing Legal Education

In October of 2016, the Nevada Division of Forestry conducted the controlled burn on land owned by the University of Nevada. The fire was intended to clear out overgrown vegetation to prevent future wildland fires, while giving the university a chance to study fire's impact on the ecosystem. That evening, 60 mile per hour winds re-ignited the still smoldering embers causing a fire that spread into Washoe Valley burning 2300 acres and destroying 23 homes and 19 other buildings.

Plaintiff attorneys, Matt Sharp and Bill Jeanney will discuss the techniques used and how they were able to slay “Goliath” and receive a favorable verdict for victims of the Little Valley Fire including:


  • Empowering a jury during jury selection by recognizing and dealing with bias jurors
  • Empowering the jury to find gross negligence  
  • Avoiding the pitfalls of a compromised verdict
  • Utilizing defense witnesses to become your best evidence

Moderator: Patrick Leverty, Esq.

Matt Sharp, Esq. represents individuals injured by the unlawful conduct of others, including negligence, malpractice and insurance bad faith. Mr. Sharp focuses on representing clients with insurance disputes, including bad faith claims, delay or underpayment of claims, or the failure to defend. 

Bill Jeanney, Esq. is recognized as one of the premier personal injury trial lawyers in the western United States. He was honored by his peers as the 2008 Trial Lawyer of the Year by NJA. Mr. Jeanney specializes in the jury trial and settlement resolution of complex plaintiff personal injury cases. 


Plaintiff Lawyers Only

Time:  12:00-1:00PM (lunch & registration: 11:30AM)    

Location: Sunshine Litigation Services 151 Country Estates Circle Reno, NV 89511

1. 0 Hour of CLE Credit




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Killing Goliath- The Story of the Little Valley Fire

Wednesday October 17, 2018 12-1 PM

Please note - this seminar is for Plaintiff Lawyers Only

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Materials available with registration:
Killing Goliath- The Story of the Little Valley Fire (Streaming):
Final Rules
Exhibit 1 Witness List
Exhibit 2 Voir Dire
Plaintiff Join Trial Stmt


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