Coffing was deemed by our legal panel to be a “great candidate” who “grew his law firm to where it is today” and “has broad legal and trial experience.” One panelist said there is “no comparison” to his opponent, who has only participated in three jury trials and five bench trials.
Coffing was admitted to the Nevada bar in 1993. He has been lead counsel in more than 20 jury trials and is a civil and commercial litigator with a diverse array of trial experience. His specialties are real estate and business litigation but he also has extensive experience with appeals, albeit mainly in insurance defense and major personal injury claims. Coffing has some trial experience in criminal matters including white collar crime defense and felony claims in both state and federal court. Coffing also served ten years as a small claims referee handling minor disputes and some traffic related matters. For seven years, he served as the tribal judge for the Las Vegas Band of Paiute Indians. He also presided over civil and criminal matters and cases involving the Indian Child Welfare Act.
Barisich did not respond to our law school team’s attempts to contact her directly for more information. She did fill out our survey. The biographical information our team was able to find primarily consisted of information on an attorney profile page, her LinkedIn page and her campaign website. Westlaw and Lexis searches for her cases rendered little. Barisich was admitted to the bar in 2005 and is an attorney with Mandarich Law Group, LLP. and justice of the peace pro tem for Las Vegas Small Claims Court (2017 – present). It does not appear she has ever been sanctioned by a court for bad behavior or has a record of prosecutorial misconduct.
Coffing has an AV and a five star rating on Martindale. He was named 2021 Best Lawyers® "Lawyer of the Year" for First Amendment Law in the Las Vegas area; is Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015-2021 (for Commercial Litigation, First Amendment Law and Litigation-Real Estate); and made MYVEGAS Magazine’s Top 100 Lawyers in Las Vegas list (2015-2019) along with being named among Nevada Business Magazine’s Legal Elite.