Our legal panelists with knowledge of the two candidates gave a big thumb’s up to Stoffel. He was said to be “competent” and “the best candidate” in the race. Cutter was said to “lack the competence, experience and knowledge to be a judge.” One panelist said she’s been known to “take petty issues to trial.”
Stoffel has been a practicing attorney for 15 years with all of his experience in family law matters. He has also served as a small claims judge pro tempore for the Las Vegas Justice Court for the last four years. His self-reported cases indicate his dedication to the child’s best interest. In one, a multi-day contempt trial where he demonstrated that the father had violated a court order 183 times, Stoffel stated that this helped him recognize that the Family Court system is flawed in that it allowed a parent to drag out the case for almost four years without resolution.
In another case, Stoffel was successful in terminating a father’s parental rights after he had kidnapped his daughter and fled to Canada. The father was arrested in a Canadian casino and the child was recovered from the casino’s daycare, where she had been left for almost 24 hours. Stoffel stated that “no attorney should want [to terminate a parent’s rights because it is] tantamount to a civil death penalty.” However, he said he believed the child was best protected by the ruling. In Kar v. Kar, a case in which he was ultimately unsuccessful, he brought a question to the Nevada Supreme Court to clarify proper District Court procedure when no child or party remains in Nevada but no other state or country has yet asserted jurisdiction.
Stoffel has received a number of awards including the 2014 and 2016 “10 Best” Client Satisfaction Award for lawyers under 40 by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, the 2015 My Las Vegas Reader’s Choice Award for “Top 100 Lawyers in Las Vegas”, and “Pro Bono Attorney of the Year” by the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada. He also served as the Clark County Bar Association president in 2019. He has never been sanctioned by the court for misconduct and has no history of ethics violations.
Cutter has been a practicing attorney for 11 years and is a solo practitioner focusing on family law, business law, and personal injury, according to her firm’s website. She did not complete our questionnaire.
In 2014, Cutter received a Public Reprimand from the State Bar of Nevada. The disciplinary board found that she had violated the professional rules of conduct regarding communication for failing to keep her client informed about billing by only providing billing statements every six months. Additionally, the board found that she had violated the professional rules of conduct regarding competence and diligence, resulting from a different case, in which she neglected to execute and file a motion until about a month after the deadline had passed. She was ordered to pay a fine.
She has also received a number of awards including being named a Top 100 attorney in Southern Nevada by Nevada Business Magazine in 2011, 2013 and 2015, making the “Top 40 under 40” by the National Trial Lawyers Association in 2014, and “Top 10 under 40” in 2014 by National Academy of Family Law Attorneys.