challenge to the President’s healthcare law. Nevada joined with 25 other states to challenge the constitutionality of that law, a case that recently concluded with a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court. “I handled that case on a pro bono basis and was happy to do so. It was one of the greatest honors of my professional ca-reer,” Hutchison says. Two governors appointed him to serve as a member of the Nevada Commission on Ethics. He served there for six years, two of them as chairman. He has appeared before Nevada and California state courts, as well as the U.S. District Courts for Nevada, California, Ari-zona, and Wyoming, and the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Ap-peals. Recognition for his commitment to his profession includes Recipient of Top Verdicts in the United States; Mountain States Super Lawyer; Legal Elite, Nevada Business Magazine; and Best of the Bar, Las Vegas Business Press. Hutchison is an AV-rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell. He has appeared dozens of times on national and local television and radio, including interviews on NBC, ABC, CBS, and “Fox News.” Hutchison’s professional and civic activities include: president of the Federal Bar Association, Nevada Chapter; Nevada Supreme Court Bench-Bar Committee; special counsel (ombudsman) for Clark County Coroner Inquest; executive commitee litigation section of the State Bar of Nevada; executive board, Las Vegas Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America; and general counsel, Silent Heroes of the Cold War Memorial Committee. Trying Cases and Persuading People Hutchison received his B.S. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (high distinction) and his J.D. from Brigham Young Uni-versity Law School (magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, and lead-articles editor of the Law Review). Following law school, Hutchison served as a law clerk to Judge Kenneth F. Ripple, U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. He defines a “good day” at work as, “when I’m in a hearing or in trial. I love to be in the courtroom.” A “bad day” consists of “argu-ing and fighting over meaningless issues related to discovery or in a deposition – the kinds of issues that don’t move the case along,” he contends. “Sometimes these issues surface in a case because lawyers get their backs up against a wall or want to flex muscles rather than making real progress in developing the facts of the case. That’s why I’d rather be in court. I try to avoid those types of issues. I try to get past them as quickly as I can. If a case can’t be resolved, my attitude is let’s just get to trial and get it done.” When asked what he enjoys most about the law, Hutchison muses, “I enjoy the opportunity to persuade. Those opportuni-ties come in the form of persuading clients, opposing counsel, judges and juries. One of the most rewarding aspects of practic-ing law is presenting a position and having it accepted by a deci-sion maker.” Family and Fun Although he is a busy man, he is also a devoted family man. He and his wife, Cary, have six children and two grandchildren. “We have a very close-knit, religious family. We believe that God ordained families and that they are not only the backbone of so-ciety, but the most important unit or organization on Earth. We can’t do enough to promote family,” he says. His hobbies and interests include collecting leather books and vintage fountain pens, running, and politics. He is also an avid hiker. “When I can get away, I go to southern Utah and hike. It’s a great way for me to decompress and relax. I also love going to the beaches of Southern California.” He enjoys reading The Wall Street Journal and the Weekend edition of The New York Times, as well as the local paper. Hutchi-son states, “I love to read those newspapers. They give me a great perspective from both sides of a story. I suppose it’s from my legal training. Learning and understanding both sides of an argument is vital in the law. If you can make your opponent’s argument bet-ter than he or she can, you are in a much better position to defeat the argument.” Hutchison’s favorite political author is Peggy Noonan. He reads her newspaper commentaries, articles, and every book she’s ever written. “I love her writing because she is a communicator.” His schedule doesn’t leave much time for watching television, but he Volume 1, Issue 5 Attorney at Law Magazine® Greater Las Vegas | 19 Photography by Eric Jamison/Studio J Inc.