Shooter’s kin seeks lawyer

Firm with­draws plan for dis­tribut­ing as­sets

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - #VEGASSTRONG: HOPE AND HEALING - By Jeff Ger­man Las Ve­gas Re­view-jour­nal

The brother of Stephen Pad­dock had a hard time Thurs­day find­ing an at­tor­ney to man­age the gun­man’s es­tate.

Af­ter fir­ing a law firm that had agreed to han­dle the es­tate, Eric Pad­dock was un­able to strike a deal with any other lawyers.

“The ma­jor­ity of lawyers here are rep­re­sent­ing vic­tims, so the only choice may be to let the court ap­prove some­body,” said at­tor­ney Stephen Stubbs, whom Pad­dock hired to help him find a law firm.

Pad­dock tried to do the right thing, said Stubbs, whom Pad­dock also later fired.

“I tried. I’m done,” Pad­dock told the Las Ve­gas Re­view-jour­nal. “I’m go­ing home as soon as pos­si­ble.”

Clear Coun­sel Law Group, the firm Pad­dock fired, with­drew a court pe­ti­tion to over­see dis­tri­bu­tion of as­sets from the shooter’s es­tate.

“I’m very up­set and dis­ap­pointed with the law firm be­cause they didn’t honor my in­struc­tions that I paid them to do in com­mu­ni­cat­ing with the me­dia,” Pad­dock said.

Pad­dock, who lives in Or­lando, Flor­ida, pre­vi­ously told the Re­view-jour­nal that he came to Las Ve­gas last week to help gather his brother’s as­sets for the vic­tims. He also was in­ter­viewed ex­ten­sively by FBI agents and Las Ve­gas po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing the Oct. 1 shoot­ing on the Strip.

Fifty-eight peo­ple were killed and nearly 500 in­jured when the shooter fired ri­fle shots into the Route 91 Har­vest coun­try mu­sic fes­ti­val from his 32nd-floor suite at the Man­dalay Bay across the street.

Clear Coun­sel part­ner Jonathan Barlow said in a state­ment be­fore the firm was fired that he had filed the pe­ti­tion in the Clark County District Court on Wed­nes­day.

“The es­tate is be­ing opened in or­der to col­lect and pre­serve the shooter’s as­sets for the vic­tims,” Barlow said in the state­ment, which was pre­pared by a pub­lic re­la­tions firm.

He later told the Re­view-jour­nal: “Our in­ter­est is to help the vic­tims with the pro­bate, but if his brother wants to go in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion, he’s en­ti­tled to hire a dif­fer­ent firm.”

Barlow said in the state­ment that the value of the es­tate has not been de­ter­mined.

Eric Pad­dock told the Re­view-jour­nal pre­vi­ously that get­ting vic­tims money from his brother’s es­tate is a big pri­or­ity for him in

Las Ve­gas.

Fam­ily lawyers for one of the vic­tims have filed court pa­pers seek­ing the ap­point­ment of Clark County Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tor John Cahill to take con­trol of the shooter’s as­sets, in­clud­ing a $369,000 Mesquite home.

But a judge has not yet taken any ac­tion on the mat­ter.

Con­tact Jeff Ger­man at jger­man@ re­viewjour­ or 702-3804564. Fol­low @Jger­manrj on Twit­ter.

Jeff Ger­man

Las Ve­gas Re­view-jour­nal Eric Pad­dock said the firm he had hired to han­dle his brother’s es­tate “didn’t honor my in­struc­tions that I paid them to do in com­mu­ni­cat­ing with the me­dia.”

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