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Marquis Who’s Who recognizes Dean Patti as Top Lawyer

Marquis Who’s Who Recognizes Dean Patti as a Top Lawyer


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Marquis Who’s Who Recognizes Dean Patti as a Top Lawyer

Marquis Who’s Who has included Dean Patti in its eponymous directory of prominent individuals, as well as its Top Lawyers book. The publication “endeavors to profile the leaders of American society; those men and women who are influencing their nation’s development.” As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Mr. Patti is a Las Vegas-based attorney with nearly 3 decades of experience in personal injury and medical malpractice. After beginning his legal career by clerking for two prominent Nevada Supreme Court justices, he went on to establish a highly successful boutique law firm in Las Vegas. With that firm, Mr. Patti represented some of Nevada’s prominent individuals, including politicians and leading businesses. However, helping individuals injured in accidents has been his passion. He has represented thousands of injured victims from car accidents to the most complex commercial trucking accidents, product liability, and medical malpractice cases, and has successfully obtained over $250 million in his career. Most prominently, as co-counsel, he was instrumental in obtaining the then-largest settlement in Nevada history, $28 million.

Several years ago, Mr. Patti established a new law firm, D.R. Patti & Associates, whose prime goal is to help personal injury victims. In addition to obtaining maximum compensation for his clients, he wants to provide more personalized treatment. His policy is to treat his clients as he would like to be treated. Noteworthy, Martindale-Hubbell has recognized Mr. Patti for his legal ability and ethical standards for the last two years.  The company’s Peer Review Ratings are considered the “gold standard in attorney ratings.” Being bestowed the rating of “Notable” means that a large number of attorneys has recognized Mr. Patti for his strong ethical standards.

Mr. Patti, however, believes the strongest recommendation of his skills are those that come from former clients. Doing very little advertising, Mr. Patti built his legal practice through word of mouth from very satisfied clients. Readers of My Vegas magazine has also recognized Mr. Patti as one of its top 100 lawyers in 2018.

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Rolling Stone On D.R. Patti & Associates Lawsuit Against Wayne Newton For Monkey Bite

In 2019, Marc C. Naron, Esq., of D.R. Patti & Associates filed suit on behalf of 15-year old Genevieve Urena for personal injuries she sustained when she was bitten by Wayne Newton’s pet monkey named Boo. Rolling Stone, amongst others, wrote an article about the case. The text of the article is re-printed below.

Wayne Newton Sued After Pet Monkey Bites Visitor at Famed Mansion

An unleashed capuchin named Boo allegedly bit a 15-year-old girl during a tour of the singer’s former mansion-turned-tourist attraction Casa de Shenandoah

By Jon Blistein

Las Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton is being sued by a woman who claims his pet monkey bit and injured her daughter during a visit to the singer’s former mansion-turned-tourist attraction two years ago, The Associated Press reports.

Jocelyne Urena, a Vegas resident, filed a civil negligence complaint on behalf of her daughter, Genevieve, on Wednesday. She’s seeking at least $15,000 in damages.

Genevieve was 15-years-old when, during a tour of Newton’s former home, Casa de Shenandoah, a capuchin monkey named Boo allegedly bit her right wrist. The lawsuit alleges the monkey – who was not caged or on a leash at the time – attacked Genevieve without provocation. Urena’s lawyer said Genevieve required hospital treatment, follow-up medical treatment and counseling, while the bite also left her with a scar.

In response to the lawsuit, Newton’s wife, Kathleen McCrone Newton, shared a statement with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, noting that Newton’s company severed ties with the company running Casa de Shenandoah in July 2017, three months prior to the alleged monkey attack. Ironically, McCrone Newton said the family pulled out of the business venture “due to Wayne’s almost dying from a spider bite” and being hospitalized.

McCone Newton added, “[W]e are not party and have no idea what happened in Oct. 2017… John Munson and his company took over July 1, 2017.”

Newton and his family lived at Casa de Shenandoah for over 40 years, but sold it in 2010 to investors, who converted it into a tourist spot and museum (the company, CSD LLC, is also named in Urena’s lawsuit). Newton and his family moved to a different home in 2013.

Pet and other animals can be so cute; but they can also be dangerous, if not outright deadly. If you or a loved one have been injured by a pet or other animal, you may have a personal injury claim. Call and speak to a Las Vegas personal injury at D.R. Patti & Associates to find out what your rights are.

 

People Article On Second Lawsuit Against Wayne Newton For Monkey Bite

Recently, D.R. Patti & Associates filed a second lawsuit against Wayne Newton for another alleged attached by Newton’s pet monkey. The victim alleged that she was asked to pose for a photo with the monkey, whose name is Boo. She also alleged she was assured that doing so would be safe. But then, as her lawsuit claims, the monkey attacked and bit her.

In the first lawsuit filed last year, Marc C. Naron, Esq., of D.R. Patti & Associates represented a 15-year old teenager who alleged she was bitten by Newton’s monkey while touring his famed estate, Casa de Shanandoah. 

The Associated Press and People Magazine covered the first lawsuit. Below is the text of People Magazine’s article, which can also be found here.

Wayne Newton’s Pet Monkey Allegedly Attacked a 15-Year-Old Girl

The longtime entertainer is being sued by a Las Vegas woman for at least $15,000

By Joelle Goldstein August 09, 2019 10:47 PM

Wayne Newton‘s pet likely won’t be monkeying around any longer.

On Wednesday, the longtime entertainer, 77, was sued by a Las Vegas woman after she claimed that her daughter was attacked by his pet monkey, Boo, during a visit to Newton’s former estate, the Associated Press reports.

The civil negligence complaint, which was filed in Nevada state court and obtained by the outlet, states that Jocelyne Urena is seeking at least $15,000 in damages on behalf of her daughter, Genevieve, after the alleged incident at Casa de Shenandoah in October 2017.

Jocelyne’s attorney, Marc Naron, told the outlet that Genevieve, then 15, was bitten on her right wrist by the monkey “without any provocation” and sought out emergency hospital treatment after the encounter.

Naron also claimed that Boo, a capuchin monkey, was unleashed and uncaged during the attack at Newton’s former estate, which has since become a tourist attraction that features stables for Newton’s horses and several exotic animals.

In the time since the incident, Naron told the AP that Genevieve has undergone follow-up medical treatment, counseling and suffered a scar from the bite.

“Without any provocation, the monkey viciously attacked and bit Ms. Urena, causing injury to her body as well as emotional distress,” the lawsuit alleges, according to Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Naron did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

In a statement to PEOPLE, however, Wayne and Kathleen Newton denied any knowledge of the situation.

The couple also said that they had severed ties with the company running their former home three months before the alleged attack due to Newton’s health crisis from a spider bite.

“With regard to this lawsuit, we have not seen the complaint, but our company ceased running Casa de Shenandoah July 1, 2017, due to Wayne’s almost dying from a spider bite,” they said.

“So we are not a party and have no idea what happened in Oct 2017,” the couple added.

Newton and his family lived at Casa de Shenandoah in Paradise, Nevada for over 40 years, according to the AP. In 2010, the singer, known as “Mr. Las Vegas,” sold it to investors who later converted it into a tourist attraction and museum.

CSD LLC., the company who took over Newton’s estate, are also reportedly named in the lawsuit, according to the AP.

Since April 23, 2018, Casa de Shenandoah has been closed due to property “maintenance and upgrades.” No reopening date has been announced.

Newton and his family, meanwhile, have lived at another home since 2013, the AP reports.

Pets and other animals can be so cute; but they can also be dangerous, if not outright deadly. If you or a loved one have been injured by a pet or other animal, you may have a personal injury claim. Call and speak to a Las Vegas personal injury and accident attorney at D.R. Patti to find out what your rights are.

 

Article On Second Lawsuit Against Wayne Newton For Monkey Bite

White Throated Capuchin Monkey Isolated On White Background

Recently, D.R. Patti & Associates filed a second lawsuit against Wayne Newton for another alleged attached by Newton’s pet monkey. The victim alleged that she was asked to pose for a photo with the monkey, whose name is Boo. She also alleged she was assured that doing so would be safe. But then, as her lawsuit claims, the monkey attacked and bit her.

In the first lawsuit filed last year, Marc C. Naron, Esq., of D.R. Patti & Associates represented a 15-year old teenager who alleged she was bitten by Newton’s monkey while touring his famed estate, Casa de Shanandoah.

Below is the text of the article from Wonderwall.

MONKEY BUSINESS

WAYNE NEWTON SUED FOR SECOND TIME OVER ALLEGED PET MONKEY ATTACK

By Mark Gray Wonderwall 

Wayne Newton is being sued by a woman who claims his pet monkey attacked her while she toured his former home. It’s the second time in six months the singer has been sued because of his pet monkey.

In the lawsuit obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Krystal Warner says she visited the Casa de Shenandoah, where Wayne and his wife lived for decades, in April 2018. While touring the home, she was asked if she wanted to get a picture with Boo the monkey. During the picture taking process, she says she was bitten and “viciously attacked.”

In addition to Mr. Las Vegas, as Wayne is commonly known, a handler is also named in the lawsuit.

The court documents claim everyone “had a duty to exercise due care and keep the dangerous monkey restrained and confined. … Defendants knew, or should have known, that the monkey had a propensity for viciousness and/or a propensity to bite and/or attack.”

In August 2019, a different woman filed a lawsuit on behalf of her daughter, alleging she was also attacked by Boo.

Wayne denied those allegations in court. The “Danke Schoen” crooner’s lawyer was suspicious of the new lawsuit, saying, “The length of time that has passed between the alleged incident and the filing of the lawsuit cast doubt as to the merit of the claim.”

Wayne and his wife, Kathleen, lived at the Casa de Shenandoah for multiple decades but moved out following a bankruptcy sale in 2013. Two years later, it was reopened as a museum that featured Wayne’s car collection and an array of exotic animals, including Boo.

The estate, which has been featured in many movies and television shows such as “Vegas Vacation” and “The Bachelorette,” was shut down as a public attraction in 2018.

Earlier this year, Wayne fought with the owners of Casa de Shenandoah to remove items from the estate.

Pets and other animals can be so cute; but they can also be dangerous, if not outright deadly. If you or a loved one have been injured by a pet or other animal, you may have a personal injury claim. Call and speak to a Las Vegas personal injury and accident attorney at D.R. Patti to find out what your rights are.

 

The Associated Press On The Wayne Newton Monkey Bite Case

The Associates Press On The Wayne Newton Monkey Bite Lawsuit

Recently, Marc C. Naron, Esq., of D.R. Patti & Associates filed suit on behalf of 15-year old Genevieve Urena for personal injuries she sustained when she was bitten by Wayne Newton’s pet monkey named Boo. The bite occurred during a tour of Newton’s former home, Casa De Shanandoah. The Associated Press (AP) wrote about the lawsuit. The AP story can be viewed below.

Pets and other animals can be so cute; but they can also be dangerous, if not outright deadly. If you or a loved one have been injured by a pet or other animal, you may have a personal injury claim. Call and speak to a Las Vegas personal injury attorney at D.R. Patti & Associates to find out what your rights are.

The Los Angeles Times On The Lawsuit Against Wayne Newton Brought By D.R. Patti & Associates

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The Los Angeles Times On The Lawsuit Against Wayne Newton Brought By D.R. Patti & Associates

Recently, Marc C. Naron, Esq., of D.R. Patti & Associates filed suit on behalf of 15-year old Genevieve Urena for personal injuries she sustained when she was bitten by Wayne Newton’s pet monkey named Boo. The bite occurred during a tour of Newton’s former home, Casa De Shanandoah. The Associated Press wrote about the lawsuit, and this story was picked up by The Los Angeles Times, amongst others. The text of the article from USA Today is re-printed below.

Wayne Newton sued over monkey biting girl visiting his home

By Associates Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Entertainer Wayne Newton is being sued by a Las Vegas woman who claims the veteran crooner’s pet monkey bit and injured her daughter during an invited visit to Newton’s showpiece mansion nearly two years ago.

Jocelyne Urena seeks at least $15,000 in damages on behalf of her daughter, Genevieve, in a civil negligence complaint filed Wednesday in Nevada state court in Las Vegas.

Genevieve, then 15, received emergency hospital treatment for a bite to her right wrist from a capuchin monkey named Boo, her mother’s attorney, Marc Naron, said Thursday.

The lawsuit alleges the monkey attacked the girl without provocation during a tour of Newton’s gilded former estate, Casa de Shenandoah.

Naron said the animal was not caged or on a leash and was being shown to tour guests.

The attorney said he did not know if members of Newton’s family were present at the time.

He said Genevieve underwent follow-up medical treatment, counseling, and bears a scar from the bite.

Newton’s wife, Kathleen McCrone Newton, said in an email that a family business entity broke ties with Casa de Shenandoah in July 2017, three months before the lawsuit alleges the girl was injured.

“We are not a party and have no idea what happened in October 2017,” she said.

The lavish 40-acre (16.2-hectare) property southeast of the Las Vegas Strip was home to “Mr. Las Vegas” and his family for more than 40 years. The walled compound featured several homes, gardens, pools, stables for Newton’s prized Arabian horses and a menagerie of exotic animals also including flamingos, penguins and even a sloth.

The Newtons sold it in 2010 to investors under the name CSD LLC who opened a tourist attraction and museum. The company also is named as a defendant in the lawsuit.

An attorney for the investors at that time said Thursday he no longer represents them.

Newton and his family moved in 2013 to another home.

Now 77, Newton has performed for 60 years. His best-known songs include his signature “Danke Schoen,” his 1965 version of “Red Roses for a Blue Lady,” and “Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast” in 1972.

Pets and other animals can be so cute; but they can also be dangerous, if not outright deadly. If you or a loved one have been injured by a pet or other animal, you may have a personal injury claim. Call and speak to a Las Vegas personal injury attorney at D.R. Patti & Associates to find out what your rights are.

 

USA Today Article On Wayne Newton Monkey Bite Case

In 2019, Marc C. Naron, Esq., of D.R. Patti & Associates filed suit on behalf of 15-year old Genevieve Urena for personal injuries she sustained when she was bitten by Wayne Newton’s pet monkey named Boo. The bite occurred during a tour of Newton’s former home, Casa De Shanandoah. The Associated Press wrote about the lawsuit, and this story was picked up by USA Today, amongst others. The text of the article from USA Today is re-printed below.

Singer Wayne Newton sued by woman alleging his pet monkey bit her daughter

The Associated Press

Entertainer Wayne Newton is being sued by a Las Vegas woman who claims the veteran crooner’s pet monkey bit and injured her daughter during a visit to Newton’s showpiece mansion nearly two years ago.

Jocelyne Urena seeks at least $15,000 in damages on behalf of her daughter, Genevieve, in a civil negligence complaint filed Wednesday in Nevada state court in Las Vegas, according to the Associated Press.

Genevieve’s age and the nature of her injuries are not described in the lawsuit, which alleges the monkey attacked without provocation during a tour of Newton’s former estate, Casa de Shenandoah.

Urena’s attorney, Marc Naron, did not immediately respond Thursday to messages.

Pets and other animals can be so cute; but they can also be dangerous, if not outright deadly. If you or a loved one have been injured by a pet or other animal, you may have a personal injury claim. Call and speak to a Las Vegas personal injury and accident attorney at D.R. Patti & Associates to find out what your rights are.

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TMZ Covers The Wayne Newton Monkey Bite Lawsuit

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TMZ On The Wayne Newton Monkey Bite Lawsuite

Recently, Marc C. Naron, Esq., of D.R. Patti & Associates filed suit on behalf of 15-year old Genevieve Urena for personal injuries she sustained when she was bitten by Wayne Newton’s pet monkey named Boo. The bite occurred during a tour of Newton’s former home, Casa De Shanandoah. TMZ wrote about the story here.

WAYNE NEWTON SUED

Thanks To Your Monkey

I HAD TO GET A SHOT!!!

Wayne Newton‘s monkey ain’t your average Curious George … cause the teenage girl who says the animal bit her says the injury required medical attention.
TMZ’s obtained a pic of the injury allegedly caused by Wayne’s Capuchin monkey, Boo. The girl’s mother is suing Newton claiming Boo bit her daughter’s right wrist 2 years ago while visiting Newton’s former estate, Casa de Shenandoah … a tourist attraction and museum in Las Vegas.
Their attorney, Marc Naron of D.R. Patti & Associates, says the bite broke the girl’s skin … causing it to swell — and she had to go to a hospital where she got a tetanus shot. The pic, btw, was taken the day after the alleged incident.

We’re told the alleged victim, who was 15 at the time, underwent follow-up treatments and was left with a gnarly scar that may be permanent. She claims she underwent counseling because of her fear of animals.
In the lawsuit, the family says Boo was not caged nor on a leash when they visited back in October 2017.
Wayne and his wife, Kathleen McCrone Newton, tell us they haven’t seen the lawsuit. They add … their company stopped operating Casa de Shenandoah in July 2017, “due to Wayne’s almost dying from a spider bite” — so they have “no idea what happened in October 2017.”

D.R. Patti & Associates Obtains Six-Figure Settlement in Las Vegas Scooter Accident

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From our extensive experience as personal injury attorneys, we have seen our fair share of unfortunate Las Vegas scooter accidents and the injuries and other damages they cause. Thankfully, we have been able to obtain compensation for Las Vegas scooter accident victims. Recently, we were able to obtain a six-figure settlement for two people riding an electric scooter who was struck and injured by a truck. Unfortunately, based on statistics, we know that this may not be the last Las Vegas scooter accident we see and work on.
In an unstable economy and averaging between 60 to 100 miles per gallon, mopeds and scooters have been the cheaper option for many people, particularly those on college campuses, and their popularity has been increasing.[1] The popularity of this economical mode of transportation is evident on the Las Vegas Strip all the way to downtown, with tourists opting for this cheaper way to see the sights and casino-hop. One study estimates that moped and scooter sales have increased by as much as 60% in recent years.[2]

Unfortunately, the increased use of mopeds and scooters has led to more accidents, crashes, injuries and even fatalities. A recent Florida study found the following to have been common factors in those accidents resulting in severe injuries and fatalities: lack of a helmet, the speed of the moped or scooter, the speed limit in the area of the accident, and the amount of traffic in the area.[3]

It is no surprise that the lack of a helmet has contributed to the more severe injuries and fatalities. In many of these tragic events, the operators of mopeds and scooters were not wearing helmets.[4]The Florida study revealed that only 17% involved in moped or scooter crashes wore helmets. In Nevada, while motorcyclists are required to wear helmets that meet standards set by the U.S. Department of Transportation, those driving mopeds 50 cc or under, with less than 2 horsepower and capable of no more than 30 mph are not.[5]

The Florida study also found a high correlation between the speed of the moped/scooter, the speed limit in the accident site, and the amount of traffic. The number of accidents and severity of injuries increased when the street had three (3) or more lanes of travel.[6]The number of accidents resulting in severe injuries or fatalities also increased when the scooter/moped was driving above 20 miles per hour and the speed limit in the area was over 30 miles per hour.[7]All of these factors make sense – mopeds and scooters traveling in a busier area with faster cars will have greater chance of being involved in an accident and a greater chance of causing severe injuries or deaths. Like motorcycles, mopeds and scooters are sometimes difficult for other drivers to see on the roads. Thus, car drivers, who are likely not anticipating them or looking out for them, will likely not watch out for moped and scooter drivers.

Moped and scooter drivers must watch out for themselves. The lessons from the Florida study: wear a helmet and avoid driving in high traffic areas. Be safe out there.

If you are a moped or scooter driver who is injured in a car accident, call the Las Vegas scooter accident attorneys at D.R. Patti & Associates, or email us and see how we can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.