Christian M. Orme

Christian M. Orme

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Biography

Christian M. Orme is a partner of the Firm and an AV-rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell®. Chris practices primarily in the areas of business and commercial litigation, tort litigation, product liability, and premises liability. Chris was named to Nevada's Legal Elite by Nevada Business Magazine.

Originally from Idaho Falls, Idaho, Chris received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Brigham Young University and his Juris Doctorate from the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. During law school, Chris was the Managing Editor of the Law Review and his student note, Kelo v. New London: An Opportunity Lost to Rehabilitate the Takings Clause, 6 NEV. L.J. 272 (Fall 2005), was published in the Nevada Law Journal. He was the President of the Federalist Society and also clerked for the office of the Nevada Attorney General in Las Vegas, the Office of the General Counsel for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the Office of the General Counsel for Brigham Young University. Chris was admitted as a member of the Nevada Bar in 2006.

PERSONAL BACKGROUND

When Chris can break away from the office, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Lindsay, and four daughters. Chris stays involved in his daughter’s active lives by coaching their soccer teams. Chris is heavily involved in the Boy Scouts of America. Chris enjoys playing basketball, running, and reading.

REPRESENTATIVE ENGAGEMENTS

  • In Towk v. Interstate Brands Company (State Court Case Number A575025), Chris secured summary judgment for his client on a slip and fall case where the Court agreed that Interstate Brands Company’s records clearly showed Interstate owed no duty to inspect the premises of a third party’s gas station on days where it made no deliveries to the store. Interstate is currently seeking to recover a significant amount of money pursuant to its offer of judgment, which Plaintiff had previously rejected.
  • In Joann Wireman v. Ahern Rentals, Inc. (State Court Case Number A584532), Chris secured summary judgment for his client where the Court agreed that Plaintiff’s attempt to amend her Complaint to include a lawsuit against Ahern Rentals, Inc. for negligence and strict product liability was unjustifiably late.
  • In Malverty v. Betterton (Federal Court Case Number: 2:10-cv-00262-PMP-PAL), Chris successfully removed this case to federal court where the federal judge denied Plaintiff’s motion to remand the case from federal court to state court based on the amount in controversy. After being forced to stay in federal court, Plaintiff later agreed to a settlement much less than the $75,000.
  • In Pelayo v. Ahern Rentals, Inc. (State Court Case Number A542130). Isidro Pelayo was killed in a construction related accident at the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Las Vegas, Nevada. The estate of Pelayo filed a lawsuit against Ahern Rentals and other companies for negligence, strict product liability, breach of warranties, and punitive damages. Chris aggressively began to file motions for summary judgment and otherwise on the individual causes of action. To date, he has obtained orders on the following issues.
    • Chris secured summary judgment on the negligence claim despite significant opposition from opposing parties.
    • Chris obtained a crucial order allowing Ahern Rentals, Inc. to point the finger of blame at parties that were not in the lawsuit by either settlement or workers compensation.
    • Chris secured summary judgment on behalf of Ahern Rentals, Inc. on the issue of punitive damages by arguing under the new punitive damages standard outlined in Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. v. Thitchener.
    • Chris secured summary judgment on the cause of action of breach of warranty pursuant to NRS 104.2318, i.e. that plaintiff did not have horizontal privity as a matter of law, which is required to bring a breach of warranty action.
  • In Gresham v. Ahern Rentals, Inc. (State Court Case Number A603695), Chris successfully defeated a motion to dismiss by arguing that the third-party contractor was still obligated to defend Ahern even without a signature in on the contract pursuant to NRS 104A.2201.
  • In Bardzik v. Paris Las Vegas Operating Company, LLC (State Court Case Number A595047), Chris secured a dismissal of Plaintiffs cause of action for strict products liability. The Court agreed with Chris that an “in-ground, non-mass produced swimming pool” is not a product under Nevada law. The Court also agreed that Paris, as the owner and operator of pool, cannot be liable for strict product liability under Nevada law because it is not engaged in the business of manufacturing or selling such products. This decision, and others in this case, led to a complete dismissal of the lawsuit by Plaintiff. Plaintiff had been seeking resolution of the case for hundreds of thousands of dollars due to a fractured vertebrae in his neck.
  • In Jones v. Ahern Rentals, Inc. (State Court Case Number A620134), Chris secured summary judgment on behalf of Ahern Rentals, Inc. on the issue of punitive damages by arguing under the new punitive damages standard outlined in Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. v. Thitchener. The issue was of particular importance to the client as it protected the company’s confidential, proprietary, and sensitive financial records in the litigation.
  • InJD2, Inc. v. Ahern Rentals, Inc. (California State Court Case Number FCS031679), Kumen Taylor and Chris Orme defeated Plaintiff's motion for summary judgment on the issue that Plaintiff fully indemnified and defended Ahern in an underlying wrongful death lawsuit and that the Court did not have jurisdiction of the matter as it was an issue of insurance. The Court further rebuffed Plaintiff's attempts to have the Court stripped of jurisdiction by finding that the Plaintiff "ignored" the fact that Ahern's claims for indemnity and defense were based on the terms of the rental contract and not related to any insurance contract.
  • In Picataggio v. Harrah’s Las Vegas, LLC (State Court Case Number A644790), Chris successfully defended the firm’s client in a claim relating to significant shoulder injuries caused when the Plaintiff tripped over a poker chip rack at a local casino. After a hotly contested arbitration, the arbitrator returned a defense verdict in favor of Chris and his client. Plaintiff claimed that Defendant failed to exercise the requisite ordinary care and prudence to render the premises reasonably safe for the visit of a person invited on his premises for business purposes. Chris successfully argued that the Plaintiff's own actions were the main cause and contributing factor in the accident.
  • Kumen Taylor and Chris Orme successfully defended the firm’s client in a recent personal injury matter. After a hotly contested trial, the judge returned a defense verdict in favor of Mr. Taylor and Mr. Orme’s client on all counts. The plaintiff sued the defendant asking for $3.2 million dollars in damages. The plaintiff claimed defendant failed to exercise due care in maintaining the restaurant in a reasonably safe condition and that this failure led to her back injuries. Mr. Taylor and Mr. Orme successfully argued over the period of two weeks that the plaintiff was not credible in her description of the accident, cause of the accident, injuries, or claims for damages. The Court further found that Mr. Taylor and Mr. Orme’s client made every effort to keep its premises reasonably safe, and to warn its patrons. This victory is one of many for Mr. Taylor and Mr. Orme who both have an outstanding record in civil trials. Kori Wiggins v. Apple Nevada, LLC, Case No. A-10-609760-C (Eighth Judicial District, NV 2012).
  • In Montgomery v. Harrah’s Imperial Palace, Corp. (State Court Case Number A-11-642640-C), Chris successfully defended the firm’s client in a claim relating to significant back and hip injuries caused when the Plaintiff slipped in the elevator lobby at a local casino. After a hotly contested arbitration, the arbitrator returned a defense verdict in favor of Chris and his client. Plaintiff claimed that Defendant failed to exercise the requisite ordinary care and prudence to render the premises reasonably safe for the visit of a person invited on his premises. Chris successfully argued that the casino had no actual or constructive notice of the spill and that Plaintiff’s injuries preexisted the accident.
  • In Callaway v. Skyjack, Inc. (State Court Case Number A602229), Chris Orme Secured dismissal of Plaintiff's cause of action for strict products liability for the firm's commercial lessor client. Chris argued, and the district court agreed, that the Nevada Supreme Court has never extended the doctrine of strict products liability to apply to commercial lessors. Further, the district court held that the decision on whether to expand the doctrine of strict products liability to commercial lessors is a decision best made by the Nevada Supreme Court. Consequently, the cause of action for strict products liability against the firm's commercial lessor client was dismissed. This is a critical decision for the firm's commercial lessor client in not only this case, but could potentially have an impact in all future cases involving strict products liability and commercial lessors. Callaway v. Skyjack, Inc., Case No. A602229 (Dept. 5, Las Vegas, Nev. 2012).
  • In Callaway v. Skyjack, Inc. and Ahern Rentals, Inc. (Department 5, State Court Case Number A602229), Chris secured summary judgment on behalf of Ahern Rentals, Inc. on the issue of punitive damages by arguing under the new punitive damages standard outlined in Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. v. Thitchener. This ruling protected the client from not only punitive damages at trial, but protected the company's confidential, proprietary, and sensitive financial records in the litigation. Callaway v. Skyjack, Inc., Case No. A602229 (Dept. 5, Las Vegas, Nev. 2012).
  • Chris Orme received a defense verdict in defending the Rio Hotel and Casino in a slip and fall accident. After listening to the arguments and testimony from both Plaintiff and Defendant, the judge returned a complete defense verdict in favor of Mr. Orme’s client. Although Plaintiff claimed that Defendant failed to exercise the requisite ordinary care and prudence to render the entry way at the Rio Hotel and Casino reasonably safe for the visit of a person invited onto the premises for business purposes, the Court was persuaded by the evidence presented by Mr. Orme that the premises owner had taken all necessary and reasonable steps to make entry way safe. Vladimia Kerr v. Rio Propco, LLC, Case No. 12-A-003046 (Justice Court, NV 2012).
  • Chris Orme defended a landlord against a former tenant of a million dollar home located in the Las Vegas Country Club. Tenant had initially refused to vacate the home pursuant to the lease agreement and the landlord had failed to obtain an eviction by himself. Mr. Orme not only secured a speedy eviction but arranged a significant monetary settlement from the breaching tenant as well. Later, the tenant sued the landlord and the members of the landlord company under a breach of contract claim and to pierce the corporate veil for a return of a significant security deposit being held by the landlord. Mr. Orme filed a motion for summary judgment to dismiss the members of the landlord company, which was granted. At trial, the tenant was represented by multiple attorneys, but the Court was persuaded by the evidence presented by Mr. Orme that the landlord had followed the terms and conditions of the rental agreement. Consequently, the Court found in favor of the Landlord. Nathan Shapiro v. Augo, LLC, Case No. 12-C-005055 (Justice Court, Nev. 2012).
  • In Catha v. Taylor-Dunn (State Court Case Number A661278), Chris Orme secured dismissal of Plaintiff's cause of action for strict products liability for the firm's commercial lessor client. Due to the importance of the issue, the court ordered additional briefing and oral arguments. Nevertheless, Chris argued, and the district court agreed, that the Nevada Supreme Court has never extended the doctrine of strict products liability to apply to commercial lessors. Consequently, the cause of action for strict products liability against the firm's commercial lessor client was dismissed. This is a critical decision for the firm's commercial lessor client in not only this case, but could potentially have an impact in all future cases involving strict products liability and commercial lessors. Catha v. Taylor-Dunn Manufacturing, Case No. A661278 (Dept. 29, Las Vegas, Nev. 2013).
  • In Rohn v. Skyjack, Inc. (State Court Case Number A-13-678685-C), Chris Orme secured a complete dismissal of all of Plaintiff's causes of action. After a significant briefing by all parties and lengthy oral arguments led by Chris, the Court agreed that the statute of limitations for strict products liability is two years pursuant to NRS 11.190 (4)(e) rather than the four year catch-all provision of NRS 11.220. This is an issue that has never been squarely addressed by the Nevada Supreme Court. The Court also dismissed the causes of action for fraudulent concealment and deceptive trade practices act holding that they arise out of the same accident. The Court also made another important holding, consistent with Chris's arguments, that the Nevada Supreme Court has never extended the doctrine of strict products liability to apply to commercial lessors. Consequently, the cause of action for strict products liability against the firm's commercial lessor client was dismissed. Finally, Plaintiff voluntarily abandoned its claim for breach of implied warranties upon receiving the motion to dismiss on the issue from Chris's office; thus, avoiding oral arguments and a decision on that issue. The firm's commercial lessor client is now out of the case prior to expending its time, energy, money, and resources in defending itself. The holdings made by the Court in this matter will also have a positive impact in all future cases involving strict products liability. Rohn v. Skyjack, Inc., Case No. A-13-678685 (Dept. 18, Las Vegas, Nev. 2013).
  • Kumen Taylor and Chris Orme successfully defended Harrah's Las Vegas in a personal injury matter. The trial lasted nearly two weeks before the jury returned a unanimous defense verdict in favor of Harrah's. Plaintiff had over $700,000 in medical treatment and had sued Harrah's for 4.25 million dollars in total damages. Plaintiff claimed that Harrah's was not reasonable in its practices of keeping its floor in a condition that was safe for its patrons. Mr. Taylor and Mr. Orme successfully argued over the period of two weeks that the Harrah's practices were not only reasonable pursuant to Nevada law, but outstanding. Mr. Taylor and Mr. Orme also proved that Plaintiff was not credible in her description of the accident. Connie Sweet v. Harrah's Las Vegas, Case No. A-10-A617203-C (Eighth Judicial District, Las Vegas, Nev. 2013).
  • In a week-long trial, attorneys Kumen Taylor and Chris Orme successfully defended The Paris Hotel and Casino in a personal injury matter. While Plaintiff was on Paris's property as a guest, one of her shoes became stuck in the expansion joint of the hotel which allegedly caused her to fall and suffer serious injuries. Plaintiff made claims to approximately $130,000 in medical treatment and lost wages and had sued Paris for over $900,000 in total damages. Plaintiff claimed that the Paris did not keep the expansion joints in suitable condition for its patrons. Mr. Taylor and Mr. Orme successfully convinced all jury members that the Paris's maintenance practices concerning its expansion joints were reasonable in regards to the safety of patrons. Maribeth and Dick Biondi v. Paris Las Vegas Propco, LLC, Case No. A-12-664655-C (Eighth Judicial District, Las Vegas, Nev. 2014).
  • Kumen Taylor and Chris Orme defended the Rio Hotel and Casino in a week-long trial where Plaintiff Salvatore Compagnone was injured on the Rio's property as a guest. Mr. Compagnone suffered serious injuries and petitioned the jury for $409,000 in damages. The jury returned a verdict that was less than 1/8th the amount requested of the jury by Plaintiff. Salvatore Compagnone v. Rio Propco, LLC, Case No. A-12-665946-C (Eighth Judicial District, Las Vegas, Nev. 2014).
  • Kumen Taylor and Chris Orme concluded a jury trial where they defended the Paris Hotel and Casino. Plaintiff claimed a brain injury as a result of a slip and fall at one of the entry-ways to the Paris and petitioned the jury for $139,000. Ultimately, the jury sided with Mr. Taylor and Mr. Orme's client and delivered a defense verdict for the Paris. Serena Tsosie v. Paris Las Vegas, Case No. A-12-655878-C (Eighth Judicial District, Las Vegas, Nev. 2015).

Courts

  • Nevada State Courts
  • U.S. District Court of Nevada
  • U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Civic and Professional Activities

  • Commissioner, Boy Scouts of America
  • Brigham Young University Alumni Association
  • William S. Boyd School of Law Alumni Association
  • Litigation Section of the Nevada State Bar
  • Youth Soccer Coach

Recognitions

  • Top Rated Lawyer-Litigation, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Legal Elite, Nevada Business Magazine
  • Rising Star, Nevada Business Magazine
  • Top Lawyer, Vegas, Inc.
  • Top Lawyer, Desert Companion

Contact Christian M. Orme

Las Vegas

Reno

Incline Village

Peccole Professional Park
10080 West Alta Drive, Suite 200
Las Vegas, NV 89145

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