On Wings of (Legal) Eagles

If you’re looking for free advice from a $400-an-hour attorney, you came to the right town. The city of Las Vegas recently teamed up with law firm Lionel Sawyer & Collins to offer a series of free legal seminars downtown. Sessions have already covered such business topics as licensing, zoning and trademarks. The next two seminars—small-claims court and trust and estate planning—should appeal to a wider audience.

Lionel Sawyer & Collins says it is sponsoring the seminars to help new businesses and contribute to the revitalization of downtown, where the firm has been for more than 40 years. And it seems a good place to start for Las Vegans trying to navigate the legal maze of business startups, siting and intellectual property. (Two of the presenters are also professors at UNLV, which charges thousands of dollars for classes that cover some of the same material.) So far, the seminars have flown under the radar—a recent one drew just 20 attendees—but the value is undeniable, a chance not only to learn the basics but to bounce specific questions off some of the best briefcase warriors in the business.