Clark County Family Court Department T

Cutter v. Stoffel

By: - October 9, 2020 2:27 pm

Judge Lisa Brown is retiring from this seat which is being sought by Nadin Cutter and Jason Stoffel

Cutter is a graduate of UNLV’s Boyd School of Law. She gained court experience as a legal clerk for Judge Susan Johnson and served as an extern for Judge Charles Thompson and Judge Cheryl Moss.

Cutter, an attorney for 12 years, says she practices “primarily family law. Also personal injury.” 

She’s been sanctioned by Federal Magistrate Nancy Koppe and reprimanded by the State Bar of Nevada for failing to comply with deadlines. Koppe wrote “Ms. Cutter is not sufficiently prepared to practice law in this Court,” according to a court filing.

Cutter says she is better suited for the bench than her opponent because she runs a positive campaign. 

“My opponent does not,” she says of attorney Stoffel, who did not respond to the Current’s request for an interview. “He’s a ‘Negative Nelly’ just like he was when he ran against Vincent Ochoa.” 

Cutter says she “sees some issues with his temperament.” 

“I think I am a unique attorney because I care,” she says. 

Cutter says as a judge she’d try to level the field for litigants who appear without an attorney. 

“It makes me so sad when I walk into court and I can see someone is at a disadvantage,” she says. “If they knew the tools that were available that are free or even very inexpensive.” 

She says parents with a custody problem can “be behind the reins” if they know where Family Mediation Center is. They can also take advantage of a free program called “Ask a Lawyer.” 

Cutter has praise for the teleconferences that have taken the place of live courtroom appearances during the pandemic. She says they “save time, stress, and money for litigants.”  

“In certain situations it’s tough to assess the credibility of a shady individual,” via teleconference, she says. “If you doubt credibility, I don’t think it’s the right format.”  

Cutter has raised $153,381 and had $9,724 in the bank as of October.  

Stoffel has served Clark County for 16 years as a private attorney, a pro tem judge, and president of the Clark County Bar Association, according to his website. He’s also a Hearing Master in Justice Court.

He has raised $194,338 and had $2,590 on hand as of October. 

“I’ve had one case against Nadin Cutter.  She milked the case and made it linger longer than it should have,” he said.  

Stoffel says he chose Department T because “it’s the easiest target.  A retirement judge is where it’s at.” 

Stoffel says in Family Court, where upwards of two-thirds of litigants represent themselves, “some judges have double standards.  They’ll let hearsay in because one party isn’t represented.” 

Stoffel, a registered Republican, points out he’s endorsed by Culinary Local 226, which he says “usually endorses Democrats. “ 

He says he aspires to be like Senior Judge Gerald Hardcastle and Judge Bill Henderson, who he says are “the best judges.” 

Stoffel says he wasn’t ready for the bench when he ran against Judge Vincent Ochoa in 2014, but says he is now. 

“You either have the experience or you don’t,” he says.   

Since 2017, he’s “played Judge Judy in the afternoon” in Justice Court and for six years he was a Truancy Diversion Judge in local middle schools.

“You really find out why these kids are doing drugs, why they aren’t going to school, why they’re having sex.  A lot of the time it’s poverty.  People don’t go to school because they’re ashamed of the way they dress.  Some live 1.9 miles away and don’t qualify for a bus to school,” he says, lamenting the policy that requires students to live at least 2 miles from school to receive transportation. 

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Dana Gentry
Dana Gentry

Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gentry began her career in broadcasting as an intern at Channel 8, KLAS-TV. She later became a reporter at Channel 8, working with Las Vegas TV news legends Bob Stoldal and the late Ned Day. Gentry left her reporting job in 1985 to focus on motherhood. She returned to TV news in 2001 to launch "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and the weekly business programs In Business Las Vegas and Vegas Inc, which she co-anchored with Jeff Gillan. Dana has four adult children, two grandsons, three dogs, three cats and a cockatoo named Casper.