Attorney General Aaron Ford’s former law firm will represent the state in its lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, distributors, marketers and sales outlets.
Eglet Prince, the firm Ford worked at before becoming Attorney General, is taking the case on contingency, statutorily capped at 25 percent. The firm is currently representing Clark County in similar litigation.
Ford recused himself from the process.
“While there is no present conflict of interest, AG Ford voluntarily recused himself from the competitive bidding process and the following contract negotiation,” Ford’s office said in a news release. “AG Ford entrusted Nevada’s consumer advocate and his committee to evaluate and score proposals from law firms.”
“The opioid crisis has devastated our communities, and claimed the lives of too many Nevadans,” said Consumer Advocate Ernest Figueroa. “By contracting with contingent fee counsel to work in conjunction with the Attorney General’s Office, the State of Nevada will be a formidable force to seek justice for those who have harmed our residents and State.”
The state received nine bids from law firms, according to the release. The three applicants receiving the highest scores from the Evaluation Committee made presentations to the committee last week, according the AG’s office.
Members of the selected committee include:
- Ernest Figueroa, Nevada’s Consumer Advocate
- Mark Krueger, Chief Deputy Attorney General, Bureau of Consumer Protection
- Matthew Milone, Senior Associate Dean, Legal Affairs, UNR School of Medicine
- John. A. O’Rourke, Colonel, Nevada Highway Patrol
- Dagny Stapleton, Executive Director, Nevada Association of Counties
- Laura Tucker, Senior Deputy Attorney General, Bureau of Consumer Protection
- Stephanie Woodard, PhD, Senior Advisor, Nevada Department of Health and Human Services