Laxalt lands job with GOP-friendly D.C. law firm

Laxalt primary night
Adam Laxalt speaking the night of his primary victory in 2018 (Laxalt campaign video screenshot).
Laxalt primary night
Adam Laxalt speaking the night of his primary victory in 2018 (Laxalt campaign video screenshot).

Time to play “Where are they now?”

Adam Laxalt, former Nevada attorney general and Republican candidate for governor who was defeated by Steve Sisolak last year, has landed a job with Cooper & Kirk PLLC.

According to one of the descriptions touted on the Washington D.C. firm’s website, Cooper & Kirk is “the top choice for plaintiffs who want to sue the federal government.”

“We have also invalidated numerous federal statutes,” the firm adds.

“As a boutique, we are able to limit our hiring to only the most outstanding law school graduates,” the firm says.

The last time Laxalt was with a law firm, Lewis & Roca in Las Vegas in 2014, he was described in an evaluation as a “train wreck.” The evaluation’s recommendation for Laxalt was a “freeze in salary, deferral, and possible termination.”

Laxalt was elected attorney general that year instead.

Laxalt is widely expected to make another run for political office, with most speculation focusing on Nevada’s 3rd congressional district in 2020.

Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson has been writing about Nevada policy and politics for more than 20 years. He was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and wrote the then-groundbreaking Las Vegas Gleaner, which among other things was the only independent political blog from Nevada that was credentialed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He spent a few years as a senior energy and environmental policy analyst for Public Citizen, and has occasionally worked as a consultant on mining, taxation, education and other issues for Nevada labor and public interest organizations. His freelance work has been published in outlets ranging from the Guardian to Desert Companion to In These Times to the Oil & Gas Journal. For several years he also taught U.S. History courses at UNLV. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and then assistant managing editor at the Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming’s largest newspaper.


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