More than a dozen lawyers from Las Vegas mainstay Gordon Silver are leaving to start their own firm, including name partner Gerald Gordon and bankruptcy partner Gregory Garman. The group, which includes eight shareholders and at least five associates, will be called Garmen Turner Gordon and focus on business and restructuring.

Lawyers familiar with the Las Vegas legal scene say that the departures from Gordon Silver are a further sign of a changing legal community in the Silver State.

“One of the great charms of Nevada was, and is, that you could come here and in the course of your own lifetime become a big powerhouse,” says William Curran, managing partner of Ballard Spahr’s Las Vegas office. That meant that the most successful firms had been relatively small shops with talented leaders, he explains.

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