Former Senator finds work with a law firm

Jan 30, 2001 6:46 AM

Richard Bryan was only out of work six days after ending 12 years in the U.S. Senate. He has joined the prestigious law firm of Lionel, Sawyer & Collins as a partner and member of its executive committee.

"I wanted to come home," he told a press conference at the firm’s downtown Las Vegas headquarters, joking that "I needed work."

The law firm, largest in Nevada, has 76 attorneys in Las Vegas, Reno and Carson City.

Bryan conceded he had been courted with job offers in Washington, D.C., and Las Vegas, settling on Lionel, Sawyer & Collins because, "Nineteen years ago, when I announced I was running for governor, Bob Faiss and Governor (Grant) Sawyer were beside me."

Sawyer and Sam Lionel were co-founders of the firm. Bryan and Faiss attended Las Vegas High School 45 years ago, the former senator noted. His new law offices overlook his old school. Faiss, one of the nation’s top gaming attorneys, is a member of the firm, as is Bryan’s daughter.

Bryan began his public career in the 1960s as the county’s first public defender. He later was a state senator, rooming with now U.S. Senator Harry Reid. Bryan served as state attorney general before becoming governor.

He won’t do trial lawyering, he said, but can be of use in the fields of mining, gaming, international trade and taxation.

Brad McPherson has been appointed assistant vice president of human resources for Paris Las Vegas and Bally’s Las Vegas. He will report to Anthony Santo, president of both properties. He was associated with the Desert Inn and Flamingo Las Vegas.

Roy Brennan, adjunct professor at UNLV and a lecturer in the school’s International Gaming Institute, has taken a position at Sunset Station Hotel/Casino as a day-shift manager. He was a shift manager at the Hotel Rock Hotel Resort & Casino.