Las Vegas Attorney Al Lasso's First Guest on "Lunch with Lasso Law:" Judge Joseph Bonaventure

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To educate the public about the legal community, Las Vegas Attorney Al Lasso has recently launched a new television program. The first guest he will interview on "Lunch with Lasso Law" is esteemed and nationally recognized Senior Judge Joseph Bonaventure who has presided over some of the most high profile cases in United States history.

We want 'Lunch with Lasso Law' to offer a different perspective and to educate the public in a unique way

As a Las Vegas attorney for the last several decades, Al Lasso, of Lasso Injury Law, has developed deep community ties with nearly every prominent member of the legal community in Las Vegas. He developed the program "Lunch with Lasso Law" to offer the public a unique glimpse into that legal community.

Lasso says that he and his staff developed the show "because we really see nothing else like this in the media. For the general public, they often read short quotes from attorneys or judges in the newspaper. Or they see overly dramatic or negative portrayals on TV shows and in movies. Most representations of people in the legal field either make us out to be sensationalistic showboats or dull suits who review contracts all day every day. While some of these portrayals can be entertaining and may have some truth in them, there is much more to the legal community than this. We want 'Lunch with Lasso Law' to offer a different perspective and to educate the public in a unique way."    

"Lunch with Lasso Law" is a monthly program that will feature a different guest each month. Lasso will interview his guests while they dine at the Las Vegas Italian American Club. The first episode airs on the morning of Friday, August 15 during a paid programming spot on the Las Vegas local NBC affiliate, KSNV. Lasso is proud to announce that his first guest will be highly esteemed Las Vegas Judge Joseph Bonaventure.

"Having Judge Bonaventure as our first guest for this program makes perfect sense and we are extremely honored that he accepted our invitation. Though many of us in the legal community have known him for many years as a tough and fair judge, he is well-known throughout the United States and, really, the entire world because he was the presiding judge during the Binion case. This was one of the most heavily covered trials in United States history."

The Binion case brought a media invasion to Las Vegas from news outlets throughout the world. This USA TODAY story from October 10, 2004 offers an overview of the details. The case involved the alleged murder of Ted Binion, the wealthy heir to a gambling empire. Millions of dollars in buried treasure and a possible conspiracy involving Binion's girlfriend and her lover also piqued the public's interest.

"Yes the Binion case was huge and received unprecedented media attention, but those of us in the Las Vegas legal community know that Judge Bonaventure has extensive experience with many other cases and has invaluable insight to share about other legal topics as well."

Lasso affirms that, in addition to presiding over the Binion trial and other high profile cases, he has presided over thousands of other equally important trials over the last three decades. "I have known him for many years and consider him a friend and mentor. In fact, I was his law clerk during the highest profile cases. Not only is he uniquely experienced, he is also personable and a great interview subject. I know that viewers of the show will come away more educated about the legal field and will come back to 'Lunch with Lasso Law' again and again."

Lasso adds that Judge Bonaventure will discuss some of the high profile cases he has been involved with and also offer candid insights on the legal profession including his own approach to controlling the courtroom. In addition to offering details about some of the "famous" cases the judge has presided over, other topics the two will discuss over lunch include the impact of cameras in the courtroom, Judge Bonaventure's perspective on judicial temperament, recent cases he is presiding over, and other professional and personal topics.

"This first episode will give a taste of what we have in store for the coming months. Viewers in Las Vegas will benefit from watching, of course, but this program will offer the public throughout Nevada and beyond a unique opportunity. They will be offered a unique perspective on the people who work in the justice system that will be far different from what the media typically shows."

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