By Debbie Hall

Erin Lee Truman is Of Counsel with the Law Firm of Hutchison & Steffen, practicing primarily in civil litigation and serving as head of the Firm’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Department.

The firm offers a distinct alternative dispute resolution practice, providing advice and representation to clients who desire to resolve disputes through mediation, arbitration, or other alternative dispute resolution processes. Also, the firm counsels clients at the time of contract formation about the merits of various dispute resolution processes and how to achieve the greatest benefits though contract language.

Truman attended Brigham Young University as a Trustee Scholar, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting with a minor in business management, from Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management and a degree of Juris Doctor from J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1991.

“I entered the field of law because I worked briefly for an attorney in Arizona as a fill-in receptionist during the summer between my high school graduation and the start of my freshman year of college. I really was interested in the work the attorney did in resolving problems for his clients,” Truman explained.

Truman had the opportunity of working during law school as a summer associate with the Las Vegas law firm of Beckley, Singleton, DeLanoy, Jemison & List, Chtd. and gained experience in the areas of insurance law, employment law, tax law, construction law and mass tort litigation.

Following law school, Truman practiced with the Las Vegas law firm of Edwards, Hunt, Hale& Hansen, Ltd. representing individuals, corporations, and government entities in actions involving insurance law, construction law, and general civil litigation.

As for the depiction of attorneys in the media, “I am often bothered by the unscrupulous behavior of lawyers that is portrayed in television and film. I have been fortunate to work with highly ethical, prepared and professional attorneys in my practice,” Truman said.

As for women looking to enter the field of law, Truman admitted, “I never really thought about the distinction of being a ‘woman’ in the law until I began working in a law firm 20 plus years ago. Back in the dark ages, I was very naïve and was genuinely surprised how differently I was treated than my fellow male law clerks.I am grateful for the wonderful women mentors I was fortunate enough to work with and learn from.” She advises, “Find an area of law that you truly enjoy. The law can be a jealous master, so it is imperative to find a niche that continually interests you and gives you the flexibility to have a well-rounded life.”

Truman and her husband, Rod, enjoy spending time with their two children, traveling, and entertaining friends and family. She is active in her church and volunteers her time with several local children’s organizations.

“I love children and teens and enjoy working to benefit children’s charities,” she said. “I am grateful for the involvement my family and I have had over the past 15 years (or so) with the Down SyndromeOrganization of Southern Nevada’s Festival of Trees and Lights each holiday season. I am also committed to my involvement with my church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I currently serve as the Young Women’s President of the Summerlin Ward and treasure my opportunity to work with our young women, ages 12 through 18.”

Truman is also a member of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society Executive Board, Las Vegas Chapter, Women in Law Representative. Her areas of practice include Alternative Dispute Resolution, Business Law & Commercial Litigation, Insurance Litigation and Professional Liability Defense.

Office contact information Law Firm of Hutchison & Steffen
Peccole Professional Park
10080 W. Alta Drive
Suite 200
Las Vegas, Nevada 89145