Born in Maribor, Slovenia, Mullins is also fluent in Slovenian. She entered the field of law at the age of 16 with her first job as a runner for a law firm. After witnessing the ways in which the firm’s attorneys helped its clients, she decided to become an attorney too.
“I always had an interest in the way the law and our court system worked, and I wanted to be part of that process,” she said.
I always had an interest in the way the law and our court system worked, and I wanted to be part of that process.
Mullins received her bachelor of arts from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in three years, and her juris doctorate, cum laude, from the University of San Diego School of Law. While in law school, Mullins was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award, Tax II. Mullins was admitted to the State Bar of Nevada in 1987. She is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada, the United States Tax Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Mullins is a member of the Clark County Bar Association and the American Bar Association. She was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the years 2014, 2015 and 2016. Mullins is also a member of Lawyers of Distinction 2015-2016 (civil litigation). Membership is limited to the top 10 percent of lawyers practicing in the United States.
As for her areas of expertise, Mullins explained, “When I started to practice law, the law firms were smaller and there were not as many specialties to create departments. As an attorney, I was expected to be a jack-of-all-trades and work with a variety of clients. The law firm I was working for at the time had a number of cases involving construction law enabling me to become well versed in that area of the law.” Mullins was heavily involved in drafting construction contracts on various casino projects and continues to be involved in drafting and negotiation of construction contracts on behalf of the owners, construction managers, general contractors and subcontractors. In addition to Mullins’ experience with construction contracts, Nevada mechanic’s liens and construction litigation, Mullins also has vast experience in drafting and negotiation of loan documents.
Mullins also has extensive experience in probate, guardianship and trust administration. As for probate matters, including estate planning and a will, Mullins advises that an attorney should handle these matters. She sees problems when people use a do-it-yourself legal kit to fill out the paperwork. “Many times, after a person is deceased, the legal documentation is not valid and their wishes are not being honored,” she stated.
As for advice to other women entering the field of law, “There are a lot more of us than when I first started,” Mullins said. “The female lawyers in our firm are equal with our male attorneys. This is a great profession for women.”
Gwen Rutar Mullins, Esq.
Howard and Howard Attorneys PLLC
Wells Fargo Tower, Suite 1000
3800 Howard Hughes Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89169-5980