In 2016, at the age of 37, Benjamin P. Cloward became the youngest lawyer in the history of the State of Nevada to be awarded the prestigious “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the Nevada Justice Association. That same year, he became the youngest member of the Nevada, Las Vegas Chapter of ABOTA (American Board of Trial Advocates), and at the time was also the youngest person in the State of Nevada to be Board Certified as a Personal Injury Specialist. He has received many additional recognitions, including being AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and receiving a perfect 10.0 by Avvo.com. He has been featured in several magazines in Nevada for his accomplishments and hard work.
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The Sportsman’s Royal Manor (“SRM”) apartments located in Las Vegas, Nevada have a long history of crime. In 2007, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (“LVMPD”) placed SRM on its “Top 7 Initiative” which was designed to identify the top 7 apartment complexes in Las Vegas with the highest calls for police service. On May 6, 2014, Dylan Salazar arrived at SRM to visit a girlfriend he had been seeing when moments after he arrived, several gang members, in a failed carjacking, shot him in the head. He died instantly. Dylan had no way of knowing that SRM fostered a criminal atmosphere by allowing anyone with money to stay at the apartments. SRM failed to conduct basic background checks on its tenants which would have revealed that many tenants were convicted felons charged with violent crimes. SRM also failed to conduct basic background checks on its security officers which would have revealed that the security guard working the night Dylan was shot, had himself been charged with three violent felonies just 3 weeks before he was hired. It was shown that the guard had approached the gang members several times the night they shot Dylan but had not followed basic safety policies which would have required him to escort them off the property. The jury returned a verdict of $38.6 million, of which $20 million was for punitive damages.