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July 24, 2014

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Scuffle in pub parking lot leads to Las Vegas attorney’s arrest

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Michael J. Amador

A fight Thursday morning led to the arrest of a Las Vegas attorney on two assault charges with a deadly weapon.

When Metro Police officers arrived at 5 a.m. Thursday to PT's Pub at 3470 East Sunset Road, they found a man with a gun who was subdued by two other men in the parking lot, according to an arrest report.

The men had been playing pool inside the pub and a fight broke out over $200 missing from the billiard table, a bartender told police.

Police learned that attorney Michael J. Amador of Las Vegas had been inside the pub with Charles Huggins and Nick Brannigan at the pool table when the argument began, the arrest report said.

Brannigan and Huggins left the bar with Amador following them. Huggins told police he got into his vehicle when he heard his rear window shatter. He then jumped out of his vehicle and saw Ramano Frediana, James Deutz and Brannigan holding down Amador, police said.

The arrest report indicates Brannigan had begun arguing with Amador in the parking lot when the attorney pulled a semiautomatic handgun from his waistband and struck the back of Huggins' vehicle, breaking the window.

Brannigan, Deutz and Frediana, who were in the parking lot, tackled Amador to the ground and secured the gun, police said. They held Amador until police arrived.

Police said the gun was registered to Amador and that he had a concealed weapons permit.

Amador was taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, where he was checked for bruises from the parking lot fight. He then was taken to the Clark County Detention Center and booked on two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and injury to property.

The bartender told police he had seen the argument, but locked the back door to the bar when the men went into the parking lot.

Amador has defended high-profile clients in the past, such as Margaret Rudin, accused of killing her millionaire husband, Ron Rudin, in 1995. Real estate mogul Ron Rudin was Margaret Rudin's fifth husband. She was convicted of murder in 2001, but in 2008 was given a new trial.

District Judge Sally Loehrer ruled that Margaret Rudin's attorneys were not prepared to defend her, according to several lawyers on both sides of the case. She also ruled that Rudin's main attorney at the time, Amador, was not effective.

Amador has been licensed in Nevada since Sept. 29, 1981, according to the Nevada State Bar. He has had no disciplinary actions taken against him by the bar, according to its Web site.

Amador was not in his office Monday and was unavailable, a spokeswoman said.

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