Qualifications

Education

J.D. – University of Kansas, School of Law, Green Hall, Lawrence, Kansas, May 1983.

  • Class Standing 2/174
  • GPA: 3.80/4.00
  • Kansas Law Review: Associate Editor (1982-1983); Staff Member (1981-1982)
  • Order of the Coif
  • Corpus Juris Secundum Award (1981)
  • Am.Jur. Book Awards for Torts I, Contracts II, Criminal Procedure and Advanced Criminal Procedure
  • Claude O. Conkey Scholarship Recipient (1980-1981)
  • Criminal Justice Clinic: Student Director (1982-1983)
  • United States Attorney’s Office, District of Kansas: Intern
  • Kansas Defender Project: (1981-1982)
  • National Moot Court Team (Fall 1982)
  • Second Year Intra-school Moot Court Competition: Second Place Oralist (Spring 1982); First year Intra-school Moot Court Competition Finalist (Spring 1981)
  • University of Kansas Traffic Court: Associate Chief Judge (1981-1982); Prosecuting and Defense Attorney (1980-1981)

B.S. – Secondary Education, Emporia State University, Emporia, KS, August 1980.

  • GPA: 4.00/4.00
  • Associated Student Government (1978-1980)
  • Chairman of the Students Rights Committee (1979-1980)
  • Curriculum Review Panel (1978-1980)
  • Scholarship Committee (1980)
  • Phi Kappa Phi National Honors Society Member
  • Nominee for the Outstanding Student Award
  • Associated Student Government Committee Chairman of the Year (1979-1980)
  • Degree obtained in four semesters and two summer sessions

Employment

May 2015 to Present: District Court Judge, Department XX, Eighth Judicial District Court for the States of Nevada; Las Vegas, NV

  • General jurisdiction trial judge responsible for resolving both civil and criminal cases brought in state court in Clark County, Nevada.
  • Eighth Judicial District Court Civil/Criminal Judge Representative to the Judicial Council of the State of Nevada.
  • Homicide Panel (July 2016 to July 2017): One of four judges responsible for the litigation of homicide cases in Clark County, Nevada.

August 1983 to May 2015: United States Attorney’s Office, District of Nevada, United States Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.; Las Vegas, NV

(January 2003 to May 2015): Chief, Criminal Division (June 2013 to May 2013) / Chief, Las Vegas Organized Crime Strike Force (January 2003 to June 2013)

  • As Chief of the Criminal Division, responsible for the supervision of all criminal investigations and prosecutions brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in both southern (Las Vegas Main Office) and northern Nevada (Reno Branch Office). As Chief of the Criminal Division, supervise approximately 30 attorneys and 10 support staff. Even after selection as Chief of the Criminal Division and Chief of the Strike Force, continued to maintain a significant case load. As Chief of the Criminal Division, participate in and oversee the progress of numerous complex investigations and prosecutions involving an extremely wide range of federal criminal violations, including investigations and prosecutions of domestic and international terrorism, organized criminal groups, including traditional Mafia, Asian organized crime, Eastern European and Middle Eastern organized crime, street gangs and outlaw motorcycle gangs, violent crimes, child pornography and exploitation offenses, civil rights violations, complex frauds, cyber crimes, narcotics crimes, tax violations, immigration offenses, Indian Country crimes and public lands crimes.
  • Served as an instructor for the Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute, Criminal Trial Advocacy Courses. Instructed new Department of Justice attorneys regarding trial advocacy techniques and lectured concerning grand jury practice and procedure. Served as a lecturer for the Advocacy Institute’s paralegal training courses, concerning the topics of discovery, pretrial motions, Fourth Amendment law and search warrants.

(July 1999 to January 2003): Senior Litigation Counsel

  • Responsibilities included: developing and implementing litigation-oriented, in-house training programs for the United States Attorney’s Office. Arranged training in the areas of criminal and civil asset forfeiture, investigation of offenses involving computers and public corruption.
  • Gave lectures to various organizations about legal matters or the Department of Justice’s position concerning certain legal issues, including federal gambling law and money laundering.
  • Traveled to Moldova and Thailand to lecture and assist Moldovan and Thai authorities in the development of programs to investigate and prosecute organized crime and public corruption.

(July 1999 to July 2006): Ethics Officer

  • Responsible for training and advising attorneys and staff concerning the Standards of Ethical Conduct for both the Executive Branch and the Department of Justice.

(July 1999 to April 2006): Professional Responsibility Officer

  • Responsible for training and advising attorneys concerning Nevada’s and other states’ Rules of Professional Responsibility.
  • Due to changes in the law that require Department attorneys to follow the rules of both the states where they practice and the states where they are members of the bar, became responsible for researching and providing advice on numerous states’ Rules of Professional Responsibility.

(January 1990 to May 2015): Assistant United States Attorney, Las Vegas Organized Crime Strike Force

(January 1984 to December 1989): Special Attorney, Las Vegas Strike Force, United States Department of Justice, Organized Crime and Racketeering Section, Criminal Division

(August 1983 to January 1984): Trial Attorney, Asset Forfeiture Office, Criminal Division, Washington, D.C.

  • Obtained employment through the Attorney General’s Employment Program for Honor Law Graduates, which selects a limited number of law school graduates on the basis of merit.
  • Reviewed petitions for remission or mitigation of forfeitures and recommended whether they be approved or disapproved. Conducted legal research on forfeiture.

Fall 2002; Summer and Fall 2003, Fall 2005, Fall 2007, Summer 2010: William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada, Adjunct Professor for Professional Responsibility

  • Responsible for teaching American Bar Association Rules of Professional Responsibility and Nevada Rules of Professional Responsibility, their application and underlying legal, ethical and moral bases and principles.

Professional Honors

  • Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney (2004) (award presented to less than two percent of Department of Justice Employees in recognition of superior service)(received award for outstanding efforts in the investigation and prosecution of Zhen Dong Yu, a fugitive from the People’s Republic of China, who conspired to defraud the Bank of China of the U.S. equivalent of approximately four billion dollars, fled to the U.S. and attempted to transfer several million dollars through Nevada casinos. Mr. Yu pled guilty to a RICO charge and agreed to be removed to China to face charges there)
  • Awarded Citation by the Ministry of Public Security, People’s Republic of China (2004), for successful cooperative efforts in prosecuting Zhen Dong Yu and returning him to China for his participation in the defrauding of the Bank of China
  • Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney (1994) (given award for outstanding efforts in the investigation and prosecution of a large international money laundering case resulting in the forfeiture of almost 100 million dollars in identified assets.
    Given Citation by the Tokyo Public Prosecutor’s Office (1992)(for successful cooperative efforts in the prosecution of Ken International and the forfeiture and return of over fifty million dollars in fraudulently obtained assets)
  • United States Department of Justice, National Asset Forfeiture Award for Outstanding Investigation (2009) (for the successful investigation and prosecution of a large-scale, illegal bookmaking operation which served as a showcase of how to dismantle, seize and successfully forfeit assets in a criminal investigation)
  • Outstanding Prosecutor of the Year by the International Organization of Asian Organize Crime Investigators and Specialists (2005)
  • Attorney General’s Employment Program for Honor Law Graduates (1983) (was one of only six (6) applicants selected for the program out of over 1,700 applications for the Criminal Division)

Other Honors

  • Wall of Fame for Green Valley High School, Henderson, Nevada (2015), this award is given by the high school (one of U.S. World and News Report’s top 1000 U.S. public high schools) in recognition of staff, parents, and/or community members who have exemplified the school’s motto of “Commitment to Excellence.” My wife and I received this award in recognition of our support of the school’s sports and activities program for over 12 years. We were the third parents presented with the awards since its establishment in 2012.
  • Hall of Fame for Emporia High School, Emporia, Kansas (1998), this award is given by the high school in recognition for the exceptional accomplishments of alumni.

Publications

  • Johnson, The Impact of Disciplinary Rule 7-104 On Law Enforcement Contact With Represented Persons, 40 Kan. L. Rev., 1992 Crim. Proc. Ed., at 69
  • Gottlieb & Johnson, Reform in Kansas Domestic Violence Legislation, 31 Kan. L. Rev. 527 (1983)