JUDGE MARK DENTON
Judge Denton was born in Elko, Nevada and grew up in Boulder City, Nevada, graduating from Boulder City High School in 1969. He then attended the University of Nevada, Reno, where he majored in political science and minored in French, graduating with B.A. degree in 1973. He then attended Georgetown University Law Center where he obtained his J.D. degree in 1976. He was then admitted to the Nevada Bar in 1976 and joined his father, Ralph L. Denton, in the general practice of law for 22 years before being appointed by Governor Bob Miller to the position now held by him on the District Court, Department XIII, in August of 1998. He was then retained in the general election in November of 1998 and was unopposed in the general elections of 2002 and 2008. He is once again unopposed in 2014.
In addition to the State Bar of Nevada, Judge Denton has been a member of the District of Columbia Bar since 1980. At the time he took the bench, he had attained an AV rating in Martindale-Hubbell.
After being commissioned a second lieutenant and fulfilling his U.S. Army R.O.T.C. active duty obligation as a first lieutenant in the armor branch, Judge Denton made a branch transfer to the Judge Advocate General branch at which time he attained the rank of captain.
Judge Denton and his wife of 37 years, Alice, have four adult children.
In addition to his 22 years of general practice of law in the courts of Nevada, both state and federal, Judge Denton served as an alternate Juvenile Court Referee beginning in 1980. He was an arbitrator with the Eighth Judicial District Court’s Court-Annexed Arbitration Program from its inception, and served as a Nevada Supreme Court Settlement Judge from the inception of that program as well. From 1991 until 1998, Judge Denton served as a municipal court judge in Boulder City with a regular weekly calendar.
Judge Denton was motivated to seek a District Court position after his many years of practice of law by his appreciation for, and understanding of, the role of the judicial system and its need for judges who bring broad experience to the position. Further motivation was instilled by clients and others who frequently encouraged him to do so, referencing his objectivity, fairness, and patience.
Judge Denton has served as one of two regular judicial members of the State of Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline since 2000.
Work History Qualifications:
Judge Denton’s practice of law involved both litigation and transactional work, and he handled both civil and criminal cases, with jury trials in both areas. He also argued many times to the Nevada Supreme Court and briefed and argued in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in a case which clarified law in the Circuit on the subject of preliminary injunctions. Sports Form, Inc. v. United Press International, 686 F.2d 750 (9th Cir. 1982).
Some of the Nevada Supreme Court cases briefed and/or argued by Judge Denton are as follows:
Larsgaard v. Sheriff, 95 Nev. 171, 591 P.2d 256 (1979); Sheriff v. Larsgaard, 96 Nev.
486, 611 P.2d 625 (1980) (juvenile certification and corpus delecti issues clarified)
Revert v. Ray, 95 Nev. 782, 603 P.2d 262 (1979) (clarification of review of
determinations of the State Engineer in cases involving water rights)
Rodgers v. Rodgers, 110 Nev. 1370, 887 P.2d 269 (1994) (clarification of support
obligations of non-custodial parents)
Desert Cab v. Marino, 108 Nev. 32, 823 P.2d 898 (1992) (effect of criminal conviction
on establishment of civil liability)
Shetakis v. Centel Communications, 104 Nev. 258, 756 P.2d 1186 (1988)
(requisites of contract formation)
Rosner v. Whittlesea Blue Cab Co., 104 Nev. 725, 766 P.2d 888 (1988) (clarified
jurisdictional issues in certain employment law matters)
While serving on the District Court bench, Judge Denton has been assigned to a civil calendar, having also presided over criminal proceedings on an over-flow basis. For the last several years, Judge Denton has been one of the Business Court judges in the District. As such, he is a member of the American College of Business Court Judges and is one of that organization’s representatives in the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.
Qualities Fit to Serve as a Judge:
Judge Denton’s professional and life experiences have made him well equipped, temperamentally and professionally, to honorably and diligently serve and continue to serve as a District Court judge. Before taking the District Court bench, he litigated hundreds of civil, criminal, and family law cases as an advocate; he heard and decided hundreds of cases as an arbitrator; he mediated many cases as a Supreme Court Settlement Judge; and he adjudicated hundreds of cases as a municipal court judge. As a District Court judge since 1998, he has presided over many trials, both jury and non-jury, and has had weekly motions calendars that he has handled effectively and efficiently.
Judge Denton has not been subject to discipline by the bar.