A Nevada resident since 1952, Jim Crockett graduated from Loyola University and from McGeorge School of Law of the University of the Pacific in 1974 and has been practicing law in Nevada for 33 years. In 1975, he was admitted to practice in Federal Court, and in 1990 to the U.S. Supreme Court.
He has handled landmark cases at the trial level and on appeal, and has been certified as a Civil Trial Specialist since 1983 by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. His complete Curriculum Vitae is available here.
A resident of Clark County for over 60 years, Jim Crockett has been a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate for over 30 years. He has practiced law in Clark County for 40 years. He was named Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Nevada Trial Lawyers Association and was just inducted into the Nevada Justice Association’s Legacy Program for trial lawyers practicing for 40 years or more. He was also just inducted to the Clark County Bar Association’s 40-Year Club. He has tried, arbitrated, mediated and settled thousands of cases and is a Life Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates. He is also a Mountain States SuperLawyer and The American Trial Lawyers Association recognizes him as a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer.” He has been officially recognized by Nevada’s United States Senator and Congressmen for his achievements in the law. He spent years as a Justice Pro Tem and carries the highest possible rating: AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. Crockett is a former member of the Board of Governors of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, the Nevada State Bar and the Nevada Trial Lawyers Association. In private practice he has represented citizens in matters involving personal injury and wrongful death. He has also volunteered his time with the Creekside Hospice, Rape Crisis Center, STOP DUI, and People’s Law School.
His endorsements include: Clark County Prosecutors Association; Las Vegas Police Protection Association; Las Vegas Police Protection Association Civilian Employees, Inc; Las Vegas Metro Police and Supervisors Association; Veterans in Politics; Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada, Clark County School District Police Officer’s Association and others.
In 1983 when Crockett first became board certified as a civil trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, the requirement was that attorneys had to document 25 jury trials to verdict as First Chair with no consideration given to Second Chair trials. The one and only time Crockett was not lead counsel in a case was when he served as local counsel. That case is not included in his portfolio of trials (although he did win.) Since first becoming board certified in 1983, Crockett has been re-certified every five years to establish that he continues to try jury trials to verdict and while he cannot give an accurate count of the total number of jury trials he has tried to verdict, it would be in excess of forty, conservatively, and many of his trials have lasted for several weeks. Crockett has reported opinions, which he’s broken down in his Curriculum Vitae, indicating whether or not they were cases he personally handled or was involved in as chairman of the Amicus Curiae Committee for the Nevada Trial Lawyers Association (now known as the Nevada Justice Association).
Desire to Run for Judicial Seat:
By the time he reached his forties, Crockett had decided that one day he wanted to be trial court judge, because he feels that trial court is where the truth comes through litigation. He’s had some miserable courtroom experiences with biased or inexperienced judges in his career and vowed that if and when he became a trial court judge, he would see to it that any parties appearing in his courtroom receive fair and unbiased treatment.
Work History Qualifications:
Crockett’s extensive experience litigating cases for the past forty years in the trial court, both pre-trial and in litigation and discovery, have given him a deep understanding of and broad experience for trial court work.
Qualities Fit to Serve as a Judge:
Crockett’s temperament, intelligence and experience in the trenches of courtrooms to provide a courtroom experience for the litigants that will assure them they have had their day in court in a fair and unbiased setting.
Crockett has not been subject to discipline by the bar.
To Speed the Process & Minimize Case Delays:
Crockett has stated, "I believe that a trial court judge can focus the attention of the attorneys on the genuine issues in the case in terms of their claims, defenses and discovery issues to be pursued. Too much of what happens in pleadings and in discovery is a cookie cutter approach that may or may not bear any real world resemblance to what the cases are actually about. I believe that an early case conference or series of conferences with the judge could help greatly to shape the litigation and the discovery in a way that leads to early resolution without the need to resort to actual trial. I am confident this would substantially reduce the amount of time it takes to get a case resolved."
JOE HARDY, JR.
Joe Hardy Jr. is a third-generation Nevadan who grew up in Boulder City and graduated from Boulder City High School. He lettered in cross country in high school and his team won the state championship (AA) his senior year. He did well enough in high school and on the ACT test to be accepted to Brigham Young University (BYU) with a full tuition scholarship. He attended BYU for one year before spending the next two years in Sao Paulo, Brazil. After returning to the United States, Mr. Hardy earned a bachelor's degree in history with a minor in Portuguese. During college, he always returned to Southern Nevada for the summers and worked at various summer jobs to pay for his college expenses.
Mr. Hardy remained at BYU for law school and graduated cum laude. He was a senior editor of the BYU Law Review. After his first year in law school, Joe did a summer externship for Judge Lloyd D. George, then chief judge of the U.S. District Court, District of Nevada. Externing for Judge George sparked his desire to become a litigator with the hope of one day becoming a judge. Judge George allowed his externs to attend court hearings and trials—an invaluable experience to young law students like Joe.
Upon graduation in 2000, Mr. Hardy returned to Las Vegas and now lives in Henderson with his wife and two sons. He has done extensive pro bono work. He has been an assistant basketball and baseball coach. Joe volunteers for the Boy Scouts of America wherein he has been an Assistant Scoutmaster, Webelos Leader, and most recently Cubmaster. He currently volunteers as the president of the Las Vegas chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, a group of over 300 local attorneys that promotes public service and professional excellence in the law. He also volunteers as a member of the City of Henderson Charter Review Committee, a position to which he was appointed by the Mayor of the City of Henderson.
Mr. Hardy is licensed to practice law in all state and federal courts in Nevada as well as in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. His complete resume is available here.
Mr. Hardy has received numerous awards throughout his distinguished career as an attorney. He is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubble, the highest possible rating an attorney can achieve. In 2013, Mr. Hardy was rated as one of the top 100 attorneys in the Mountain States by Super Lawyers (including Nevada, Utah, Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming).
Mr. Hardy was named as a “Legal Elite” attorney in Nevada Business Magazine from 2009 through 2013 and as a “Best of the Best in Southern Nevada” attorney by Vegas, Inc. in 2013.
Mr. Hardy began his legal career as a law clerk at the prestigious local firm Beckley, Singleton, Jemison, Cobeaga & List (later Beckley Singleton). There he had the opportunity to learn the law and to be mentored by many excellent attorneys. Although his practice focused primarily on commercial litigation (in-court business disputes), he worked on a wide variety of cases, including personal injury, pharmaceutical, construction, and intellectual property cases, as well as transactional matters.
He left Beckley Singleton in 2005 when he was presented with the opportunity to join a regional firm, Bullivant Houser Bailey, and work with other prominent Nevada attorneys. While at Bullivant he primarily represented individuals and business owners in commercial litigation cases, but also handled a wide variety of cases. Mr. Hardy left Bullivant as a partner when he was recruited to join a national law firm in 2008.
Joe is currently the co-managing partner of the Las Vegas office of Gordon & Rees—one of the 100 largest law firms in the country. Mr. Hardy represents clients in federal and state courts as well as in arbitrations and mediations. He has appeared before various administrative bodies and regulatory agencies. Importantly, at all the firms he has worked, Mr. Hardy has represented individuals and business entities in all types of civil litigation, both as plaintiffs and as defendants.
Mr. Hardy has been counsel in five bench trials and two jury trials. Most recently, he was the lead local counsel in a month-long jury trial before Judge Susan Johnson in the case of Alsabagh v. Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., Case No. A-12-665708-C, which resulted in a unanimous jury verdict in favor of his client.
In his first jury trial before Judge Stewart “Stew” Bell, HKM II v. Poggemeyer Design Group, Inc., Case No. A396487, Joe represented a local franchisee of a national restaurant chain as the plaintiff. After obtaining a jury verdict in that case in favor of his client, Joe was confronted with a startling fact—a recent amendment to one of the applicable statutes was written such that it would have the opposite effect that the legislators had intended. Thankfully for his client, Judge Bell applied the statute as it was intended to be written, but it still needed to be fixed. Joe’s father was serving as a state assemblyman at the time, so Joe presented him with a potential amendment to the statute. The Nevada Justice Association, led by attorney Robert Eglet at that time, supported the amendment and they worked together to come up with appropriate language for the statute. The amendment passed with flying colors.
Joe has also argued before both the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Nevada Supreme Court. In the federal case of Coker Equipment Co. v. Bernie Wittig, et al., Case No. 08-16359, Joe obtained a complete victory for his clients, Mr. Bernie Wittig and Citiwest Structures (California), Inc. Joe’s clients had been sued and Citiwest filed a counterclaim. The trial court granted summary judgment in favor of Mr. Hardy’s clients and the case later went to trial on Citiwest’s counterclaims. The trial court ruled in favor of Mr. Hardy’s client on the counterclaims after a bench trial. On appeal, Joe successfully argued before the Ninth Circuit which upheld the trial rulings in favor of his clients.
Joe argued before the Nevada Supreme Court in the case of Warren v. Paradise Spa Homeowners Association, et al., Case No. 48731. That case was remanded to the trial court which upheld its prior ruling in favor of Mr. Hardy’s client.
Notably, Mr. Hardy has significant experience acting in quasi-judicial roles. In 2010, Joe was appointed to serve on the Nevada Taxicab Authority (TA) board and his appointment was renewed by Governor Sandoval in 2013. Joe has also been an arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau for nine years and has conducted numerous arbitrations for the BBB. Joe’s experience on the TA board and as an arbitrator has taught him how to carefully consider all the relevant evidence and make tough, but fair and just decisions in accordance with the law.
Joe has also represented clients before Nevada state administrative bodies and regulatory agencies. He is a contributing author of the Revised Nevada Jury Instructions. He is fluent in Portuguese and can read Spanish.
Desire to Run for Judicial Seat:
Mr. Hardy is running because he believes in public service and because we need good people in all branches of the government, including the judiciary. As a partner in a national firm, Joe is giving up a successful private practice in order to do his small part in bettering our community.
The examples of Judge Lloyd D. George and his father in devoting substantial amounts of their time and energy to public service originally sparked Mr. Hardy’s desire to run for district court. Seeing all the good a judge can do not only in the courtroom but out in the community as a goodwill ambassador likewise prompted Mr. Hardy to run.
Work History Qualifications:
Mr. Hardy is particularly proud of the support he has received from numerous attorneys in Clark County, especially those attorneys who have represented clients on the other sides of numerous cases he’s been involved with. His work as a Better Business Bureau arbitrator and as a member of the Taxicab Authority Board has given Mr. Hardy the experience necessary to consider both sides’ positions and evidence and rule in accordance with the law.
Mr. Hardy has handled an extremely wide variety of cases and has represented parties as plaintiffs (those suing) and as defendants (those being sued). He has likewise represented a wide array of clients, including individuals, small business owners, tenants, landowners, physicians, nonprofits, pro bono clients, Native American tribes, developers, attorneys, and international and national entities. This diverse array of clients and cases has given Mr. Hardy the requisite background to handle whatever types of cases he may preside over as a judge.
Qualities Fit to Serve as a Judge:
Joe is even tempered, fair, honest, and intelligent. His strong work ethic will serve him and the parties and attorneys who appear before him on the bench well. Joe has the integrity and courage to do what is right and make decisions in accordance with the Constitution and laws of the State of Nevada. He will maintain his view that serving as a judge is an honor and privilege while on the bench.
Mr. Hardy has not been subject to discipline by the bar.
To Speed Process & Minimize Case Delays:
Clark County already has various statutes and rules in place that are designed to speed up the judicial process and minimize delay. Unfortunately, they are often ignored. When elected, Mr. Hardy promises to obey and enforce those statutes and rules and apply them justly and fairly to all litigants and attorneys who appear before him.
As the co-managing partner of the Las Vegas office of one of the 100 largest law firms in the country, Joe is accustomed to hard work and doing what it takes to ensure cases are handled in a timely and expeditious manner. He will continue to do so as a judge.
Finally, as a judge, and pursuant to EDCR 1.90, Mr. Hardy will continuously review his docket to ensure that all cases are moving forward in a timely manner.