Justice Nancy Becker (Ret.)

Justice Nancy Becker (Ret.)

Justice Nancy Becker (Ret.)

Justice Nancy Becker (Ret.)

Biography

Nancy A. Becker is a former justice of the Nevada Supreme Court. She served as a member of the judiciary for over twenty years including terms as Chief Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court and Chief Judge of the Eighth Judicial District Court.

Justice Becker began her legal career in 1979 as a corporate and business attorney with a small firm in Washington, D.C. She was also employed as a consultant by the District of Columbia Office on Aging to draft legislation on regulation of long-term nursing facilities and the rights of senior disabled citizens. She returned to her native Nevada in 1983 as a prosecutor with the Las Vegas City Attorney’s Office.

In 1987, Justice Becker embarked on a full-time judicial career when she was elected to the Las Vegas Municipal Court. During her tenure, she helped develop programs to permit judges to suspend sentences and order treatment for individuals with drug, alcohol or mental health issues. Two years later, she served as District Court trial judge in the Eighth Judicial District Court, where she handled civil actions from $7,500 to 3.2 billion dollars, including probate matters, felony criminal trials, administrative agency petitions for review and family law actions.

Justice Becker rounded out her judicial service with her appointment as a Justice of the Supreme Court and was one of seven appellate judges in state court of final appeals handling approximately 2,300 cases per year. It was in 2007 when she left the judiciary to serve as a Chief Deputy District Attorney in Clark County. She returned to the judiciary in 2012 as a Senior Judge after retiring from full-time public service. In this capacity she conducts settlement conferences and hears civil, criminal and family calendars on an “as needed” basis. Justice Becker is also available as a Neutral and Appellate Consultant. Justice Becker is known for her plain speaking, down to earth method of conflict resolution. “She takes the time to know the case and is great with the clients – warm but no nonsense.”

Professional Experience
  • Neutral & Appellate Consultant, Advanced Resolution Management
  • Senior District Judge, Commissioned by the Nevada Supreme Court to conduct settlement conferences and hear civil, criminal and family calendars on an “as needed” basis. (2012-present)
  • Becker Consulting, Private Mediator, arbitrator and consultant on court systems.
  • Chief Deputy District Attorney, Clark County District Attorney’s Office (2007-2012)
  • Nevada Supreme Court Justice (1999-2006), Chief Justice (2005)
  • District Court Judge, Eighth Judicial District Court, Clark County, Nevada (1989-1998), Chief Judge (1993-1994)
  • Las Vegas Municipal Judge (1987-1989)
  • Prosecutor, Las Vegas City Attorney’s Office (1983-1987)
  • Private Practice, District of Columbia and Maryland (1979-1983)
Specialties
  • Appellate Consultation
  • Business/Commercial
  • Business Dissolutions
  • Class Action
  • Complex Cases
  • Construction
  • Construction Defect
  • Employment
  • Government/Municipalities
  • Insurance
  • Jury Trial Consultation
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Mass Torts
  • Personal Injury
  • Probate
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Real Estate
Professional Licenses
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (1984)
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia (1979)
  • United States District Court of Maryland (1982)
  • United States District Court of Nevada (1984)
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals (1980)
  • Supreme Court of Nevada (1979)
  • Supreme Court of Maryland (1982)
Memberships and Professional Affiliations
  • Foundation Fellow, American Bar Association
  • American Business Women’s Association
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • Past President, Clark County Pro Bono Project
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Past President, Howard D. McKibben Inn of Court
  • National Association of Women Judges
  • Nevada State Bar Association
  • Northern Nevada Women Lawyers Association
  • Past President, Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys
Education
  • J.D., George Washington University National Law Center (1979)
  • B.A., United States International University (1976)
Honors and Awards
  • Women of Achievement Award, Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce (1989)
  • Top Ten Women of the Year Award, American Business Women’s Association National (1989)
  • Nevada’s Recipient, American Bar Association Liberty Bell Award (1993)
  • Jurist of the Year Award, Clark County Bar (1993)
  • Woman of Distinction Award, Soroptimist Sierra Nevada Region (1994)
  • Community Commitment Award, American Planning Association (1994)
  • J.C. Penney Golden Rule Award (1995)
  • Distinguished Service Award, Nevada District Judges’ Association (1997)
  • Pro Bono Award of Judicial Excellence (2005)
Lectures, Teaching and Publications
  • Courtroom Conduct for the Modern Lawyer – A Judicial Perspective, 2003. Defense Research Institute
  • Comparative Analysis of Residents’ Rights Legislation – the Goal for the District of Columbia, 1982. D.C. Office on Aging.
  • Contractual Relations between Nursing Home Residents and Respective Health Care Facilities, 1979. Long Term Ombudsmen Program.
  • Proposal to Increase the Retained Personal Maintenance Allowance of District of Columbia Medicaid Recipients in Nursing Care Facilities, 1979. D. C. Office on Aging.