Chief Judge Michael P. Gibbons

 Judge Michael Gibbons 2017

Chief Judge Michael P. Gibbons was selected as a judge of the inaugural Nevada Court of Appeals by Governor Brian Sandoval on December 17, 2014. In 2019, the Nevada Supreme Court named him as the Chief Judge of the Nevada Court of Appeals to complete the unexpired term of former Chief Judge Abbi Silver, who joined the Supreme Court. Chief Justice Mark Gibbons did not participate in this decision. Previously, he was named Chief Judge of the court by Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice James W. Hardesty on January 5, 2015.  

Judge Gibbons had served as a District Judge for twenty years at the time of his appointment to the Court of Appeals.  He was elected to the Ninth Judicial District Court in 1994 and was reelected four consecutive times.  Judge Gibbons had presided in nine different counties throughout Nevada as a visiting judge during his tenure on the district court bench including for Clark County in each year from 1995-2004.  

Judge Gibbons has a lengthy record of service to the bench and bar having been elected President of the Nevada District Judges’ Association in 2004 and 2005; and elected as the Sierra Region district court representative for the State Judicial Council for twelve years;  and serving eight years on the Nevada Committee on Judicial Ethics and Election Practices; and fourteen years on the Nevada Court Improvement Project for Children; and six years on the governing board of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. He is one of only four District Judges to have ever received the Outstanding Achievement Award in judicial education from the Nevada Supreme Court.

Michael Gibbons began his legal career in Nevada in 1980 as a law clerk for District Judge Howard D. McKibben.  Gibbons was named a Douglas County Deputy District Attorney in 1981 and was promoted to Chief Criminal Deputy in 1984.  He prosecuted many high profile criminal cases and became known as a champion for victim rights.  He was elected President of the Douglas County Bar Association in 1987.

Judge Gibbons sought to help the vulnerable as a judge through legislation and court programs.  He was a founding board member of the Nevada State CASA Association (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) and a founder of the Douglas County SAFE Program (Special Advocates for Elders).  He was a certified youth soccer coach for ten years including coaching in an international tournament in Holland in 2008.  He has been a certified soccer referee for twelve years and continues in that capacity in high school and youth leagues.

Judge Gibbons received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Los Angeles and his law degree from the University of Idaho College of Law.   Judge Gibbons was the only member of his law school class to be selected for both the Law Review and the Regional Moot Court Team.  He is married and has three daughters and three grandsons.

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