Judge Bonnie A. Bulla was appointed to the Nevada Court of Appeals by Governor Steve Sisolak in 2019, becoming only the fourth person to serve on the court since Nevada voters approved its creation in 2014. In November 2020, Judge Bulla was successfully elected to retain her seat on the court.
Judge Bulla was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and raised in Tempe, home of Arizona State University. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from ASU in 1984 with a B.S. in economics, and received her J.D. degree from ASU College of Law in 1987. Immediately after graduation, Judge Bulla moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, and became a licensed Nevada attorney in October 1987.
For over nineteen years, Judge Bulla was in private practice handling complex civil cases, including those involving professional negligence, and received her AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Before joining the Nevada Court of Appeals, Judge Bulla served as the Discovery Commissioner for the Eighth Judicial District Court in Clark County, Nevada, for twelve years, resolving a high volume of pre-trial discovery disputes.
Over the course of her thirty-four year legal career, Judge Bulla has been the President of the Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys, and of the Howard D. McKibben Chapter of the American Inns of Court. She has also held the offices of Clerk and Speaker of The American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. More recently, she served as a member of the Nevada Supreme Court Nevada Rules of Civil Procedure Committee, which completed a major revision of the rules in 2018.
In 2018, she had the distinction of receiving the Clark County Law Foundation's Liberty Bell Award, which honors distinguished members of the community who uphold the rule of law, contribute to good government within the community, stimulate a sense of civic responsibility, and encourage respect for the law in the courts.