Thomas J. Tanksley

  • 10161 Park Run Drive, Ste. 150
  • Las Vegas, Nevada 89145
  • Office Phone: 702-382-1700
  • Office Fax: 702-341-1144
  • e-mail:
  • Place of Birth: Santa Monica, California

Supreme Court Mediation History:

  • Date Appointed: 12/10/98
  • Number of Cases Mediated: 318
  • Current As Of: 1/3/23

Areas of Practice: 

  • General Civil Litigation in Trial and Appellate Courts, representing Plaintiffs and Defendants, including Business and Tort Litigation, Real Estate Litigation and other Civil matters.

Bar Memberships:

  • Nevada (1982)
  • Federal/Nevada District (1982)
  • Federal/ 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (1985)
  • United States Supreme Court (1991)
  • Federal/U.S. Circuit Court
California State UniversityNorthridge, California19681972UndergraduateB.A. (1972)
Law Schools
University of Arizona College of LawTucson, Arizona19791982J.D. (1982)
Professional Experience
Thomas J. Tanksley, Ltd.Las VegasGeneral Civil Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution19882016
Lionel Sawyer CollinsLas VegasCommercial Litigation19821984
Morton Galane, A.P.C.Las VegasBusiness torts, corporate & shareholder disputes, trust disputes, defamation, intellectual property disputes, insurance litigation, gaming, unfair competition, trade secrets, employment relationships, abuse of process, personal injury, premises liability.19841998
Mediation and Other ADR Training
Nevada Supreme CourtLas VegasSettlement Judge Roundtables and Advanced Training Sessions



8th Judicial District CourtLas VegasCourt-Annexed Arbitration--
Nat. Ass. Securities Dealers--Arbitrator Training--
Pepperdine University,Straus InstituteLong Beach, California6-Day Course: Mediating the Litigated Case2000
Harvard Law School--Mediation Workshop2001
Neighborhood Justice CenterClark County, NevadaLengthy Mediation Training Program2001
Nevada Supreme CourtLas VegasAdvanced Appellate Mediation Training2008
Nevada Supreme CourtLas VegasForeclosure Mediator Training2009
Nevada Supreme CourtLas VegasAdvanced Appellate Mediation Training - Preventing & Breaking Impasse2010
Nevada Supreme CourtLas VegasRoundtable/Procedural Issues for Settlement Judges2011
Nevada Supreme CourtLas VegasImplicit Bias Issues in Mediation2012
Nevada Supreme CourtLas VegasProcedural & Ethical Issues in Mediation for Settlement Judges2013
State Bar of Nevada Las VegasHot Topics in Mediation and Judicial Settlement2014
State Bar of NevadaLas VegasPsychology of Negotiation, Mediation Ethics and Appellate Court Practice Tips2015
Nevada Supreme CourtLas VegasTechniques & Best Practices in Civil Mediation at the Appellate Level2016
State Bar of ArizonaArizonaDisputes: A Proposal Focused Program2017
Nevada Supreme CourtLas VegasThe Premediation Process:  A Facilitated Discussion for New and Experienced Settlement Judges2018
Nevada Supreme Court Las VegasImpasse and Ethics:  A Facilitated Discussion for New and Experienced Settlement Judges2018
Nevada Supreme CourtLas VegasImpasse is a Fallacy: An Advanced Mediator's Forum2019
State Bar of Nevada      Tips & Techniques to Succeed with Virtual Mediation2020
Nevada Supreme Court      Appellate Mediation: Tips, Tactics & Techniques2020
Nevada Supreme Court Using an Online Platform to Conduction Mediation2020
Nevada Supreme Court Do Virtual Settlement Conferences Work? Mediating in the Times of Coronavirus2020
Thomson Reuters Westlaw Legal Ethics-Model 1.1: Attorney Competency (Webcast to Nevada Supreme Court 10/22/20)2020
Nevada Supreme Court Sanctions 1012021
Nevada Supreme Court The Inside Scoop on Settlement Mediation Strategies - Part 22021
Nevada Supreme Court Making the Most of the Pre-Mediation Process2021
Nevada Supreme Court Overview of Common Procedural Issues for Settlement Judges2022
Nevada Supreme Court Online or In-Person, Psychological Insights for Supreme Court Settlement Judges2022
Mediation and Other ADR Experience
ArbitratorClark County, Nevada8th Judicial District Court Arbitration1998Present
ArbitratorClark County, NevadaNational Association of Securities Dealers2004Present
Fee Dispute ArbitratorClark County, NevadaFor Nevada Bar Association2000Present
--Clark County, NevadaNeighborhood Justice Center2001Present
Private Mediator ServicesClark County, NevadaNational Association of Securities Dealers2005Present

Professional Organizations

  • Nevada Bar Association - Member and past Chairperson of Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • National Association of Securities Dealers Panel
  • Volunteer Mediator, Clark County Neighborhood Justice Center
  • Nevada American Inns of Court (Executive Committee)
  • American Bar Association
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • Former Active Member of Toastmasters International for over 10 years
  • Former U.S. Navy Officer and Pilot: 1972-1978