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Municipal Court Department 4

Bert Brown

Chief Judge Bert Brown graduated from the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific in Sacramento, Calif. While attending law school, he clerked for United States District Court Judge Philip Pro, then Magistrate, and the United States Attorney’s Office where he argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

His career began in 1988, as a law clerk for the Honorable Jack Lehman, District Court Judge. In May of 1989, he joined the law firm of Brown and Kane, Chtd., and in 1991 he and his father started the firm of Brown and Brown where he had a general law practice. In 1994 he began presiding as an arbitrator. From 1997 he served as a Justice of the Peace Pro Tempore for Clark County, Nevada, appointed by the Clark County Commission.

Chief Judge Brown was first elected as Las Vegas Municipal Court Judge for Department 4 on June 8, 1999. He was re-elected in 2003, 2009 and 2015. Judge Brown is currently chief judge of the Las Vegas Municipal Court since Jan. 1, 2021 and previously served as chief judge from Oct. 24, 2007 to June 30, 2009 and July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2015.

Chief Judge Brown also presides over the Habitual Offender Prevention and Education program (HOPE Court). HOPE Court assists chronic misdemeanor offenders by providing alternatives to incarceration that will reduce recidivism and ultimately lead to long-term recovery and self-sufficiency.

Chief Judge Brown was born into a family with a strong tradition of public service. His grandfather Senator B. Mahlon Brown served as majority leader and member of the Nevada State Senate for 26 years. His father B. Mahlon Brown, III was the United States attorney from Nevada. Both his grandfather and father were justices of the peace for Las Vegas. Chief Judge Brown’s great-great-grandfather, Halle Hewetson, was Las Vegas’ first doctor in 1904.

Chief Judge Brown has been involved in numerous organizations and committees. In 1993 he was appointed by then Nevada Governor Bob Miller to serve as a commissioner on the Nevada State Commission on Substance Abuse, Education, Prevention, Enforcement and Treatment. He was a trustee, president and vice president of the board of trustees for Nevada Treatment Center, Inc., a nonprofit substance abuse treatment organization. He is a former Board member and present member of the American Judges Association. In addition, Chief Judge Brown is a member and past president of the Nevada Judges of Limited Jurisdiction, also receiving their Judge of the Year Award in 2011. He previously served on the Nevada Supreme Court’s Article 6 Commission, the Legislative Committee and the Nevada Judicial Council. Chief Judge Brown presently serves on the Judicial Council of the State of Nevada.

Chief Judge Brown and his wife, Deanna, are the proud parents of two daughters.

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