Municipal Court Department 4
Judge Bert Brown graduated from the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific in Sacramento, California. 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.
Judge Brown was first elected as Las Vegas Municipal Court Judge for Department 4 June 8, 1999. He was re-elected in 2003, 2009, 2015 and 2022. Judge Brown previously served as chief judge of the Las Vegas Municipal Court from Oct. 24, 2007, to June 30, 2009, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015, and Jan. 1, 2021, to Dec. 31, 2022.
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.
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. Judge Brown’s great-great-grandfather, Halle Hewetson, was Las Vegas’ first doctor in 1904.
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, 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.
Judge Brown and his wife, Deanna, are the proud parents of two daughters.