Phil Aurbach for District Judge, Department 4
Why District Court Judge?
I am running for District Court Judge Department (courtroom) 4 because I believe I can put my 42 years of experience in District Court as a litigator, arbitrator and mediator to good use in helping to move cases to resolution quickly. A District Court Judge must have a broad base of experience because these judges handle the biggest and most complex of civil and criminal cases. District Court Judges handle cases that are similar to the cases I have handled in the 42 years I have been an attorney like a complex breach of contract cases or complex real property cases.
I have handled District Court Cases like breach of contracts, agreements to buy a business or an office building, leases, eviction issues, complex foreclosure issues, property line disputes, construction cases, disputes between partners of a business, or representing doctors in medical malpractice cases. I started out representing people in personal injury cases and quickly switched to representing people in the kinds of business problems that most frequently seen in the District Court.
What other types of Judges are there?
The Eighth Judicial District Court is one of 9 Judicial Districts in the State of Nevada. Clark County is the 8th of the 9 districts. District Court Judges are by elected by a vote of all registered voters in Clark County. There are 32 District Court Judges that handle civil or criminal cases (Departments 1 thru 32).There are 26 Family Court Judges (Departments A thru Z). Each Department has a letter or number and it represents that judge's courtroom. Appeals from District Court go to the Nevada Appeals Court or the Nevada Supreme Court. Matters up to $15,000 and some minor criminal matters are handled in Justice Court. Even smaller matters that are $10,000 or less are handled in Small Claims Court.
I have lived in Vegas most of my life. My dad was a pit boss at the Desert Inn when it opened in the 1950’s. and except for college, I’ve been in Vegas ever since.
I was a paper boy at age 14 delivering newspapers at 3:30 am every morning on my bicycle. In high school, I had a passion for tennis. I couldn’t afford to pay for tennis instructions, so I strung tennis rackets and washed tennis courts in exchange for lessons.
In my senior year at Clark High School I worked at Shakey's Pizza Restaurant. I played varsity tennis and managed to get a scholarship to play college tennis. I paid my own way through college with a tennis scholarship and a work-study program. In 1973, I earned a degree in Business with a Finance emphasis. I worked for a year at a bank and wanted to go to law school, but Nevada didn’t have Boyd Law School at that time.
I went to the University of San Diego School of Law where I served as Research Editor of the San Diego Law Review, worked odd jobs and took out student loans to pay for law school.
After graduating in 1977, I came back to Vegas and got my first job as Deputy District Attorney in the Clark County District Attorney’s Office. I then entered private practice and learned how to practice law from some of the best lawyers in town. There were less than 1,500 attorneys in Las Vegas at that time and most attorneys were happy to share their experience.
During my 42 years of practice, I spent much of that time as an arbitrator for both the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and Advanced Resolution Management (ARM) as well as 17 years as a Nevada Supreme Court Settlement Judge. I know how important it is to my clients and Clark County residents to have a court system that can deliver justice swiftly, but fairly. This requires hard work by our judges to issue decisions quickly and assist other judges in a confidential settlement process so the litigants can move forward with their lives and businesses.
I have also written articles, practice manuals, and lectured for the Nevada State Bar, the Clark County Bar and various national legal education companies on evictions, mortgage and trust deed foreclosures, personal property security interests under the U.C.C., as well as authoring two chapters of the Nevada Civil Practice Manual.