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David Barker

Hon. David Barker (Ret.)

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Mara E. Satterthwaite, Esq.
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Hon. David Barker (Ret.) served as Chief Judge of the Eighth Judicial District Court from 2015 until his retirement in 2017. Prior to being elected by his fellow district judges to act as the Chief Judge, he presided for eight years in the general jurisdiction civil/criminal department, handling thousands of cases and conducting jury and bench trials on all matters within his jurisdiction. A trained mediator, Judge Barker has conducted and settled hundreds of cases. He is past president of the Nevada District Judges Association and has been one of the most highly rated judges in the state. Judge Barker has received a national award and recognition for bringing innovation into to the judicial system. 

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Served 10 years as a district court judge in Clark County, presiding over thousands of matters, including personal injury, professional liability, employment, business/commercial, construction defect and real property
  • Mediated hundreds of cases as a settlement judge involving a wide range of civil disputes
  • Extensive litigation experience, serving more than 10 years in the District Attorney’s Office

Representative Matters

Personal Injury

  • Numerous motor vehicle accidents, including issues of permissive driver
  • Slip-and-fall cases involving casinos and grocery stores
  • False imprisonment claims against casino
  • Disputes involving spinal injury with a disability rating as a component of damages
  • Vehicle accident involving taxicab company and passenger
  • Multiple auto accidents with conflicting opinions on causation and preexisting conditions as a component of damages
  • Multiple cases involving lawsuits alleging injuries from nightclub security personnel
  • Claims related to dog-bite accident
  • Settled numerous motor vehicle accident cases involving allegations of significant injury and a causation defense of the eve of trial
  • Medical malpractice arising from allegation of negligence in a Caesarian section
  • Settled numerous slip and fall cases alleging dangerous conditions including but not limited to design and maintenance issues in grocery stores and casinos
  • Settled negligence premise liability action alleging adult oriented business failed to protect independent female contractor from injury by customer
  • Products liability against manufacturer of chair in a casino bar that allegedly failed while plaintiff was playing video poker resulting in injury
  • Medical malpractice action naming physician and hospital alleging failure to maintain an accurate sponge count during surgery
  • Settled case involving allegation of negligent entrustment against trucking company
  • Motor vehicle accident case involving an allegation of negligent entrustment against a rental car company
  • Negligence/intentional tort action involving allegation of transmission of sexually transmitted disease
  • Negligence action between the estate of a hospice patient and hospice
  • Matter involving timeshare fraud allegation
  • Asset purchase and sale agreement; noncompete agreement for HOA management services
  • Breach of contract action for labor and material on buildout of a nightclub, including a liquidated damage claim
  • Settled a breach of contract and unjust enrichment claim arising from a contract for janitorial services and a government entity
  • Settled a breach of contract dispute over allegations landlord failed to provide all agreed upon tenant improvements
  • Declaratory relief/injunction action between real estate development companies involving interpretation of contractual language
  • Breach of contract action by Delaware limited liability corporation involving claims for costs and expenditures related to construction and architecture, leasing commissions, marketing for high profile project for a celebrity chef
  • Settled breach of contract action between real estate holding LLC and refuse hauling service


  • Construction defect matter involving the installation of concrete floors in a restaurant
  • Settled numerous lawsuits arising from construction contract between general contractor and subcontractor
  • Breach of contract action and foreclosure of lien of major resort hotel construction project
  • Settled breach of contract dispute over the quality of workmanship between a general contractor and client regarding the installation of flooring in a major chain restaurant construction project


  • Lawsuit arising from alleged promise of profit-sharing for performance
  • Settled breach of contract dispute related to non-compete clause in employment contract between real estate broker and agent
  • Settled employment action alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) by restaurant employees
  • Settled a probate dispute between family members on trust provisions
  • Settled action for equitable division of real property between dual domestic/business partners
Professional Liability
  • Medical malpractice dispute with issues related to labor and delivery delay of treatment
  • Multiple lawsuits alleging failure to diagnose

Real Property

  • Matter related to property line dispute
  • Quiet title action between FDIC subsequent titleholder and HOA acting to sell under lien
  • Settled numerous matters related to breach of commercial leases and residential purchase agreements
  • Settled breach of contract dispute regarding lease agreement between non-profit educational institution and landlord
  • Settled a breach of contract dispute over allegations landlord failed to provide all agreed upon tenant improvements
  • Recognized, National Association for Court Management, 2014
  • President, Nevada District Judges Association, 2014–2015
  • Governing Board Member, Nevada District Judges Association, 2012–2015
  • Executive Committee, Eighth Judicial District Courts, 2011–2016
  • Coach, Nevada State Bar High School Mock Trial Program, 2003–2013
  • Former Member, Southern Nevada Disciplinary Board
  • Former Member, Access to Justice Commission
  • Former Member, Advisory Commission, Administration of Justice
  • Lecturer, “Jury Trial Issues,” Nevada District Judges Association Annual Conference, 2013
  • Senior Judge, State of Nevada, 2017–Present
  • Judge, Eighth Judicial District Court, Clark County, 2007–2017
    • Chief Judge, 2015–2017
  • Attorney, Clark County District Attorney's Office, 1992–2006
  • Attorney, Bell and Davidson, 1991–1992
  • Chief Deputy District Attorney, Major Fraud Division, Clark County District Attorney's Office, 1989–1991
  • Deputy District Attorney, Clark County District Attorney's Office, 1984–1989
  • J.D., Pepperdine School of Law, 1984
  • B.S., University of California, Irvine, 1981

Counsel Comments

    • “[Judge Barker is] a consummate professional” and “one of the best judges that the Eighth Judicial District Court has ever had.”

      – Clark County District Attorney



    Practice Areas

    • Arbitration
    • Business/Commercial
    • Construction Defect
    • Employment
    • Personal Injury/Torts
    • Professional Liability
    • Real Property


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