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David Barker

Hon. David Barker (Ret.)

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Mara E. Satterthwaite, Esq.
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3800 Howard Hughes Parkway , 11th Floor , Las Vegas , NV 89169

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

Professional Liability

  • Medical malpractice dispute with issues related to labor and delivery delay of treatment
  • Multiple lawsuits alleging failure to diagnose


  • Lawsuit arising from alleged promise of profit-sharing for performance


  • 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

Construction Defect

  • Construction defect matter involving the installation of concrete floors in a restaurant

Real Property

  • Matter related to property line dispute
  • Quiet title action between FDIC subsequent titleholder and HOA acting to sell under lien
  • 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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