Philip Pro

Hon. Philip M. Pro (Ret.)

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator, Referee/Special Master, Neutral Evaluator

Case Manager
Scott Parreno
T: 702-835-7806
F: 702-437-5267
7160 Rafael Rivera Way, Suite #400, Las Vegas, NV 89113


Judge Philip M. Pro (Ret.) joined JAMS after serving nearly 35 years as a United States District Judge, and Magistrate Judge, in the District of Nevada at Las Vegas. During that time, Judge Pro developed a reputation for fairness, preparation and decisiveness as he presided over, settled, or adjudicated a wide range of individual, class action, and collective action employment cases involving the Fair Labor Standards Act, ERISA, claims of discrimination or harassment based on race, gender, religion, age, or disability, and wrongful termination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. These experiences ensure Judge Pro is well equipped to arbitrate, mediate, and provide other ADR services in the full panoply of employment cases.

Representative Matters

  • Disputes alleging age and gender discrimination, and hostile work environment 
  • Disputes arising from retaliation claims 
  • MDL action related to allegations that nationwide retailer systematically failed to pay overtime hours and altered employees time records. In re Wal-Mart Wage and Hour Employment Practices Litigation, MDL 1735 
  • Sex discrimination case brought against owner/publisher of newspaper 
  • Numerous sexual harassment and discrimination cases 
  • Former employees’ class actions alleging systematic wage and hour violations under federal and state law 
  • Lawsuits alleging disability discrimination under Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 
  • Lawsuits brought by employees alleging failure to make reasonable accommodation for disabilities under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) 
  • Multiple collective actions and class actions brought under Fair Labor Standards Act 
  • Numerous actions brought under Labor Management Relations Act 
  • Numerous actions alleging breach of the duty of fair representation 
  • Actions involving employee group health coverage claims under ERISA 
  • Disputes alleging theft of an employers’ trade secrets or propriety information by former employees and related breach of covenants not to compete
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS. 

  • Appointed, Nevada Gaming Commission, 2015-2019
  • Recognized in Nevada Law Journal 511 (2012) Saluting Judge Pro’s Quarter Century of Nevada District Service
  • Board Member, Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution at the Boyd School of Law, 2006-present
  • Participated in “Rule of Law” programs with foreign judiciaries in over 20 countries including Hungary, Georgia, Bosnia, Netherlands, Spain, South Africa, Malawi, Jordan, Pakistan, Norway, Indonesia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Latvia, and Columbia, since 1999
  • Chair, State Bar of Nevada Law Related Education Consortium, 2010-2014
  • Board, Federal Judicial Center, 2007-2011
  • Chair, Ninth Circuit Wellness Committee, 2005-2010
  • Co-moderator, U.S. Department of Justice Colloquium for Iraqi Jurists in Washington, D.C., 2003
  • Member of the Ninth Circuit Jury Instructions Committee, 1987-2002
  • Vice President, Federal Judges Association, 1997-2001, and Board Member, 1992-2001
  • Co-chair, Founding Advisory Board, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada at Las Vegas, 1997-1999
    • Member, Boyd Law School Advisory Board
  • Chair, United States Judicial Conference Committee on the Administration of the Magistrate Judges System, 1993-1998
  • Founding Member, Howard McKibben Nevada American Inn of Court
    • President, 1988-1990
  • Publications:
    • Co-author, “Measured Progress, the Evolution and Administration of the Federal Magistrate Judges System”, The American University Law Review, 1995
    • Author, “Misunderstanding Judging,” Nevada Law Journal, 2007
  • Judge, United States District Court, District of Nevada, 1987-2014
    • Senior United States District Judge, 2012-2014
    • Chief Judge, District of Nevada, 2002-2007
  • Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, District of Nevada, 1980-1987
  • Assistant United States Attorney, Reno, 1980
  • Deputy Attorney General, Gaming Division, State of Nevada, 1979-1980
  • Partner, Semenza, Murphy and Pro, 1977-1979
  • Assistant United States Attorney, Las Vegas, Nevada, 1975-1977
  • Deputy Public Defender, Clark County, Nevada, 1973-1975
  • Law Clerk for the Honorable William P. Compton, Eighth Judicial District Court in Las Vegas, Nevada, 1972-1973
  • LL.M., Duke University School of Law, 2014
  • J.D., Golden Gate University School of Law, 1972



Practice Areas

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