Hon. Philip M. Pro (Ret.)

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Throughout his nearly 35 year career on the federal bench, Judge Philip Pro (Ret.) managed, settled and adjudicated countless cases involving public agencies from every sector of federal, state and local government. His vast judicial experience addressing the kinds of claims, defenses, discovery issues, and trial management challenges which frequently arise in cases involving governmental entities, well equip Judge Pro to effectively arbitrate and mediate cases involving the full range of matters arising in the public agency sector.

Representative Matters

  • Numerous actions brought under the Labor Management Relations Act 
  • Suit by property developer and City of Las Vegas against railroad seeking remediation costs for railroad’s contamination of property. City Parkway v. Union Pacific Railroad, 911 F.Supp.2d 1022 (2012) 
  • Construing claims by former employees working at classified United States Air Force facility against EPA alleging violations of Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Kaza v. Browner, 932 F.Supp. 254 (1996) 
  • Citizen suit brought under Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). Frost v. Perry, 919 F.Supp. 1459 (1995) 
  • Lawsuit related to project to widen section of federal interstate highway. Sierra Club v. U.S. Dept. of Transportation, 245 F.Supp.2d 1109 
  • Action by organizations in Mexico and the United States regarding project to modify the “All American Canal” to prevent seepage of water to the Mexicali Valley. Consejo de Desarrollo Economico de Mexicali v. U.S., 438 F.Supp.2d 1207 (2006) 
  • Construing claims related to water diversion, transportation, and storage rights and authority of Nevada State Engineer with respect thereto. U.S. v. Alpine Land & Reservoir Co., 919 F.Supp. 1470 (1996) 
  • Holding absolute FCC ban on proposed gaming advertisements violated broadcasters’ rights to commercial free speech. Valley Broadcasting v. U.S., 820 F.Supp. 519 (1993) 
  • Construing claims by various county and city defendants in eminent domain proceeding relating to easement for construction of the Kern River Natural Gas Pipeline 
  • Held that Natural Gas Act preempts state-law claims challenging alleged industry price fixing practices that directly affect wholesale natural gas market. In re Western States Wholesale Natural Gas Antitrust Litigation, MDL 1566 
  • Multi-district litigation (MDL) case alleging antitrust conspiracy to artificially inflate energy prices and seeking remand to state court. In re California Retail Natural Gas and Electricity Antitrust Litigation, MDL 1406 
  • Adjudicated gasoline retailers antitrust action against competitor alleging predatory pricing of gasoline in violation of Sherman Act and Clayton Act. Rebel Oil v. Atlantic Richfield Co., 957 F.Supp. 1184 (1997)

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • 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

Background and Education

  • 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

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