Two Nominees to Nevada Federal Bench

Jennifer Dorsey

President Barack Obama nominated two Las Vegas lawyers, both civil litigators, to federal judgeships in Nevada Thursday.

Andrew P. Gordon and Jennifer Dorsey were named to fill vacancies on the Nevada federal bench.

Gordon is a partner with the 50-lawyer firm of McDonald Carano Wilson, focusing primarily on commercial litigation.  He was nominated to fill the vacancy created by Judge Kent Dawson’s move to senior status in July.

Dorsey is a partner with Kemp, Jones & Coulthard, handling primarily civil appeals, class actions and complex commercial litigation in state and federal court.  If confirmed she would take the seat of Judge Larry R. Hicks, who will assume senior status in December.

Dorsey was part of the firm’s appellate team that obtained a unanimous decision in the U.S. Supreme Court in Forsyth v. Humana, a healthcare fraud class action that held insurance companies could be sued for racketeering without interfering with state regulatory authority.

She also knows her way around the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Dorsey served as an extern for Judge Stephen Reinhardt, long viewed as the most liberal member of the circuit court.

She graduated in 1997 from Pepperdine University and received her undergraduate degree from Claremont McKenna College in 1984.

She also worked as a congressional intern for Nevada Senator Richard Bryan.

Andrew P. Gordon

Gordon has been with his current firm since 1994 and prior to that worked at the Dawson & Associates firm from 1992 to 1994.

He is an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and was named a lawyer representative to the 9th Circuit conference from 2001 to 2007 and chair of the lawyer rep. coordinating committee from 2006-2007.

Both must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.



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