Academy Member Inducted 2024

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Hon. James W. Hardesty (Ret.), Mediator & Arbitrator, Reno, Nevada.

Hon. James W. Hardesty (Ret.)

Dispute Resolution Services LLC
232 Court Street
Reno, NV 89501
Tel: 775.895.3103
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Recognized to Nevada Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration Other ADR Services: Court-Appointed Neutral (Special Master), Discovery Referee, Early Neutral Evaluation, Facilitation & Systems Design, Fact Finding, Med-Arb, Mini-Trial Judge
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  • Practice Commenced2023
  • # of MEDS (as of 19/6/24)45
  • # of ARBS (as of 19/6/24)4
Current Practice
Online / In-Person


The Honorable James W. Hardesty, was elected to the Nevada Supreme Court in November 2004 and was re-elected to the Court without opposition in 2010 and 2016.  He served as Chief Justice in 2009, 2015, 2021, and concluded his
24-year judicial career as Chief Justice in 2022. In 1998 he was elected to serve as a District Court Judge for the Second Judicial District Court of Washoe County, Nevada and served as Chief Judge of the District Court from 2001 to 2004.  In 2003, he was elected to serve as the President of the Nevada District Judges Association. Former Chief Justice Hardesty obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1970 and a Juris Doctorate Law Degree in 1975 from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.  He was admitted to the practice of law in Nevada in 1975.    

Case Experience

  • Appellate
  • Business Dissolution
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Discrimination
  • Divorce (High Asset)
  • Elder Abuse
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Engineering
  • Franchise
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Libel & Slander
  • Media & Communications
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Pensions
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Taxation
  • Title Disputes
  • Torts
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Unfair Competition
  • Wrongful Death


  • University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, Juris Doctorate Degree
  • University of Nevada, Reno, Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting 1970

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Nevada Supreme Court Task Force to create a Business Court in Nevada
  • Nevada Supreme Court Task Force studying the Multi-Jurisdictional Practice of Law
  • Nevada Supreme Court Commission on Judicial Funding
  • Nevada Supreme Court Committee to Implement Recommendations of the Jury Improvement Commission
  • Commission on Statewide Juvenile Justice Reform
  • Nevada Supreme Court Bench-Bar Committee
  • Justice Hardesty chaired or co-chaired:
    • Nevada Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission
    • Nevada Supreme Court Permanent Guardianship Commission
    • Committee to Study Evidence-Based Pretrial Release
    • Commission on Statewide Rules of Criminal Procedure
    • Commission on Preservation, Access, and Sealing of Court Records
    • Commission to Study the Adjudication of Water Law Cases
    • Commission to Study Best Practices for Virtual Advocacy in Nevada’s Courts. 
  • He has also chaired the Nevada Legislature’s Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice
  • Chair of the Nevada Sentencing Commission
  • Past member of the Nevada State-Federal Judicial Council, serving as chairman from 2009 to 2011 and again from 2014 to 2016

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