Mr. Shapiro attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and received his Bachelor’s degree in 1984 and his master’s degree in 1986. He graduated from Whittier College School of Law in 1990, Magna Cum Laude. He has practiced in family law since 1990 and has served as a Domestic Violence Commissioner, pro tempore, URESA/Paternity Hearing Master, Alternate, Municipal Court Judge, Alternate, Judicial Referee, Las Vegas Justice Court, Small Claims. Mr. Shapiro has written several articles in the area of family law and has served on the Nevada Children’s Justice Task Force, Clark County Family Court Bench-Bar Committee, State Bar of Nevada, Child Support Review Committee, the State Bar of Nevada Southern Nevada Disciplinary Board, State Bar of Nevada Standing Committee on Judicial Ethics and Election Practices and the Continuing Legal Education Committee. Mr. Shapiro also served on the Board of Governors for the State Bar of Nevada from 2003-2005 and 2008 – 2010.

EDUCATION

  • Whittier College School of Law Los Angeles, California J.D. 1990, Magna Cum Laude
  • Activities
  • Solicitations Editor, Law Review Teaching Assistant, Contracts
  • Honors and Awards
  • American Bar Association Award, Local Government American Jurisprudence Award, Contracts American Jurisprudence Award, Constitutional Law I Deans’s Merit Scholarship David Holtz Memorial Scholarship Dean’s List Honor Roll
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas M.A., Political Science, 1986
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas B.A., Political Science, 1984

EXPERIENCE

  • PRIVATE PRACTICE Bruce I. Shapiro, Ltd./Pecos Law Group Las Vegas, Nevada January, 1993 – present
  • DOMESTIC VIOLENCE COMMISSIONER, pro tempore Eighth Judicial District Court Las Vegas, Nevada December, 1997 – November, 2000
  • URESA/PATERNITY HEARING MASTER, ALTERNATE Eighth Judicial District Court Las Vegas, Nevada October, 1994 – November, 2000
  • MUNICIPAL COURT JUDGE, ALTERNATE Las Vegas Municipal Court Las Vegas, Nevada April, 1999 – October, 2000
  • JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, pro tempore Las Vegas Justice Court Las Vegas, Nevada January, 1999 – October, 2000
  • JUDICIAL REFEREE Las Vegas Justice Court—Small Claims Las Vegas, Nevada February, 1992 – 1994
  • ASSOCIATE William R. Phillips & Associates Las Vegas, Nevada August, 1992 – January, 1993
  • ASSOCIATE The Law Offices of Kent J. Dawson, Chartered Las Vegas, Nevada September, 1990 – August, 1992
  • REALTOR Las Vegas, Nevada 1982 – 1986

PUBLICATIONS

  • Shapiro, “Establishing and Developing a New Family Law Practice,” 28 Nevada Family Law Report 2 (Summer 2015)
  • Shapiro, “NRS 125B.020(3) is Antiquated, Unfair and Unconstitutional,” 26 Nevada Family Law Report 1 (Winter 2013)
  • Shapiro, “The Overruling of Magiera v. Luera,” 25 Nevada Family Law Report 3 (Fall 2012)
  • Shapiro and Jones, “Alimony in Nevada, Part I,” 25 Nevada Family Law Report 2 (Summer 2012)
  • Shapiro, “Nevada Strikes Out On Alimony,” 25 Nevada Family Law Report 1 (Winter 2012)
  • Shapiro, The Evolution of Nevada Child Support, 24 Nevada Family Law Report 2 (Spring 2011)
  • Shapiro, Community Waste in Nevada, 23 Nevada Family Law Report 3 (Winter 2010)
  • Shapiro, Magiera v. Luera: Reexamination of Children’s Surnames in Paternity Cases, 14 Nevada Family Law Report 1 (Winter 1999)
  • Shapiro, Child Support Awards in Shared Custody Cases, 13 Nevada Family Law Report 3 (Fall, 1998)
  • Shapiro, Willful Underemployment Under NRS 125B.080(8), 13 Nevada Family Law Report 1 (Winter, 1998)
  • Shapiro, The Lost Factors of NRS 125B.080(9): Deviating From Child Support Guidelines, 12 Nevada Family Law Report 1 (Spring, 1997)
  • Shapiro, Herz v. Gabler-Herz; Wealth As A Proper Consideration In Setting Child Support Award, 8 Nevada Family Law Report 1 (Fall, 1993)
  • Shapiro, Equitable Defenses To Child Support Arrearages: Parkinson v. Parkinson, 106 Nev. Adv. Op. 91 (1990), 56 Inter Alia 20 (1991)
  • Shapiro, The Heavy Burden Of Establishing Weight As A Handicap Under Anti-Discrimination Statutes, 18 Western State Law Review 565 (Spring 1991)
  • Note, From Boyd to Brazwell:  The Restriction of Fifth Amendment Privilege Against Self-Incrimination Pertaining To Custodians of Corporate Records, 11 Whittier Law Review 295 (1989)

COURTS ADMITTED

  • State Courts of Nevada, 1990 U.S. District Court, District of Nevada, 1991

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, ACTIVITIES and AWARDS

  • American Bar Association (1990—present)
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Division (1990—present)
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow (2016-present)
  • AVVO (rated 10 out of 10)
  • Best Lawyers, U.S. News and World Report (2012-present)
  • Best Lawyers, U.S. News and World Report Family Law Lawyer of the Year, Las Vegas (2016)
  • Clark County Bar Association (1990—present)
  • Clark County Family Court Bench-Bar Committee (1994—1995)
  • Clark County Pro Bono Project Award (1991)
  • Council of Appellate Lawyers (2004—present)
  • Martindale-Hubbel Client Distinction Award (2012).
  • Nevada Children’s Justice Task Force
  • Supreme Court of Nevada, Bench-Bar Committee (2008 – present)
  • State Bar of Nevada (1990—present)
  • State Bar of Nevada, Board of Governors (2003—2005, 2008—2010)
  • State Bar of Nevada, Child Support Review Committee (1992, 1996)
  • State Bar of Nevada, CLE Committee (2000—2003)
  • State Bar of Nevada, Executive Committee, Family Law Division
  • State Bar of Nevada, Family Law Division (1990—present)
  • State Bar of Nevada, Southern Nevada Disciplinary Board (1995—2003, 2006—2008; 2010—2012)
  • State Bar of Nevada, Standing Committee on Judicial Ethics and Election Practices (2001—2010)
  • Speaker, State Bar of Nevada; American Bar Association, Family Law Section; Clark County Community College
  • Super Lawyers (2008-2016)

REPORTED CASES

  • Ivey v. District Court, 129 Adv. Op. 16, 299 P.3d 354 (2013)
  • Rivero v. Rivero, 125 Nev. 410, 216 P.3d 213 (2009)
  • Johanson v. Eighth Judicial District Court, 124 Nev. 245, 182 P.3d 94 (2008)
  • Millen v. Eighth Judicial District Court, 122 Nev. 1245, 148 P.3d 694 (2006)
  • McClintock v. McClintock, 122 Nev. 842, 138 P.3d 513 (2006)
  • Hudson v. Jones, 122 Nev 708, 138 P.3d 429 (2006)
  • Potter v. Potter, 121 Nev. 613, 119 P.3d 1246 (2005) (amicus brief on behalf of Family Law Section, State Bar of Nevada)
  • Kirkpatrick v. Eighth Judicial District Court, 119 Nev. 66, 64 P.3d 1056 (2003)
  • Wright v. Osburn, 114 Nev. 1367, 970 P.2d 1071 (1998)
  • Hopper v. Hopper, 113 Nev. 1138, 946 P.2d 171 (1997)
  • Khaldy v. Khaldy, 111 Nev. 374, 892 P.2d 584 (1995)
  • Lewis v. Hicks, 108 Nev. 1107, 843 P.2d 828 (1992)

OTHER PREPARED MATERIALS

  • “Litigating Parental Alienation Syndrome in Family Court,” State Bar of Nevada, December 8, 2005
  • “Recent Child Custody Issues,” State Bar of Nevada, December 2, 2004
  • “Appealing a Family Law Case,” Part of “Essentials of Family Court,” State Bar of Nevada, December 16, 2003
  • “Gambling With Your Family: Between Love and Obsession,” ABA Spring CLE Conference, May 1, 2003
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