Department IV

Kerry Earley

Office - (702) 671-4306

Fax - (702) 671-4305

Law Clerk - (702) 671-4303

Email -

Location - RJC Courtroom 12D

Regional Justice Center
200 Lewis Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89155

Kerry Earley

Department IV

Eighth Judicial District Court


Term of Office 1999 - present



Accomplished attorney who has practiced for thirty years with a strong background in litigation, personal injury, medical malpractice, products liability, pharmaceuticals, premises liability, insurance, business, and complex litigation. Proven ability in representing clients in legal matters from pre-litigation phase through all stages of litigation including trial and appeal.  Broad trial experience representing a wide variety of clients including hospitals, physicians, allied health professionals, product manufacturers and distributors, architects, contractors, business owners, insurance companies, and personal  injury clients.

LEGAL EXPERIENCE                                                       

Richard Harris Law Firm 
Of CounselNovember 2007 -2012 
•           Handle complex personal injury cases specializing in catastrophic injuries. 
•           Personally handle all aspects of litigation including complex and high exposure cases. 
•           Successfully litigated various types of cases in excess of one million dollars.

Earley Savage Law Firm 
Sole Partner, 1993- October 2007 
•           Formed own law firm specializing in civil litigation representing a wide variety of clients. 
•           Responsible  for  management and  administration of the  law firm  with  staff  of over  forty employees  including attorneys and support staff. 
•           Personally handled all major cases involving high exposure and catastrophic injuries. Provided legal counseling to firm’s clients regarding employment and regulatory issues.

Barker, Gillock, Koning, Brown & Earley Law Firm 
Partner1982 -1992 
•           Litigated caseload concentrating on malpractice,   premises liability, and business related litigation.                                           · 
•           Managing partner responsible


Rockhurst University 
•           Bachelor of Arts Degree 
•           Member Alpha Sigma Nu-National Jesuit Honor Society

University of San Diego School of Law
•           Juris Doctor Degree 
•           Member Law Review of University of San Diego

HONORS AND AWARDS                                                 

• Network of Trial Lawyers 
           Board Member 
           Seminar Committee Chairman 
• American Law Firm Association 
           Board Member
• Mountain States Super Lawyer 
• Nevada Super Lawyers 
• AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
• Martindale-Hubbell Member of Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers 
• Member of National Registry of Who's Who
•"The Top 100 Trial Lawyers” by American Trial Lawyers Association
• Best Lawyers in America 
• Las Vegas Life Magazine - Super Lawyer

Courtroom Protocol

No weapons are allowed. There is no eating, drinking, smoking or chewing gum in any courtroom.

Proper courtroom attire is required. No shorts or tank tops are allowed in the courtroom, shoes are required. T-shirts, which show offensive slogans or pictures, are not allowed. Hats should be removed before entering the courtroom.

While in the courtroom, sit quietly when court is in session. Do not talk or whisper. The court proceedings are being recorded by a court recorder and noise can interfere with the preparation of this important record.

All beepers, cellular telephones, and electronic devices must be turned off before entering the courtroom. Avoid reading newspapers, or books in the courtrooms, particularly if your use of such material may be a distraction to others.

Attorneys are expected to maintain the highest ethical standards at all times, and to strictly adhere to the opportunities, requirements, limitations, and deadlines set by the judge. All counsel are to be punctual for all conferences, hearings and trials. They are to be civil to one another as well as to all parties, witnesses, and court personnel - whether in front of a jury or the court.

Current Assignment
  • Department IV is currently assigned a Civil and Criminal Court docket.
Motion calendar schedule
  • Department IV hears all Civil Court matters on Wednesday at 9:00AM.
Other regularly scheduled court sessions
  • Department IV also conducts pre-trial calendar calls on Wednesday at 11:00AM.
Regular chambers calendar
  • Department IV has a chamber calendar on Mondays.
Discovery Commissioner assigned
  • Commissioner Erin Truman
Court Reporter for its official record
  • Department IV uses a Court Reporter.
Telephonic appearance request
  • Department IV requires telephonic appearances be made via Court Call. Counsel must arrange appearance via Court Call prior to their scheduled appearance.
Unopposed motions
  • Department IV may grant unopposed motions in advance. Counsel is required to appear for unopposed motions unless otherwise notified by the Court .
Default judgment prove-ups
  • A Default Judgment prove-up hearing is not required unless damages are not readily ascertainable.
Submission of Orders
  • Department IV requires proposed orders to be submitted to chambers within ten (10) days of notification of the ruling, pursuant to EDCR 7.21. Counsel designated to prepare the order is requested to provide a draft to opposing counsel(s) prior to submission. Non-drafting counsel is required to sign the order prior to submission. Disputes may be resolved by submission to chambers of an explanatory letter, copied on all parties, with or without a draft of a competing order.
Contested Orders
  • For contested orders in District Court Department IV, both parties must submit their "Proposed Order" to chambers and the Judge will make a ruling on an Order.
Electronic Signatures
  • In District Court Department IV, Judge Earley wants one original signature.
Jury selection
  • Department IV uses the “Arizona Method” of jury selection, requiring voir dire to be directed toward the minimum number of jurors necessary to be qualified, rather than the entire venire.