Department XIV

Adriana Escobar

Office - (702) 671-4419

Fax - (702) 671-4418

Law Clerk - (702) 671-4423

Email - dept14lc@clarkcountycourts.us

Location - RJC Courtroom 14C



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

Adriana Escobar
Department XIV
Eighth Judicial District Court

Term of Office 2012 – present

Judge Adriana Escobar has been a practicing attorney since 1991.  She was appointed to the District Court by Governor Sandoval on June 26, 2012 after being recommended for appointment by the Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection. She took the bench August 6, 2012 following the retirement of Judge Donald Mosley.

Prior to joining the bench, Judge Escobar worked as a Deputy Attorney General in the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Nevada Attorney General’s Office where she prosecuted complex mortgage and investment fraud cases.  She also served as Nevada Consumer’s Advocate and Chief Deputy Attorney General where she protected the interests of Nevada consumers and ratepayers supervising complex consumer protection and public utilities cases.

Judge Escobar was appointed by former Governor Kenny Guinn to serve as a Commissioner with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada.  During her tenure at the PUCN, she heard and decided numerous cases involving utility regulation of electricity, gas, telephone and water that had a state wide impact.

Prior to being appointed to the PUCN, she was appointed to serve as a member of the State of Nevada Taxicab Authority by former Nevada Governor Bob Miller. 

Judge Escobar founded and managed Chanos Escobar Chanos, P.C., a Nevada law firm that represented local business owners in complex business transactions and commercial litigation. Judge Escobar was Special Counsel in Las Vegas to Fox Rothschild LLP, a national law firm.
 
Judge Escobar has lived in Las Vegas most of her life.  She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and the University of Nevada Las Vegas where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.

After graduating from UNLV, Judge Escobar earned certification as a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counselor by the Nevada Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Abuse (BADA).  She counseled patients in outpatient and group settings.  Judge Escobar developed substance abuse prevention programs for children and adolescents and taught classes.  She edited a column entitled “Ask Adriana” that ran in a high school student newspaper where she answered students’ anonymous questions about drug and alcohol use.  Judge Escobar also produced and directed Spanish language public television programs about substance abuse prevention. 

After working as a certified substance abuse counselor, Judge Escobar enrolled in law school at California Western School of Law in San Diego, California, where she earned a Juris Doctor in 1991.

Upon law school graduation, Judge Escobar was appointed Deputy City Attorney in the Office of the City Attorney of San Diego.  There she gained extensive jury trial experience prosecuting criminal offenses.

Before her appointment to the District Court, Judge Escobar served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of Spring Valley Hospital.  She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce and has received the Professional of The Year Award.

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.

Court Reporter or a Court Recorder for its official record

  • Department 14 uses a Court Reporter Recorder.

Current Assignment

  • Department XIV (14) is currently assigned a Civil Court docket.

Motion calendar schedule

  • Department XIV (14) regularly hears all Civil Court motions on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.

Regular chambers calendar

  • Department XIV (14) has a regular chambers calendar.  Parties do not need to appear for Chambers Calendar.  The following, non-exhaustive list of Matters are those which the Court may place on Chambers Calendar: Pro Hac Vice Applications, Motions to Associate Counsel, Motions to Withdraw as Counsel of Record, Motions to Approve Settlement Agreements, Motions to Amend Complaints, Petitions for Minor's Compromises, Motions for Enlargement of Time to Serve and/or for Service by Publication, Motions to Retax, and Motions for Default Judgment (except as noted below).
Courtesy Copies of Filings for Upcoming Hearings
  • Department XIV (14) requires that physical, paper, courtesy copies of all filings be submitted at least - no later than - five (5) days prior to your hearing, unless otherwise authorized by the Court.  The Court will not accept late filings without a clear showing of good cause.  EDCR 2.20(e); EDCR 2.20(h).

Injunctive Relief

  • Department XIV (14) sets hearings for motions for temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions.  Ex parte motions for temporary restraining orders pursuant to NRCP 65(b) may be set for chambers calendar.

Telephonic appearance request

  • Department XIV (14) routinely grants telephonic appearance requests.  The party requesting said telephonic appearance must contact Court Call and set up the telephonic hearing at their expense.  Court Call can be contacted at 888.882.6878 or 310.342.0888 and they are also on the internet at www.courtcall.com.

Unopposed motions

  • Department XIV (14) may grant unopposed motions in advance of the hearing date  If so, a Minute Order will be issued and emailed to all parties. Unless otherwise notified by the Court, counsel is required to appear for unopposed motions set for hearing.

Default judgment prove-ups

  • In Department XIV (14), a Default Judgment prove-up hearing is not required unless the matter involves the following: personal injury; fraud; the party seeks damages in excess of $50,000; the party seeks punitive damages; the party seeks equitable relief; or the damages are otherwise not readily ascertainable by an affidavit referencing bills, costs, promissory notes, and other instruments.  Testimony is required for default judgment prove-up hearings.  Permission to appear telephonically may be granted.

Submission of Orders

  • Department XIV (14) requires that counsel for the prevailing party submit a draft order to opposing counsel for review as to form and content. Department XIV (14) requires opposing counsel to sign off on the proposed order prior to submission to Chambers.  If both sides cannot agree - by allowing each side to submit their own proposed Order for approval of the Judge.  Any competing order without obtaining opposing counsel's signature must be accompanied by a cover letter explaining the reason for the competing order or the lack of signature.
  • Counsel must submit the original, signed order to Chambers as well as an electronic, true and correct copy of that order in Microsoft Word format to the law clerk via email at Dept14LC@clarkcountycourts.us.

Electronic Signatures
  • Department XIV (14) accepts signatures of counsel, or pro se litigants, either in ink or typewritten and may be either the original signature or a copy thereof, unless Nevada law requires original signatures.  See EFCR 11; EFCR 18; See generally, NRS 720.010 through NRS 720.200, inclusively.