Prior to forming Widdis & White, I served as a Family Court Master for the Second Judicial District Court in Washoe County. In that role, I heard over 16,000 cases involving a myriad of family law issues, including child support enforcement, domestic violence and protection orders, juvenile guardianships, and juvenile dependency cases. I also have experience with juvenile delinquency, divorce, custody, visitation, and adoption cases.
In deciding a case, a judicial officer must know the law, know the facts, and be able to understand both sides of every argument. I carry that ability with me into private practice. I will give you an objective, honest opinion about your case and not just tell you what I think you want to hear.
I attended Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. After I graduated, I served as a Judicial Law Clerk to three different Family Court Judges her in Reno, Nevada. Through that experience, I came to realize how important the “legal" side of the family legal system is, and how important it is to have a strong and compassionate advocate on your side.
I have been licensed to practice law in Nevada since 2006, and I am a member of the Family Law Section of the Nevada State Bar. Prior to my service as a Court Master, I was a Deputy Attorney General at the Attorney General’s office. I also worked to represent parents in Juvenile Dependency cases, and I served as a Judicial Law Clerk to three different Family Court Judges. I am a Certified Mediator through the National Judicial College.
The decisions made in family court affect your entire life, forever. They affect the relationships you have with your spouse, your partner, your parents, your family, your children - and those are the most important things in life.
I believe that being a good lawyer also means being a good teacher. Helping clients understand what’s happening and explaining legal matters in a straightforward way is one of the best parts of being an attorney. I have taught family law issues locally, at the statewide Nevada Family Law Conference, and at national judicial conferences. I also taught aspiring paralegals at a local career college.
My greatest adventures have been climbing in Antarctica, hiking Monte Fitz Roy in Argentina, skydiving, and parenting two rowdy boys - the most dangerous and important adventure of all.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Legal Elite||Nevada Business Magazine Legal Elite||2021|
|Certified Mediator||National Judicial College||2017|
|Phillip Bartlett Trophy - Inns of Court Program of the Year||Bruce R. Thompson Chapter of American Inns of Court||2014|
|Certified Trial Advocate||Rocky Mountain Advocacy Training Institute||2010|
|CO-OWNER||WIDDIS & WHITE, PLLC||2018 - Present|
|Court Master - Domestic Violence||2nd Judicial District||2014 - 2018|
|Court Master - Child Support Court||2nd Judicial District||2011 - 2014|
|Deputy Attorney General||Office Of The Nevada Attorney General||2011 - 2011|
|Deputy Alternate Public Defender||Alternate Public Defender - Washoe County||2008 - 2011|
|Associate||Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith||2007 - 2008|
|Law Clerk - Honorable Deborah Schumacher||SECOND JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT OF NEVADA||2005 - 2006|
|Law Clerk - Honorable Chuck Weller||SECOND JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT OF NEVADA||2005 - 2005|
|Law Clerk - Honorable Scott Jordan||SECOND JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT OF NEVADA||2004 - 2004|
|Legal Clerk||Zimmerman and Associates||2003 - 2004|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Bruce R. Thompson Chapter of American Inns of Court||President||2011 - Present|
|United States Ninth District Court of Appeals||Admitted||2011 - Present|
|United States District Court, District of Nevada||Admitted||2007 - Present|
|Nevada State Bar Disciplinary Board,||Member||2010 - 2011|
|West Truckee Meadows Citizen Advisory Board,||Vice-Chairman||2009 - 2010|
|Reno Gazette Journal||My Struggles Will Bring Unique Empathy to the Family Court||2020|
|Case Western Reserve University School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2003|
|University of Utah||BS - Bachelor of Science - Political Science||1998|
|University of Utah||BS - Bachelor of Science - Philosophy||1998|
|Aden, Grimes, and White: Family Court Transparency||Family Court Transparency||2021|
|Perspectives||SJR 2 - Legislation||2021|
|Perils of Mediation||Family Court Mediation||2020|
|Interview with Judicial Candidates||Judicial Campaign and Questions||2020|
|Radio interview||Domestic violence and family court.||2018|
|Enhancing Judicial Skills in Domestic Violence Cases - 2018||Enhancing Judicial Skills in Domestic Violence Cases||2018|
|Law Fair 2017||Domestic Violence Protection Order Process||2017|
|Radio Interview||Discussion of Domestic Violence and the DV department at the Family Court||2017|
|Enhancing Judicial Skills in Elder Abuse Cases||Enhancing Judicial Skills in Elder Abuse Cases||2017|
|Bruce R. Thompson Inns American Inns of Court||Civil Rights – Civil Gideon||2016|
|Radio Interview||Discussion of Domestic Violence and the DV department at the Family Court||2015|
|Bruce R. Thompson American Inn of Court||Lawyers Gone Wild – What the State Bar Mandates We Know about Drug and Alcohol Abuse||2014|
|Bruce R. Thompson American Inn of Court||Domestic Relations and Bankruptcy||2013|
|State Bar of Nevada, Family Law Section||Weddings and Funerals: Evidence Presentation in UIFSA Cases||2012|
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