Chris has spent his entire professional career in Northern Nevada. Chris is married to Betsy and they have two teenage children, Rebecca and Wyatt. His goal is to provide the citizens of Sparks with a Judge whose judgment can be trusted, who will always listen, and who will know the law and apply it fairly.


Deputy District Attorney, Washoe County District Attorney's Office

1998 — Present

Responsible for prosecuting all felony crimes beginning with preparation of search warrants, charging
decisions, bail motions, plea negotiations, pretrial motions, trials, and sentencing. Emphasis in crimes

of violence including homicides, sexual assault, robbery, and all other crimes against persons.

         Prosecuted over 3,500 criminal cases in Justice Court, over 1,600 criminal cases in District Court, and

over 30 felony jury trials in District Court.

Deputy District Attorney, Storey County District Attorney's Office

September 1997 — May 1998

         Responsible for the prosecution of cases at all levels from misdemeanors to felonies, juvenile

delinquency adjudication, and civil case analysis, complaint review and answer drafting, legal and legislative research, discovery, and motion practice.

Educator, Washoe County School District, "At Risk Teens"

September 1999 May 2002

_     Instructed 'at risk' teens during evening classes at multiple High Schools throughout Washoe County

on the dangers and legal consequences of drug use, and DUI.

Instructor in Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Nevada District Attorney's Association

September 2007

Intern, Nevada Attorney General's Office, Appellate Division

June 1996 —August 1996


JD., Santa Clara University School of Law, 1997

         American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in Constitutional Law B.A., History, Magna Cum Laude, Humboldt State University, 1993

         Presidential Scholar, Dean's List 1991, 1992, 1993


To be a Judge is to be the pillar of our justice system. The citizens of our community have a right to demand irreproachable conduct from anyone performing a judicial function. Judges must strive for the highest standards of integrity in both their professional and personal lives. A Judge should be experienced and knowledgeable about the law, be experienced in conducting in-depth legal research, and be able to write decisions that are clear and cogent. Their judgment should be sound and they should be able to make informed decisions that will stand up to close scrutiny. Judges should be fair and impartial. They should be good listeners but should be able, when required, to ask questions that get to the heart of the issue before the court. They should be courteous in the courtroom but firm when it is necessary to rein in a rambling lawyer, or a disrespectful litigant.

Chris has the integrity, knowledge and experience we need in Sparks Justice Court.

- Chris

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