Herb Santos, Jr.
Firm: The Law Firm of Herb Santos, Jr.
Address: 225 South Arlington Avenue, Suite C
Reno, NV 89501
University: University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Bachelor of Arts, 1985; American Jurisprudence Award - Conflict of Laws; Moot Court Oral Advocate Award, McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California, J.D., 1991
Admitted: 1991, Nevada; 1992, California; 1992, United States District Court - District of Nevada; 2005, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; 1999, United States Supreme Court
Biography: Mr. Santos received his law degree from the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific in 1991. Mr. Santos is admitted to practice law in both Nevada (1991) and California (1992). Mr. Santos has received an AV peer review rating by Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating given. Mr. Santos has been listed in Who's Who in American Law, a sustaining member of the Nevada Justice Association, and a member of the American Association for Justice and the American Bar Association. He currently sits on the Board of Governors of the Nevada Association for Justice. Mr. Santos is also the Nevada Chair of the Republican Trial Lawyers Caucus of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Santos has been invited to lecture on various legal issues by the State Bar of Nevada, the National Judicial College, the Nevada Association for Justice and the Washoe County Bar Association. Mr. Santos has practiced in the area of personal injury and workers' compensation since being admitted to the Nevada Bar in 1991. He has tried thousands of workers' compensation hearings and appeals. Mr. Santos has also tried numerous arbitration, jury and bench trials. Mr. Santos has also met with members of the US Senate and Congress regarding issues affecting Nevadans. A person's right to a jury trial is something which is protected by the United States Constitution. Anytime that right is threatened, Mr. Santos has met with key members of Congress to work towards ensuring our rights and protections afforded in the United States Constitution are not eroded or compromised. Mr. Santos is admitted to appear in all state courts in Nevada and California, US District Court, District of Nevada, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Santos, born and raised in Reno, is married to the former Kimberly Saylors of Las Vegas, and they have three children, Joey, Jarred and Hannah. Mr. Santos is member of Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church and is a former School Board member of Our Lady of the Snows Parochial School. Mr. Santos is involved in the community, whether it is coaching CYO girl's basketball or assisting with fund-raising for local charities. Mr. Santos is a firm believer in giving back to the community. Published Articles Nevada Workers' Compensation Law. The People's Law School, September, 2009. PREEMPTION WARS: The Battle between the Consumer and the Medical Device Manufacturer. NJA ADVOCATE, September/October 2009. DENY, DELAY, DEFEND: The 3D Claims Practice of Insurance Companies. NTLA ADVOCATE, September/October 2008. I have a friend who...got an offer of settlement from the work comp insurance company. Is it fair? NTLA ADVOCATE, November/December 2007. Nevada Workers' Compensation Law. The People's Law School, October 2007. I have this friend who...got hurt on the job. NTLA ADVOCATE, September/October 2007. Does Nevada Need a Rimes Type Hearing to Ensure the Made Whole Doctrine? NTLA ADVOCATE, September/October 2006. A Nevada Trial Lawyer in Washington D.C. NTLA ADVOCATE, July/August 2006. Its Time to Start Representing Our Profession. NTLA ADVOCATE, January/February 2006. 2004 ATLA Convention. NTLA ADVOCATE, September/October 2004. President's Page, The WRIT, Washoe County Bar Association, June, 2003 President's Page, The WRIT, Washoe County Bar Association, May, 2003. President's Page, The WRIT, Washoe County Bar Association, April, 2003. President's Page, The WRIT, Washoe County Bar Association, March, 2003. President's Page, The WRIT, Washoe County Bar Association, February, 2003. President's Page, The WRIT, Washoe County Bar Association, January, 2003. President's Page, The WRIT, Washoe County Bar Association, December, 2002. President's Page, The WRIT, Washoe County Bar Association, November, 2002. President's Page, The WRIT, Washoe County Bar Association, October, 2002. President's Page, The WRIT, Washoe County Bar Association, September, 2002. President's Page, The WRIT, Washoe County Bar Association, August, 2002. President's Page, The WRIT, Washoe County Bar Association, July, 2002. Employment 1999 - present The Law Firm of Herb Santos, Jr. Reno, Nevada. 1991 - 1999 The Law Offices of Terry A. Friedman, Reno, Nevada. 1987 - 1991 County Counsel Office of Sacramento County, Sacramento, California. Membership State Bar of Nevada 1991; Young Lawyers Section 1993 - 99, Executive Council 1993 - 99, President 1995 - 96, Law Office Management Committee 1995 - 96, Access to Justice Committee 1998 - 2007, Temporary Appointment Judicial Selection Committee 1998, State Bar of Nevada Pro Bono Award presented June 1997; Access to Justice Statewide Small Firm Pro Bono Award 2002. State Bar of California 1992 Washoe County Bar Association 1991 - present; Executive Counsel 1997-present, Sergeant-at-Arms 1997-98, Editor of The Writ magazine, 1997-98, Treasurer 1998- 99, Secretary 1999-00; Vice President 2000 -01; President Elect 2001-02; President 2002-2003; Bar Leadership Award presented on November 13, 1998. American Bar Association 1996 - present: Young Lawyers Division 1996 - 99, Delegate for the State of Nevada 1996 - 99, Special App. Alternative Dispute Resolution Sec. - Long Range Planning 1998 - 99. American Association for Justice 1992 - present: Republican Trial Lawyers Caucus, Chair Nevada; recipient of the Weidemann and Wysocki Award, 2004. Nevada Association for Justice 1991 - present: Sustaining Member, Member, Board of Governors - 2004 to present. Career Highlights SEPTEMBER 2011, RENO, NEV.- The Reno Bighorns have announced that Bighorns Basketball, LLC, a local ownership group led by Herb Santos, Jr., Stephen Adams and Jeffrey Adams has purchased the team. For the first time in its three-year history, the Bighorns will be locally owned. "I am excited for this incredible opportunity and I look forward to the upcoming season," said Santos, Jr. "The quality of basketball will continue to amaze, astound and delight fans of all ages. We will continue to offer an alternative for a family outing which will not only provide wholesome entertainment but will also be affordable for all members of our community." Santos, Jr. and Stephen Adams have been loyal season tickets holders since the Bighorns inaugural season in 2008. Santos, Jr., was part of the small local group of community leaders who were instrumental in the start up of the Bighorns in 2008. "Herb Santos Jr. and Stephen and Jeffrey Adams have been tremendous supporters of the Bighorns since day one," said Dan Reed, NBA Development League President. "We are pleased to welcome them now as owners of the team, and excited for the future of the Bighorns under their leadership." A focus for the new owners will be to increase the community involvement with positive leadership by the owners, players, coaches and front office staff. "We want to be part of the community," said Santos, Jr. "We want to take part in local charity activities, church socials and other events. We want everyone to become part of the Reno Bighorns Family. We want the Reno Bighorns to be your team!" The Bighorns' office and practice facility will be located at the South Reno Athletic Club. The team has practiced at the facility for the past three seasons. "We are thrilled about the future of the organization," said Mike Reynolds, Vice President of the Reno Bighorns "Herb, Steve and Jeff's tremendous enthusiasm for the Bighorns will help us continue to grow and provide great experiences for our fans." The Bighorns season tip off their regular season on the road on Friday, Nov. 25, when the team visits the Bakersfield Jam. The team will return to Reno to host its first home game of the season against Bakersfield at the Reno Events Center on Friday, Dec. 2. The team will look to gain momentum from the 2010-2011 in which they won a franchise-best 34 games and had playoff success. The Bighorns experienced many first-time accomplishments last season including their first Western Conference Championship, their first call-ups, their first playoff series victory, and their first sell-out crowd on Opening Night. The Sacramento Kings will retain its Bighorns affiliation for the fourth consecutive season and will be joined by the Atlanta Hawks and Memphis Grizzlies as parent clubs. February 2010 - Reno February proved to be a busy month for Herb. Herb helped coach the Our Lady of Snows, 8th Grade Boy Basketball team to a 3rd Place Finish. The highlight of the season for Herb however was the fact that his daughter, Hannah, played on the boys team. Hannah was selected by the opposing coaches as one of the All League Players. With her team looking on, Catholic Youth Organization Representative, Skip Luckadoo, presents Hannah with the CYO All League Player trophy. This is the first time in the history of the CYO organization that a young lady has played on a boys team and was selected to the All-League Team. Last year when she was in 7th grade, Hannah played on the 8th Grade Girls team and also was selected for the All League Selection for the 8th Grade Girls. On top of her accomplishments on the boys team, Hannah also won the local, regional, Northern Nevada and Nevada State Championship for 14 year old girls, Knights of Columbus, Free Throw Shooting Contest. Herb's son Jarred, a Junior at Bishop Manogue High School, was also busy as he received his Varsity Letter for the third year in Wrestling. Jarred received the "Coaches Award." Coach Sellars provided the following narrative as to what type of athlete receives this award: Coach Bo Sellers This is the definition that my dad used all the years that he was a football coach and wrestling coach and it reads: To the wrestler who exemplifies the following qualities: ability, leadership, sportsmanship, dedication and character. This wrestler, in the eyes of the coaches, makes coaching a true pleasure. This is the wrestler who can accept his own mistakes, strive all the time to improve his ability and always thinks of the team rather than himself. This is the type of wrestler that inspires coaches to give 100% and return year after year no matter how tough the situation may be. This wrestler contributed more of himself to the team than he did to himself. The 2009 - 2010 Bishop Manogue High School Varsity Wrestling Coaches Award goes to JARRED SANTOS Jarred plans on becoming a member of the University of Nevada Boxing Team when he completes his high school studies. Finally, Herb's oldest son, Joey, a freshman at the University of Nevada, began assistant coaching with his former high school basketball coach, Duke Howard, at Galena High School. Joey has been working with kids and helping their development. Joey has given private lessons, worked basketball camps and has even assisted NBA Basketball player Ramon Sessions with his local basketball camp for kids. Joey is seen here with Ramon and former Harlem Globetrotter and Nevada player Ethan O'Bryant, after Ramon's camp this past summer. April 2009 - Reno, Nevada Herb has selected the Autism Coalition of Nevada (ACON) as one of his charities to support. ACON is comprised of representatives from various autism advocacy organizations, agencies and professionals who serve Nevadans with Autism Spectrum Disorders and related Neurodevelopmental Disorders throughout our state. The Autism Coalition of Nevada is focused in uniting all people affected by ASD, ASD Advocacy organizations, local and national political affiliates/Legislators, and the service providers in Nevada and all other states in the U.S. As part of creating more awareness, a limited edition print of Nevada artist Steven Saylor's painting to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Governor's Mansion was offered for sale. The painting features Nevada's six living governors and a number of celebrities. Herb was the second person to purchase this print to support families with Autism and the Numbered 2 print is proudly displayed in his office waiting room. September 2009 - Orlando, Florida Herb accompanied Reno Bighorn coaches Jay Humphries and Jason Glover to Orlando for the east coast Reno Bighorn open tryouts. Prior to the try-outs, Herb met with members of the Orlando Magic, including NBA star center, Dwight Howard, shown pictured with Herb. Over 50 basketball players gave their best to make the Reno Bighorn team. The tryouts lasted two days and several players demonstrated potential to make the Reno D League team. Two players were selected to enter the D League draft and will await the draft in November. October 2009 - Washington D.C. Herb traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with Congressman Lee Terry, (Rep-NB) regarding several issues surrounding the proposed health care bill. While he was there, the 1900 page health care bill was submitted to Congress. One of the issues related to the proposed legislation concerned the attempt to restrict a victim's remedy in the legal system. Once again, attempts to cap the amount of damages suffered by a victim was hidden in the legislation. Herb voiced his concern that until you can cap how much a pain a person suffers, it is wrong to cap the damages they are entitled to receive by law. In addition to meeting with Congressman Terry, Herb met with Congressman Heller (Rep-NV) and attended the Nevada breakfast and spoke with Senator Ensign (Rep-NV) and Senator Reid (Dem-NV). Congressman Heller took time to meet with Herb and pose with Herb's daughter Hannah in front of the President Ronald Reagan statute in the Capitol. February 2008 - Reno For a second year in a row, Herb coached the Our Lady of the Snows CYO 6th grade girls basketball team. The team completed their season by winning the Championship Game against the Little Flower Colts. The game was played before a standing room only crowd and was considered one of the best games in the CYO Tournament. The girls received gold medals for the first place championship win. The team consisted of the following players: Hannah Santos, Sasha Deming, Trisha Ven Every, Natalie Nash, Carly Farthing, Nicole Krmpotic, Erin O'Loughlin and Kayla Sisson. Manogue students Joey Santos, Jarred Santos, Le Roy Hutchinson and Derrick Sanchez helped throughout the season. March 1, 2008 - Reno, Nevada THE NBA IS COMING TO RENO!!! Herb Santos was excited to take part in the announcement that the NBA is coming to Reno. Herb is one of the local minority interest owners in the new expansion NBA D-League Reno team. Joining Herb at the press conference was NBA D-League Commissioner Dan Reed, Majority Owner Southwest Basketball, President David Khan and Fat Lever from the Sacramento Kings. The team will start in the 2008-2009 season and will play a total of 50 games, 24 of which will be played at the Reno Events Center. Herb is excited that professional basketball will be coming to Reno and will offer an affordable family experience. November 2008 - Reno, Nevada The Reno Bighorns start off the 2008-2009 season with a pre-season win in Sacramento at Arco Arena before a Kings game against the Albuquerque T-Birds. A group of 11 individuals joined Herb as Founding Owners of the NBA D-League Reno team. The team is coached by NBA veteran player Jay Humphries. Ten players were drafted and include Kansas All Star Russell Robinson, LSU standout Antonio Meeking and former University of Nevada players Gary Hill Thomas and Kyle Shylo. November 2, 2007; Carson City, Nevada Herb Santos, Jr. participated as a lecturer at the 2007 People's Law School. Mr. Santos lectured on the Workers' Compensation System in the State of Nevada. The People's Law School is a unique public information program presented as both a lecture series and a televised series. Designed to clear up much of the confusion and misinformation surrounding the law, The People's Law School serves a valuable need in our society today. Since NTLA introduced this public service project in Nevada in 1986, The People's Law School has continued to provide up-to-date information on the legal system, legislative process and specific areas of the law most affecting Nevadans. Diploma's have been awarded to over 2,000 Nevadans. October 4, 2007; San Diego, California Herb Santos, Jr., was re-appointed for a third term as a member of the Board of Governors of the Nevada Trial Lawyers Association at the Association's annual meeting held in San Diego, California. NTLA is an organization of independent lawyers who represent consumers and share the common goal of improving the civil justice system. NTLA is a non-profit educational organization whose charter strives towards three primary goals: to continually provide its membership with up-to-date knowledge and information through continuing legal education programs and Nevada specific publications; to monitor the legislative session in order to ensure that Nevadans' access to the courts is not diminished; and to educate the public regarding their individual rights and responsibilities as citizens. June 20, 2007; Sydney Australia Herb Santos, Jr., traveled to Sydney, Australia as a chaperone with the Bishop Manogue High School basketball team. The team compiled a record of seven wins and one loss. In addition to playing basketball, the boys made new friends and visited many of Sydney's attractions, including the Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, the Olympic Stadium and the AP Tower. Mr. Santos was accompanied by Coach Rick Stevens, Coach Winston Helms and Dr. Tomas Hinojosa. May 18, 2006; Washington D.C. On May 18, 2006, Mr. Santos was joined with Republican Trial Lawyers from across the nation in Washington D.C. to participate in lobby day. Mr. Santos wanted to bring to Capital Hill the Nevada story and how so called "tort reform" has crippled victims rights in Nevada when it comes to medical malpractice claims. Mr. Santos either met with or left material with the following congressional leaders: Staff of Senator John Ensign (NV), COS of Congressman Jon Porter (NV), Congressman Devin Nunes (CA), Congressman John Doolittle (CA), COS of Congressman Darrell Issa (CA), Staff of Senator John McCain (AZ), Staff of Senator George Allen (VA), and Staff of Senator Elizabeth Dole (NC). The efforts of the Republican trial lawyers to bring this message to Republican elected representatives will result, in time, with an understanding and appreciation for our judicial system and the need to have a system which protects all members of our society and provides equal access to justice. September 6, 2006; Springfield, Massachusetts Mr. Santos, his son Joey and Joey's two friends, Guy and Bryce, attended the 2006 Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies in Springfield, Massachusetts. The 2006 inductees included Charles Barkley, Joe Dumars, Dominique Wilkins and UConn Women's Basketball Coach, Geno Auriemma. The three day event included participation in the Basketball Hall of Fame Golf Tournament where Mr. Santos and the boys played golf with some of basketball's greatest stars. Players included Julius "Dr. J" Erving, Rick Barry, Meadowlark Lemon, Lennie Wilkins and Moses Malone. October 11, 2006; San Francisco, California Mr. Santos argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the case Pirkle v. National American Insurance Company. The case was heard by a panel of three judges, one of whom was retired United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O' Conner. The case stemmed from an insurance claim in which Mr. Santos' client, Kenneth Pirkle, sought to stack UM/UIM insurance coverage on a commercial policy. The undisputed policy limit of $1,000,000.00 was paid by the insurance company. March 10, 2005; New York, New York The History Channel premieres a 13 episode series called Breaking Vegas. In Blackjack Man, Herb Santos, Jr. plays the role of Daryl Purpose, a member of the Uston Card Counting Team. The true story surrounds one of the most famous gamblers, Kenny Uston, who with his team of card counters, made millions in Las Vegas, Reno and Atlantic City playing 21. Mr. Santos filmed his scenes in Gardnerville and Reno, Nevada. This program marked Mr. Santos' 10th movie appearance. Other movies in which Mr. Santos appeared include Kingpin, Jane Austin's Mafia!, The Cooler, Magnolia and Father's Day. September 19, 2005; Washington D.C. Mr. Santos traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with Senator Arlen Specter (R-Pa). Senator Specter has been a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee since he came to the Senate. As such, he has played an instrumental role in many of the Senate's most important issues. In 2005, Senator Specter became Pennsylvania 's longest serving U.S. Senator. He is Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and a Senior Member of the Appropriations and Veterans Affairs committees. Mr. Santos met with both Senator Specter and Senator Lyndsey Graham (R-S.C.) to discuss several pieces of legislation which would have taken away key rights of people in the civil justice system. November 17, 2005; Reno, Nevada. The Washoe County Law Library hosted a free legal seminar "What To Do When You Get Injured On The Job" on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005. Herb Santos, Jr., Esq. presented the seminar. The presentation was part of an ongoing series of monthly free community service seminars for the public. The program will also air on SNCAT. The program is a segment of a series of programs resulting from a joint effort of the Volunteer Lawyers of Washoe County, in collaboration with the Washoe County Law Library to help those who are attempting to work through some legal issues themselves. The aim of the Lawyer in the Library program is to ease the anxiety often experienced by lay people involved in a legal process by providing them with the basic background and tools necessary to deal with the process. March 21, 2004; Washington D.C. Mr. Santos met with Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Senator Mike Crapo, (R-Id) in Washington D.C. to review and discuss upcoming national legislation regarding the judicial system. Mr. Santos joined 12 other lawyers from across the United States to meet with the Senators to thank them for their support in protecting the legal system from unwarranted government intrusion sponsored by the insurance industry. Mr. Santos was also appointed during the meeting as the Nevada chair of the ATLA Republican Trial Lawyers Caucus. The purpose of the caucus is to provide role models as Republican Trial Lawyers, to broaden the membership base of ATLA to include Republicans by informing them of ATLA membership services and Mission, to provide a support system of Republican lawyers to network, socialize, form professional relationships, and develop Republican leadership for ATLA, to provide fellowship and mentorship to newly-licensed Republican lawyers who embark on a career of trial law, to support financially and to recruit Republican candidates for political office at the federal and state level, and to uphold the honor and dignity of our profession. July 7, 2004; Boston, Massachusetts Herb Santos, Jr. received the Weidemann and Wysocki Award at the 2004 Annual Meeting of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Mr. Santos was nominated to receive the award from ATLA President David Casey. Mr. Casey presented the award to Mr. Santos who was accompanied by his wife, Kimberly. The Weidemann and Wysocki Award recognizes ATLA members who have carried on the legacy of Fritz Weidemann and James Wysocki, who have demonstrated a deep commitment to the highest standards of the legal practice and who are passionately committed to the principles of the civil justice system and ATLA's Mission. October 21, 2004; Reno, Nevada Mr. Santos spoke to a group of judges from Colombia at the National Judicial College. Mr. Santos spoke to the group on the civil justice system. The group of judges included judges at all judicial levels [trial judges, appellate judges and supreme court judges] of the Colombian judicial system. The two hour presentation included a question and answer forum between Mr. Santos and the judges. The judges traveled to the United States to learn more about the US legal system as their system is undergoing a significant transformation and has the US system as its model. This marked the seventh time Mr. Santos has provided a presentation to foreign judges at the National Judicial College. He has met with judges from Estonia, China, Nairobi, Russia, Croatia, and Kenya.