Sandoval Announces Appointments of Joe Hardy Jr. and Eric Johnson to Eighth Judicial Court Vacancies


Mari N. St. Martin
(775) 684-5670
Carson City - April 02, 2015

Governor Brian Sandoval today announced the appointment of Joseph “Joe” Hardy Jr. and Louis Eric Johnson to the Eighth Judicial District Court. Hardy and Johnson will fill the vacancies created by the appointment of Abbi Silver and Jerome “Jerry” Tao to the Nevada Court of Appeals. The selections were made following the interviews with the four finalists as recommended by the Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection.

“Throughout his career, Joe Hardy has demonstrated the qualities necessary to serve Nevada families as a fair and thoughtful member of the judiciary. He has my trust and confidence as he joins the Eighth Judicial Court,” said Governor Sandoval.

Joe Hardy Jr. is a 42-year-old partner with the law firm Gordon & Rees. He graduated from Boulder City School and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Brigham Young University (BYU) and graduated cum laude from BYU Law School where he was the Senior Editor of the BYU Law Review. His previous experience includes serving as an extern for the Honorable United States District Court Judge Lloyd George, extensive civil litigation, and an appointed member of the Taxicab Authority Board. He was admitted to the state bar in 2000. A native Nevadan, Hardy was born in Reno and currently lives in Henderson with his wife and son where he is an active member of the community.

“Eric is an intelligent and articulate individual with a wealth of courtroom experience. His temperament and knowledge of the law will serve as valuable assets on the bench. I am proud to appoint Eric to this distinguished court,” said Sandoval.

Louis Eric Johnson is a 54-year-old Assistant United States Attorney and Chief of the Criminal Division for the District of Nevada. Johnson attended Emporia State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He then earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Kansas School of Law where he was ranked second in his class and served as Associate Editor of the Law Review. Johnson began his service at the United States Attorney’s office in 1983 where he has prosecuted a vast range of crimes and received several awards. Johnson was admitted to the Nevada bar in 1994. He currently resides in Henderson with his wife.


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