Bruce Alverson has been a Nevadan since 1951 and concentrates his practice on all aspects of civil trial work. Bruce graduated from the University of Nevada’s College of Business with a major in accounting. He began work in a Las Vegas accounting firm and received his Certified Public Accountant designation in 1966. Thereafter, Bruce worked for the international accounting firm of Peat, Marwick & Mitchell, the predecessor of KPMG, in San Francisco where he performed certified audits of major companies and later worked in the firm’s tax department. He was also attending law school at night and obtained his degree in 1970. After a short stint as an auditor with the newly created railroad entity Amtrak, he returned to Las Vegas to commence the practice of law. In 1977, Nevada’s current United States Senator Harry Reid and Bruce formed our present law firm which has grown from two lawyers to one of the largest, and oldest, in Nevada.
Always a historian at heart, Bruce began taking history classes at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and ultimately obtained his PhD in history in 2008. He has written extensively in the areas of legal history, Nevada history, and the law.
He is a member of the four most prestigious trial lawyer organizations in America. Membership in each of these organizations is by invitation only, and trial lawyers are invited to become members only after an extremely thorough screening process which includes references from judges and other practicing trial lawyers. These organizations are The International Academy of Trial Lawyers (membership is generally limited to 500 U.S. trial lawyers), The American College of Trial Lawyers (membership limited to 1% of the State Bar members), the American Board of Trial Advocates (membership limited to those lawyers who have 20 or more civil jury verdicts), and The International Society of Barristers. Bruce is the only Nevada trial lawyer who is a member of all four of these organizations. Bruce has an “AV Preeminent” rating with Martindale Hubbell, and has been listed as a Super Lawyer in the area of Civil Litigation Defense by Mountain States Super Lawyers and Business Edition Super Lawyers.
Education: University of San Francisco (J.D., 1970); University of Nevada, Reno (B.S., Accounting, 1964); University of Nevada, Las Vegas (M.A., History, 1995); University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Ph.D., History, 2008)
Bar and Court Admissions: Nevada Supreme Court; U.S. District Court, District of Nevada; Supreme Court of the United States
Professional Associations: Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyer;s Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (Nevada State Chairman, 2004 – 2007); Advocate Ranking, American Board of Trial Advocates (Las Vegas Chapter President, 2002 – 2007; National Board of Directors, 2007 – ); Fellow, International Society of Barristers (Nevada State Chairman, 2012 – 😉 Association of Defense Trial Attorneys; Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel; Nevada American Inn of Court (Master); Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (1985); ALFA International (Board of Directors 2003-2007); Adjunct Professor of Law, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Trial Advocacy, 2003-2005); Adjunct Professor, College of Southern Nevada (Nevada History, 2003-2005); American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (1966); Nevada State Board of Accountancy; Defense Research Institute; State Bar of Nevada; Clark County Bar Association; American Bar Association; Southern Nevada Joint Medical-Legal Screening Panel, 1976-1981; Defense Trial Lawyers of Nevada (Secretary/Treasurer,1985-1991;) Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society (Board of Directors, 2003 – ); United States Supreme Court Historical Society (Board of Trustees, 2004 – ; Nevada State Chairman, 2003 – )
Publications: Books “Flamboyant Lawyer in a Maverick Western Town: Las Vegas Through The Eyes of Harry Claiborne” copyright 2011; “Nevada Business Law Summary”, copyright 2002; “Nevada Law Summary”, copyright 2000;
Published Articles “Hedonic Damages-Methodology and Admissibility”, FICC Quarterly, Vol. 50, No. 3, Spring, 2000; “Brain Mapping: Should This Controversial Evidence be Excluded?” FICC Quarterly, Vol. 48, No. 2, Winter 1998; “The Limits of Power: Comstock Litigation, 1859-1864″, Nevada Historical Society Quarterly, Vol. 43, No. 1, Spring, 2000; “The Camp Without A Failure: Searchlight, 1903-1909″, Nevada Historical Society Quarterly, Vol. 39, No. 3, Fall, 1996