Aaron Ford - Nevada Attorney General
Attorney General Aaron D. Ford, Nevada’s 34th
Attorney General, took office on January 7, 2019, making him the first African
American to hold statewide constitutional office in Nevada.
A former State Senator, AG Ford previously served as both the Majority
Leader and the Minority Leader in the Nevada State Legislature and held
leadership roles on several legislative committees. He also spent many years in
private practice as a partner at both Snell & Wilmer LLP and Eglet Adams in
Las Vegas. Before practicing law, AG Ford served as a public school math
teacher, shaping hundreds of lives.
During his term as a State Senator, AG Ford led the passage of
significant legislation that required police officers to wear body cameras. AG
Ford was also the impetus for a local district attorney to create a “Conviction
Integrity Unit” to review cases that allege wrongful conviction.
As the chief law enforcement officer for the state, AG Ford’s
goal continues to be helping to protect Nevada families. AG Ford believes there
is no task greater than the pursuit of justice and has adopted the office motto
of “Our Job is Justice.” His priority areas include what he refers to as the
“Five Cs”: constitutional rights,
criminal justice and reform, consumer protection, client service, and community
engagement. AG Ford has held several town hall forums to talk directly with
Nevadans on relevant topics such as racial injustice, law enforcement policies,
hate crimes, and identity theft.
Under his direction, AG Ford’s office has made protecting
consumers from fraud, scams, and anti-competitive activity a top priority. During
his tenure in office, AG Ford’s Bureau of Consumer Protection secured over $85
million in recoveries on behalf of Nevada consumers. Consistent with his commitment
to help Nevada families, AG Ford has aggressively pursued those responsible for
fueling Nevada’s opioid crisis. He is proud to have obtained the State’s first
settlement of $45 million on behalf of countless Nevada families who have lost relatives
to opioid abuse.
AG Ford always strives to help those around him, particularly
our most vulnerable communities. He has held two statewide law enforcement
summits with local and national experts to fight human trafficking; he helps
lead Nevada’s sexual assault kit initiative and is proud to have completed the
State’s initiative to test nearly 8,000 previously untested sexual assault kits;
and he worked with his prosecutors to revive a cold case and bring justice for
a Nevada mother who lost her daughter to a brutal murder more than 40 years
AG Ford is proud to have earned five degrees, which include his
law degree and Ph.D. in Educational Administration from The Ohio State
University, as well as degrees in interdisciplinary studies, international
education, and educational administration. AG Ford married his college
sweetheart, Berna Rhodes-Ford, who is also an attorney. Together, they raised
four children, Avery, Devin, Aaron II, and Alexander.
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First Assistant Attorney General
Kyle George most recently served as Chief Deputy District Attorney for Mineral County, NV. George worked for two Members of the Nevada Congressional delegation as an advisor and counsel. He earned his law degree from Georgetown University, and holds a Master's Degree in Chemistry from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While at UNLV, George served as President of the Graduate and Professional Student Association, and Chair of the Nevada Student Alliance.
Second Assistant Attorney General
Christine Brady will be serving as the Second Assistant Attorney General for the Office of the Nevada Attorney General. Brady’s career began in public service at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, advocating for low-income families and other vulnerable populations within the Economic Opportunity Board, and participating in several statewide boards and commissions, including the Advisory Commission for the Administration of Justice and the Attorney General’s Domestic Violence Council. At the onset of her legal career, Brady served as a legal clerk for the Honorable Patrick Flanagan, and later went on to practice law at the Washoe County Public Defender’s Office, where she worked for 10 years in areas including family court, misdemeanors and felonies.
Brady earned her law degree from the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and earned both a B.A. in political science and a M.A. in sociology from Stanford University, with an emphasis on political systems and organizational development. Brady raised her three sons and one daughter in Reno, and currently resides in Storey County.
Chief of Staff
Jessica Adair will be serving as the Chief of Staff for the Office of the Nevada Attorney General. Adair graduated magna cum laude from Texas Tech University School of Law. There, she served as an editor of Texas Tech Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif, the Board of Barristers, and the Criminal Defense Clinic. Adair has been published in Tulane University Law School's Sports Lawyers Journal. She received her B.A. in political science from Rhodes College.
After law school, Adair worked for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce. A veteran of non-profit advocacy organizations and campaigns, Adair previously served on President Obama’s re-election campaign in Colorado and as the Women’s Director for Secretary Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in Nevada.
Stern will be serving as the Solicitor General for the Office of the Nevada
Attorney General. Stern joined the Office in 2016 as Chief of the
Post-Conviction Unit. In this position, she supervised attorneys around the
State in litigating habeas matters and criminal appeals, focusing particularly
on matters pending before the Ninth Circuit. Prior to joining the Attorney
General’s Office, Ms. Stern was in private practice in Las Vegas, where she
specialized in commercial appeals.
A native Nevadan, Ms. Stern has been practicing law in the State for over 15 years. She began her Nevada career as a law clerk to the Honorable Johnnie B. Rawlinson after graduating from Harvard Law School in 1999.
Leslie Nino Piro will be serving as the General Counsel for the Office of the Nevada Attorney General. Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Nino Piro was a staff attorney for the U.S. District Court, District of Nevada, focusing on federal habeas corpus proceedings. Nino Piro also has private sector experience as an Associate at Holland & Hart LLP in a variety of complex civil litigation, regulatory, and administrative matters. In 2015, she was named a “Rising Star” in business litigation by Super Lawyers Magazine. Nino Piro also served as a judicial law clerk to District Judge Roger L. Hunt and Magistrate Judge Peggy A. Leen in the U.S. District Court, District of Nevada.
Nino Piro has lived in Las Vegas for over 30 years and is a proud graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the William S. Boyd School of Law. She has a strong record of serving the local community. In law school, she was a founding member of La Voz, the Hispanic law students association, and the Huellas (footprints) Mentorship Program for aspiring Latinx lawyers. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Las Vegas Latino Bar Association and previously served on the Latino Advisory Board for Nathan Adelson Hospice.