Antonio Joseph Maestretti was born at his father's Smith Creek Ranch in Lander County on May 2, 1872. He was educated in the Austin schools (and once taught for a year there) and at Heald's Business College in San Francisco. He studied law while herding sheep on his father's ranch; served as court reporter in Nevada legislature and also served as an official in the Nevada senate. He entered the offices of Jones & Clark as a law student in Reno and in 1899 was admitted to the Nevada bar and the following year was elected district attorney of his native county Lander. He was married in 1900 to Miss Marie Steiner and the couple bought and lived in the old Emma Nevada (Wixom) home in Austin. He served as district attorney for several non-consecutive years and in 1912 passed the California Bar and practiced for a time in Oakland. The Maestrettis had one daughter, born in Austin. In 1923 they moved to Reno where he began law practice. He served as bill drafter in the state legislature and acted as legislative counsel. In 1938 he was appointed District Judge to succeed Judge Moran as Washoe District Court Judge in Department No. 1. He served a year and then became Reno Municipal Court Judge. In 1942 he was elected Judge of District No. 2 defeating Judge Curler and following was elected to the same position every four years. He died in office April 16, 1961 at his Reno home.