Department 8 - Honorable Barry L. Breslow


The Honorable Barry L. Breslow was appointed to the Second Judicial District Court by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval in April 2017 and was retained by the voters in the 2018 general election. As the presiding judge in Department Eight, he hears both civil and criminal matters of general jurisdiction. In 2018, Judge Breslow was selected to serve as the district's Arbitration Judge. He serves as a member of the following court committees: Budget Committee, Court Automated Enhancement Project, Court Statistics, and Civil Bench/Bar. Judge Breslow has achieved an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubble's Judicial Edition. This is the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards reflecting the confidential opinions of members of the State Bar and Judiciary.

Judge Breslow earned a Bachelor's of Arts in Political Science from Rutgers University. He is a graduate of Ohio State University College of Law with an emphasis on the study of Dispute Resolution. While in law school, Judge Breslow was a staff member and later an Editor of The Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution.

Prior to Bench
After law school, Judge Breslow served as Law Clerk to United States District Court Judge Howard D. McKibben in Reno, Nevada. Thereafter he joined the law firm of Robison, Belaustegui, Sharp & Low in Reno, Nevada.

In nearly three decades of practice in Nevada, Judge Breslow litigated in the municipal, state and federal courts, and successfully appeared before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He was AV rated by Martindale-Hubble.

As an attorney, Judge Breslow served as an arbitrator for the Nevada Supreme Court annexed arbitration program and was appointed as an arbitrator over 100 times in Washoe and Clark Counties. He has been a presenter at the Nevada Supreme Court's arbitrator certification class and has lectured on civil trial practice for the National Business Institute. He has also served as a pro tem judge in the Reno Municipal Court and was a nine year member of the State Bar of Nevada Disciplinary panel.

Professional and Community Activities
For several years, Judge Breslow provided pro bono legal services to the underserved and has been recognized by the Volunteer Lawyers of Washoe County. At the request of the federal bench, Judge Breslow successfully represented a Nevada State Prison inmate in a freedom of religion appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, published at 86 F.3d 932 (1996).

Judge Breslow helped form and was Vice President of the non profit Sierra Nevada Community Aquatics. He also served as a member and ultimately became the Chairman of Nevada's Commission on Common Interest Communities. In recent years, he chaired the annual community WinterFest event, raising funds and food donations for the Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada foodbank.

Judge Breslow has been a proud Nevadan for over 30 years. He is married with two children, both of whom graduated from University of Nevada, Reno. When not working, Judge Breslow enjoys reading, hiking, the arts, University of Nevada athletics, and playing the piano.