Nevada senators introduce Las Vegas lawyer to Senate Judiciary Committee

WASHINGTON – Las Vegas attorney Andrew Gordon faced routine questioning Wednesday by senators weighing his bid to become a federal judge in Nevada.   

Gordon, 50, was introduced to the Senate Judiciary Committee by Sens. Harry Reid and Dean Heller of Nevada. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., said the bipartisan show of support indicated Gordon’s confirmation probably will be noncontroversial.

The Las Vegan is a partner at McDonald Carano Wilson LLP, where he has focused on civil litigation with an emphasis on complex commercial disputes. He conceded to senators he will need to bone up to judge criminal cases.

“I recognize the need to roll up my sleeves and dig in and work to study the applicable rules of procedure, case law and Supreme Court precedent, and I will do so,” he said.

Gordon would succeed U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks, who is taking senior status and a reduced workload. At the Senate hearing, Gordon appeared alongside federal judge candidates from Louisiana, California and Washington, D.C.

Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said he was prepared to speed their confirmations, but it was unlikely the Senate would complete them before the end of the year. Reid said this week he was prepared to complete Gordon’s installation early next year if necessary.

Contact Stephens Washington Bureau Chief Steve Tetreault at stetreault@stephensmedia.com or 202-783-1760. Follow him on Twitter @STetreaultDC.

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