Richard J. Pocker
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Areas of Practice
University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1980; Jefferson Literary and Debating Society
University of Virginia, B.A. , with highest distinction, Economics, 1977; Phi Beta Kappa; Walter L. Smith Citizen Soldier Award; Distinguished Military Graduate; Jefferson Literary and Debating Society; U.S. Army R.O.T.C.
Nevada, New York, California, Ohio and Arizona
United States Court of Appeals: Ninth Circuit
United States District Courts: Districts of Nevada and Arizona; Northern District of Ohio, and Central and Northern Districts of California
Richard J. Pocker is the Administrative Partner for the firm's Nevada office. His practice includes civil and criminal litigation, as well as employment law. An experienced trial lawyer, he is a veteran of scores of federal and state jury trials in his thirty years of government service and private practice. He was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, and has been rated “AV” by Martindale Hubbell for over 20 years.
After his graduation from the University of Virginia Law School in 1980, Mr. Pocker's career began with service in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps with the Seventh Infantry Division, followed by a six-year stint with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Nevada. Beginning as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in 1985, Mr. Pocker rose through the ranks to become first the Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney, and ultimately the United States Attorney in 1989. During his tenure as a federal prosecutor, he was recognized in 1988 for his successful prosecutorial accomplishments, receiving the Chief Postal Inspector's Special Award for Excellence of Performance in the Administration of Justice, and the Director's Special Commendation Award from the U.S. Department of Justice, one of the highest accolades available to the Department's attorneys.
After departing the U.S. Attorney's Office, Mr. Pocker entered private practice, where he was a partner in the Las Vegas law firm of Dickerson, Dickerson, Consul & Pocker from 1991 to 2005. He joined Boies, Schiller & Flexner in 2005.
Throughout his career in private practice, Mr. Pocker has continued his commitment to public service and community involvement. In 1996, he returned briefly to government service, serving as Chief Counsel to the Select Subcommittee on the United States Role in the Iranian Arms Transfers to Croatia and Bosnia, chaired by the Honorable Henry Hyde of Illinois, leading a congressional investigation of national security intelligence and foreign policy issues on behalf of the International Relations Committee of the United States House of Representatives. As Chair of the Federal Litigation Section of the Federal Bar Association (2007 to 2010), Mr. Pocker provided leadership in the evaluation of congressional legislation and cutting edge legal trends for that organization.
Back home in Nevada, he served on the Southern Nevada Disciplinary Board for the Nevada State Bar from 1993 to 2003, the last four years as the Board's Chair. Active in the Nevada legal community, Mr. Pocker was selected by the U.S. District Court as one of the Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representatives from 2004 through 2007. In 2006, he was honored as a Patron of the Nevada Law Foundation, an organization dedicated to the provision of legal services to the indigent. In May 2011 he was elected to the Nevada State Bar’s Board of Governors, and has served on that Board continuously since then, reelected a third term in 2015. In 2015 he was awarded the State Bar of Nevada’s Medal of Justice Award, for his service on the board of the Nevada Bar Foundation.
In October 2015, Mr. Pocker joined other present and former high level law enforcement officials from across the nation as a founding member of the Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration. Established with the assistance of the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU Law School, this organization will act and advocate for sentencing reform, criminal justice reform and the harmonization of smarter sentencing approaches with public safety enhancement and the reduction of crime.
In more recent years, Mr. Pocker's community service has focused on educational institutions. From 2000 to 2002, he participated as a member of Community Advisory Board for the Nevada Test Site, working with other community leaders on issues related to environmental and energy concerns. For the past 15 years, he has assisted his alma mater by participating as a judge in the First Year Oral Advocacy Program at the University of Virginia Law School, served as a judge of the "We the People" Constitutional education program with the Clark County School District, and with the other partners of his former law firm, was among the original benefactors of the Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada. Mr. Pocker is also a member of the National Association of Former United States Attorneys, the Theodore Roosevelt Association and the Seventh Infantry Division Association.
Selected Professional Awards and Associations
Nevada State Bar, Board of Governors (2011 to Present)
Best Lawyers in America 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015
Mountain States Superlawyers 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015
Chair, Federal Litigation Section of the Federal Bar Association (2007-2010)
Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representative for the District of Nevada (2004-2007)
National Association of Former United States Attorneys (1991 to present)
Master, Nevada Howard McKibben Inn of Court (1997 to present)
Nevada State Bar, Southern Nevada Disciplinary Board (1993-2002) Chair (1999-2002)
U.S. Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel, District of Nevada (2012)
U.S. Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel, District of Nevada (2013)
Recipient of the State Bar of Nevada’s 2015 Medal of Justice Award (2015)
Member of Nevada State Attorney General Adam Laxalt’s Advisory Commission on Military Legal Assistance (2015)
A Founding Member of Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration (2015)
"Will This New Iran Bring Peace to Bosnia?", Los Angeles Times (June 28, 1998)
"Why The Iqbal and Twombly Decisions Are Steps in the Right Direction," The Federal Lawyer, May 2010 (Volume 57, Number 4)
Rick Pocker Joins Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration (October 23, 2015)
54 BSF Attorneys Recognized as Top Lawyers in 2013 Super Lawyers Magazine (2013 Super Lawyers)
Two BSF Attorneys Named 2009 Mountain States Super Lawyers (2009 Mountain States Super Lawyers)
Firm Report: January 2008 (Vol. 3, Issue I) (01.22.2008)
BSF Wins Jury Trial in Las Vegas Federal Court (December 15, 2007)
Chief Counsel, United States House of Representatives' Select Subcommittee of United States House International Relations Committee on Iranian Arms Transfers to Bosnia and Croatia, 1996
United States Attorney, United States Attorney's Office for the District of Nevada, 1989-1990
Chief Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney's Office for the District of Nevada, 1989
Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney's Office for the District of Nevada, 1985-1988
U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps., Seventh Infantry Division, 1981-1985