NAFUSA member Richard Pocker has been elected vice president of the Nevada State Bar. Pocker is the administrative partner for the Nevada office of Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP. His practice includes civil and criminal litigation, as well as employment law. He was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
After his graduation from the University of Virginia Law School in 1980, 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, Pocker rose through the ranks to become first the chief assistant U.S. attorney, and ultimately the United States Attorney in 1989.
After departing the U.S. Attorney’s Office, 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.
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, 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. He served as chair of the Federal Litigation Section of the Federal Bar Association (2007 to 2010),
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. 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.