Joseph W. Brown, Of Counsel
Summerlin Office

Joseph W. Brown practices in the areas of government affairs, administrative and business law.
Mr. Brown has earned the distinguished AV Preeminent ™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale Hubbell and is listed as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the field of government relations law. He was also recognized by Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top business and corporate lawyers in the five-state mountain region.

Throughout his impressive career, Mr. Brown has served as Chairman of the Government Affairs Practice Group of Terralex, a top-tier International law networking organization which serves clients’ legal needs and business interests through a worldwide network of leading law firms. He is a former appointee of President Ronald Reagan to the State Justice Institute, and The Foreign Claims Settlement Commission of the United States. Joe has served as chairman or director of many business, civic and charitable organizations, including the Nature Conservancy, the Department of Wildlife, the Nevada Development Authority, the Nevada Athletic Commission, the Nevada Military Support Alliance, Nellis (AFB) Support Team, Bank of America and Wells Fargo. Notably, he also served as a Member of the Nevada Gaming Commission, which regulates the gaming industry – central to the Nevada economy.

Practice Areas:

  • Administrative and Regulatory
  • Commercial and Civil Transactions
  • Government Affairs


  • University of Nevada, William S. Boyd School of Law (Honorary Doctor of Laws, 2012)
  • Washington and Lee University School of Law (Juris Doctor)
  • University of Virginia (Bachelor of Arts, English)

Martindale-Hubbell Rating:

  • AV Preeminent®

Awards and Recognitions:

  • Best Lawyers in America-Government Relations Law
  • Super Lawyers-Business and Corporate Lawyers (Five State Mountain Region)
  • Outstanding Alumnus-Washington and Lee School of Law (2013)
  • Top Lawyers, Vegas, Inc. (2013)
  • Vegas Dozen, Class of 2013
  • “Legal Elite”, Nevada Business Magazine (2015)
  • Nevada’s Best Lawyers® (2013)
  • Anti-Defamation League, Jurisprudence Award (2018)
  • Honoree- Nevada Newsmakers (2016)
  • Board Member: State Justice Institute
  • Commissioner: Foreign Claims Settlement Commission of the U.S. (1981-88)
  • National Guard Association of the United States Patrick Henry Award
  • Executive Leader Award – Collaboration Center Foundation (2020)

Court Admissions:

  • State Bar of Nevada
  • District of Columbia Bar (Inactive)

Civic Activities:

  • Commissioner-
    • Nevada Gaming Commission (2009-15)
    • Nevada Department of Wildlife
    • Nevada Athletic Commission
  • Chairman-
    • Nature Conservancy
    • Nevada Development Authority
  • Founder/former Chair-Nevada Military Support Alliance
  • Commander-Nellis Air Force Base Support Team
  • Chairman/Member-Board of Directors-Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance
  • Southern Nevada Advisory Board, City National Bank
  • Nevada Athletic Commission
  • Member-National Advisory Council, Western Folklife Center
  • Foundation Fellow, Desert Research Institute
  • Graduate of F.B.I. Citizens Academy


  • Editor: Washington and Lee Lawyer
  • Nevada Lawyer: “Grass Roots Democracy, or Free Speech Abridged”
  • Joe Brown honored as Las Vegas Icon in Las Vegas Legal Magazine