R. Gardner Jolley, Partner

Main Henderson Office

R. Gardner Jolley is a co-founder and senior partner with Jolley Urga Woodbury & Holthus. Mr. Jolley has earned the distinguished AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell® and practices in areas such as probate, estate planning, trust, and banking including litigation in those areas.

Throughout his illustrious career, Mr. Jolley has served as a law clerk for Justice David Zenoff of the Nevada Supreme Court, a member of the Board of Governors, and former president of the State Bar of Nevada. Additionally, he has taken on leadership roles within the Probate and Trust Section of the State Bar, the Nevada Assembly Legislative Committee, and the Standing Committee of Judicial Ethics & Election Practices. A former Clark County Community College business law instructor, Mr. Jolley frequently conducts seminars throughout the community relating to his areas of practice.

Practice Areas:

  • Bank, Trust and Probate Litigation
  • Wills, Trusts and Probate
  • Banking and Financial Institutions
  • Commercial and Civil Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Real Estate
  • Appellate


  • Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California (Juris Doctor, 1969)
  • University of Utah (Bachelor of Science, Economics, 1966)

Martindale-Hubbell Rating:

  • AV Preeminent®

Awards and Recognitions:

  • Mountain States “Super Lawyer” in banking, probate and trust litigation
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • State Bar of Nevada Presidential Award for distinguished service to the State Bar of Nevada (1981)
  • State Bar of Nevada Presidential Award for advancement of the administration of justice bringing honor and integrity to the profession (2014)

Professional Memberships:

  • American Bar Association
  • The State Bar of Nevada
  • The State Bar of California
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Nevada Justice Association
  • Legal Netlink Alliance
  • Southern Nevada Estate Planning Council
  • Litigation Council of America
  • American Inns of Court, Master

Court Admissions:

  • Nevada
  • California

Bar Activities:

  • Member, Board of Governors (1978-1986)
  • President, State Bar of Nevada (1985-1986)
  • Nevada Representative, ABA House of Delegates (1986-1988)
  • Board of Trustees, Nevada Law Foundation (1988-1990)
  • Chairman of the Probate and Trust Section, The State Bar of Nevada (1999-2002)
  • Chairman of the committee established by the Nevada Assembly Legislative Committee to completely review and revise the Probate, Estate and Trust statutes in the 1999 Legislature
  • Member of the Standing Committee on Judicial Ethics & Elections Practices (1998-2005)
  • Chairman of the Probate and Guardianship Section, Nevada Civil Practice Handbook originally
published in 1988

Civic Activities:

  • Instructor, Business Law at Clark County Community College (1975-1977)
  • Key Presenter, The State Bar of Nevada, National Business Institute and other notable organizations throughout the legal, financial and business communities (1992-Present)
    • “Advanced Probate Issues”
    • “The Probate Process from Start to Finish in Nevada”
    • “Key Issues in Estate Planning and Probate in Nevada”
    • “Ethics and Fiduciary Duties Relating to Estate Planning and Probate”
    • “Sophisticated Probate Strategies”
    • “The Probate Process from Start to Finish for Paralegals”
    • “Ethics and Fiduciary Duties Relating to Estates”
    • “Ethics in Probate and Trust Practice”


  • Extraordinary Writs, Continuing Legal Education (Nevada Bar – 1983)