Many voters want to know what my qualifications are to be a Legislator.

To begin with, I am a resident of the State of Nevada and I meet all the basic statutory requirements to be an Assemblyman from Assembly District 26.

Beyond the basic requirements, I have the background, education and experience that will make be an outstanding legislator.  To illustrate this point, I am publishing my resume in this blog post.

ADMITTED

Nevada Bar, 2003

Federal District Court of Nevada, 2004

California Bar, 2005

LEGAL EXPERIENCE

Reese Kintz Guinasso, L.L.C., Managing Shareholder (Reno Office)

January 2015 to Present

  • Full-service litigation, business, and employment law firm with offices in Reno, Incline Village and Las Vegas.
  • Provide sophisticated legal services to help businesses and individuals manage their risks, overcome hurdles and create meaningful opportunities in an ever-changing business, economic, and political climate.
  • Law practice includes:
    • Employment and Labor Law
    • Human Resources Support
    • Workers’ Compensation
    • Civil Litigation
    • Government Affairs and Legislative Advocacy
    • Public Entity Law
    • Property Law
    • Public interest and nonprofit organizations
    • Churches and Ministries
    • Pro-life Advocacy
    • First Amendment Free Exercise
  • Maintains a significant appellate practice, which has included preparation of petitions for judicial review of administrative decisions, extraordinary writs, and appeals to the Nevada Supreme Court.
  • Regularly engaged as a speaker and provides training on a broad range of subjects.
  • Dedicated to contributing to community by providing pro bono legal services to faith-based organizations, non-profits, and civic organizations. Jason is actively involved in a number of organizations that minister to people in need, influence the development of law and policy, and provide leadership.
  • 2016 Candidate for Assembly District 26 of the Nevada Legislature

Guinasso Law, Ltd., Managing Shareholder

December 2008 to December 2014

  • Advocate for employers, insurers and third party administrators. Practice focuses almost exclusively on employment and labor law with an emphasis on workers’ compensation advice and litigation.
  • Maintains a significant appellate practice, which has included preparation of petitions for judicial review of administrative decisions, extraordinary writs, and appeals to the Nevada Supreme Court.
  • Also advises clients on workplace safety, investigations, employee discipline, and employee handbooks and policies and counsel my clients on the interaction of workers’ compensation laws with state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination due to disability and/or laws mandating medical leaves of absence.
  • Teaches focused courses, lecture at seminars and provide training to managers, claims examiners, and lawyers on a broad range of employment-related subjects.
  • Dedicated to contributing to community by providing pro bono legal services to faith-based organizations, non-profits, and civic organizations.  Actively involved in a number of organizations that minister to people in need, influence the development of law and policy, and provide leadership.

Littler Mendelson, P.C., Associate Attorney

May 2006 to November 2008

  • Primary practice area: employment and labor law with emphasis on workers’ compensation defense; experience handling almost every variety of workers’ compensation case; regularly appeared before workers’ compensation administrative Hearing Officers and Appeals Officers; significant appellate experience, including petitions for judicial review, extraordinary writs, and appeals to our Nevada Supreme Court.
  • Specific regular activities of practice included providing clients with advice on how to administer and manage claims; preparing pleadings, motions, briefs, and legal memoranda; preparing case status letters to clients; reviewing medical records and communicating with doctors; analyzing risk of exposure to liability under various claims; assessing a claimant’s entitlement to temporary total disability, vocational rehabilitation, and permanent partial disability (PPD) ratings under the 5th Edition to the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment; contribute to a wide variety of Littler Mendelson publications.; contribute commentary on employment law issues in local newspapers and journals.

Thorndal, Armstrong, et. al., Associate Attorney

January 2004 to May 2006

  • Workers’ Compensation Defense, Administrative Law, Commercial Real Estate, Business Law, Wills and Trusts, Family Law.

OTHER EXPERIENCE

Nevada Disability Advocacy & Law Center, Rights Advocate/Legal Intern

06/18 – 08/17/01

  • Researched legal issues and theories; wrote legal memoranda; conducted investigation of group homes which culminated in sanctions being imposed on provider; collaborated with other protection and advocacy agencies on key issues affecting people with disabilities; attended state committee meetings; gave presentation concerning the effects of important legislation on people with disabilities and the organizations that serve them.

City of Reno Office of the City Manager, Internship

12/99 – 06/00

  • Improved constituent relations and customer service by implementing a constituent contact and response program.
  • Researched issues and reported findings to Mayor and City Council.

Art Associates Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations, Director of Public Affairs

04/98 – 12/98

  • Executed the strategy, tactics and fundraising for several political campaigns.
  • Clients included: Kenny Guinn for Governor, Norman Frey for Assembly, Greg Brower for Assembly, Sue Camp for County Commissioner, Jeff Griffin for Mayor, Chuck Schembri for City Council.

EDUCATION

University of Oregon School of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence, 2003

  • Moot Court: National Appellate Advocacy Competition – Western Regional Competition (One of four students selected to represent the Law School); Client Counseling Competition – Finalist; Negotiation Competition – Semi-Finalist.
  • Law School Dean Search Committee.
  • Dean’s Student Advisory Committee.
  • Christian Legal Society Member.

University of Nevada, Reno, Graduate Program – Public Administration, 1999-2000

  • Political Science Teaching Assistantship.
  • Completed one year of graduate studies before beginning law school.

University of Nevada, Reno, Bachelor of Arts – Political Science cum laude, 1998

  • Truman Scholarship Finalist
  • ASUN Senator

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Warehouse Christian Ministries, 1992 to Present

  • Board Member.
  • Deacon.
  • Tuesday Night Bible Study Leader.
  • Past service: Youth Leader; Community Outreach; Mission Trip to Honduras.

Nevada Libertas (Non-Profit Organization Defending Religious Liberty) May 2011 to Present

·       Legal Advisor and panel presenter.

Awaken, Inc. (Non-profit dedicated to fighting Human Trafficking) October 2011 to Present

  • Legal Advisor and Advocate.
  • First Attorney in State of Nevada to Apply NRS 176.515 To Vacate Criminal Judgments Against Victim of Human Trafficking.

Nevada Life (Issues Forum and Education) 2005 to Present

  • Legal Advisor.

 Crisis Pregnancy Center (CPC) June 2012 to Present

  • Ex Officio Board Member.

Pet Network Humane Society (Incline Village) February 2016 to Present

  • Board Member

 Transformed International

  • Ex Officio Board Member.
  • Kenya Mission Trip December 2011 to January 2012 (outreach to widows and orphans in Kitale Region; Served at Rehema/In-Step Orphanage).

 Reno/Sparks Chamber of Commerce, 1998 – 2000, 2008-2012

  • Public Affairs Committee.
  • Reno/Sparks Leadership 2000 Program.

Boy Scouts of America

  • Cub Master, Pack 154, February 2005 to 2006.
  • Den Leader, Den 7, Pack 154, 2003 to 2004.

Washoe County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program

  • President of the Board of Trustees, 1999 – 2000.
  • Advocate for Children in Family Courts, 1998 – 2000.

Advocate for the Disabled, 1999

  • Olmstead v. L.C. & E.W.:  Worked with disability rights advocates to promote the position that the ADA requires integrating individuals with disabilities into community based homes rather than institutionalization.

Lighthouse Youth Ministry, 1990 – 1994

  • Live-in mentor in a group home serving at-risk youth.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS

  • Nevada State Bar – Administrative Law Section; Labor and Employment Law Section; Young Lawyers Section.
  • California State Bar – Workers’ Compensation Section; Labor and Employment Law Section, Litigation Section.
  • Northern Nevada Human Resources Association (past Board Member).
  • Nevada State Society of Human Resources Managers  (past State Legislative Director).
  • Associated, Builders and Contractors – Government Affairs Committee.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

  • Married for 22 years to my wife, Kim, with two children, Robbie (19) and Adeline (12).
  • Four dogs: Fenway, Goatee, Mr. Jones, and Mico.
  • Four Cats Rica, Yolee, Ricky and Lucy.
  • Outdoor activities including hiking, fishing and camping.
  • Bird Watching.
  • Participating in pick up basketball games at the gym and park.
  • Avid reader – generally nonfiction books, current events, biographies, theology and politics.
  • News and Current events junkie.