Highlighted Judge for May

Highlighted Judge for May

Adriana Escobar

Department XIV

Eighth Judicial District Court


Term of Office 2012 – present


Judge Adriana Escobar has been a practicing attorney since 1991.  She was appointed to the District Court by Governor Sandoval on June 26, 2012 after being recommended for appointment by the Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection. She took the bench August 6, 2012 following the retirement of Judge Donald Mosley.


Prior to joining the bench, Judge Escobar worked as a Deputy Attorney General in the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Nevada Attorney General’s Office where she prosecuted complex mortgage and investment fraud cases.  She also served as Nevada Consumer’s Advocate and Chief Deputy Attorney General where she protected the interests of Nevada consumers and ratepayers supervising complex consumer protection and public utilities cases.


Judge Escobar was appointed by former Governor Kenny Guinn to serve as a Commissioner with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada.  During her tenure at the PUCN, she heard and decided numerous cases involving utility regulation of electricity, gas, telephone and water that had a state wide impact.


Prior to being appointed to the PUCN, she was appointed to serve as a member of the State of Nevada Taxicab Authority by former Nevada Governor Bob Miller.


Judge Escobar founded and managed Chanos Escobar Chanos, P.C., a Nevada law firm that represented local business owners in complex business transactions and commercial litigation. Judge Escobar was Special Counsel in Las Vegas to Fox Rothschild LLP, a national law firm.

Judge Escobar has lived in Las Vegas most of her life.  She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and the University of Nevada Las Vegas where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.


After graduating from UNLV, Judge Escobar earned certification as a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counselor by the Nevada Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Abuse (BADA).  She counseled patients in outpatient and group settings.  Judge Escobar developed substance abuse prevention programs for children and adolescents and taught classes.  She edited a column entitled “Ask Adriana” that ran in a high school student newspaper where she answered students’ anonymous questions about drug and alcohol use.  Judge Escobar also produced and directed Spanish language public television programs about substance abuse prevention.


After working as a certified substance abuse counselor, Judge Escobar enrolled in law school at California Western School of Law in San Diego, California, where she earned a Juris Doctor in 1991.


Upon law school graduation, Judge Escobar was appointed Deputy City Attorney in the Office of the City Attorney of San Diego.  There she gained extensive jury trial experience prosecuting criminal offenses.


Before her appointment to the District Court, Judge Escobar served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of Spring Valley Hospital.  She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce and has received the Professional of The Year Award.