Prominent litigator joinsLionel Sawyer & Collins

Oct 18, 2005 4:33 AM

Fred "Pete" Gibson, a member of a prominent, pioneering Nevada family, has joined the law firm of Lionel Sawyer & Collins.

Gibson becomes a shareholder and senior member of the law firm’s litigation department. He previously served with the Nevada law firm of Hale Lane Peek Dennison and Howard.

To his new post Gibson brings significant experience in complex civil litigation, such as white collar criminal defense, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, mining law litigation and complex business torts, First Amendment issues, and fraud disputes in both state and federal courts.

"We are very fortunate that Pete decided to come with our firm," said Paul Hejmanowski, a litigation shareholder and the firm’s managing partner. "Pete had several options from other Nevada firms and national firms but elected to come with us."

"Joining Lionel Sawyer & Collins brings me home," Gibson said. "I look forward to practicing with the firm that gave me the start of my legal career."

Upon graduation from law school, Gibson was a law clerk for Nevada District Court Judge J. Charles Thompson. He served as a captain in the United States Army, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, and as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Nevada.

In private practice since 1984, Gibson has tried numerous cases to verdict in both federal and state courts and acted as an associate general counsel for American Pacific Corporation.

He was also engaged as general manager for two professional sports franchises (Continental Indoor Soccer League and Arena Football League), and has served as president of the Arena Football League. More recently, Mr. Gibson has served, on a case-by-case basis, as a private prosecuting attorney for the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline.

Lionel Sawyer & Collins, a professional corporation, is the largest private law firm in Nevada.