Judge Gamble

In Nevada’s District Court, Judge Gamble handled hundreds of felony criminal cases, including several capital murder trials, as well as major civil litigation in all areas of law: Water law, Family law, Real Property, Probate, Trusts and Estates, Administrative law,  Tort litigation, Construction Defect law, Eminent Domain, Election law, Medical and Legal malpractice, and many others.

During the five years of his private work as a mediator/neutral, he has helped lawyers, clients, and the courts to informally resolve cases and controversies in the areas of Construction Defect, Corporate governance and dissolution, Medical employment law, Real property disputes, Divorce cases, Legal & Medical malpractice and several others.

Brief Biography

Judge David Gamble is a native Nevadan, born in Lovelock in 1950. His family moved to Carson City in 1961 and he graduated from Carson High School in 1968.

Judge Gamble received his undergraduate degree in Political Science  from Stanford University in 1972, and his Juris Doctor degree from Willamette University College of Law in 1976.

He was in private practice with Julian Smith in Carson City for seven years (1976-1983) and then had a solo practice for three years before running for District Judge in 1986. His private practice consisted almost entirely of litigation work. He tried several criminal cases to jury verdict, but concentrated primarily in the  personal injury and product liability areas. He tried many plaintiff’s cases and a few insurance defense cases to jury verdict. 


Judge Gamble served as a District Court Judge for 25 years. Because the Ninth District has a small population, there is no specialization in the District Court. The Judge handled hundreds of felony criminal cases, including several murder trials, as well as major civil litigation in all areas of the law: Water Law, Real Property, Trusts and Probate, Administrative Law, Tort litigation, Constructional Defect Law, Eminent Domain, Election Law, Medical and Legal Malpractice, and many others.He also tried hundreds of cases in all areas of Domestic Relations Law: Divorce, Legal Separation, Child Custody and Support, Adoption, Termination of Parental Rights, and Spousal Support.

When Judge Gamble retired from the full-time bench in January, 2013, he was the longest sitting District Court Judge in the State of Nevada.

He is a past president of the Nevada Trial Lawyers Association and the Nevada District Judges Association, and served as that group’s Treasurer for more than 20 years.

Judge Gamble has decades of experience in aiding lawyers and litigants in the settlement of cases before him. He also served many times as a settlement judge at the behest of lawyers and other judges across the state and across the nation.

Judge Gamble has also been appointed  by the Nevada Supreme Court to continue to serve the State as a senior District Judge. He has been assigned to handle cases in almost all the Judicial Districts in Nevada.