Former U.S. Senator Richard Bryan focuses his practice on government relations at the federal, state and local levels, particularly in the area of public land use issues.
Senator Bryan began his legal career in 1964 as a Deputy District Attorney in Clark County, Nevada. Two years later, he was named Clark County's first Public Defender. In 1968, Senator Bryan was elected to the Nevada State Assembly and re-elected in 1970, he was elected to the State Senate in 1972 and re-elected in 1976. The former prosecutor won his first statewide election as Nevada's Attorney General where he played a major role in successfully defending Nevada's gaming regulatory structure in the federal courts.
In 1982, Senator Bryan was elected to his first of two terms as the Governor of Nevada. Under his leadership as Governor, economic diversification and the attraction of new businesses to Nevada became a priority. In 1988, he was elected to the first of two terms in the U.S. Senate. Senator Bryan was the only Senate member to simultaneously serve on the following U.S. Senate Committees: Finance; Commerce, Science and Transportation; and Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. He authored the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act of 1998.