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Herb Santos, Jr.

Herb Santos, Jr. was born, raised and currently resides in Reno. He is married to the former Kimberly Saylors of Las Vegas and together they have three children: Joey, Jarred and Hannah.

In 2012, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval appointed Herb to the Nevada Commission on Tourism and he was re-appointed by Governor Joe Lombardo in 2023. Prior to this appointment, Herb attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he received his bachelor’s degree in sociology. He continued his education at the University of the Pacific, where he received his Juris Doctorate degree from McGeorge School of Law in 1991.

Herb has worked as a trial attorney since receiving his law license, later opening the Law Firm of Herb Santos, Jr. in 1999. Herb has received an AV peer review rating by Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating given to lawyers in the United States and is designated to less than one percent of all lawyers in the country. Herb was honored as Nevada Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2018. He has received numerous other recognitions for his trial work, including a lifetime designation in Who’s Who in American Law, Top 100 Trial Attorneys in Nevada, recipient of the Weidemann and Wysocki Award from the American Association of Justice, pro bono awards for the Washoe County Bar Association and the State Bar of Nevada, among others. Herb is a Certified Specialist in Workers Compensation Law in Nevada.

Beyond the Nevada Commission on Tourism, Herb has also served as past president of the Nevada Association for Justice and currently sits on its Board of Governors. He is the Nevada representative to the Republican Trial Lawyers Caucus of the American Association for Justice, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member of Lawyers of Distinction, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the National Trial Lawyers, and the Worker’s Injury Law and Advocacy Group, known for its dedication to representing workers and their families. Herb has become a recognized volunteer lobbyist who advocates for civil justice issues both on the state and national levels. In addition to a successful law career, Herb is part-owner of the Stockton Kings, a National Basketball Association Developmental League basketball team co-owned by the NBA Sacramento Kings basketball franchise.