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Peter J. Christiansen

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Peter J. Christiansen


I have 38 years of experience defending people in criminal matters. I began my legal career with the Clark County Public Defender's office in 1975. I have been a member of the Nevada Bar Association since 1976. I was a team chief for 26 of the 28 years I worked for the Clark County Public Defender's Office. In that capacity, I supervised a team of 5 to 6 attorneys. I also trained new attorneys. In addition to my administrative and supervisory obligations, I always carried a caseload that averaged between 100-150 clients and any given time. I also ran the appellate section of the Clark County Public Defender's Office from about 1978-1985.

I retired from the Public Defender's Office in 2003 and went to work for my son's law office, Christiansen Law Office. For the past 10 years, I have continued to practice exclusively criminal law in the Nevada state courts all over the state of Nevada.

I also serve on the Clark County Committee to appoint Justices of the Peace.


  • University of Utah College of Law, Salt Lake City, Utah
    • J.D. - 1975
  • University of Utah - Master of Public Administration, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
    • B.S. - 1970
    • Major: Psychology
    • Major: English

Bar Admission

  • Nevada, 1976

Classes & Seminars

  • Criminal Law Ethics (Seminar), NV Bar Association

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Appeared on Law and the Laymen several times regarding criminal law
  • Appeared on Law and the Laymen several times regarding criminal law, 1976 to 2013

Past Positions

  • Clark County Public Defender's Office, Team Chief, 1975 to 2003
  • Eglet Wall Christiansen

Ancillary Businesses

  • Clark County Committee to appoint Justices of the Peace

Professional Associations

  • Nevada Bar Association, Member, 1976 to Present
  • Clark County Bar Association (Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Justice), Member, 1992 to 2003

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