The judges who make decisions at Reno Municipal Court, along with their court staff, are hardworking individuals who care about the law and the community they serve. They are committed to providing a fair and impartial legal forum where your case can be resolved in a just and timely manner.Reno Municipal Court Judges Gene Drakulich, Shelly T. O'Neill , Dorothy Nash Holmes, and Tammy M. Riggs have a commitment to this community that goes beyond the courtroom. They are actively involved in varied professional and community service organizations. Their vision for Reno is of a clean, healthy community that all our families can feel proud to call home.
Judge Gene Drakulich
Judge Gene Drakulich graduated from the University of Nevada at Reno with a degree in journalism in 1979. He received his Juris Doctorate from McGeorge School of Law in 1985. Prior to his judgeship, Judge Drakulich served as a Deputy District Attorney in the Washoe County District Attorney's Office for six years under Mills B. Lane. Upon leaving the District Attorney's Office Judge Drakulich maintained a private practice in the Reno area concentrating in the areas of criminal defense and civil litigation.
Judge Shelly T. O'Neill
Shelly attended and graduated from Rancho High School and was the first in her family to graduate from college, Northern Arizona University, where she obtained a B.A. in political science. Shelly was one of a small handful of women in her law school at California Western Law School where she was named National Champion in Client Counseling. She interned with the Supreme Court of Nevada and after graduation with Honors, clerked for the Honorable Peter Breen of the Second Judicial District Court in Reno. Shelly was recognized as one of the first 100 women to be admitted to the State Bar of Nevada. She is a Master Emeritus of the prestigious American Inns of Court. Her legal career includes more than a decade as Chief Public Defender; Deputy Attorney general for the Antitrust Division, where she assisted in bringing a multi-million dollar settlement to the State of Nevada. She also served as a prosecutor for the City of Reno, and was the General Counsel to the Nevada Public Utilities Commission.
Judge Dorothy Nash Holmes
Dorothy Nash Holmes was elected to Reno Municipal Court in 2010, after 33 years of law practice. In addition to civil law practice and a extended career as a criminal prosecutor in state and federal courts, she served as Wahoe County's elected District Attorney from 1991-1994 and spent seven years in corrections administration for Nevada's prison system, including establishing the first Correctional Programs Division and serving as its director. She received her law degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeroge School of Law in 1977.
Judge Tammy M. Riggs
Judge Riggs grew up in Reno and Fallon, Nevada, attending Washoe and Churchill County schools. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Geography from Boston University, and a master’s degree from U.C.L.A. School of Public Heath prior to obtaining her Juris Doctorate (law degree) from the University of Minnesota. She began her law career in 2000 as a law clerk for the Honorable Peter I. Breen, and served from 2001 through 2007 as a Deputy District Attorney at the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office, prosecuting all misdemeanors and felonies, including domestic violence offenses and crimes against children as a member of the Domestic Violence Protection Team. Judge Riggs entered private practice in 2007, defending persons accused of crimes in state and federal courts, and professionals in administrative matters, until she was elected to the Reno Municipal Court bench in 2016.