Judge William L. Gardner graduated from the University of Nevada in 1977 with distinction (B.S. Business Administration) and graduated from the University of Arizona College of Law in Tucson, Arizona, in 1981.Judge Gardner began practicing law in Nevada in 1981. Previous to his appointment to the Reno Municipal Court bench, Judge Gardner served as the chief criminal deputy city attorney in the Reno City Attorney’s Office from 1989 through 2000 and from 2006 through 2010, under two different city attorneys. He was appointed by the Reno City Council on December 8, 2010, to replace the vacancy created by the passing of the Honorable Paul S. Hickman.
Judge Gardner served on the board of directors at the Nevada Humane Society from 1984 through 1996. He has also been a member of the Northern Nevada DUI Task Force, the Washoe County Criminal Justice Advisory Committee and the City of Reno Animal Control Advisory Board in addition to many other Northern Nevada criminal justice committees and organizations. He has been a lecturer at the National Judicial College and has instructed at numerous law enforcement academies throughout the State of Nevada.