Richard H. Bryan

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Practice Emphasis

Government Relations, Gaming, Public Land Use Issues

Professional Experience

Former U.S. Senator Richard H. Bryan is a shareholder at Lionel Sawyer & Collins and is a member of the Firm's Executive Committee. His practice focuses on government relations at the federal, state and local levels, particularly in the area of public land use issues. He is the Firm's designated representative for Lex Mundi, State Capital Group, and Business Counsel, Inc., global organizations of major law firms. Based in the Firm's Las Vegas office, Senator Bryan also spends time in the Firm's other Nevada offices in Reno and Carson City.

Richard Bryan remains an active community and business leader in Nevada. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, which encourages businesses to relocate to Nevada. Senator Bryan is also on the Board of Trustees of the Las Vegas  Metro Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Board of Directors of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts . He is Chairman of the Board for Preserve Nevada, a group whose priority is to preserve historical buildings, places, and historical artifacts in the State of Nevada.

A native Nevadan, Senator Bryan began his legal career in 1964 as a Deputy District Attorney in Clark County (Las Vegas), Nevada. Two years later, he was named Clark County's first Public Defender. In 1968 Richard Bryan was elected to the Nevada State Assembly. He was re-elected to the State Assembly in 1970. In 1972, he was elected to the State Senate 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, he was elected to the first of two terms as Governor. Under his leadership as Nevada's 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. He was the only Senate member to simultaneously serve on these U.S. Senate Committees: Finance; Commerce, Science and Transportation; and Banks, Housing and Urban Affairs.

Senator Bryan is included in Best Lawyers in America and in Mountain States Super Lawyers for Government Relations Law. He also has an AV rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Directory.

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • Board of Trustees, Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance
  • Board of Trustees, Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce
  • Chairman of the Board, Preserve Nevada
  • Board Member, Las Vegas Performing Arts Center
  • Member, City of Las Vegas Centennial Committee
  • Board Member, Great Basin National Park Foundation


  • University of California, Hastings Law School, LLB
    • Order of the Coif
    • Hastings Law Review
  • University of Nevada, B.A., 1959

Bar/Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Nevada
  • Bar of the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court