Judge Mahan is a longtime
resident of Las Vegas,
having lived and practiced
law there continuously
since 1973. He was born in
El Paso, Texas, during the Second World
War and he grew up in Grand Junction,
Judge Mahan attended the University
of Charleston, West Virginia, and following
graduation, he served in the United
States Navy from 1966 to 1969.
Upon receiving his honorable discharge,
Judge Mahan attended Vanderbilt University
Law School where he was selected
for Vanderbilt’s national moot court team.
Following graduation from law school,
Judge Mahan was admitted to practice
in Nevada, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals,
the United States Tax Court, and
the United States Supreme Court.
In 1982, Judge Mahan and Frank A.
Ellis, III formed the law firm of Mahan
& Ellis, Chartered, where they practiced
law primarily in the areas of business and
commercial litigation for seventeen years.
Judge Mahan was named to “Who’s Who in
America” and “Who’s Who in the World,”
as well as “Who’s Who in American Law.”
In February 1999, Governor Kenny
Guinn appointed Judge Mahan to the
Clark County Eighth Judicial District
Court. Judge Mahan served as chair of
the Committee to Review and Revise the
Eighth Judicial District Court Rules, as
chair of the Clark Regional Judicial Counsel,
as a member of the Joint Task Force
on Civil/Criminal Specialization, and was
appointed by the Nevada Supreme Court
to the Study Committee to review the Nevada
Rules of Civil Procedure.
In 2001, United States Senator John
Ensign nominated Judge Mahan to the
United States District Court. Judge Mahan
formally took the Oath of Office on
February 1, 2002.