Magistrate Judge Craig S. Denney was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He and his family have lived in Northern Nevada since 1999. Judge Denney has a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Ohio Dominican College in Columbus, Ohio. Judge Denney received his juris doctorate from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. He has a master’s degree in business administration from Saint Martin’s College in Lacey, Washington. He also has a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Prior to his appointment to the federal court on January 24, 2022, Judge Denney held the following positions: Assistant United States Attorney, with the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Nevada; Counsel with Downey Brand LLP; Counsel and Partner with Snell & Wilmer LLP. In 2016, Judge Denney was appointed as Administrative Law Judge with the Social Security Administration (“SSA”). He later served as the Chief Administrative Law Judge for SSA’s Reno Hearing Office before his selection as a Magistrate Judge. Prior to moving to Nevada in 1999, Judge Denney served on active duty for six years in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps (“JAG”). He has also served in the Army Reserve JAG Corps for more than twenty years. During his time in the Army Reserve, Judge Denney served as a Military Judge on the trial bench from 2011 to 2021 and Associate Judge on the Army Court of Criminal Appeals from 2021 to January 2024. Judge Denney retired from the Army Reserve on February 1, 2024, after 30 years of military service.