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Peter C. Bernhard

Peter C. Bernhard currently serves as Chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission.  He was originally appointed in 2001 and was most recently reappointed by Governor Brian Sandoval in 2011.  Prior to 2001, he served as a member and chairman of the Nevada Commission on Ethics.

Prior to his appointment to the Gaming Commission, Mr. Bernhard’s private law practice included gaming licensees and companies doing business with gaming licensees.  At various times he has represented casinos, bondholders, gaming manufacturers and creditors in chapter 11 proceedings.  He has also handled purchases and sales of gaming properties, as well as civil litigation and other dispute resolution proceedings for and against licensed operators. 

He has served on various committees and organizations including as a Nevada representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, as Chair of the United States District Court Magistrate Selection Committee, and as a member of the Nevada Supreme Court Advisory Committee to Review the Nevada Rules of Civil Procedure.

Mr. Bernhard received his bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard University in 1971 and his juris doctor degree from the National Law Center at George Washington University in 1975.  He has been a practicing attorney in Las Vegas, Nevada since 1976, specializing in commercial litigation, reorganizations, and administrative law.


Tony Alamo, M.D.

Dr. Tony Alamo currently serves as a member of the Nevada Gaming Commission.  He was originally appointed in May 2008 and was most recently reappointed by Governor Sandoval in 2012. 

Dr. Alamo is currently an Organizer/Director of a community Bank FDIC chartered in 2007.  He served as Chief of Staff at Sunrise Hospital and Children’s Medical Center from 2002 – 2004 and at San Martin St. Rose Hospital from 2006 – 2009.  Governor Kenny Guinn appointed Dr. Alamo to the Nevada State Athletic Commission where he served as member and chairman from 2001 – 2007.  He also served as Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board for the Athletic Commission in 2000.

Having earned his medical degree from the University of Southern California, Dr. Alamo has been a clinical physician in Nevada since 1994.


Joseph W. Brown

Joseph W. Brown currently serves as a member of the Nevada Gaming Commission. He has served on the Commission since 2008.

Mr. Brown is a Director of the law firm Fennemore Craig Jones Vargas. He is AV rated by the Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory and is listed in “The Best Lawyers in America” and “Mountain States Super Lawyers.”

Mr. Brown was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in December of 2012. During his career Mr. Brown has served as a member of the Board of the Nevada Department of Wildlife and the Nevada State Athletic Commission. He served as a member of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission of the United States and the State Justice Institute during the Ronald Regan Administration. Additionally, he has served on the Nevada Development Authority, the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, the Nellis Air Force Base Support Team, the Nevada Military Support Alliance, The Nature Conservancy, and the Desert Research Institute.


John Moran

John Moran is currently a member of the Nevada Gaming Commission.  He was originally appointed in 2004.  Prior to his tenure on the Commission, Mr. Moran served as member and chairman on the Colorado River Commission as well as the Wildlife Board for the State of Nevada.

Mr. Moran served as a Clark County Deputy Sheriff in 1969.

Mr. Moran graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1971.  He earned his juris doctor degree from Loyola University School of Law in 1975.  He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Clark County Bar Association, the National Trial Lawyers Association, and the National Association of Gaming Attorneys.  He is a partner at Moran Law Firm.


Randolph Townsend

Randolph Townsend currently serves as a member of the Nevada Gaming Commission.  Prior to his tenure on the Commission, Mr. Townsend served more than 28 years in the Nevada Senate, where he held chair-level roles in committees and activities focused on child care, commerce, labor and taxation.  He also was a member of committees focused on government affairs, energy/infrastructure/transportation, utility oversight, and production and use of energy, among other legislative councils.

Mr. Townsend has served on the joint standing Committee on Health Care and the Senate Committee on Human Resources.  Townsend secured significant funding for the state’s mental health services and to improve insurance coverage for people with severe mental illness.  In 2002, President George W. Bush appointed Townsend to the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health.  He also chaired the Nevada Subcomittee to Study Mental Health Issues.  In 2003, he introduced a bill creating the Nevada Mental Health Plan Implementation Commission and was elected its chairman.

In business, Townsend spent 10 years with the public relations firm DRGM, where he worked with world-class gaming establishments and national banking clients.  He was a general manager at Lexus of Reno for six years and was a founding member of Commercial Bank of Nevada.  In addition, he has taught at the University of Nevada, Reno as an adjunct faculty member.

Mr. Townsend attended San Francisco State University and holds a bachelor’s and Master of Education degrees from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Last updated: 12/19/2012 9:57:21 AM