Sal Gugino is a long-time Nevada resident, who has been practicing law in Nevada since 1981. Prior to becoming an attorney and counselor-at-law, Mr. Gugino was a government teacher at Western High School in Las Vegas.
After graduating from UOP McGeorge School of Law in 1981, Sal was appointed to the State of Nevada Local Government Employee-Management Relations Board (EMRB) by Governor Richard Bryan and served more than 12 years as a Member and Chairman of the Board, hearing and issuing decisions on public sector labor law matters arising between governmental entities and their employees.
Sal practices primarily in the areas of insurance defense, insurance coverage, employer-employee relations, labor law and general civil litigation. He has represented several hotels, casinos and gaming companies in personal injury, property damage and workers’ compensation matters, as well as administrative and civil litigations involving discrimination charges based upon age, sex, race, ethnicity, gender, religion, and disability.
Practicing in both state and federal court, Sal has been involved as a defense counsel in several “mass disaster” multi-district lawsuits, including the 1980 MGM Grand Hotel fire, the 1982 Hilton Hotel fire, and the May 4, 1988 Pepcon ammonium perchlorate explosion. In addition, Sal has acted as counsel in the formation of several captive insurance companies, including the first captive insurer licensed under Chapter 694C of the Nevada Revised Statutes.
Sal Gugino has served as an arbitrator for the Court Annexed Arbitration Program in Clark County, Nevada since 1992 and, since 2005, has served as a mediator and short-trial judge in the Eighth Judicial Court for the State of Nevada. In 2008, Sal was appointed a Settlement Judge by the Nevada Supreme Court, and has mediated numerous settlements on behalf of the Court.
From 1988 to 2014, Sal was the editor and author of Chapter 2 of the Nevada Civil Practice Manual (Lexis), entitled, “Judges and Attorneys.” An A-V rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell since 2005, has been recognized in Strathmore’s WHO’s WHO (2013); Vegas, Inc.’s Top Lawyers (2013); America’s Most Honored Professionals (2016); and America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators (Nevada)(2018).