Our panel was split on this race. Gonzalez previously served as a Family Court judge; he was not reelected. One panelist said he “let cases go on for too long” because “he was not willing to make difficult decisions.” Another said he is “not the hardest working.” On Throne, one panelist said “she is experienced” but questioned her temperament.
Gonzalez has been a private family law attorney for five years. Prior to returning to private practice, he was the judge for Family Court Department E from 2009 to 2015. Before ever becoming a judge, he was a Family Court appointed attorney for abuse and neglect cases and juvenile public defender for the Clark County public defender’s office. Gonzalez’s self-reported cases include complex and contentious Family Court matters that he was able to successfully resolve without proceeding to trial. In the two appeals of Gonzalez’s rulings that our law school research team reviewed, the Nevada Supreme Court upheld both rulings. He has never been sanctioned by a court for bad behavior and has no history of ethics violations.
Throne is a private attorney with 23 years of experience. The majority of her work is in family law, but she also has experience in civil litigation and misdemeanor criminal matters. In addition to private practice, Throne has been a hearing master pro tempore for protective order hearings, a fee dispute arbitration for the State Bar of Nevada, a member of the Southern Nevada Disciplinary Board and the vice-chair of the Nevada Child Support Guidelines Committee. She has completed the American Bar Association’s Family Law Advocacy Institute. In 2003, she was awarded a certificate for completing 100 hours of pro bono work for Clark County. Martindale-Hubbel awarded Throne a BV Peer Review Rating in 2001 and a Distinguished Peer Review Rating in 2018. Throne has never been sanctioned by a court for misconduct and has no history of ethics violations. In 2006 and 2008, she was a candidate for other Family Court departments, but was unsuccessful in both elections.