Jessica K. Peterson is the judge for Department 8. Prior to taking the bench with the Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court, Jessica was a junior partner at Flangas Law Group, where she worked since moving to Las Vegas in 2007.  Judge Peterson was in private practice for twenty years prior to taking the Bench.  She has represented Plaintiff and Defendants, businesses and individuals in all areas of the law which has given her a balanced perspective and broad knowledge of the law which she can draw from in rendering decisions. She was also Court Appointed Arbitrator for four years.

Jessica is a current Member of and the Past President of the North Las Vegas Rotary Club. Jessica also formerly served on the Board of Directors for the Rape Crisis Center and also served as a Truancy Diversion Judge for three years. She dedicates her time to serving various different charitable organizations including the Compassion Initiative and Vegas Masketeers.

Jessica graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree from Evergreen State College and received her Law Degree graduating cum laude from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She began as an extern for the Honorable Charles Johnson of the 57th District Court for Emmet County, Michigan. Since that first externship, and throughout a considerable and respected legal career, Jessica has always taken great pride in her ability to see both sides of an issue. She is committed to insuring that all individuals who come before her understand her decisions and that each of her decisions is well reasoned, fair, and based on the law.

In her spare time, Jessica enjoys painting, reading, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.