The Nevada Board of Regents recently named local attorney Bret O. Whipple as a 2014 Distinguished Nevadan. The Distinguished Nevadan represents the most prestigious award conferred by the Board of Regents. It is bestowed upon prominent individuals who have made significant achievements that have contributed to the cultural, scientific or social advancement of Nevada.

Here in Ely, Bret Whipple and Daniel Paige founded the law firm Justice Law Center. Together, they represent White Pine residents needing legal representation. Whipple’s experience in the field of law is wide-ranging and includes over fifty jury trials and numerous “oral arguments” before the Nevada Supreme Court. Recently, Whipple represented a Nevada citizen before the United States Supreme Court.

A fourth-generation Nevada rancher, Bret spent his childhood moving cattle across the Great Basin range land. He was a state officer for the Future Farmers of America.  Following high school, Bret worked as an exchange student on a farm in Germany and sheared sheep on an Australian sheep station. He attended the University of Pennsylvania on a football scholarship and graduated with a degree in accounting. He is a certified public accountant in Arizona, New York, Nevada, and Pennsylvania. He later earned a juris doctorate from the University of Arizona and is licensed to practice law in Arizona and Nevada.

Whipple has been highly involved in issues unique to Nevada. He served as a member of the Board of Regents from 2003 through 2008. He was Chairman of the Board from 2005 to 2007. More recently, Whipple was appointed by Gov. Jim Gibbons, and reappointed by Gov. Brian Sandoval, to serve on the Nevada P16 Advisory Council, which assists in the coordination between elementary, secondary and higher education in the state.

Bret and his wife Paige are the proud parents of daughter Hope and son Shea.