William Werner

Associate Professor, Hospitality
Chair, Academic Integrity Committee
Expertise: Hospitality law, Employment law, Labor relations, Risk management


Bill Werner is an associate professor in the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in hospitality law, employment law, labor relations, hotel security, and risk management. He has served as interim chair of the hotel management department and chairs the college Academic Integrity Committee.

Werner's research interests are in the areas of employment dispute resolution, liability law, student rights, and labor-management relations. His research has been published in a variety of reputable journals, including the Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly and the Florida International University Hospitality Review. He has contributed chapters to several hospitality management texts and co-edited Student Freedom Revisited: Contemporary Issues and Perspectives (NASPA, 2006).

Prior to his appointment to UNLV in 2001, he practiced law in Las Vegas for 12 years, primarily as in-house counsel for Mirage Resorts (now part of MGM Mirage) and Boyd Gaming Corp. He maintains a limited law practice, consisting of employment law and labor relations consulting, and provides regular pro bono representation for abused and neglected children seeking adoption. He has been named to the State Bar Pro Bono Honor Roll and served two terms on the State Bar of Nevada Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility.


  • B.A., History, The Ohio State University
  • J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law

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Las Vegas Review Journal
September 6, 2020
A number of Boulder Station employees say they’re fed up with the Culinary and Bartenders unions and have filed a petition to leave.
Las Vegas Sun
March 5, 2020
As a city full of bartenders, servers and dealers, Las Vegas takes tipping seriously. That’s why a proposed new federal rule that would allow more tip pooling has some in the hospitality industry on edge.
Las Vegas Sun
May 21, 2018
The Culinary Union this week will conduct its first citywide strike vote in more than 15 years, but a vote to strike by a majority of 50,000 hospitality workers doesn’t necessarily mean a crippling walkout is imminent at dozens of Las Vegas casinos and hotels.