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Bill Werner, J.D.

Associate Professor

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Bill Werner is an Associate Professor on the Harrah College of Hospitality, teaching 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 presently chairs the college Academic Integrity Committee.

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 Corporation. His law practice has included representation of employers in a wide variety of employment litigation and labor negotiations. 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.

Professor 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).

Bill is a graduate of The Ohio State University (B.A. in History) and the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He served two years as contributor and editor of the UC Law Review. He was born and raised in Kettering, Ohio and has resided in Las Vegas since 1989.

Areas of Research

  • Labor relations
  • Minimum wage and overtime law
  • Risk management
  • Academic integrity

Industry Focus

  • Labor relations
  • Employment litigation
  • Risk management

Courses Taught

  • Hospitality Law (HMD 401 and HOA 711)
  • Security and Risk Management (HMD 409 and MHA 654)
  • Labor-Management Relations (HMD 408)
  • Employment Law (HMD 402)


  • State Bar of Nevada Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Faculty Advisor for Eta Sigma Delta Honor Society
  • Faculty Senate