Keith Pickard is a businesman, attorney, and family man dedicated to serving his clients and constituents with integrity. Keith is a Life Member of the NRA and a proven conservative voice in Nevada. Keith received the Conservative Achievement award from the American Conservative Union.
Keith was born in Long Beach, California but moved with his family to Portland, Oregon until his high school graduation. Keith has three siblings, including a twin brother and two older brothers. Keith's father was a petroleum chemist and his mother was a proud stay-at-home mom who encouraged her children to work hard and reach for their dreams. From January 1982 until July 1983, Keith served a mission for his church in Osaka, Japan.
Upon returning from his mission, Keith completed his undergraduate education at Brigham Young University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management. Keith contributed to development projects in most of the western United States, primarily in Nevada, Utah, and Idaho. He then obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. While there, Keith took first place in the 11th Annual Clark County Bar Association Moot Court Competition and was elected President of the Real Estate Law Society.
For nearly two decades, Keith built communities and now owns a successful law practice serving the citizens of Nevada. Having now spent as many years in Nevada as anywhere he has lived, to Keith, home means Nevada. [/slide-right]
[slide-left]Small Business Owner
Keith is a small business owner and is the founding partner at Nevada Family Law Group, a Henderson firm dedicated to helping families through difficult times. He focuses his practice on complex divorce cases, custody, and relocation disputes. Keith is also involved in various government affairs efforts within the legal community, pressing for improved protections and justice for litigants involved in the legal system. Keith was also the principal draftsman for AB 263 - declared the most significant family law legislation in more than a decade.
AB 263 eliminated conflicts in the existing statutory scheme and leveled the playing field for parents seeking parenting-time with their children. Keith's pioneering efforts served to make custody and relocation cases more fair and predictable by applying the same rules across the board. AB 263 won a solid majority in the fractious Assembly, was passed by unanimous vote in the Senate, and was signed into law by Governor Brian Sandoval on June 9, 2015.
Prior to going to law school Keith had a diverse career that includes being a high school teacher, owning a commercial construction company, and working in management for Fortune 500 Companies, developing communities and building recreation centers and homes throughout southern Nevada. The experience Keith gained over the years has been invaluable, both in helping people with their legal problems as well as in drafting and supporting good legislation. Keith understands what it means to have to make payroll and is sensitive to the financial and regulatory pressures that Nevada citizens and businesses often face.[/slide-left]
[slide-left]Life at Home
Keith is married to the Honorable Margaret Pickard and between them have seven wonderful children and four adorable grandchildren. Besides spending time with his family, Keith enjoys NASCAR racing, soccer, competitive shooting and visiting historical sites throughout the United States.
Keith's wife, Margaret, is an accomplished family law attorney in her own right. She is the top expert in Nevada on high-conflict custody matters and developed the UNLV program for parents involved in high-conflict custody cases. She is a published author, lecturer, and college professor. She is currently one of three Hearing Masters for the Eighth Judicial District Courts, presiding over the Juvenile Sex Offender and Juvenile Drug Courts. She sat for two years as a Hearing Master pro tempore, having presided over the Juvenile Drug Court for over a year, and received the Peacemaker of the Year award from the Mediators of Southern Nevada in 2011.
Keith and Margaret actively serve in their church and programs that serve children. Having spent almost four years as facilitators in their church's addiction recovery program, Keith and Margaret continue to work with youth and adults in recovery from all sorts of addictions, including substance and behavioral addictions, and they provide training and insight to parents in an effort to help their children avoid the ravages of addiction.[/slide-left]