Aaron will be an attorney general who will put politics aside and focus on using all the legal tools necessary to protect Nevada’s families — many of whom rightly feel like the system is rigged against them. There is no criminal too ruthless and no corporation too powerful that Aaron won’t take on if they are hurting Nevadans. Aaron will keep Nevadans safe and work to help strengthen the middle class by standing up to anyone who tries to take advantage of them. Aaron will take on scammers who rip off our seniors, insurance companies who deny care, polluters who poison our air and water, and criminals and drug dealers who prey on our families. He’ll also fight for vulnerable communities who are being targeted by the federal government, including the 13,000 DACA recipients living and working in Nevada.
The Silver State will be able to rely on Aaron to uphold the rule of law and act as the last line of defense against anyone who tries to take an unconstitutional action or threaten the principles and rights of Nevadans. Aaron believes Nevada’s attorney general should be both tough and smart on crime, and he will fight to ensure law enforcement and first responders have the resources necessary to combat crime and the protections in place to stay safe on the job.
Early Life and Education
Aaron was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. Though his parents worked hard, Aaron and his family spent many nights wondering if the gas, electricity and water would turn on the next day. This humble beginning instilled in Aaron early on the drive and commitment to create a brighter future for himself and to give back to his community.
Aaron’s mom insisted that he study hard and be the best student he could be. So, in 1987, Aaron’s mom signed him up for “Project Upward Bound,” a Saturday-school and summer program dedicated to helping students who could be the first in their family to graduate from college. With encouragement and guidance, Aaron put his head in the books and ultimately received a scholarship to Texas A&M University.
Aaron graduated from Texas A&M and moved to Austin, Texas, to begin providing for his family as a middle school math teacher while his wife Berna finished her law degree and their son began preschool. Aaron also earned a master’s degree in international education from George Washington University, and then, a master’s degree in educational administration, his law degree and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from The Ohio State University.
Aaron has legal experience before our courts and administrative tribunals, as a law clerk, in private practice, and as an elected official.
After his clerkships for Judge Denise Page Hood, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, in Detroit, and Judge Johnnie B. Rawlinson on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Aaron joined Bracewell & Patterson, in Dallas, Texas, where he utilized his unique educational and legal background to represent school districts, universities and municipalities in various areas of school and public law. He then joined Weil Gotshal & Manges as an associate practicing complex commercial litigation. When the Fords moved back to Las Vegas, Aaron joined Snell & Wilmer’s litigation group and was promoted to partner a few years later. He is now a partner at Eglet Prince, in Las Vegas, where he focuses on consumer protection.
In addition to having represented small and large businesses, municipalities, and individuals, Aaron has also litigated international child abduction cases under the Hague Convention. He has also volunteered countless hours of pro bono legal services over the course of his career.
Aaron was first elected to the Nevada State Senate in 2012. After his first legislative session, Aaron was named “Rookie of the Year” by the Reno Gazette Journal and Freshman of the Year by the Las Vegas Review Journal. He was also named Senator of the Year by the Nevada Conservation League.
Aaron was elected by his colleagues to serve as the State Senate’s Minority Leader for the 2015 legislative session, where he led the fight against extreme policies that harmed working families. After leading the effort to reclaim control of the State Senate during the 2016 elections, Aaron became Majority Leader.
As the Majority Leader, Aaron led the effort to keep Nevadans safe and strengthen our communities by passing legislation aimed at combating elder abuse, increasing transparency for big pharmaceutical companies, reducing recidivism and criminal-justice costs through improved educational, mental-health and substance-abuse programs, and increasing penalties for criminals who target our brave first responders.
Aaron lives in Las Vegas with his family. Berna and he have now been happily married for over 20 years, and together they are raising three sons – Avery, Aaron II, and Alexander – and their nephew, Devin. Aaron is active and has served in several capacities at his church, Victory Missionary Baptist Church, located in Las Vegas.