Tamietti appointed Superior Court judge
Truckee attorney Robert L. Tamietti has been appointed by Gov. Gray Davis to a judge opening in the Nevada County Superior Court civil department.
Tamietti, who has roots in Nevada County (his father grew up in Grass Valley), will fill the vacancy created by the recent elevation of Judge M. Kathleen Butz to the 3rd District Court of Appeals.
“The judges and staff of the court welcome Mr. Tamietti to the bench of Nevada County Superior Court and look forward to working with him,” Court Executive Officer Sean Metroka said.
Tamietti, who turned 51 on Wednesday, said Butz encouraged him to apply for the position. He will be sworn in Sunday.
“We are not quite sure when I’ll first sit on the bench,” he said. “It’ will be relatively soon.”
Tamietti has been practicing law in Truckee for 13 years. He was in solo practice representing clients in civil matters. A member of the Tahoe Truckee Bar Association and the Nevada County Bar Association, he served as president of the Tahoe Truckee Bar in 1996. He has also served as a temporary judge in small claims matters for the Nevada and Placer county superior courts.
“I grew up as a son of a Methodist minister and always knew community service is something I wanted to do,” he said.
Prior to working in the Sierra Nevada, Tamietti said he practiced in civil matters in San Francisco, Miami and Richmond, Va., among other places. He attended law school at the University of Utah after a realization that “there’s more to life than being a ski bum.
“I went into law relatively late,” he said.
Jim Porter, who heads Porter-Simon, the largest firm in the Lake Tahoe area, said Tamietti has strong courtroom experience and is the right man for the job.
“Bob Tamietti is real smart. He’ll be an excellent judge,” Porter said. “He is filling big shoes (replacing Butz), but he has the skills to do it.”
Tamietti will spend the next few weeks closing his Truckee civil practice, and preparing to attend the judicial college to sharpen his criminal law knowledge.
-The Sierra Sun contributed
to this story.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Lake Tahoe, Truckee, and beyond make the Sierra Sun's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
As the Lake Tahoe Basin’s black bears emerge from their winter slow-down and slumber, campground managers, biologists, park rangers and wildlife officers hope to have a new tool at their disposal to help manage the…