Judge Mike K. Nakagawa

Contact Information

Courtroom Deputy
Phone: (702) 527-7138

Hearing Dates

Phone: (702) 527-7158

Adversary Trial Dates
Phone: (702) 527-7138

Courtroom 2 (3rd Floor)

U.S. Bankruptcy Court
District of Nevada
Foley Federal Building
300 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89101


Judge Nakagawa was appointed to the bankruptcy court for the District of Nevada in September 2006. He served as the Chief Bankruptcy Judge from October 2008 through September 2015.

He received his JD degree from the law school at the University of California at Davis in 1980, where he was an editor of the law review. He previously received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of the Pacific. After law school, he served as the judicial law clerk to the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. Judge Nakagawa was admitted to the California and Nevada bars, and practiced primarily bankruptcy and business law. Before relocating to Nevada, he was an adjunct professor at both McGeorge School of Law and Lincoln Law School in Sacramento, where he taught bankruptcy law and reorganizations. He also was a member of the Sacramento County Civil Service Commission which has responsibility for administering the personnel system for the county.

Judge Nakagawa now teaches bankruptcy law, advanced bankruptcy law, and remedies at the law school at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has been a presenter at numerous continuing legal education programs offered by the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Norton Institutes on Bankruptcy Law, the California Bankruptcy Forum, and other organizations.