State of Nevada Commission on Ethics                    
Commission Members and Staff

The Commission consists of 8 members. Of these, 4 are appointed by the Governor and 4 are appointed by the Legislative Commission.


Commission Members


Cheryl A. Lau, Esq.

 Member (R)

Appointed by Governor in January, 2013

Appointment expires 2017

Cheryl A. Lau was born in Hawaii.  She received a BA degree from Indiana University; an MA from Smith College; and a Doctorate from the University of Oregon.  Lau was a professor of music before she decided to earn a Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco. 

Ms. Lau became a Deputy Attorney General in the 1980s and served until she was elected Nevada’s Secretary of State in 1990.  She ran for Governor in 1994,  served as the General Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington D.C., a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University in the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Institute of Politics; and Judge Pro Tempore for the Carson City Justice and Municipal Courts.  She was the 1992 vice chair of the Republican National Platform Committee, secretary of the Republican National Convention in 1992, and chair of the National Commission for the Renewal of American Democracy.  She is married to Garth Dull, former Director of the Nevada Department of Transportation.

Ms. Lau was active in the Nevada Commission for Women and the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), serving as chair or co-chair of several committees and organizing the winter, 1993 NASS annual meeting in Las Vegas. 

Magdalena M. Groover

Member (R)

Initially appointed by Governor on May 3, 2010, reappointed on July 1, 2011

Appointment expires on June 30, 2015

Magdalena Groover was appointed to the Commission in May 2010.  Born in Mexico, she was trained as an attorney and worked for over 14 years in the public sector.  She later moved to Canada where her quick mind and legal skills served a major stock brokerage to maintain regulatory compliance.  Upon moving to Las Vegas in 2002, and up until today, she has worked with a private investigations firm where she applies her expertise to corporate, civil, extradition and immigration matters.  Commissioner Groover has a strong passion for the Ethics in Government Laws, and brings her world view to bear in her consideration of cases before the Commission.

Gregory J. Gale, CPA

 Vice Chair (D)

Initially appointed by Governor on July 1, 2009, reappointed on November 1, 2011

Appointment expires October 31, 2015

Commissioner Gale received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Accounting from Arizona State University, and a Bachelors degree in Hotel Administration from University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

In March 2009, Mr. Gale retired from the Nevada Gaming Control Board, the State’s casino regulatory authority, after thirty years of service.  From February 1987 until retirement, he served as the Board’s Chief Auditor, managing the 97 accounting professionals and seven support staff of the Audit Division.  The Audit Division is primarily responsible for performing tax and regulatory compliance audits of the State’s largest casinos.

Mr. Gale is currently President of GCB Consulting Corporation, a casino regulatory consulting company he founded in March 2010.  GCB Consulting provides advisory services for casinos, gaming equipment suppliers, attorneys, accountants, and governments with specialization in gaming regulation compliance and casino taxation.

Mr. Gale has been a licensed Nevada CPA since 1983, and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and Nevada Society of CPAs.

Keith A. Weaver, Esq.

Member (D)

Initially appointed by Governor on April 26, 2011, reappointed on October 1, 2011

Appointment expires on September 30, 2015

Commissioner Keith A. Weaver earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1986 and his Juris Doctor degree from the University Of San Diego School Of Law in 1989.  He has nearly 20 years of experience in insurance and health insurance law, representing healthcare clients, including managed care plans in ERISA, Medicare and Medicaid matters. He appears in administrative proceedings before state and federal licensing and regulatory agencies, as well in complex business litigation and consumer disputes, including bad faith litigation.  He is licensed to practice law in Nevada, California and Oregon.  Commission Weaver’s willingness to undertake complex legal analysis has helped several other Commissioners to work through some tough issues before the Commission.

Tim Cory, Esq.

Member (R)

Appointed by the Legislative Commission on October 1, 2011

Appointment expires on September 30, 2015

Commissioner Tim Cory is an AV-rated attorney with more than 30 years of experience in bankruptcy law. His practice focuses on bankruptcy, with special extensive representation of Trustees in bankruptcy. He is an experienced litigator in Nevada State Courts.

In 1998, Mr. Cory was appointed as a panel Trustee to appear before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nevada, and continues in that capacity today. Commissioner Cory earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Rhetoric and Public Access from Brigham Young University in 1974, and graduated with a Masters in Communication in 1977.  He then earned a Juris Doctor degree from Washington College of Law at the American University, Washington, D.C. in 1980.  He previously served as Chairman of the Clark County Republican Party and was named that organization’s Man of the Year in 2004.  He was also named Chairman of the Citizen’s Advisory Board in Clark County and served as a Faculty member at Brigham Young University in Speech and Argumentation.  His dedication to public service adds to his value on the Commission on Ethics.

Paul H. Lamboley

 Chair (D)

Initially appointed by the Legislative Commission on May 7, 2008, reappointed on October 1, 2011

Appointment expires on September 30, 2015

Commissioner Lamboley is a lawyer and arbitrator, and admitted in WI and NV, U.S. Courts of Appeals (1st, 4th, 5th, 6th 8th, 9th and D.C. Circuits) and U.S. Supreme Court. He has served as general counsel for a transportation trade association in Washington, D.C.. He has held appointments as Commissioner on the Interstate Commerce Commission, Washington, D.C.(1984 -1990, Vice Chairman - 1987), Judge Pro Tem in the Reno Municipal Court and Law Clerk to Justice David Zenoff, Nevada Supreme Court. Mr. Lamboley was educated at the University of Notre Dame (B.S.) and University of Wisconsin (J.D.).


John Carpenter

Member (R)

Initially appointed by the Legislative Commission on February 15, 2012, reappointed on October 1, 2013

Appointment expires on September 30, 2017

Commissioner John C. Carpenter had a distinguished legislative career in the Nevada Assembly (District No. 33) from 1987 through 2010.  His personal and professional achievements include service with the Nevada Woolgrowers, Elko County Commission, Elko County Hospital Board, Elko County Recreation Board, Elko County Board of Equalization, and the Elko County Convention and Visitors Authority among others.  His thorough understanding of the legislative process, statutory construction and the development of regulations adds greatly to his contribution to the Ethics Commission.  Further, his service on the Assembly Judiciary Committee provided him a solid foundation for his current service as a quasi-judicial officer.


Jim Shaw

 Member (D)

Initially appointed by the Legislative Commission on July 1, 2008, reappointed on June 29, 2012

Appointment expires on June 30, 2016

Commissioner Shaw received his Bachelors of Arts from Catholic University, Washington, D.C.and his Masters in Education from University of Nevada, Reno. He retired after 33 years of service teaching English and History and serving in school administration positions in Washoe County. He was appointed to the City of Sparks Civil Service Commission and served for three years. He was elected to the Sparks City Council and later to the Washoe County Commission where he served three terms.