RENO – Thoran Towler, who has served as Nevada’s labor commissioner for three years, is joining the Nevada Association of REALTORS (NVAR) as its general counsel.
He will provide legal counsel to NVAR, oversee the legal information line operated by the association and play a key role in the government affairs activities of one of the state’s largest professional associations. The NVAR position became available earlier this year when Teresa McKee was promoted from general counsel to CEO of the association.
“Thoran will be a great asset to NVAR and to our members statewide,” said NVAR President Kolleen Kelley, a longtime Nevada REALTOR. “He has extensive experience working with the Legislature and in the regulatory process, as well within the state Department of Business and Industry. He also has a wealth of knowledge and skills that will enable us to offer new and expanded legal services to our members.”
Towler is scheduled to start working at NVAR on Sept. 2 after wrapping up his duties as labor commissioner, where he has directed a staff of 19. As labor commissioner, Towler’s responsibilities included administering and enforcing Nevada’s wage laws, setting and enforcing the state’s prevailing wage, issuing public works numbers, and overseeing and licensing private employment agencies and apprentice programs. The commissioner is charged with ensuring that all workers are treated fairly under the law, investigating complaints related to non-payment of wages, the state minimum wage, overtime, and prevailing wage disputes. The office also monitors youth employment standards, including work hours and safe working conditions.
Before becoming labor commissioner, Towler served as a deputy attorney general in the Nevada Attorney General’s Office. Before that, he was a Carson City deputy district attorney. He also worked at the Nevada law firm of Jones Vargas in Reno. He has a degree in technology from Walla Walla College in Washington and earned his law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington.
Towler, who has lived in Washington and Oregon, has lived in Reno for seven years. He also lived for a year in Elko, where he worked as a law clerk for Elko County District Court Judge Andrew J. Puccinelli.
About the NVAR
The Nevada Association of REALTORS® is a professional trade association with more than 13,000 members. NVAR is committed to protecting, promoting and preserving our communities. Visit www.NVAR.org.