Churchill County’s Public Defender, Jacob Sommer, Esq., has been a Nevada licensed attorney since 2007.
Previous to joining the county in 2020, he practiced in his private firm representing clients for civil and criminal matters. He has extensive criminal defense experience for felony cases with penalties of lifetime imprisonment in addition to simple misdemeanor cases. Since 2012, he has been under contract to provide public defender services for Churchill County.
155 N. Taylor Street, Suite 161 (the main county administration building) in Fallon.
Sommer clerked for the Honorable David Huff in the Third Judicial District Court in Fallon for a year in the mid-2000s where he conducted legal research and drafted bench memorandums for review and evaluation while serving as courtroom bailiff.
He also has experience working for the Office of Federal Defender in Las Vegas where he assisted with in-depth, complicated legal research and writing appellate briefs to the Nevada Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.
He attended the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on full scholarship and graduated in 2006 with honors in clinical representation of juvenile defendants and legal writing while serving on the Dean’s Honor List.
Emily Tunsil Legal Secretary
Emily started as a legal assistant in the writ and research office at a family law firm in San Diego back in 2015. She then worked for a complex civil law firm doing construction defect cases before deciding to move back to Nevada to be closer to family.
She came over to the Public Defender's Office from Justice Court where she worked for a year.