Areas of Practice
  • B.A., Journalism, University of Nevada, Reno
Areas of Practice
  • B.A., Journalism, University of Nevada, Reno

Professional Background

Susan Fisher brings nearly three decades of government relations and public policy experience to McDonald Carano Wilson. Prior to joining McDonald Carano in 2013 as Government Affairs Group vice president, Fisher served as executive vice president for Valley Electric Association, Inc., a cooperative electric utility headquartered in southern Nevada. She has also owned and operated her own political consulting and public relations company, Fisher Consulting, based in Reno, Nevada.

Having lived in rural Nevada, both north and south, in Reno for over 30 years and now in the Las Vegas area, Fisher’s extensive resources and relationships assist her in providing clients with personalized service and proven results. She earned a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno. While in Reno, Fisher was on the executive board of the National Championship Reno Air Races, board of directors of the Nevada Military Support Alliance, Reno-Tahoe International Airport Air Services Task Force, Reno-Tahoe International Airport Community Outreach Committee, Downtown Improvement Association, City of Reno Alcohol Advisory Board, and UNR Presidents Legislative Advisory Board.

Fisher has enjoyed appointments to several state boards and commissions by former Governors Kenny Guinn (Automotive Advisory Board, Judicial Ethics Board) and Jim Gibbons (Renewable Energy Task Force Advisory Board), and is an appointee by Governor Brian Sandoval to the Workforce Investment Board, Energy Industry Sector. She has also served on the board of directors for Nevada Outreach Training Organization (NoToAbuse) in Nye County. She is a recipient of the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) Patrick Henry Award for contributions and efforts benefiting the Nevada National Guard.

Fisher has represented a variety of client interests including industry associations, local government, pharmaceuticals, energy issues, mining and mineral exploration, health care providers, landlord/tenant issues, hotel and lodging, manufactured/modular building industry, power sports, and state regulatory boards. The Group represents clients in grassroots campaigns, local government proceedings, at the state legislature, agencies of the executive branch and in regulatory proceedings. Group members also have frequent interactions with Nevada’s congressional offices to facilitate client issues.

Community Engagement

The Public Education Foundation, Board Member

Nevada Preservation Foundation, President of the Board

Attorney News

Energy and Where We Are Headed

Nevada Newsmakers, March 1, 2018 Sam Shad interviews Susan Fisher regarding Question 3 – The Energy Choice Initiative.  If this passes, electricity monopolies would be abolished, and a competitive retail market would…

Connecting The Dots: Lobbyists Line Up Clients As 2017 Session Tees Off

Nevada lawmakers come and go, but one thing remains the same year after year in Carson City — the hordes of mostly well-dressed, well-spoken lobbyists who do their best to…

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