Welcome to McDonald Carano

Innovative Thinking. Undeniable Knowledge. Practical Solutions.

At a Glance

McDonald Carano is Nevada’s law firm for business.  Our firm has shaped the Nevada landscape for more than 70 years.  With one of the largest teams of lawyers in Nevada and offices in Las Vegas, Reno, and Carson City, we are positioned to help our clients achieve success, in Nevada, in neighboring jurisdictions, and across the United States.  Our attorneys are known for getting to yes because of the relationships and trust we have cultivated over decades of practice.  Entrepreneurial thinking is at the heart of our commercial law practice–and creativity makes up our institutional DNA.  Our clients consistently value the firm’s longevity, reliability, commitment and practicality.  We are passionate about safeguarding our clients’ assets.  Our government affairs, lobbying and advocacy experience, as well as our undeniable specialized industry acumen in a region that is constantly evolving, give our clients the confidence they need to retain us again and again.

Making a Difference

McDonald Carano means business.  Our firm delivers cross-discipline, one-stop, commercial law and government affairs counsel.   We are known for developing consensus among perceived controversy, for our deep-rooted connections across industries and geographies, for bridging gaps among divergent groups, and for being the hardest workers in the room. Our attorneys are problem-solvers who think creatively to close even the most complicated transactions.  Our practice is about transparency and results; we protect our client’s position while getting the deal done.  Our lawyers are inherently focused on each client’s specific business objectives and bottom line.  We have a keen instinct for business-friendly policy and a mastery of collaborative efforts. We are unrestrained in terms of ingenuity, and we balance that ingenuity with practical solutions based on historical perspective, experience, efficiency, and agility.  Our litigators are tireless advocates who have navigated through some of the most complex, contentious, and high-stakes claims imaginable.  Whether through careful negotiation, artful diplomacy, demonstrative advocacy, innovative trial tactics, or artful appeal, our team regularly provides thoughtful, steadfast, and strategic advice on every matter, every day.

Who We Serve

Our commitment to clients is unwavering.  We proudly represent Fortune 500 companies, global law firms with client matters in Nevada, startups and entrepreneurial businesses, established businesses (including those considering expanding or relocating entirely to Nevada) and select high-net-worth individuals. We have a deep and talented bench and yet we aren’t so big that we have forgotten how to pivot. We serve financial and governmental institutions, fast-growth and mid-market companies, entrepreneurs, and nonprofit organizations.  Our clients also include individuals seeking to protect their hard-earned wealth under Nevada’s favorable tax laws, as well as entrepreneurs and investors focused on maximizing their stake in Nevada’s business-friendly economic and regulatory climate.  We advise local and regional start-ups and brick-and-mortar establishments, as well as domestic and international corporations involved in our world-renowned entertainment, hospitality and gaming industry.  Our firm also serves high-tech and global corporations with operations and distribution centers throughout the state, as well as real estate owners and contractors involved in billions of dollars of infrastructure and other development projects.

Nevada Connection

We help clients access Nevada.  McDonald Carano means instant name recognition, state-wide.  We know Nevada law and government, the Nevada courts and Nevada’s development process inside and out, saving clients time and resources.  Our history is grounded not only in outstanding legal counsel and formidable advocacy, but also in the continuous cultivation of access to local, state and federal government institutions, key professionals, elected officials and other economic and community leaders.  Our firm integrates state relationships, government affairs, and the practice of law so that our clients are afforded solutions on any level and in any venue.  National and international businesses are frequently surprised by the reach, breadth, and depth we deliver throughout Nevada and in real time. They appreciate that we are genuinely well-received and trusted by individuals in positions of authority because of our reputation for integrity. We frequently partner with some of America’s largest law firms, who in turn respect our ability to deliver perpetually excellent legal counsel at a price that equates to value. They appreciate knowing we will care for their clients as if they were our own, without appropriating them.

Global Perspective

Our firm delivers local credibility with international reach.  We create the legal framework to realize each client’s “big picture” objectives here in Nevada and far beyond state lines.  The firm is an active and founding member of Meritas, an exclusive alliance of commercial law firms in 96 countries worldwide.  Through our association with approximately 200 similarly qualified law firms located around the world, we maintain the relationships, skills and knowledge of nearly 7,500 attorneys, a distinct advantage for our clients facing the challenges presented by a global workplace.  The firm is also a member of State Law Resources (SLR), an international network of independent law firms helping clients navigate the process of administrative and regulatory law and government relations.  In the U.S., only one firm from each state is selected for inclusion in SLR.

Pioneering Spirit

We are constantly evolving to meet our clients’ needs.  McDonald Carano attorneys and staff alike are totally focused on staying ahead of the curve and at the forefront of innovation when it comes to technology, market trends and the opportunities and threats facing our clients.  We are hard-wired to utilize even the newest technologies, particularly with litigation involving complex data analytics and tens of millions of documents, in order to synthesize and leverage information quickly and efficiently. Our absolute willingness to embrace new ideas and better ways of practicing law, in order to create complete client satisfaction, is at the core of who we are as an institution.

Winning Combination

McDonald Carano is about extraordinary people and unprecedented collegiality.  In everything we do, we strive to be the best.  Many of the firm’s attorneys have an LLM, a CPA, an MBA or a Ph.D. in addition to a law degree.  We are dedicated to recruiting lawyers and professional staff who are smart and offer not only distinction in the law, but also practical business know-how.  Our professionals are particularly adept at using the legislative process to create an environment that benefits our clients and ensures that our state remains favorable to commerce.  We insist on and actively cultivate a culture that is both personable and approachable allowing for true collaboration and teamwork.  Our professionals strive to produce work that actually serves the client’s needs first.  We offer proven instincts when it comes to knowing what to do, and when to do it. We also know what not to do. Colleague firms with which we partner, value our respect for their client base. Colleagues and clients alike value our no-nonsense approach to stepping up to undertake new matters without unnecessary transition fees.