Choosing a law firm to begin or advance your legal career is a daunting task. Most of the large firms in Nevada have similar practice areas, represent similar clients, have nice offices, and make the same claims to providing quality representation to their clients. However, differences exist between firms, and the differences at McDonald Carano make it the best law firm in Nevada in which to work. We are extremely proud to say we have been awarded as one of the Greater Reno-Tahoe “Best Places to Work.”

For 70 years, we have developed a culture within the firm that is the backbone of our organization. We emphasize the highest levels of professionalism and integrity in dealing with our clients and with lawyers in other firms, but equally important to us is an emphasis on treating our lawyers and employees with the same level of respect and professionalism. We have created a collaborative and friendly environment in which all of our professionals know each other and are comfortable interacting with each other. Finally, we have strong connections to the state and to the communities in which we live.

We believe that McDonald Carano is the best law firm in Nevada because, while we all have different interests and backgrounds, we share a commitment to each other, to the firm, to our communities, and to providing top quality representation to our clients.

Based on these principles, we hire intelligent, motivated, creative, and personable individuals who share our goals. Over the years, we have found that these traits, along with a willingness to operate in a collegial environment and to practice law with the highest levels of personal integrity, are the main factors that lead to a successful career at our firm. Our strategic plan for the future begins with hiring talented individuals to work in our summer program, and then train and develop them so that they will eventually become partners in the firm.

By adhering to these practices, our firm has enjoyed steady growth with very high levels of attorney and staff retention. We have found that once lawyers start at the firm, they enjoy great satisfaction in working together and helping to foster and promote the firm’s goals. We make every effort to provide the training and the environment to help our lawyers succeed both personally and professionally.

We hire lawyers directly from law school and from judicial clerkships. We also make lateral hires from the private and public sectors.

Attorney Recruitment

Please contact Kelli Vandenberg for summer intern, and associate positions.

If you are an experienced attorney with interest in joining our firm, please contact our Managing Partner, Jeff Silvestri.

Business and Professional Staff Positions

McDonald Carano offers our staff distinctive careers by continuously seeking ways to enhance their experience and investing in individual growth, development, and career-path exploration. Please take a few minutes to explore this site and learn more about our firm.

McDonald Carano is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons without regard to such factors as race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other protected status, consistent with federal, state, and local equal employment opportunity laws.

Many members of our staff have been with McDonald Carano for ten years or longer; however, the Firm does have openings from time to time and encourages you to submit your resume to Kelli Vandenberg, Director of Human Resources, for review and consideration.


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