Celebrating 75 Years of Serving Nevada’s Legal, Business, Government, and Civic Communities

7th “Lawyer of the Year” Award in Gaming Law

In 2024, McDonald Carano celebrated our seventh “Lawyer of the Year” award in Gaming Law from The Best Lawyers in America. A.J. “Bud” Hicks received the award in 2024, 2021, 2018 and 2012; A.G. Burnett received the award in 2023 and 2020; and Rick Trachok received the award in 2022. 

“Lawyer of the Year” honors are awarded to only one lawyer in a specific area of law in a specific region who achieves “extremely high overall feedback from their peers, making it an exceptional distinction.” Only 0.4% of those in private practice received the “Lawyer of the Year” distinction. Bud, A.G., and Rick serve clients throughout Nevada and from around the world, are based in our Reno office, and received the “Lawyer of the Year” award for their Reno region location. 

Bud has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America since 2012, Rick has been recognized since 2017, and A.G. has been recognized since 2020. Our Gaming Law Practice is also ranked in the highest Tier 1 category in Reno and Las Vegas in The Best Law Firms in America report published by U.S. News–Best Lawyers.


About McDonald Carano

In 2024, McDonald Carano celebrates 75 years of serving Nevada’s legal, business, government, and civic communities. More than 60 lawyers and government relations professionals serve Nevada, national, and international clients from our offices in Reno, Las Vegas, and Carson City. McDonald Carano provides legal services and government affairs and advocacy advice to startups, corporations, private companies, trade associations, nonprofits, public entities, high-net-worth individuals, and family offices throughout Nevada. We are proud to be your Nevada law firm since 1949.

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