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

Battle Born Award Winner: Nevada Business Awards 2023

McDonald Carano proudly received the “Battle Born” category award at the Nevada Business Awards event hosted by Nevada Business Magazine and sponsored by Nevada State Bank. The event celebrates the accomplishments of local companies that exemplify qualities including resilience, creativity, perseverance, paying attention to customer service, valuing teamwork, and supporting the community. Awards were presented in eight categories and the Battle Born category honors businesses headquartered in Nevada that have been in Nevada for more than 25 years. McDonald Carano was founded in Reno in 1949. 

Matt Addison, Reno Office Managing Partner, and George Ogilvie, Firm Managing Partner, attended the event. As George stated in his award acceptance remarks, “this recognition is an acknowledgment of the efforts of all those who preceded us and those who carry on their traditions.”  McDonald Carano congratulates all nominees, finalists and winners, and we honor the hard work and achievements of Nevada’s entire business community. George’s complete award acceptance remarks are provided below.

The list of award finalists and winners is available here.

George’s Award Acceptance Remarks

Thank you.  

First of all I would like to thank Connie Brennan, Editor of Nevada Business Magazine, for hosting this event. Connie is incredible. She has her finger on the pulse of everything that is business and industry in Nevada. She met me as I entered the ballroom this morning and within 30 seconds had identified the top three issues that I am facing as the Managing Partner of our law firm.

I would also like to thank my banker, Rick Thomas, for sponsoring this event. An unsolicited plug – we closed both our Las Vegas and Reno offices in March 2020 due to the pandemic and, in May 2020, I didn’t know if our doors would still be open that October. Due to our many interactions with Nevada State Bank, we survived the pandemic and had our best year ever in 2020. Thank you, Rick. Next, I would like to recognize and honor the other two finalists, A-1 Radiator from Elko and United Engine and Machine, a 100 year-old, four generation family owned business.  That is impressive. Please join me in congratulating them.

This is a tribute to our Firm Founders, Bob McDonald and Don Carano, both icons in Nevada’s legal and business communities, and to those who carried on their traditions, including Spike Wilson, Leo Bergin, John Frankovich and our Reno Managing partner, Matt Addison. Our law firm owes its success to its culture of investing in its people and in its community. We value the position McDonald Carano holds in Nevada and strive every day to further the interests of our clients and the State of Nevada.

Beginning with Spike Wilson, a four-term State Senator, and continuing with former Senator Terry Care and former Senator Ben Kieckhefer, who now serves as Governor Lombardo’s Chief of Staff, along with current federal court judges Larry Hicks, Miranda Du and Andrew Gordon, and currently Second Judicial District Court Judge Kathleen Drakulich, McDonald Carano has a long tradition of service to our State and its Judiciary. Members of our Firm have served as Chairs of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, the Nevada Athletic Commission, the Nevada Tax Commission, the Nevada Ethics Commission, and the Colorado River Commission. 

On behalf of McDonald Carano, I thank Nevada Business Magazine for this recognition, which is an acknowledgment of the efforts of all those who preceded us and those who carry on their traditions.

Thank you

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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