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

John Fortin Pro Bono Service

John Fortin, a member of the Commercial & Complex Litigation Practice and the Appellate Practice, has argued before the Nevada Supreme Court as part of the pro bono appellate program. He obtained a complete reversal and remand for his client in a civil forfeiture action, In re 3587 Desatoya Drive, Case No. 80194 (Oct. 15, 2021). Following reversal and remand, the government amended its pleadings and continued to seek a forfeiture of the home. In response, John moved to dismiss and later filed a Petition for a Writ of Prohibition and a Writ of Mandamus challenging the constitutionality of Nevada’s Civil Forfeiture Laws under Nevada’s double jeopardy clause. Fred v. State, Case No. 85590. This matter is pending resolution in the Court.

John has also been on the briefs as counsel of record for amicus curiae the Institute for Justice in Mack v. Williams, et al., Case No. 81513. The question presented in this matter asks the Nevada Supreme Court to evaluate whether there is a private of right action for plaintiffs under Nevada’s constitution and NRS Chapter 41. This matter is pending resolution in the Court.

John additionally serves on the Access to Justice Commission following his appointment by the Nevada Supreme Court to serve as the Nevada Young Lawyers Section’s Representative.  The Access to Justice Commission, oversees and advises on the administration of legal aid across the State of Nevada. The Commission facilitates and advances for all Nevadans greater access to justice.

Through John’s pro bono trial court and appellate practice, he mentors UNLV law students through the Partners in Pro Bono Program. He oversees and instructs research projects to advance the experience of UNLV students while simultaneously serving the community and his pro bono clients.


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 state, national, and international clients from our offices in Reno, Las Vegas, and Carson City. McDonald Carano provides legal services and government affairs and advocacy counsel to startups, corporations, trade associations, nonprofits, public entities, high-net-worth individuals, investors, and public-private partnerships throughout Nevada. We are proud to be your Nevada law firm since 1949.

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