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

Remembering and Honoring Donald Louis Carano

Reno, NV (October 4, 2017) It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Donald Louis Carano, one of the founding partners of McDonald Carano and a well-known leader in the Nevada business community. Don was a beloved member of the Firm and an exceptional real estate and gaming attorney. He was 85 years old.

“All of us at McDonald Carano mourn the passing of this great man and founder of our Firm,” said Reno Office Managing Partner John Frankovich. “He was known as a Reno gaming pioneer, and throughout his life he contributed an extraordinary amount to the Nevada business community. We will miss him greatly.”

A pioneer in the gaming, law and wine industries, Don was also an entrepreneur, hotelier, restaurateur, husband, father grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was a founding member of McDonald Carano and remained Of Counsel with the Firm until his passing, assisting the Firm’s partners on complicated real estate and political matters. In addition to McDonald Carano, he is celebrated as a family-oriented, passionate leader in his many other businesses, including Eldorado Resorts and Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery. Don was also known throughout his life for his generosity in philanthropic endeavors in both Reno and his wine country home in Geyserville, Alexander Valley, California.

Throughout the course of his long career, Don was honored not only for his work, but also for his numerous community contributions. His honors include: International Gaming and Wagering Business Hall of Fame, Nevada Food and Beverage Directors Association Man-of-the-Year Award, American Lung Association Distinguished Community Service Award, Hotelier of the Year Award, “Knight in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic” by the Consul General of Italy, University of San Francisco Law School’s Alumnus of the Year, International Restaurant and Hospitality Rating Bureau’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the WIBC Gladys M. Banker Friendship Award and more. In 2017, the University of Nevada recognized Mr. Carano as a Distinguished Nevadan.


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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