McDonald Carano Promotes Three to Partner

January 14, 2020–McDonald Carano is pleased to announce the promotion of attorneys Laura Jacobsen, Rory Kay and Amanda Perach to Partner, effective January 1, 2020.

“We congratulate Laura, Rory and Amanda as they enter their new roles as Partners with the Firm,” said George F. Ogilvie III, Managing Partner of McDonald Carano. “All three have met the Firm’s high level of client service, and have made significant contributions to the Firm. We look forward to even greater contributions in the coming years.”

Laura Jacobsen handles labor and employment law matters for clients in a diverse range of industries and sectors, including construction, gaming, manufacturing, outsourcing, and municipalities. Clients call on Laura to answer their day-to-day employment questions, review employee handbooks and employment policies, and handle complex legal matters. Whether defending an employer before the Nevada Labor Commissioner’s Office, guiding employers through sensitive matters, or litigating a discrimination case, Laura makes continuous, candid and clear communication with her clients a priority. She strives to protect businesses and reputations while resolving issues and disputes with speed, so that her clients’ focus can remain on their enterprises. Laura is a Reno native. Before returning to Nevada and joining McDonald Carano, she practiced in San Francisco, litigating on behalf of large financial institutions. Laura also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Edward C. Reed Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada. Nevada Business Magazine has named her a “Legal Elite.” Laura received her J.D. from Stanford University School of Law and her B.A. from Stanford University.

Rory Kay is a seasoned litigator and appellate attorney who skillfully mitigates risk for his clients. He is experienced in all aspects of commercial and complex litigation, including representing clients before the Nevada Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Rory litigates complex cases in corporate and employment law, and his business background helps him assist clients in obtaining results that make sense not only in the courtroom but also for their bottom lines. Rory’s community involvement includes extensive pro bono work through the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, where he represents abused and neglected children placed in foster care. He also serves Nevada’s veterans through pro bono work with the Nevada Attorney General’s Office of Military Legal Assistance. He has been selected as a Super Lawyer and listed in Nevada Business Magazine as a “Legal Elite.” Rory received his J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law and his B.S. and B.A. from the University of Nebraska.

Amanda Perach practices in the areas of bankruptcy and general commercial and complex litigation. Her bankruptcy practice covers a wide spectrum of debtors, creditors (including committee representation), and other parties in interest. Her extensive bankruptcy experience creates a unique opportunity to utilize this background in assisting her clients in general commercial litigation, which often touches upon bankruptcy issues. In the context of her commercial litigation work, Ms. Perach’s engagements have ranged across an array of industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, real estate, retail, and finance. Over the course of her career, Ms. Perach has achieved numerous accomplishments, including the successful reorganization of a charter airline under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code, arguing before the Nevada Supreme Court and obtaining an affirmance of an appeal, defending a publicly traded corporation from securities fraud claims, and obtaining the dismissal of claims asserted against her clients in federal and state courts. Ms. Perach currently serves as a lawyer representative for the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada.

About McDonald Carano

McDonald Carano has helped to shape the Nevada business and legal landscape for 70 years. With more than 60 lawyers and government affairs professionals in our offices in Las Vegas and Reno, we are Nevada's law firm for business. We proudly represent Fortune 500 companies, financial and governmental institutions, fast-growth and mid-market companies, entrepreneurs, start-up ventures, non-profit organizations and individuals. Our attorneys deliver cross-discipline, one-stop, commercial law and government affairs counsel. Our dedication to clients, innovative thinking and practical solutions based in sound business and legal judgments are at the heart of our practice. For more information, visit, call 775.788.2000 (Reno office), or 702.873.4100 (Las Vegas office) or reach us by email at

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