McDonald Carano Turns 60:
Deep Nevada Roots

On September 18, 2009, the Las Vegas Sun recognized McDonald Carano’s 60th anniversary with a visit to the firm’s Las Vegas office and an interview with Managing Partner George F. Ogilvie III. The article is provided below.

McDonald Carano Wilson is celebrating 60 years as a law firm catering to a wide range of clients. The firm started out as Bible & McDonald, founded in 1949 by the Democratic Sen. Alan Bible and Robert “Bob” McDonald, an Army Air Corps fighter pilot in World War II, who died in November. The two ended their partnership after the U.S. Senate changed its rules preventing senators from keeping private law practices.

McDonald was then joined by attorneys Donald Carano and Thomas “Spike” Wilson, forming a partnership that lasted more than 50 years. Since then, the firm has grown to 51 attorneys and works on such matters as complex litigation, business entities and governance, commercial transactions, gaming, construction and labor and employment.
“We really believe in our firm’s culture,” said George Ogilvie III, the Las Vegas managing partner of McDonald Carano Wilson. He described the work environment as collegial and egalitarian.

To celebrate McDonald Carano Wilson’s 60 years in private practice, the firm held a client appreciation party Sept. 10. The firm has more than 1,000 active clients and is handling an estimated 1,000 matters, including litigation and transactions, Ogilvie said. Ogilvie said the firm has turned out federal judges, heads of federal agencies and state senators, as well as board members and commissioners. “One of the things we pride ourselves in is involvement in our community,” he said. “The firm and its attorneys are woven into the fabric of the state and that’s probably what we’re most proud of.”

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McDonald Carano has been shaping Nevada’s legal, business, and policy landscape since our founding in 1949. With more than 60 lawyers and government affairs professionals working from offices in Reno, Las Vegas, and Carson City, we are Nevada’s law firm for business. Our local, national and international clients include Fortune 500 corporations, fast-growth and mid-market companies, entrepreneurs and startups, non-profit organizations, government entities, and high-net-worth individuals. Our attorneys deliver cross-discipline, one-stop, business law and government affairs counsel. Please visit

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