McDonald Carano’s Reno Office
Earns 5 “Lawyer of the Year” Awards
from Best Lawyers in America 2022

McDonald Carano proudly announces that five lawyers in our Reno office received “Lawyer of the Year” awards in the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers in America. The Reno office now celebrates an impressive record of 15 lawyers receiving a total of 35 “Lawyer of the Year” awards over the past 10 years in 14 different areas of law, which demonstrates the strength of our practice groups and the comprehensive scope of our legal expertise. Best Lawyers recognition is based entirely on a peer review process that evaluates the professional abilities and quality of legal services provided by lawyers who are practicing in the same geographic region and area of law. Best Lawyers recognizes only the top 6% of practicing lawyers and only one lawyer receives the “Lawyer of the Year” award for achieving the highest peer review ratings in a specific area of law and geographic region.

2022 “Lawyer of the Year” Awards

The five Reno office “Lawyer of the Year” award recipients are listed below along with the area of law for which they are recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2022.


2012-2021 “Lawyer of the Year” Awards

Below is the list of Reno office lawyers who have received “Lawyer of the Year” awards in the 2012-2021 editions of Best Lawyers in America.

  • Matt Addison, Partner – Construction Litigation (2016)
  • Robert Armstrong, Partner – Trust and Estates Law (2012, 2015); Tax Law (2014); Corporate Law (2013)
  • Sallie Armstrong, Partner – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2012)
  • James Bradshaw, Partner – Construction Litigation (2021)
  • A.G. Burnett, Partner – Gaming Law (2020)
  • Sylvia Harrison, Senior Counsel – Energy Law (2021)
  • A.J. “Bud” Hicks, Senior Counsel – Gaming Law (2012, 2018, 2021)
  • Mark Knobel, Partner – Tax Law (2016, 2019); Trust and Estate Litigation (2014, 2019); Nonprofit/Charities Law (2015, 2017); Corporate Law (2015); Trust and Estates Law (2014)
  • William Magrath, Partner – Bet-the-Company Litigation (2013, 2016, 2018, 2020); Construction Law (2021); Construction Litigation (2012, 2015, 2019)
  • Brian Pick, Partner – Corporate Law (2019)
  • Richard Trachok, Senior Counsel – Administrative/Regulatory Law (2021)

About McDonald Carano

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