Michael Pagni Receives
“Lawyer of the Year” Award
in Real Estate Law from
Best Lawyers in America 2022


McDonald Carano proudly announces that Best Lawyers in America 2022 has named Michael Pagni “Lawyer of the Year” in Real Estate Law for the Reno metropolitan region. Best Lawyers in America recognizes only the top 6% of private practicing attorneys 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.

Michael Pagni’s practice focuses primarily on real estate and land use law, water resources law, business transactions, and administrative law and government relations.

  • Real Estate & Land Use Planning
    Mr. Pagni has represented numerous major real estate development projects in Northern Nevada in connection with acquisitions, land use entitlements, securitization, financing, development and sales. Mr. Pagni’s real estate practice includes residential and commercial development, planned unit developments, and mixed-use projects. Mr. Pagni’s experience includes government relations and administrative practice before jurisdictional agencies, land use planning and representation before local government planning commissions, city councils, county commissions and regional planning agencies, and litigation on land use entitlement issues.
  • Water Resources
    Mr. Pagni serves as general counsel to one of the largest municipal water purveyors in Nevada, several irrigation companies, and the Washoe County Water Conservation District. Mr. Pagni’s representation of water resources issues includes administrative agencies and state and federal courts, including matters related to the implementation of the Truckee River Operating Agreement before the Nevada State Engineer, California Water Resources Board and federal courts.
  • Business Entities & Transactions
    Mr. Pagni is experienced in the formation, operation, financing, disposition of businesses, private companies and other enterprises, focusing primarily on real estate developers and industrial property owners, and has significant experience in negotiation and documentation of commercial leases and related matters.

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