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

Remembering and Honoring Tim Rowe

It is with great sadness that we share the difficult news of the passing of Tim Rowe, a longtime partner in McDonald Carano’s Reno office and a pillar of the Firm for more than 30 years. Tim fought a courageous and difficult battle with pancreatic cancer, and he approached it with the same grace and dignity that distinguished his life. Our thoughts are with Tim’s wife, Rose, their two sons, and their four grandchildren, who he so proudly referred to as “pure joy.” Tim passed away on November 20, 2021. The obituary is published here in the Reno-Gazette Journal.

It has been said that, as a leader one can be respected or liked, but not both. Tim was the consummate exception to that truism. Over his three decades at McDonald Carano, Tim was not only universally respected, he was genuinely liked by his clients, his colleagues and even his opponents.

For all of us, Tim was a reliable teammate, dedicated colleague and compassionate human being. He was a great law partner, a generous mentor, an extraordinarily talented lawyer and a kind-hearted soul. Everyone at McDonald Carano considers it a great privilege to have worked with Tim and we will always consider him part of our family. Tim served his clients and his community with steadfast leadership, integrity and honor. Throughout his personal and professional life, Tim made a meaningful difference in the lives of others.

The hallmarks of Tim’s character made him a natural leader at McDonald Carano – and he led us in his own quiet, understated way. Tim’s honesty and humility led to his election to one of the most important leadership positions in our Firm. Tim never took out more than he put in, he never let his ego affect his objectivity and he treated everyone with respect and kindness. Tim never thought of himself as, or acted like he was, better than anyone else, and that was the manifestation of his humility. Anyone could walk into his office, at any time, to get help. He was never too busy to listen, no matter his own deadlines or stress, and he was generous with his expertise and advice.

Tim Rowe left all of us a simple, but invaluable, gift that very few people can even offer – a stellar example of a life well-lived, both personally and professionally. Tim was a partner in the truest sense of the word. A more principled and selfless life could not be lived. Tim is a critical part of McDonald Carano’s legacy and will be a guiding light in our future. We are a much better organization, top to bottom, as a result of Tim’s contributions, and each of us will strive to emulate his example.

With admiration and gratitude, we remember and honor Tim Rowe.

Matt Addison
Reno Managing Partner
McDonald Carano

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 Nevada, national, and international clients from our offices in Reno, Las Vegas, and Carson City. McDonald Carano provides legal services and government affairs and advocacy advice to startups, corporations, private companies, trade associations, nonprofits, public entities, high-net-worth individuals, and family offices throughout Nevada. We are proud to be your Nevada law firm since 1949.

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