George F. Ogilvie III

Managing Partner

Bar Admissions
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Education
  • J.D., University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, 1988
  • B.A., Philosophy, University of California, Los Angeles, 1985
Bar Admissions
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Education
  • J.D., University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, 1988
  • B.A., Philosophy, University of California, Los Angeles, 1985

Professional Background

George F. Ogilvie III has been serving as the Managing Partner of McDonald Carano since 2019 and has been a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee since 1994. His litigation practice involves representing clients in complex construction and commercial disputes. He has received the prestigious Band 1 ranking in Construction Litigation from Chambers USA since 2018. Clients have described George to Chambers researcher as “an extremely good lawyer.” “He has a very good reputation in construction law cases, where he handles the larger matters.” “A very experienced attorney with a very good reputation among both lawyers and judges.”

George’s clients, including publicly traded multinational corporations, national and regional construction companies, and mid-size to large local businesses, have benefited from his experience as he has successfully first-chaired dozens of jury trials, bench trials, and private arbitrations, and numerous prevailing oral arguments before the Nevada Supreme Court.  Most recently, the Nevada Supreme Court affirmed a $20 million dollar judgment in favor of his client.  George regularly appears before the state and federal bench, as well as before various municipal boards and governmental agencies in Southern Nevada.

A native Las Vegan and fifth-generation Nevadan, George has been deeply involved in the Las Vegas community, including having served from 2007 to 2016 on the Colorado River Commission, which is charged with acquiring, managing, and protecting Nevada’s water and hydroelectric power resources from the Colorado River. George was appointed as Chairman of the Commission by Governor Gibbons in 2009, and Governor Sandoval reappointed him to that role in June 2013. He continued to serve as Chairman until 2016.

George’s construction law and litigation experience primarily involves public works projects and large private commercial projects, including contractor-owner disputes, general contractor-subcontractor disputes, and construction defects. He also acts on behalf of clients with regard to licensing, bonding, and lien issues.  George was lead counsel for the general contractor in the $1.1 billion litigation involving the construction of Project CityCenter, and he was also lead counsel for the general contractor in the litigation involving the $500 million Planet Hollywood Towers project.  He additionally acted as lead counsel for the general contractor in the litigation involving the River Mountains Water Treatment Facility and the litigation involving the Raw Water Pumping System Expansion at Lake Mead (the “Second Straw”).

Awards and Recognition

  • Chambers USA Guide – Band 1, Construction Litigation (2017-2022)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
  • Vegas Inc. “Top Lawyers” – Construction Law & Litigation (2022)
  • The Best Lawyers in America© – Commercial Litigation (2016-2023)
  • The Best Lawyers in America© – Construction Law (2008-2023)
  • The Best Lawyers in America© – Construction Litigation (2011-2023)
  • The Best Lawyers in America© “Lawyer of the Year” – Las Vegas, Construction Law (2020)
  • The Best Lawyers in America© “Lawyer of the Year” – Las Vegas, Construction Litigation (2019)
  • Super Lawyers Magazine “Mountain States Super Lawyer” – Business Litigation and Construction Litigation (2007-2022)
  • Nevada Business Magazine “Legal Elite” (2008, 2011, 2014, 2016, 2019); Nevada’s Top Attorney for Commercial Litigation (2008)

Community Engagement

  • Trustee, Nevada Museum of Art
  • Member, Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs Committee
  • Past Chair, Colorado River Commission
  • Past Member, Las Vegas Founders Foundation
  • Past Chair, Callaway Golf Las Vegas Intercollegiate Tournament, hosted by UNLV
  • Past Coach, Nevada’s Olympic Development Program

Attorney News

George Ogilvie Receives Chambers USA’s Highest Band 1 Ranking in Construction Litigation

McDonald Carano proudly announces that Managing Partner George Ogilvie received the highest ranking of Band 1 from Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. The 2022 edition of Chambers USA…

McDonald Carano Provides Full Grant Donation to
UNLV Boyd School of Law’s Public Interest Law Association

McDonald Carano proudly continues to serve as a Full Grant donor in our annual support of the student-led Public Interest Law Association at the UNLV Boyd School of Law. Through…

George Ogilvie Shares His Insights
on the Current and Future
Impact of COVID on
the Legal Profession

George Ogilvie, Managing Partner of McDonald Carano, participated in a roundtable meeting of the leaders of Nevada’s most influential law firms to discuss the impact of COVID on the legal…

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