George F. Ogilvie III

Managing Partner

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

Professional Background

George serves as the Managing Partner of McDonald Carano LLP, a preeminent statewide law firm founded in 1949 with offices in Las Vegas, Reno and Carson City. In the thirty years since he joined McDonald Carano in 1992, George has served as the Managing Partner of the Las Vegas office beginning in 1994 and as a member of McDonald Carano’s Executive Committee since 1994. In 2019, he was elected as the Managing Partner of the Firm, and currently serves in that capacity. When George joined McDonald Carano in 1992, the Firm was comprised of approximately 20 attorneys and has grown to more than 60 attorneys and government affairs professionals serving clients throughout Nevada.

George’s litigation practice involves representing clients in complex construction and commercial disputes. He has successfully first-chaired dozens of jury trials, bench trials, and private arbitrations, and numerous prevailing oral arguments before the Nevada Supreme Court. George also regularly appears on behalf of clients before various municipal boards and governmental agencies. George’s clients include multinational corporations, national and regional construction companies, and mid-size to large local businesses.

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. George has handled many highly publicized legal issues relating to the prominent business activities that have transformed the Las Vegas landscape. For example, George was lead counsel for the general contractor in the $1 billion litigation involving the construction of Project CityCenter, lead counsel for the general contractor in the litigation involving the $500 million Planet Hollywood Towers project, and 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.

George is ranked in the highest Band 1 category in Construction Litigation in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, the leading global legal professional ranking publication. Clients describe George to Chambers researchers as “an extremely good lawyer.” “He has a very good reputation in construction law cases, where he handles the larger matters.” “George is a very experienced attorney with a very good reputation among both lawyers and judges.” George is also the only lawyer recognized in the Construction Law category in Vegas Inc.’s 2022 list of “Top Lawyers” in Southern Nevada.

As a native Las Vegan and fifth generation Nevadan, George is committed to public service and advocacy for the people of Nevada by serving in leadership positions at numerous civic organizations. In 2007, the Governor of the State of Nevada appointed George to the Colorado River Commission, which acts as the steward of Nevada’s allocation of Colorado River water and electrical resources. He served as Chairman of the Commission under two Governors from 2009 to 2016. For nearly 10 years, he led, served, and worked with staff and other Commission members on water and energy issues critical to Nevada’s future. He has also provided numerous years of volunteer service to Nevada’s judicial system by serving on multiple Eighth Judicial District Court committees, including its Technology Committee and the Business Court Rules committee. Today, George continues more than ten years of service as a member of the Government Affairs Committee of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce and six years of service as a Trustee for the Nevada Museum of Art.

Awards and Recognition

  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business – Band 1, Construction Litigation (2012-2022)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated (since 2003)
  • Vegas Inc. “Top Lawyers” in Southern Nevada – Construction Law (the only lawyer recognized in Construction Law in 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” – Construction Law (2020)
  • The Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year” – Construction Litigation (2019)
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers  – Business Litigation and Construction Litigation (2007-2022)
  • Nevada Business Magazine – “Legal Elite” Top Attorneys (2008, 2011, 2014, 2016, 2019)

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, UNLV’s intercollegiate golf tournament
  • Past Coach, Nevada’s Olympic Development Program

Attorney News

Nevada’s Largest Team of Business Litigation Super Lawyers

McDonald Carano congratulates Jim Bradshaw, Pat Lundvall, George Ogilvie, Jeff Silvestri and Amanda Yen for being recognized as Business Litigation Super Lawyers in the 2022 edition of Mountain States Super…

Our Super Lawyers 2022 Highlights: Ten Attorneys and Four Practice Groups

McDonald Carano proudly announces that 10 attorneys in our Reno and Las Vegas offices received recognition in four areas of law in the Mountain States Super Lawyers list for 2022….

10 Las Vegas Office Attorneys Selected as “Top Lawyers” 2022

McDonald Carano congratulates 10 attorneys in our Las Vegas office who are recognized as “Top Lawyers” in the Vegas Inc./Las Vegas Weekly 2022 list of the “best in our community…

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