George F. Ogilvie III
Areas of Practice
- Nevada, 1988
- U.S. District Court, District of Nevada
- U.S. Supreme Court
- J.D., University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, 1988
- B.A., Philosophy, University of California, Los Angeles, 1985
Mr. Ogilvie practices primarily in complex construction and commercial litigation. He is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, Construction Law Group and Litigation Group. Mr. Ogilvie regularly appears before the state and federal bench in Nevada, as well as before various municipal boards and governmental agencies in southern Nevada.
Mr. Ogilvie is recognized for his skills in the courtroom in both the commercial and construction disciplines. He has successfully first-chaired dozens of jury trials, bench trials, and private arbitrations in both construction disputes and complex litigation matters, in addition to presenting several oral arguments before the Nevada Supreme Court, the most recent having been presented in January, 2017 in a matter in which the Supreme Court recently affirmed a $20 million dollar judgment in favor of Mr. Ogilvie’s client.
The clients Mr. Ogilvie represents include publicly traded multinational corporations, national and regional construction companies, and medium-size to large local businesses.
A native Las Vegan and fifth-generation Nevadan, Mr. Ogilvie has been highly involved in the Las Vegas community, including his long-time service on the Colorado River Commission. After serving two years as a commissioner, in 2009, Mr. Ogilvie was appointed as Chairman of the Colorado River Commission, which is charged with acquiring, managing, and protecting Nevada’s water and hydroelectric power resources from the Colorado River. Governor Sandoval reappointed Mr. Ogilvie as Chairman of the Commission in June 2013.
Mr. Ogilvie’s construction work primarily involves public works projects and large private commercial projects, including contractor-owner disputes, general contractor-subcontractor disputes, and construction defects, as well as licensing, bonding and lien issues. He was lead counsel for the general contractor in the 1.1 billion dollar litigation involving the construction of Project CityCenter. He was also lead counsel for the general contractor in the litigation involving the 500 million dollar Planet Hollywood Towers project. He was also 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”).
Commercial & Complex Litigation
Mr. Ogilvie has substantial experience in lending, collateralization and insurance coverage disputes.
Awards and Recognition
Chambers USA 2018 & 2017, Band 1, Litigation – Construction
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” – Las Vegas, Litigation – Construction
The Best Lawyers in America© – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Construction
Super Lawyers – Business Litigation, Construction Litigation
Nevada Business Magazine, “Legal Elite” – Construction Law & Litigation; Commercial & Complex Litigation; Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Law
America’s Leading Litigation Attorneys
Chair, Colorado River Commission
Member, Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs Committee
Member, Las Vegas Founders Foundation
Past chair, Callaway Golf Las Vegas Intercollegiate Tournament, hosted by UNLV
Past coach, Nevada’s Olympic Development Program
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