Areas of Practice
- J.D., William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2021
- MPA, University of Miami, Coral Gables, 2018
- B.S., Boise State University, Boise, 2016
Karyna Armstrong is a litigation attorney in McDonald Carano’s Las Vegas office. She assists in the representation of clients in judge and jury trials in state and federal courts, as well as on appeals before the Nevada Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Karyna’s experience in law includes serving as an Extern to the Honorable James C. Mahan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, a law clerk in the Las Vegas office of an international law firm, a law clerk in a cannabis law-focused law firm in Las Vegas, and a summer associate at McDonald Carano.
While attending law school, Karyna served in leadership roles in numerous organizations, including Black Law Students Association Treasurer and Liaison for the Las Vegas National Bar Association, Sports and Entertainment Law Association Secretary, Student Bar Association Executive Secretary and Events Committee member, and Policy and Legislation Society committee member. She also earned a CALI Award (highest grade in class) for Lawyering Process (legal writing), was recognized as the Summer Outstanding Student (Guardianship) in the Community Service Program, and received a State Bar of Nevada Professional Development Fellowship. Karyna was a finalist in the “Making the Law Writing Competition” where she advocated for student athletes to be allowed to be paid for their name, image, and likeness in college athletics – which is now a Nevada law.
While in college, Karyna was a collegiate athlete on the Women’s Track and Field team and competed in the hammer throw. Karyna’s professional background also includes serving as a Substitute Teacher for the Clark County School District in Las Vegas and a Director of Operations Intern for the University of Miami Athletic Department in Coral Gables, Florida.
Karyna’s dedication to community service includes volunteer work for a broad range of organizations, including a Juvenile Detention Center in Boise, the Children’s Miracle Network, Girls on the Run, and Boise State Mentoring Program.
- Chair, Marketing & Content Coordination Committee, Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association
- Member, Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys
- “Students Speak, Lawmakers Listen,” UNLV Law, The Magazine of the William S. Boyd School of Law, pp. 26-27, 2021
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