Understanding and responding to the business and legal impacts of COVID-19
Bar Admissions
  • Nevada, 2018
  • California, 2019
Education
  • J.D., With Great Distinction, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, with Tax & Business Concentration
  • Master of Education in Elementary Education, University of Nevada, Reno
  • B.A., Speech Communication, Minor in Women's Studies, University of Nevada, Reno
Bar Admissions
  • Nevada, 2018
  • California, 2019
Education
  • J.D., With Great Distinction, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, with Tax & Business Concentration
  • Master of Education in Elementary Education, University of Nevada, Reno
  • B.A., Speech Communication, Minor in Women's Studies, University of Nevada, Reno

Professional Background

Kelci S. Binau is an Associate in the Business Entities & Transactions, Gaming & Administrative Law, Real Estate & Land Use, and Trust & Estates practice groups with McDonald Carano.

In her corporate law practice, Ms. Binau guides companies through commercial transactions ranging from formation and incorporation to corporate governance, operation and growth to mergers and acquisitions.  She has assisted clients with designing their corporate structure, domesticating, merging and converting foreign and domestic entities, acquiring state and city business licenses, as well as various commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions. Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic, Ms. Binau has assisted entities and individuals in navigating the complexities of the CARES Act and the continually evolving regulations surrounding the various government assistance programs, including but not limited to the Paycheck Protection Program Loan (PPP).

Ms. Binau’s practice also focuses on gaming and administrative law, and includes experience with various Nevada and multi-jurisdictional applications, 50 state gaming surveys, multi-jurisdictional research, sweepstakes and free-to-play gaming apps, and communication with regulatory agencies and boards within the gaming industry.

In addition to her corporate and gaming work, Ms. Binau has a robust background in real estate and land use.  She has assisted HOAs  with their CC&Rs, bylaws, rules and governing/corporate documents.  Her experience includes analyzing city and county ordinances, real estate transactions and development  and a variety of land use, zoning and water rights issues.  Ms. Binau drafts and negotiates various leases on both the landlord and tenant side for commercial and residential spaces. Additionally, Ms. Binau has experience with the foundational elements of Trusts and Estate Planning.

Professional & Community Engagement

  • Member, State Bar of Nevada
  • Member, State Bar of California
  • Member, Washoe County Bar Association
  • Member, Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP)
  • Member, Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN)
  • Monthly contributor to the Washoe County Bar Association’s Millennial Minute column

Attorney News

Communicated Uncertainty – The Path to Contentment

June 1, 2020, The Writ, “Millennial Minute” As I sit down to write this article, my thoughts race.  As I attempt to isolate an idea, a topic interesting to my peers, co-workers…

Remote Working- Zooming into the Future

May 1, 2020, The Writ, “Millennial Minute” Working from home, is it the answer to a deteriorating work-life balance, rapidly increasing office rental costs, employee attrition rates, and fewer breaks and…

A Quick Overview of the CARES Act – Small Business Paycheck Protection Program

April 6, 2020–The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA), is a loan program designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their…

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