Bar Admissions
  • California
  • Nevada
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
  • California
  • Nevada
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 attorney in the Business Entities & Transactions, Gaming & Administrative Law, and Trust & Estates Law Practice Groups at McDonald Carano. Kelci serves as Vice Chair of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee and Vice Chair of the Associates Committee.

In her corporate law practice, Ms. Binau guides companies with a comprehensive range of commercial transactions involving formation, incorporation, governance, operation, growth and mergers and acquisitions.  She has assisted clients with designing their corporate structure, domesticating, merging and converting foreign and domestic entities, and acquiring state and city business licenses.  Ms. Binau’s clients include publicly traded corporations, privately held businesses and startups in a wide range of industry sectors, including hospitality, entertainment, technology, education, healthcare, accounting, financial services, retail, manufacturing, and transportation.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Ms. Binau has assisted entities and individuals in navigating the complexities of the CARES Act and the American Rescue Plan Act, including the continually evolving regulations surrounding various government assistance programs, such as 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 and 50-state gaming surveys concerning contests, sweepstakes and skill games legality. She also assists clients regarding communication with regulatory agencies and boards within the gaming industry.  She provides licensing, approval and compliance assistance to companies involved in the development, management, financing, acquisition and restructuring of gaming projects in both the casino and on-line gaming markets.  Her clients include owners and operators of casinos, on-line/mobile operators, manufacturers of gaming equipment and software, eSports entities, and traditional and non-traditional investors and lenders.

Ms. Binau helps clients obtain and maintain licenses and approvals and provides assistance and guidance throughout all steps in the process, including initial application, investigation and interview, public hearing on suitability, and ongoing obligations to update regulators.  She also has experience with waivers or exemptions from licensing requirements on behalf of clients that do not exert the required control over the gaming enterprise.

In addition to license applications and compliance issues, Ms. Binau assists clients with commission investigations.

Additionally, Ms. Binau has experience with the foundational elements of Trust and Estate Planning with an emphasis on  asset protection and wealth preservation, fiduciary and beneficiary representation, foundation and tax-exempt organization initiatives, gaming trusts and generation-skipping, gift and income tax planning.

Awards and Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America© – Administrative and Regulatory Law (2022-2023)

Professional Associations

  • Member, State Bar of Nevada
  • Member, State Bar of California
  • Member, Washoe County Bar Association
  • Member, Northern Nevada Women Lawyers Association
  • Member, International Association of Gaming Advisors
  • Member, Global Gaming Women (GGW): Moderator of a professional mentorship and career development Lean-In Circle and Communications and Content Liaison for the Marketing Committee
  • Member, Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP)
  • Member, Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN)
  • Member, Nevada’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (NCET)
  • Contributor, Washoe County Bar Association’s Millennial Minute column

Attorney News

Trust & Estates Practice Ranked Band 1 for 6th Consecutive Year by Chambers

McDonald Carano proudly announces the sixth consecutive year that we have received the highest ranking of Band 1 in the category of Private Wealth Law in the Chambers High Net…

Chambers USA Recognizes Four Gaming Law Attorneys

McDonald Carano congratulates A.J. “Bud” Hicks, A.G. Burnett, Greg Giordano and Dennis Gutwald on receiving prominent recognition in Gaming Law in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Chambers is…

Nevada Changes Restricted Gaming License Requirements for Individuals

Effective February 28, 2022, the Applicant Services section of the Nevada Gaming Control Board’s (“Board” or “GCB”) Investigations Division significantly changed the forms required for individuals who are applying for…

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