Bar Admissions
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
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.

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, 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.  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)

Professional Associations

  • Member, State Bar of Nevada
  • Member, State Bar of California
  • Member, Washoe County Bar Association
  • Member, Global Gaming Women (GGW)
  • Member, Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP)
  • Member, Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN)
  • Contributor, Washoe County Bar Association’s Millennial Minute column

Attorney News

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Recognized All Members of
Our Gaming & Administrative
Law Practice

McDonald Carano is proud to announce that all members of our Gaming & Administrative Law Practice have been recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2022 in both the Reno and…

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