Understanding and responding to the business and legal impacts of COVID-19
Bar Admissions
  • California, 2011
  • Nevada, 2015
  • J.D., Stanford University School of Law, 2011
  • B.A., Political Science and Psychology, Stanford University, 2008
Bar Admissions
  • California, 2011
  • Nevada, 2015
  • J.D., Stanford University School of Law, 2011
  • B.A., Political Science and Psychology, Stanford University, 2008

Professional Background

Laura Jacobsen handles labor and employment law matters for clients in a diverse range of industries, including construction, gaming, manufacturing, outsourcing companies, and municipalities. Clients contact her to answer their day-to-day employment questions, review employee handbooks and employment policies, as well as to handle their more complex legal matters. Whether she is defending an employer before the Nevada Labor Commissioner’s Office, guiding employers through the sensitive matters, or litigating a discrimination case, Laura makes client communication a priority. Her primary goal is to resolve these matters in a fast and efficient way so that her clients can return their focus to their businesses.

Laura is a Reno native, and before returning to Nevada and joining McDonald Carano, Ms. Jacobsen practiced in San Francisco, litigating on behalf of large financial institutions. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Edward C. Reed, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada.

During law school, Ms. Jacobsen served as a legal intern in the Civil Division, Commercial Litigation Department of the U.S. Department of Justice, a judicial extern for then U.S. District Court Judge Brian Sandoval, and a summer intern for U.S. Senator Harry Reid.

Representative Engagements

  • Successful defense of Nevada rancher against wage and hour class action, culminating in dismissal
  • Representation of employer in prosecuting breach of contract and trade secret misappropriation, obtaining injunctive relief and favorable settlement
  • Independent investigation of harassment and discrimination charges
  • Defense of large financial services firm in nationwide class action, culminating in favorable settlement
  • Defense of commercial real estate developer in breach of contract action, culminating in settlement.
  • Defense of staffing agency in proceedings before the Nevada Labor Commissioner, obtaining expungement of cease and desist order and reinstatement of license
  • Defense of privileged license business in proceedings before the Nevada Department of Taxation, obtaining expungement of cease and desist order and reinstatement of license
  • Representation of board of a public agency in negotiation of executive director employment agreement in compliance with Nevada’s Open Meeting Law

Speaking Engagements

“Impact of Legalized Recreational Marijuana on Employers,” presented to the Associated General Contractors, Nevada Chapter

“Wage & Hour Hot Topics,” presented to the Association of Corporate Counsel, Nevada Chapter

“Recreational Marijuana Business Law in Nevada,” National Business Institute

“Find it Free and Fast on the Net: Strategies for Legal Research on the Web,” National Business Institute

Awards and Recognition

Nevada Business Magazine,  “Legal Elite” – 2018 Best Up & Coming Attorneys

Nevada Business Magazine, “Legal Elite” – Commercial & Complex Litigation and Employment & Labor Law

Nevada Women’s Fund Salute to Women of Achievement, 2016 Honoree

Community Engagement

Board of the Domestic Violence Resource Center (formerly known as the Committee to Aid Abused Women)

Attorney News

Families First Coronavirus Response Act – The U.S. DOL Answers Critical Questions About Paid Leave Requirements

After issuing a smaller set of FAQs earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a comprehensive list of questions and answers as employers grapple with various paid leave…

The Federal CARES Act, The Largest Stimulus Bill In History – How This Immediately Impacts Your Business

This afternoon, the president signed the CARES Act into law. It provides relief for business and employees struggling with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Small and mid-size businesses…

Summary of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Effective Date: Leave requirements are in effect April 2 – December 31, 2020 Covered Employers: All employers with less than 500 employees are covered, even those with fewer than 50…

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