Bar Admissions
  • J.D., Stanford University School of Law, 2011
  • B.A., Political Science and Psychology, Stanford University, 2008
Bar Admissions
  • J.D., Stanford University School of Law, 2011
  • B.A., Political Science and Psychology, Stanford University, 2008

Professional Background

Laura Jacobsen is co-chair of the Employment & Labor Law Group with McDonald Carano.  She represents clients in a diverse range of industries in both Nevada and California, including construction, gaming, real estate, manufacturing, cannabis, outsourcing, and municipalities.  Ms. Jacobsen guides clients through complex litigation matters and serves as their trusted advisor as they navigate fast-paced day-to-day employment issues.

Ms. Jacobsen regularly handles high profile litigation matters, including class action defense, trade secret misappropriation, discrimination claims and confidentiality, and non-compete enforcement.  Her litigation experience includes both single and multi-plaintiff matters, and she is also experienced in handling internal investigations and training, particularly related to harassment.  Ms. Jacobsen also strategically advises human resources leadership on issues such as personnel decisions, handbooks and policies, administrative complaints, licensing, and employment and contractor agreements.

Whether she is defending an employer before the Nevada Labor Commissioner’s Office, guiding employers through sensitive matters, or litigating a discrimination case, she 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.

Ms. Jacobsen is a Reno native who previously 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  judicial extern for then U.S. District Court Judge Brian Sandoval.

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” – Best Up & Coming Attorneys
  • Nevada Business Magazine, “Legal Elite” – Commercial & Complex Litigation and Employment & Labor Law
  • Nevada Business Magazine, “Legal Elite” – Employment & Labor Law, Appellate Law, and Trust & Estates
  • Nevada Women’s Fund Salute to Women of Achievement, 2016 Honoree

Professional and Civic Organizations

  • Board of the Domestic Violence Resource Center (formerly known as the Committee to Aid Abused Women)
  • Steering Committee for Cannabis Law Group in Meritas
  • Meritas Young Lawyer

Attorney News

COVID-19 in Employment: Can Businesses Require Employee Vaccinations?

January 6, 2021, Retail Association of Nevada, by Laura Jacobsen, With the recent announcement that the United States has begun distribution and administration of COVID-19 vaccines (the first shipment landed…

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Reno attorneys, HR experts weigh in on concept of mandatory COVID vaccine for companies, employees

Northern Nevada Business Weekly, December 28, 2020, by Kaleb Roedel, for Northern Nevada business owners looking to bring employees back to work and bring customers peace of mind, there’s light…

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Amazon Case Shows How A GC’s Barbs Can Sting Back

Law360, November 16, 2020, Inc. general counsel David Zapolsky is learning a lesson the hard way, but other in-house counsel can gain insight about how to deal with a…

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