Areas of Practice
- California, 2011
- Nevada, 2015
- J.D., Stanford University School of Law, 2011
- B.A., Political Science and Psychology, Stanford University, 2008
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.
- 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
“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
Board of the Domestic Violence Resource Center (formerly known as the Committee to Aid Abused Women)
January 14, 2020–McDonald Carano is pleased to announce the promotion of attorneys Laura Jacobsen, Rory Kay and Amanda Perach to Partner, effective January 1, 2020. “We congratulate Laura, Rory and…
December 25, 2019, Northern Nevada Business View, by Rob Sabo Two new laws coming into play in the New Year could spell big changes for Northern Nevada businesses and employers. The Nevada…
April 2, 2019, Las Vegas Business Press California employers are expanding their operations into Nevada, today, more than ever. Both Nevada and California have hundreds of employment rules and regulations that…
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