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Bar Admissions
  • Nevada
Education
  • J.D., University of South Carolina, School of Law, 1997
  • B.S., Business Finance, College of Charleston, 1991
Bar Admissions
  • Nevada
Education
  • J.D., University of South Carolina, School of Law, 1997
  • B.S., Business Finance, College of Charleston, 1991

Professional Background

Leigh’s practice focuses on trust, estate, and fiduciary litigation; commercial and complex litigation; and employment litigation. She handles all aspects of litigation, from investigation through filing of initial pleadings, discovery, and motion practice, to trial. Leigh represents clients in state and federal court. She is Chair of McDonald Carano’s Trust, Estate and Fiduciary Litigation Practice.

Trust, Estate & Fiduciary Litigation

Leigh represents beneficiaries, guardians, personal representatives, trustees, conservators, and executors. Her comprehensive experience in fiduciary, trust and estate litigation matters includes claims for breach of fiduciary duty, will and trust contests, fiduciary misconduct, fraud, financial elder abuse, adult guardianships, surcharge, and actions for recoupment of funds.

Commercial & Complex Litigation

Leigh represents local, national, and international businesses in claims involving contract disputes, trade secret violations, tortious interference, breach of fiduciary duty, business entity dissolutions, enforcement and defense of non-competition covenants, fraud, misrepresentation, conversion, defamation, unfair trade practices, and appointment of receivers.

Employment

Leigh represents employers and management. This includes defending against discrimination claims and wrongful termination claims in state and federal courts, defending against charges before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Nevada Equal Rights Commission, counseling employers in personnel issues, investigation of illegal harassment and discrimination complaints, and evaluating demotion and termination decisions. Her representation has also included pursuing and defending claims in state and federal court related to enforcement of employment covenants not to compete.

Awards and Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell – AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating (since 2012)
  • Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (since 2021)
  • The Best Lawyers in America – Trusts and Estates Litigation (2020-2024)
  • The Best Lawyers in America – Commercial Litigation (2014-2024)
  • The Best Lawyers in America – Labor and Employment Litigation (2018-2024)
  • Northern Nevada Business Weekly, Best In Business awards – “Influential Leader” (2023)
  • The Best Lawyers in America – “Lawyer of the Year” in Labor and Employment Litigation (2022)
  • Nevada Business Magazine – “Legal Elite/Top Rank Attorneys” (2012, 2017, 2018, 2022)
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers – “Top 50 Women Lawyers” (2012)
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers –  “Super Lawyers” (2009-2021, 2023-2024)
  • Women of Achievement Award, Nevada Women’s Fund
  • Order of the Coif, University of South Carolina

Professional Affiliations and Community Engagement

  • Master Emeritus, Inns of Court, Bruce R. Thompson Chapter
  • Member, Federal Bar Association (Past President, Nevada chapter, 2007–2008)
  • Member, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation
  • Member, Nevada Bar Association
  • Member, Washoe County Bar Association
  • Member, Northern Nevada Women Lawyers Association
  • Board of Trustees (2011-2019), Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (past chair, 2018–2019; chair, 2016–2017; vice chair, 2014–2015; secretary, 2012–2013; treasurer, 2011–2012)

Presentations 

  • “Discovery Techniques to Manage the Unmanageable,” Cambridge Private Client Forum, May 2022
  • “Non-Competition Covenants in Nevada,” March 30, 2017
  • “Nevada Wage & Hour Hot Topics,” Oct. 12, 2016
  • “HIPAA for Employers,” Feb. 27, 2004
  • “Overtime Requirements in Nevada,” March 18, 2003
  • “Employment-Related Records in Nevada,” Jan. 17, 2003
  • “Payroll Management in Nevada,” Sept. 17, 2002

Attorney News

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Women’s History Month: Northern Nevada Women Lawyers Association Social Event

McDonald Carano proudly sponsors the Women’s History Month celebration on March 28, 2024, hosted by the Northern Nevada Women Lawyers Association and Washoe County Bar Association. The social event held…

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McDonald Carano proudly announces that 12 women lawyers from nine Practice Groups in our Reno and Las Vegas offices have been recognized in the 2024 edition of Best Lawyers in…

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