Bar Admissions
  • Nevada
  • LL.M., University of Miami, 1988
  • J.D., McGeorge School of Law, 1982
  • B.A., University of Nevada, Reno, 1976
Bar Admissions
  • Nevada
  • LL.M., University of Miami, 1988
  • J.D., McGeorge School of Law, 1982
  • B.A., University of Nevada, Reno, 1976

Professional Background

Mark Knobel is a partner in the Reno office of McDonald Carano. He is a member of the firm’s Trust & Estates, Tax Law, and Business Entities and Transactions practice groups. He practices primarily in estate planning, wealth transfer, business and corporate law, and federal and state tax and charitable planning.

For more than 30 years, Knobel has been providing advice on business transactions, wills and trusts, estate settlements, trust settlements, and estate and gift taxes. He is an Accredited Estate Planner by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils, and has been named as one of the Best Lawyers in America in Trusts and Estates, and Tax for many years.

Mr. Knobel is a member of the Washoe County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Northern Nevada Estate Planning Council, and the Nevada State Bar, where he is the former Chair of the Probate and Trust Committee. He is also a former Chair of the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation, a former Member of the Board for Nevada Security Bank and is a past Chairman of the Board and Board Member at KNPB, a founding Member of Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful, and a trustee of the Thelma B. and Thomas P. Hart Foundation and the Jack Van Sickle Foundation.

Mark is married to Mary K. Knobel who received a degree in journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 1988. Mark and Mary K. have two sons, John and Clark. In addition to Mr. Knobel’s community involvement and his support of local charities and organizations, he is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys skiing, fishing, hunting, boating, and being a coach and spectator at his children’s sporting events.

Awards and Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated (since 1993)
  • The Best Lawyers in America – Business Organizations, including LLCs and Partnerships (2020-2023)
  • The Best Lawyers in America – Trust and Estates Litigation (2011-2023), “Lawyer of the Year” (2014, 2019)
  • The Best Lawyers in America – Tax Law (2007-2023),  “Lawyer of the Year” (2016, 2019, 2023)
  • The Best Lawyers in America _ Non-Profit/Charities Law (2013-2023), “Lawyer of the Year” (2015, 2017)
  • The Best Lawyers in America – Corporate Law (2008-2023), “Lawyer of the Year” (2010, 2015)
  • The Best Lawyers in America – Trust and Estates Law (1997-2023), “Lawyer of the Year” (2014)
  • Super Lawyers Magazine – “Super Lawyer” in Estate Planning & Probate, Tax/Business, Corporate/Business (2007)

Community Engagement

  • Former Chair, Nevada State Bar Probate and Trust Committee
  • Accredited estate planner, National Association of Estate Planners & Councils
  • Trustee, Thelma B. and Thomas P. Hart Foundation
  • Former Chair, University of Nevada Reno Foundation
  • Founding Board Member, Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful
  • Founding and Emeritus Board Member, Community Foundation of Northern Nevada
  • Former Board Member, St. Mary’s Foundation and Washoe Legal Services

Attorney News

Reno Office Attorneys Ranked Among Best Lawyers in America 2023

McDonald Carano proudly announces that 20 of our Reno office lawyers have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2023 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Three of…

Mark Knobel Receives 10th Lawyer of the Year Award from Best Lawyers in America

McDonald Carano congratulates Mark Knobel on an excellent record of receiving ten Lawyer of the Year awards in five areas of expertise in seven years from The Best Lawyers in…

Trust & Estates Practice Ranked Band 1 for 6th Consecutive Year by Chambers

McDonald Carano proudly announces the sixth consecutive year that we have received the highest ranking of Band 1 in the category of Private Wealth Law in the Chambers High Net…

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