Bar Admissions
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • J.D., Valedictorian, with Great Distinction, Order of the Coif, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1989
  • M.S., Exercise Sciences, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, 1983
  • B.S., Exercise Sciences, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, 1980
Bar Admissions
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • J.D., Valedictorian, with Great Distinction, Order of the Coif, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1989
  • M.S., Exercise Sciences, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, 1983
  • B.S., Exercise Sciences, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, 1980

Professional Background

Pat Lundvall is a highly skilled litigator who serves as Co-Chair of the Commercial & Complex Litigation Practice. She represents Fortune 500 companies and Nevada businesses as their primary outside counsel in every phase of complex commercial litigation. Chambers USA ranks the Commercial & Complex Litigation Practice in the highest category of Band 1.

Pat has successfully represented clients in judge and jury trials in state and federal courts, as well as on appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. She also acts as local, coordinating counsel in complex multidistrict litigation, responsible for substantive contributions to the successful resolution of these sophisticated matters.

Pat is particularly experienced in handling complex business disputes involving business entity disputes and dissolutions, healthcare, fraud including government fraud, unfair trade practices, unfair competition, RICO and antitrust violations, among others. She also represents clients in matters involving employment law, defamation, deprivation of constitutional rights, and wrongful death.

In the Chambers USA ranking of the leading lawyers in Nevada Commercial Litigation, clients shared the following comments about Pat’s expertise with Chambers researchers.  “Pat is a zealous advocate” and an “excellent litigator.” “She provides a clear understanding of the legal process every step of the way. She is extremely knowledgeable and an expert in her field.” “Pat is one of the best trial lawyers I’ve ever seen, possessing perseverance, tenacity, good judgment and composure under intense pressure.” “Pat is our partner on serious litigation matters and has provided outstanding client service. She has our best interests in mind at all times.”

Pro Bono
Pat continues to dedicate time and expertise to pro bono work, including her victory in March 2021 in a case that she successfully tried before Judge Joanna S. Kishner. The case was brought on behalf of a young female Navy recruiter who is also responsible for the care of her mother and young son. The recruiter purchased a home with a latent defect that was known to the seller but not disclosed at the time of sale. The judge awarded compensatory damages and then trebled them per the statute, and the statute also allowed for an award of fees. The case settled for the full amount of compensatory damages and costs. Ms. Lundvall accepted the case through the Office of Military Legal Assistance under the Attorney General’s Office, which is a pro bono service program that McDonald Carano helped create.

Representative Engagements
Pat has litigated literally hundreds of cases in her career. Some of her recent, noteworthy representations include:

  • Endo Health Solutions, Inc., et al. v. The Second Judicial District Court (Washoe), et al. and City of Reno (Real Party in Interest)  81121, before the Supreme Court of the State of Nevada, En Banc. (Opinion dated July 29, 2021)

Pat led oral argument, representing her clients (Petitioners Endo Health Solutions, Inc. and Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc.) as well as 25+ attorneys and their clients. The successful outcome involved the original petition for a writ of mandamus challenging a district court order denying in part a motion to dismiss in a tort action. The Supreme Court held that a city’s power to maintain a lawsuit must be derived from an express grant of power or fall within a “matter of local concern” as defined in applicable statutory language. Though the district court found that the action involved a “matter of local concern,” it used its own definition of that term and misapplied the statutory definition. Thus, the Supreme Court remanded, directing the district court to reconsider the motion to dismiss and strictly apply the definition of a “matter of local concern” (as set forth in NRS 268.003) to the City’s claims.

Supreme Court of The State of Nevada Opinion

  • Franchise Tax Board Of California v. Hyatt, Before the Supreme Court of The United States

Law360 | States Can’t Be Sued In Other States’ Courts Justices Say

McDonald Carano represented the Franchise Tax Board of California (FTB) on this case since 1998. The victory for our client overturned 40-year-old SCOTUS precedent addressing issues of sovereign immunity. McDonald Carano argued the case to the Nevada Supreme Court several times. This decision resulted from our third trip to the United States Supreme Court on behalf of the FTB.

Supreme Court of The United States Opinion

  • Pardee Homes of Nevada v. Wolfram et. al., Before the Southern Nevada Panel, Justice Hardesty Presiding

1/23/19 NSC Oral Argument

  • John B. Quinn, Michael T. Zeller, Michael l. Fazio, Ian S. Shelton, Elaine P. Wynn v.  The Eighth Judicial District Court of the State of Nevada, in and for the County of Clark; and The Honorable Elizabeth Gonzalez, District Judge, Nevada Supreme Court Case No. 74519

12/4/17 NSC Oral Argument

  • California Franchise Tax Board in Gilbert P. Hyatt v. FTB, a case alleging invasion of privacy and government fraud

5/2/17 NSC Oral Argument

  • Governor James Gibbons in Chrissy Mazzeo v. James Gibbons et. al., a case alleging assault and deprivation of constitutional rights
  • Amerco, the parent company of U-Haul International, in Paul Shoen v. Amerco, a shareholder derivative case alleging insider dealing
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb in State of Nevada v. Bristol-Myers Squibb et. al., a case alleging price fixing
  • D.R. Horton, Inc., in multiple homeowner cases alleging mortgage fraud
  • Pardee Homes of Nevada v. A.D. Seeno Construction, a case concerning development of Coyote Springs
  • Five Mile Capital v. Jeff and Jackie Soffer in a dispute over development to Town Square Lifestyle Center
  • Landmark Homes and Development in Sierra Gateway Ventures v. Landmark, et. al., a case alleging breach of contract and bad faith
  • Pardee Homes of Nevada and Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company, in J.P. Morgan v. Pardee et. al., a case alleging breach of contract
  • Southwest Gas Corporation in Richard de los Reyes v. Southwest Gas Corporation, a case alleging employment discrimination
  • George Stephanopoulos and Little Brown Company in Gennifer Flowers v. James Carville et. al., a case alleging defamation
  • Southern Wine and Spirits of America, Inc., in SWS v. Bacardi-Martini USA, a case alleging unfair trade practices

12/17/18 Pat Lundvall Oral Argument in Winecup, Inc. v. Gordon Ranch LP

02/04/21 Pat Lundvall Oral Argument in Emergency Group of Arizona PC v. United Healthcare, Inc.

All of these matters are the subject of reported decisions or public dockets.


  • Author, The Rise and Fall of the Antitrust Exemption for the Business of Insurance, John Stauffer Memorial published by the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, June 1989
  • Chapter on Pretrial Conferences, Nevada Civil Practice Manual
  • Numerous publications for professional seminars

Awards and Recognition

  • Chambers USA Guide – Commercial Litigation (2017-2021)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
  • The Best Lawyers in America© – Commercial Litigation (2006-2022), Labor and Employment Litigation (2011-2022)
  • Super Lawyers Magazine “Mountain States Super Lawyer” – Business Litigation (2007-2021)
  • Super Lawyers Magazine “Top 50 Women” Mountain States Super Lawyers (2010-2021)
  • Nevada Business Magazine “Legal Elite” (2009, 2011, 2015, 2017)
  • Las Vegas Business Press – “Female Business Leaders”
  • Co-Founder: Complex Commercial Litigation Institute (CCLI)
  • Senior Fellow: Litigation Counsel of America
  • Board Certified in Civil Litigation by National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Board Certified as Civil Trial Advocacy Specialist by State Bar of Nevada
  • Certified Advocate, National Board of Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy
  • “Distinguished Nevadan” Award presented by University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  •  “New Thinking About Thinking” Award from Keep Memory Alive / The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

Professional Associations and Community Engagement

  • Former Commissioner and Past Chairman: Nevada State Athletic Commission
  • Public Private Partnership Advisory Panel to Nevada Department of Transportation
  • Board Member: Friends of the Nevada Mansion
  • Board Member: Nevada Military Support Alliance
  • Nevada Fellow of the American Bar Foundation

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