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Bar Admissions
  • Nevada
  • District of Columbia
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for Nevada
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Education
  • LL.M., New York University School of Tax [Taxation], 1980
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1979
  • B.S., Santa Clara University, 1976
Certifications
  • CPA
Bar Admissions
  • Nevada
  • District of Columbia
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for Nevada
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Education
  • LL.M., New York University School of Tax [Taxation], 1980
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1979
  • B.S., Santa Clara University, 1976
Certifications
  • CPA

Professional Background

Robert Armstrong is nationally recognized for his representation of high-net-worth clients and family trust companies. His practice is focused on estate, gift, generation skipping, and income tax planning, as well as the administration of trusts and estates, business and real estate transactions and the formation, operation and governance of family trust and retail trust companies. He also has extensive experience in the area of charitable giving, tax-exempt organizations and state and local taxation, including the Nevada Commerce Tax.

Mr. Armstrong is the chair of the Business Entities & Transactions Group of McDonald Carano, as well as a member of the Trust & Estates, Tax Law and Real Estate & Land Use Planning practice groups. He has more than forty years of legal experience serving clients as an attorney, and as a non-practicing certified public accountant.

Mr. Armstrong is frequently called upon to lecture on topics such as Nevada trust law, family trust companies and tax matters at national and local seminars and forums. He serves on the Trust & Estates Section Legislative Committee of the Nevada State Bar where he is involved in the ongoing modernization of Nevada trust laws.

Mr. Armstrong is a fourth-generation Nevadan, with family roots going back to Virginia City’s Comstock Lode, and is very active in community and philanthropic endeavors.

Publications

Chief Author: Decedent Estates Chapter of the Nevada Civil Practice Manual (Lexis Nexis Publications) (1990 – 2015)

Awards/Recognition

  • Chambers HNW Guide, 2019 Edition, Nevada, Private Wealth Law, Band I
  • The Best Lawyers in America© “Lawyer of the Year”  2013 – Corporate Law
  • The Best Lawyers in America© “Lawyer of the Year” 2015 & 2012 – Trusts and Estates
  • The Best Lawyers in America©  (1993-current)
  • Nevada Business Magazine “Legal Elite” – Estate Planning, Wills, Trust & Probate, Taxation, Business Entities and Transactions
  • Super Lawyers – Corporate Law, Real Estate Law, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates, Estate Planning & Probate
  • Martindale-Hubbell  2019 Judicial AV Preeminent® Rating

Professional Associations

  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate (also served as state chairman)
  • Fellow, American College of Tax Counsel
  • Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Community Engagement

  • Emeritus Trustee, University of Nevada, Reno Foundation
  • Former Chair, University of Nevada, Reno Foundation Investment Committee
  • Co-Founder and Trustee Emeritus, Community Foundation of Western Nevada
  • Former Trustee and Past President, Catholic Community Services of Northern Nevada
  • Director and Past President, Athletic Association University of Nevada
  • Former Director and Past President, Reno Philharmonic Association

Attorney News

McDonald Carano Attorneys Recognized in Best Lawyers Awards

Las Vegas, Nevada, August 15, 2019 – McDonald Carano LLP is pleased to announce new recognition in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. McDonald Carano attorneys recognized…

McDonald Carano 2019 Mountain States Super Lawyers & Rising Stars

Las Vegas, Nevada, May 31, 2019 – McDonald Carano LLP is pleased to announce that twelve attorneys from the firm were recognized as 2019 Mountain States Super Lawyers, and three…

McDonald Carano Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America©

August 20, 2018 – McDonald Carano is pleased to announce new recognition in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.  Attorneys recognized include: Matthew C. Addison, Partner, Commercial…

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