Celebrating 75 Years of Serving Nevada’s Legal, Business, Government, and Civic Communities

Ryan J. Works


Bar Admissions
  • Nevada
  • J.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law, 2004
  • B.A., Criminal Justice, University of Nevada, Reno, 2001
Bar Admissions
  • Nevada
  • J.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law, 2004
  • B.A., Criminal Justice, University of Nevada, Reno, 2001

Professional Background

Ryan Works is Chair of the Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Financial Restructuring Group, working primarily in the areas of corporate bankruptcy and insolvency and business litigation.

Mr. Works regularly represents creditors and debtors both in and out of bankruptcy, under Chapter 11 and 7 of the Bankruptcy Code. His experience includes representing businesses in the mining, retail, restaurant, transportation, technology, hotel, entertainment, real estate and service industries. Mr. Works has represented the debtor in possession and successfully restructured several businesses. He has represented secured lenders, landlords, tenants, health care ombudsman, buyers, sellers, and other parties in interest. Mr. Works has significant experience prosecuting and defending avoidance actions, adversary cases, and related litigation and has handled various fraud cases and non-discharge matters on behalf of his clients.

In addition to his bankruptcy practice, Mr. Works is a member of McDonald Carano’s Commercial & Complex Litigation Practice, with a focus on commercial financing disputes under the Uniform Commercial Code, partnership disputes, corporate governance matters, real estate law, construction law, mechanics’ lien litigation, and general defense of local and national clients in federal and state courts.

Representative Engagements

  • In re Nevada Copper: Representing Nevada Copper Corp. and subsidiaries in voluntary Chapter 11 petition
  • In re Superior Emergency Room Physicians PLLC: confirmed Subchapter V Plan of Reorganization with full creditor support
  • In re Cash Cloud/Coin Cloud: Representing the Unsecured Creditors Committee
  • In re Real Water: Representing personal injury claimants
  • In re Las Vegas Monorail II: Represented the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority in the successful acquisition of the Las Vegas Monorail under Section 363 of the Code.
  • In re Lucky Dragon: Represented EB5 Investors.
  • In re CM Ebar, LLC: Successfully confirmed Chapter 11 plan, restructuring and selling assets of National restaurant chain – Elephant Bar
  • In re PrimeCare: Represented the patient care ombudsman in a successful Chapter 11 confirmation of a rural hospital in Tonopah, Nevada.
  • In re TEM Enterprises dba Xtra Airways: Represented the debtor in possession and confirmed a Chapter 11 plan of reorganization that would restructure the airline corporation with $3 million in new value to the creditors.
  • In re Alphatrade.com: Confirmed a Chapter 11 liquidation plan of an international stock data firm, representing the debtor in possession, and successfully defeated a motion to convert the case to Chapter 7 at trial.
  • In re West Charleston Lofts, LLC: Represented the debtor in possession in the successful reorganization of a $4 million credit facility collateralized by several luxury loft units in Summerlin, Las Vegas.
  • In re Asset Resolution: Represented a buyer in a 363 sale of a dual apartment tower complex in Houston, Texas, valued at more than $20 million, and represented bonafide purchasers in adversary litigation for the avoidance and recovery of an alleged fraudulent transfer.
  • In re Whitton Corporation: Represented a secured creditor and confirmed a Chapter 11 restructure of approximately $100 million in commercial real-estate-backed debt.
  • In re Comm Partners Holding Corporation: Represented a buyer in a 363 sale of hosted services assets.
  • In re Lake Las Vegas Joint Venture et. al.: Represented an official committee of unsecured creditors in a Chapter 11 case regarding the restructuring of the Lake Las Vegas subdivision.
  • See also: Aruze Gaming; Basic Water Company; Banq; ESSEX Real Estate Partners; Cool Concepts; Glyeco West Virginia; Desert Capitol REIT; Ameri-Dream Realty; Ebenezer Church of Christ; Data Con Systems; South Procyon, LLC; Greenland Supermarket Inc.; Nevada Cancer Institute; Murder Inc.; Nora’s Wine Bar and Osteria; Integrated Financial Associates; Carefree Willows, LLC (residents’ committee).

Awards and Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV – Preeminent Peer Review Rating (since 2012)
  • Vegas Inc. “Top Lawyers” – Bankruptcy Law (2022-2024)
  • The Best Lawyers in America – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2020-2024), Commercial Litigation (2019-2024), Bankruptcy Litigation (2023-2024)
  • Nevada Business Magazine – “Top Rank Attorneys” (2013-2024)
  • Nevada Business Magazine – “Best Up & Coming Attorneys” (2009-2012)
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers – “Rising Stars” (2011-2012) and “Super Lawyers” (2013-2024)

Professional Affiliations and Community Engagement

  • McDonald Carano Executive Committee Member
  • Governor, Board of Governors, State Bar of Nevada, 2015-2018
  • Chairman, Nevada State Bar Young Lawyers Section, 2009-2010
  • Leadership Las Vegas, class of 2009
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Bankruptcy Committee, Chair of the Small Business Subcommittee
  • Member, Las Vegas Founders, 2006-2009
  • Member, First Tee of Southern Nevada, 2011-2014

Recent Presentations and Publications

  • Quoted: “Prominent Nevada law firm looks back on 75 years of operations,” Las Vegas Review-Journal, June 9, 2024
  • Presenter: “The Advantages and Challenges of Trust Planning when the Unexpected Bankruptcy Happens (sessions I and II),” Nevada Trust Conference, Nevada Bankers Association, May 1, 2024
  • Interview: “Gauging the Pandemic’s Impact on Bankruptcies: What Has, Hasn’t, and Has Yet to Happen?”, Las Vegas Weekly, March 17, 2022

Attorney News

Meet the Attorneys in Nevada Copper’s Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Nevada Copper is a Canada-based mining company publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Nevada Copper owns the Pumpkin Hollow copper mine near Yerington, about 60 miles southeast of Reno….

Prominent Nevada Law Firm Looks Back on 75 Years of Operations

Continuing the celebration of our 75th Anniversary, the Las Vegas Review-Journal interviewed Firm Managing Partner George Ogilvie, Josh Hicks, Chair of our Government Affairs & Advocacy Group, and Ryan Works,…

Nevada’s “Top Rank Attorneys” 2024

McDonald Carano proudly announces that 15 of our attorneys are recognized as “Top Rank Attorneys” in Nevada Business Magazine’s 2024 list of the State’s top attorneys as voted by their…

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