William A. S. Magrath II
Areas of Practice
- District of Columbia, 1979
- Nevada, 1977
- California, 1976
- All Federal Courts in Nevada & California
- U.S. Supreme Court
- J.D., University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, 1976
- B.S., University of Nevada, Reno, 1973
For more than 35 years, William Magrath has focused on complex construction, business, contract, and commercial litigation. His first-chair courtroom experience before juries, judges, and arbitrators and his devotion to advocacy have resulted in honors from national organizations and leadership positions in bar associations and community groups. William has received accolades from many respected industry publications, such as The Best Lawyers in America©, Martindale-Hubbell, Mountain States Super Lawyers, and Nevada’s Legal Elite. He also served as president of the Washoe County Bar Association and as president and master emeritus of the Bruce R. Thompson Inn of the American Inns of Court.
William has represented a wide range of clients, including publicly traded corporations, national and regional companies, the Nevada System of Higher Education, national construction firms, and hotel casinos in northern and southern Nevada. He has served as a special counsel appointed by the Nevada Attorney General to lead a team of lawyers representing the Nevada System of Higher Education in a multi-faceted seven-year federal civil rights lawsuit, which was successfully concluded with an award of $1.1 million in attorneys’ fees to NSHE, the denial of all appeals, and a petition for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court. Reported cases include William’s successful federal injunction request on behalf of a contractor against the Nevada Public Works Board prohibiting further construction of a $28 million prison project. This resulted in new standards for Nevada public works bidding practices in Nevada. In 2011, William concluded a complex construction lawsuit that resulted in a $3.9 million judgment for his client.
Before joining the firm in 1980, William served as a deputy district attorney in Washoe County, where he successfully prosecuted multiple criminal jury trials, including murder. He began his legal career in 1976 as a law clerk to the Honorable William N. Forman of Nevada’s Second Judicial District Court. He is licensed to practice in Nevada, California, and the United States Supreme Court. William is also an owner of a building materials business and property management partnership in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Areas of Experience
Mr. Magrath regularly appears before the state and federal courts in Nevada and California, representing clients in administrative matters and on appeal before the Nevada Supreme Court, and before various state and local governmental agencies and boards.
Awards and Recognition
- The Best Lawyers in America©, “Lawyer of the Year” (Litigation – Construction)
- The Best Lawyers in America©, “Lawyer of the Year” (Bet-the-Company Litigation)
- The Best Lawyers in America© (Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Construction)
- Super Lawyers, “Mountain States Super Lawyers”
- Nevada Business Magazine, “Nevada’s Legal Elite”
- Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
- Past President and Director, Washoe County Bar Association
- Past President and Master Emeritus, Bruce R. Thompson Inn of the American Inns of Court
- Past President and Director, Volunteer Lawyers of Washoe County
- Past President and Trustee, Washoe County Access to Justice Foundation
- Association of Defense Counsel of Northern Nevada and California Defense Research Institute
- Past Member, University of Nevada Alumni Council
- Past President and Director, Caughlin Ranch Homeowners Association (21 years)
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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