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Commercial & Complex Litigation

Nevada’s Commercial & Complex Litigation Law Firm

If your bottom line or the future of your company is at stake, McDonald Carano is the right choice for sophisticated litigation attorneys handling complex matters. McDonald Carano’s reputation as a leading commercial and complex litigation law firm is demonstrated by our litigation practice being ranked in the highest Band 1 category in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and the highest Tier 1 category in the “Best Law Firms” report published by U.S. News–Best Lawyers. As the Best Law Firms report explains, “achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. Firms that receive Tier 1 designation reflect the highest level of respect a firm can earn among other leading lawyers and clients from the same communities and practice areas.”

Similarly, achieving the prestigious Band 1 ranking in Chambers USA means that McDonald Carano obtained high scores in all the research categories of technical legal ability, client service, depth of team, commercial vision, business understanding, and value. Pat Lundvall, Chair of our Commercial & Complex Litigation Practice, is also ranked in the highest Band 1 category in Chambers USA.

“They are outstanding. They have experts in many areas with great communication skills.” “They have a very accessible and knowledgeable team covering all areas of law and a deep understanding of local politics and issues.” “McDonald Carano’s counsel offer comprehensive defense strategies, relentless determination and incredible expertise and insight into specialized topics. I highly recommend the team.”

– Ranked Band 1, Chambers USA 2024

“My impression of the whole team is that they are exceptionally well versed in the laws and regulations of Nevada. They were prompt in their responses and their guidance was spot on for what the outcome was.” “We are extremely happy with the service. They are super respected in the state and very attuned to the litigation environment in the state.”

– Ranked Band 1, Chambers USA 2023

Our corporate commercial litigation lawyers offer one of the most comprehensive, sophisticated, productive and effective dispute resolution practices in Nevada. We deliver seasoned, honed and proven abilities in all areas of problem solving, ranging from artful diplomacy and swift resolution to traditional litigation, trial and appellate advocacy, as well as arbitration and mediation. McDonald Carano has an impressive track record with the full spectrum of complex commercial disputes and class action claims, including breach of contract, commercial torts, antitrust, unfair competition and trade practices, litigation surrounding commercial transactions and contract interpretation, and corporate, shareholder and partnership disputes and dissolutions. Our complex litigation attorneys are highly experienced in state and federal court, at the appellate and Supreme Court levels, as well as before state and federal administrative agencies.

“McDonald Carano’s attorneys are always super responsive, morning, noon and night.” “McDonald Carano’s ability to handle complex and sophisticated matters is second to none.” “They have very high-level top litigators and a good bench of associates backing them up.”

Ranked Band 1, Chambers USA 2022

Our primary objective is the efficient and successful resolution of each client’s dispute. We aggressively defend client positions at every turn, and are known for executing veritable defenses in some of the most contentious disputes in state history. Whether commercial and complex litigation claims are large or small, straightforward or complicated, we develop the right strategy and an appropriate budget to ensure the services we deliver have the best possible chance of producing the right outcome. We understand that objectives are sometimes better served by not going to trial. However, our complex litigation trial attorneys are precision advocates who can and will try a case if necessary.

“My overall impression of McDonald Carano is one of extremely competent, well-organized and prepared, very responsive and appropriately tenacious attorneys.” “Both during trial and post-trial, they were excellent, organized and consistently on top of the matter, finding everything quickly when needed.”

Ranked Band 1, Chambers USA 2021

Nevada Local Counsel

We have a proud history of serving as Nevada counsel to AmLaw 100 and other law firms and lawyers throughout the world when they need local assistance. Our attorneys are known for true partnering with other lawyers because we understand the importance of working cooperatively and effectively with out-of-state firms and in-house counsel. Together we solve regional problems and advance commercial objectives in Nevada as part of the client’s larger strategic plan.

“They handle a lot of the top-tier commercial disputes – they’re very capable. This is a truly excellent civil litigation and trial firm that is top of the class.”

– Chambers USA 2020

As Nevada’s law firm for business, our firm is regularly called upon to work with outside attorneys on a full range of business law matters. We deliver extensive local and regional knowledge in helping other firms’ clients invest in Nevada’s vibrant community and succeed both in and out of the Nevada courts. We assist out-of-state counsel in establishing a complete understanding of what is needed to realize their clients’ Nevada goals by providing comprehensive and statewide perspective, resources, connections and support.

With our expertise as a litigation law firm in Nevada, we work with out-of-state counsel to ensure that their Nevada litigation strategy, on defense or attack, is compliant with our state’s local rules and regulations. Our attorneys work tirelessly to continuously cultivate productive judicial relationships and we advise on best practices when appearing before Nevada’s appointed and elected judges. We share our understanding of the federal and state court judges’ predispositions and the propensities of local jury pools, as well as provide insight into local opposing counsel and their tactics.

“The team is not only responsive but well ahead of deadlines with top-notch legal work.”

– Chambers USA 2019

Most importantly, every McDonald Carano attorney values referrals from other lawyers and law firms and reciprocates in kind. We are committed to respecting out-of-state lawyers and the solidarity of their hard-earned client engagements. We are sensitive to what other lawyers need to succeed in our state and focus on acting as team players. Our attorneys are valued for being trustworthy and our firm is appreciated for its longevity in Nevada and the legal industry. We enjoy a stellar reputation for serving as “counsel to counsel,” acting as a valued member of the client team, and providing quality Nevada advice.

We are involved in the full array of complex commercial litigation and class action claims, including:

  • Bankruptcy and insolvency
  • Breach of contract, commercial torts and business collections
  • Commercial transactions and contract interpretation
  • Corporate, shareholder and partnership disputes
  • Director and officer liability
  • Environmental and land use
  • Franchise and licensing
  • Insurance coverage
  • Intellectual property, trade secrets and unfair competition
  • Labor and employment
  • Marketing, advertising and e-commerce
  • Professional liability
  • Real estate, leasing and construction
  • Restrictive covenants and non-compete agreements
  • Tax and ERISA
  • Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) claims

Practice Area News

#1 Ranked Practices in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

McDonald Carano proudly announces that Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2024 awarded prestigious rankings to the following six Practice Groups in our Reno and Las Vegas offices –…

Adam Hosmer-Henner Awarded Highest Band 1 Ranking in Chambers USA

McDonald Carano congratulates Adam Hosmer-Henner on receiving the highest Band 1 ranking in Appellate Litigation from Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2024. Adam is Chair of McDonald Carano’s…

George Ogilvie Awarded Highest Band 1 Ranking in Chambers USA

McDonald Carano congratulates Firm Managing Partner George Ogilvie on receiving the highest Band 1 ranking in Construction Litigation from Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2024. The 2024 edition…

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