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Construction Law & Litigation

Rated Tier 1 and Band 1 in Construction Law & Litigation 

McDonald Carano has been an active participant in shaping Nevada’s construction industry for decades. We serve the transaction and litigation needs of state, regional, national, and international clients involved in private and public works projects throughout Nevada. 

Owners, developers, investors, design professionals, general contractors, engineering professionals, subcontractors and suppliers all turn to us to ensure that their construction projects remain viable and successful. Our team has experience resolving every type of construction dispute and litigation matter. Our experience ranges from pre-construction counseling and negotiation to mediation, arbitration, litigation, trial and, when necessary, appeal. Our deep bench of experience allows us to ably navigate and overcome even the most problematic and potentially expensive construction challenges.

McDonald Carano understands the construction industry, construction companies and construction projects, including the unique aspects of building in Nevada. By identifying potential obstacles early on, our construction attorneys work with clients to assess and mitigate risk and potential claims. We have been known to favorably resolve even the most hotly contested disputes outside of court and with minimal delay and expense. We also provide clients with the proper resources, including educational seminars, to help train their employees and maintain a knowledgeable workforce. 

We work with our transactional, financing, employment, planning, and zoning team as a foundational risk management asset. Our combined practices give us unique insights into construction contracts and construction litigation. When the stakes are high, litigation is sometimes the only option, and we efficiently and tenaciously advocate our client’s position. We have handled countless construction cases before state and federal courts and state and federal administrative agencies.

McDonald Carano is an annual premier level sponsor of the Nevada Chapter of the Associated General Contractors (for which we serve as outside general counsel) and we both sponsor and donate to the fundraising activities of the Construction Leadership Council.

  • Best Lawyers & Lawyers of the Year
    Our Reno lawyers and Las Vegas lawyers are rated among the best construction attorneys by Best Lawyers In America®. Best Lawyers® recognizes only the top 5% of practicing lawyers. In the 2024 edition of Best Lawyers, McDonald Carano celebrated our 12th “Lawyer of the Year” award in Construction Law & Litigation. 
  • Best Law Firms
    Our Construction Law & Litigation Practice is ranked in the highest Tier 1 category in the 2024 edition of Best Law Firms. As Best Law Firms® explains, “achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.” Firms that receive the 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. 
  • Band 1 Ranking
    Construction Litigation attorney George Ogilvie received the highest Band 1 ranking in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. The 2023 edition of Chambers USA is the 11th consecutive year that George has been prominently ranked in Construction Litigation. Chambers’ research includes interviews with clients to assess legal ability, client service, team depth, commercial astuteness, professional conduct, and diligence.

Highlights and special qualifications of our Construction Law & Litigation team include:

  • Matt Addison, Managing Partner of our Reno office and Chair of our Construction Law & Litigation Practice, currently serves as an Administrative Law Judge for the Nevada State Contractors’ Board and has earned two “Lawyer of the Year” awards in Construction Litigation from The Best Lawyers in America (2016, 2024).
  • George Ogilvie, Managing Partner of McDonald Carano and Managing Partner of our Las Vegas office, is ranked in the highest Band 1 category in Construction Litigation in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, received two “Lawyer of the Year” awards in Construction Law from The Best Lawyers in America (2020, 2024) and a “Lawyer of the Year” award in Construction Litigation (2019).
  • Phil Mannelly, an Associate in our Reno office, currently serves as outside general counsel to the Nevada Chapter of the Associated General Contractors and is a gubernatorial appointee to the Public Works Board for the State of Nevada. Phil is also the annual updates author for “Construction Laws and Customs: Nevada State Q&A,” a Thomson Reuters Practical Law publication.
  • William Magrath, a Partner and co-chair of our Complex & Commercial Litigation Practice, received four “Lawyer of the Year” awards in Construction Litigation (2023, 2019, 2015, 2012) from The Best Lawyers in America, two “Lawyer of the Year” awards in Construction Law (2023, 2021), and five “Lawyer of the Year” awards in Bet-the-Company Litigation (2023, 2020, 2018, 2016, 2013).
  • Leo Bergin, a Partner in our Reno office and former Managing Partner of McDonald Carano, received an SIR (Skill, Integrity, Responsibility) Award from the Nevada Chapter of the Associated General Contractors and has received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest AV Preeminent Peer Review rating since 2003.
  • James Bradshaw, a Partner in our Reno office, received a “Lawyer of the Year” award in Construction Litigation (2021) from The Best Lawyers in America and has received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest AV Preeminent Peer Review rating since 2006.

Our team has advised on and resolved issues pertaining to the full array of construction law and construction litigation matters and claims:

  • Bid protests and disputes
  • Change orders and extra work claims
  • Contract drafting and negotiation
  • Construction contract disputes
  • Construction management issues
  • Construction manager at risk (CMAR) projects
  • Defective construction claims
  • Delay damage claims
  • Design-build projects
  • Loss of productivity and impact damage claims
  • Payment disputes, including mechanic’s lien and bond claims
  • Prompt pay claims
  • Stop work procedures
  • Termination of contracts
  • Unforeseen circumstances, or differing site condition claims

Practice Area News

McDonald Carano Receives Highest Number of Rankings in Chambers 2023

Chambers produces the global legal profession’s most respected and comprehensive rankings of lawyers and practice areas. Chambers researched law firms with offices in Nevada for inclusion in the 2023 edition…

12th “Lawyer of the Year” Award in Construction Law & Litigation

In the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, McDonald Carano celebrated our 12th “Lawyer of the Year” award in Construction Law & Litigation. George Ogilvie (Las Vegas) received…

Nevada Legislative Wrap-Up

The September 2023 edition of Communique’ magazine, published by the Clark County Bar Association, features brief summaries of select highlights of legislation passed during the 82nd Session of the Nevada…

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