Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Law

McDonald Carano’s Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Practice provides legal services, as well as government affairs and advocacy assistance, relating to environmental law, water resources, public lands, and land use particularly in the areas of utilities, mining, and renewable energy. The practice covers all significant state and federal environmental and natural resources laws, along with the full spectrum of the energy regulatory and policy landscape.

We provide expertise in compliance counseling, administrative proceedings, regulatory approvals, enforcement actions, business transactions, and litigation services on a comprehensive range of projects that includes infrastructure, industrial, manufacturing, energy/power, and economic development. Our team is sought after for its unique combination of knowledge in both the law and local governance. We track legal and regulatory developments of energy, environmental and natural resources law at the regional, state and national level, and advise on agency rulemaking and legislation for clients such as trade associations, landowners, project developers, and corporations.

Our team has significant experience working on issues facing the energy industry, representing some of the largest energy users in Nevada in general rate cases and other contested proceedings before the Public Utilities Commission. The practice extends to environmental permitting due diligence for renewable energy projects and general environmental compliance matters. We also regularly represent developers and tax equity investors in connection with project development, permitting, and finance of renewable energy projects throughout Nevada.

The members of our practice have hands-on experience in both government and business, and possess the scientific and technical training needed to offer comprehensive advice to clients. Our team identifies legally compliant, efficient strategies that achieve the commercial objectives of each client. Our reputation and track record of proven results are underscored by many practice group team members being included in The Best Lawyers in America and the Practice Group is ranked Band 1 in Chambers USA.

The realm of energy, environment and natural resources changes constantly. Economic and political forces heavily influence this sector, and laws and regulations often differ at the local, national and international levels. As counsel and advocate, McDonald Carano guides clients through the ever-evolving legal, financial, business, and political aspects of this dynamic field. We fully understand the significance of natural resources and energy in the western United States, and we are skilled in helping our clients navigate their challenges and opportunities.

  • “The legal services of McDonald Carano are knowledgeable, timely and cost-efficient. They have the relationships with and respect of the regulatory community.” (Chambers USA, 2021)
  • “The firm is well versed in the subject matter and handles engagements very efficiently.” (Chambers USA, 2020)
  • “The team’s knowledge is tremendous, as are the attorneys’ communication skills and their sincere ability to find a solution favorable to all parties where possible.” (Chambers USA, 2019)



Practice Area News

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McDonald Carano proudly announces that 17 Practice Groups in our Reno and Las Vegas offices have received the prestigious “Tier 1” ranking in the 2022 edition of the “Best Law…

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