Real Estate & Land Use

Nevada’s Most Trusted Real Estate Law Firm

McDonald Carano has been involved in shaping Nevada’s real estate industry for decades. We have guided clients through complex and nuanced real estate contracts, we have worked with all types of commercial real estate, and we have handled every major issue in land use law. We have also assisted real estate clients through many market cycles and have helped them navigate challenges and seize opportunities. Our firm’s longevity and practical experience in the real estate industry distinguish us from other firms in Nevada.

We have been involved in all areas of real estate law and have served clients involved in every sector of the real estate economy, including public and private real estate owners, investors, lenders, REITS, joint ventures, developers, builders, brokers, agents, homeowners associations, property management companies, insurance companies, and individuals. Our real estate contract and project experience covers everything from hospitality and gaming to warehousing and data centers, from industrial and manufacturing to healthcare and business centers, and from multi-family to mixed-use and shopping to transit.


Commercial Real Estate Attorneys

We advise on all areas of commercial real estate: sales and acquisitions, leasing and development, borrowing and lending, complex litigation and appeals, bankruptcy and reorganization. Whether our firm is called upon to negotiate a real estate contract or to advise on the ownership, operation, leasing or financing of commercial real estate, we prove time and again that we know how to leverage and protect our client’s position at every turn. Our lawyers negotiate and close billions of dollars of purchase, sale and leasing transactions for developed and undeveloped real estate, including industrial, office, multi-family apartments, retail stores, shopping centers, and hotel and casino projects. We represent both landlords and tenants in lease agreements and disputes, including the enforcement of rights and remedies following defaults. We are also experienced in all areas of common-interest communities, including condominiums and planned unit developments.


Real Estate Finance Lawyers

McDonald Carano also represents real estate project lenders and borrowers in secured financing transactions. Our team negotiates and prepares commercial loan documents, provides legal opinions to lenders, and counsels clients regarding loan foreclosures and workouts, including receivership actions and actions involving loan guarantors. We also serve as local counsel for out-of-state lenders in connection with complex structured finance transactions for casino, energy and master-planned community projects.


Nevada’s Top-Rated Real Estate Law Firm

Our Real Estate Practice is ranked in 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 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.” Our Practice Group is also highly ranked in Chambers USA and clients have shared the following comments with Chambers researchers.

  • “A good firm with a strong group of lawyers.” (Chambers, 2023)
  • “Our experience work with McDonald Carano has been excellent.” (Chambers, 2022)
  • “I’m very impressed with the firm and the quality of the work. Everyone we have worked with has been great; I highly recommend them and wouldn’t hesitate to use them again.” (Chambers, 2021)
  • “The firm offers strength in depth and has a very broad scope of expertise.” (Chambers, 2020)

Our real estate practice includes:

  • Acquisitions and dispositions
  • Bankruptcy and reorganization
  • Condominium, homeowners association and co-op advice
  • Design and construction matters
  • Development projects
  • Dispute resolution, litigation and appellate advocacy
  • Entity formation, joint ventures and partnerships
  • Government affairs and lobbying
  • Insurance and title issues
  • Labor and employment advice
  • Leasing transactions and landlord or tenant matters
  • Lending and financing agreements
  • Listing agreements, disclosures and commission disputes
  • Property management
  • Tax counsel
  • Zoning, land use and environmental issues

Practice Area News

Andy Gabriel Awarded Highest Band 1 Ranking in Chambers USA

McDonald Carano congratulates Andy Gabriel on receiving the highest Band 1 ranking in Real Estate Law from Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2023. Andy is also highly ranked in the Corporate/Commercial…

#1 Ranked Practice Groups in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2023

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

Nevada’s “Top Rank Attorneys” 2023

McDonald Carano proudly announces that 17 of our attorneys are recognized as “Top Rank Attorneys” in Nevada Business Magazine’s 2023 list of the State’s top attorneys as voted by their…

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