Real Estate & Land Use

Built on Trust

Practically every transaction involves real property, which is why McDonald Carano has been involved in shaping Nevada’s real estate industry for decades. Our firm’s longevity and practical experience in the real estate industry, both in Nevada and beyond, distinguish us from other firms in the state. We have been involved in practically every area of real estate. As a result, we serve a diverse clientele that includes real estate owners, investors, businesses, developers, builders, construction companies, lenders, hotel operators, resort operators, retailers, contractors, architects, design professionals, brokers, agents, homeowners associations, property management companies, insurance companies, and individuals.

“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 USA 2021

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 property, 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 property, including industrial, office, multi-family apartment, 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 experienced in all areas of common-interest communities, including condominiums and planned unit developments.

“Our experience working with McDonald Carano has been excellent. The firm offers strength in depth and has a very broad scope of expertise.”

– Chambers USA 2020

McDonald Carano also represents 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 complexly structured financing transactions for casino, energy and master planned community projects.

Our Real Estate Practice is ranked in the highest Tier 1 category in the “Best Law Firms” 2022 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 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 partnership
  • 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

McDonald Carano Receives 17 Tier 1
Practice Group Awards
in “Best Law Firms” Report

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…

McDonald Carano Celebrates
a Record Number of
“Lawyer of the Year” Awards
from Best Lawyers in America

McDonald Carano proudly announces that seven lawyers in our Reno and Las Vegas offices received “Lawyer of the Year” awards in the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Over…

Best Lawyers in America
Recognized Seven Lawyers
for Real Estate Law Expertise

McDonald Carano proudly announces that seven lawyers in our Reno and Las Vegas offices have been recognized for their Real Estate Law expertise in the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers…

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