Firm Profile

McDonald Carano LLP


2300 West Sahara Avenue, Suite 1200
Las Vegas, NV 89102
United States
(702) 873.4100

Firm Details

McDonald Carano is Nevada’s law firm for business.  Our firm has shaped the Nevada landscape for nearly 70 years.  With over 50 lawyers in our offices in Las Vegas and Reno, we are Nevada born and raised.  Our attorneys are known for getting to yes in Nevada and beyond because of the relationships and trust we have cultivated over decades of practice.  Entrepreneurial thinking is at the heart of our commercial law practice – and creativity makes up our institutional DNA.  McDonald Carano is one of the only remaining large legacy firms in Nevada; our clients consistently value the firm’s longevity, consistency, commitment and grounded-ness.  We are passionate about safeguarding our clients’ assets.  Our legal prowess, deep roots, long tenure, unwavering stability, government affairs experience and undeniable specialized industry expertise in a region that is constantly evolving give our clients the confidence they need to retain us again and again.

Who We Serve

Our commitment to clients is unparalleled.  McDonald Carano advises a selection of the Fortune 250 industrial and service corporations.  We proudly represent Fortune500 companies, as well as financial and governmental institutions, fast-growth and mid-market companies, entrepreneurs, start-up ventures and nonprofit organizations.  The firm’s clients include individuals seeking to protect their hard-earned wealth under Nevada’s favorable tax laws, and entrepreneurs and investors focused on maximizing their stake in Nevada’s business-friendly economic and regulatory climate.  We advise large and small local and regional start-ups and brick-and-mortar establishments, as well as domestic and international corporations involved in our world-renowned entertainment, hospitality and gaming industry.  Our firm also serves high-tech and global corporations with operations and distribution centers throughout the state, as well as real estate owners and contractors involved in billions of dollars of infrastructure and other development projects.

What We Do

McDonald Carano means business.  Our firm delivers cross-discipline, one-stop, commercial law and government affairs counsel.  Our attorneys are problem-solvers who think outside of the box to close even the most complicated transactions.  Our practice is about transparency and results; we protect our client’s position while getting the deal done.  Our lawyers are inherently focused on each client’s specific business objectives and bottom line.  We are unrestrained in terms of ingenuity, which is balanced with practical solutions based on historical perspective, experience, efficiency and agility.  Our litigators are tireless advocates who have navigated through some of the most complex, contentious and high-stakes claims imaginable.  Whether through careful negotiation, artful diplomacy, demonstrative advocacy, innovative trial tactics or artful appeal, our team regularly provides thoughtful, steadfast and strategic advice to every matter, every day.

Nevada Connection

We help our clients access Nevada.  McDonald Carano means instant name recognition all over our state.  We know Nevada law and government, the Nevada courts and Nevada’s development process inside and out, saving our clients both time and resources.  Our history is grounded not only in outstanding legal counsel and formidable advocacy, but also in the continuous cultivation of access to local, state and federal government institutions, key professionals, elected officials and other economic and community leaders.  Our firm integrates state relationships, government affairs and the practice of law so that our clients can receive solutions on any level and in any venue.  National and international businesses are frequently surprised by the reach, breadth and depth we deliver throughout Nevada and in real time, and appreciate that we are genuinely well-received and trusted by individuals in positions of authority.

Global Perspective

Our firm delivers local credibility with international reach.  We create the legal framework to sustain each client’s “big picture” objectives here in Nevada and far beyond state lines.  The firm is an active member of Meritas, an exclusive alliance of commercial law firms in more than 70 countries worldwide.  Through our association with over 165 similarly qualified law firms located around the world, we maintain the relationships, skills and knowledge of nearly 5,000 attorneys, a distinct advantage for our clients facing the challenges presented by today’s global workplace.  The firm is also a member of State Law Resources, an international network of independent law firms helping clients to navigate the process of administrative and regulatory law and government relations.  In the U.S., only one firm from each state is selected for inclusion.

Pioneering Spirit

We are constantly evolving to meet our clients’ needs.  McDonald Carano attorneys and staff alike are totally focused on staying ahead of curve and at the forefront of innovation when it comes to technology, market trends and the opportunities and threats facing our clients.  Our absolute willingness to embrace new ideas and better ways of practicing law in order to create complete client satisfaction is at the core of who we are as an institution.  We are able to partner with and/or rival some of America’s largest law firms who in turn, respect our ability to deliver perpetually excellent legal counsel at a lower cost.  We are hard-wired to utilize even the newest technologies, particularly with litigation involving complex data analytics and tens of millions of documents, in order to synthesize and leverage information quickly and efficiently.

Winning Combination

McDonald Carano is about extraordinary people and unprecedented collegiality.  In everything we do, we strive to be the best.  Many of the firm’s attorneys have an LLM, a CPA, an MBA or a Ph.D. in addition to a law degree.  We are dedicated to recruiting lawyers and professional staff who are smart and offer not only distinction in the law, but also practical business know-how.  Our professionals are particularly savvy in using the legislative process to create an environment that benefits our clients and ensures that our state remains favorable to commerce.  We insist on and actively cultivate a culture that is both personable and approachable allowing for true collaboration and teamwork.  Our professionals strive to produce work that actually serves the client’s needs first.  We offer proven instincts when it comes to knowing what to do, and when to do it.


Brian Dickson
Director of Marketing
Jeff Silvestri
Managing Partner

Top Listed State Awards

  • Top Listed in Nevada with 33 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Nevada in Appellate Practice with 4 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Nevada in Commercial Litigation with 9 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Nevada in Construction Law with 4 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Nevada in Corporate Law with 5 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Nevada in Gaming Law with 5 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Nevada in Tax Law with 4 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Nevada in Trusts and Estates with 5 lawyers

Top Listed City Awards

  • Top Listed in Reno with 19 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Las Vegas in Appellate Practice with 4 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Reno in Commercial Litigation with 4 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Reno in Corporate Law with 4 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Reno in Real Estate Law with 5 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Reno in Tax Law with 4 lawyers


Andrew Gabriel
Business Entities & Transactions
James Bradshaw
Commercial & Litigation
Paul Georgeson
Construction Law
A.J. (Bud) Hicks
Gaming & Administrative Law
Leo Bergin
Real Estate & Land Use Planning
Scott Swain
Tax & Estate Planning
Jeff Silvestri
Appellate Law
James Bradshaw
Commercial & Complex Litigation
John Frankovich
Commercial & Complex Litigation
Leigh Goddard
Commercial & Complex Litigation

Firm Practice Areas

  • Administrative
  • Administrative / Regulatory Law
  • Agriculture Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Appellate Practice
  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Art Law
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Business and Succession Planning
  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Business Planning
  • Business Transactions
  • Casino
  • Civil Litigation
  • CleanTech Law
  • Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
  • Closely-Held Businesses
  • Commercial
  • Commercial Development
  • Commercial Disputes
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Community Associations
  • Complex Litigation
  • Construction
  • Corporate Governance Law
  • Electronic Discovery and Information Management Law
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Energy Regulatory Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Gaming Law
  • General Corporate
  • Government Relations Practice
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Licensing
  • Litigation
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Environmental
  • Litigation - Health Care
  • Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Mining Law
  • Partnership and Limited Liability
  • Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
  • Public Utility
  • Railroad Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Sports
  • Tax
  • Trade Secrets Law
  • Transactions
  • Trust Administration
  • Water Law
  • Wealth Management
  • Workers' Compensation Law - Employers

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Las Vegas, NV

2300 West Sahara Avenue, Suite 1200

Las Vegas, NV 89102

United States

(702) 873.4100

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Reno, NV

100 West Liberty Street, 10th Floor

Reno, NV 89501

United States

(775) 788.2000

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