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McDonald Carano LLP


The McDonald Carano Government Affairs Group complements and expands upon the firm’s practice areas by helping clients meet their policy and business goals in the legislative and regulatory environments of state and local governments. The group combines the skills of attorneys and lobbyists, who have extensive governmental experience in the public and private sector.

The team has found that clients significantly improve their chances of success when integrating government affairs early into the strategic planning process. The Government Affairs Group works with clients to clearly define their issues and develop strategic solutions to their unique challenges.

Implementing these strategies involves a wide array of activities, including direct legislative lobbying, client advocacy before lawmakers during legislative interims, actively writing and promoting regulations affecting the client’s industry, and translating the team’s relationships with key decision makers into relationships between those individuals and our clients. Additionally, the group provides strategic advice on political, economic, social and community issues pertinent to a client’s business concerns.

Over the years, McDonald Carano’s Government Affairs Group has developed a record of success with clients in diverse industry sectors. The team represents Nevada, regional, national and international clients in matters such as water resource management, energy development and delivery, K-12 education, public safety/communications, industrial and commercial development, waste management and recycling, financial planning, taxes and abatements, health care, and others.

The key to success for the Government Affairs team is appropriately leveraging relationships that have been built and fostered over many years as active participants in Nevada government and politics. The team is comprised of professionals with diverse backgrounds, including a former 12-year state senator, a former chief of staff to a Nevada governor, a longtime advocate of medical education both nationally and internationally, and a former regional vice president of AT&T overseeing government affairs.

McDonald Carano LLP stands as one of Nevada’s longest-tenured law firms, having opened its doors in 1949 under the stewardship of Robert McDonald and U.S. Senator Alan Bible. Over the past 63 years, McDonald Carano has steadily grown to meet the diverse legal needs of Nevada citizens and businesses. Now a firm with more than 50 attorneys practicing in offices in Reno and Las Vegas, McDonald Carano has a proud tradition of service to Nevada. For more information, visit the firm online at


Las Vegas

2300 W. Sahara Ave.
Suite 1200
Las Vegas, NV 89102
Phone: (702) 873-4100
Fax: (702) 873-9966

Primary contact:

Susan Fisher

Location Contacts

100 W. Liberty Street
10th Floor
Reno, NV 89501
Phone: (775) 788-2000
Fax: (775) 788-2020

Primary contact:

Kathleen Conaboy

Secondary contact:

Tyson K. Falk

Location Contacts

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Bob Broadus
Director of State Government Affairs, Southern Region
Allergan, Spring 2012 Client Speaker