Insight and Experience

Because the energy industry is so complex, clients working in it need lawyers who are not only smart but also pragmatic and adaptable. McDonald Carano’s Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Group is dedicated to the natural resources and energy sectors of Nevada and beyond. We consistently deliver solid solutions pertaining to environmental law, water resources, public lands and land use in the areas of energy, utilities, mining, minerals and geothermal resources. We fully understand the significance of natural resources and energy in the Western United States, and we are skilled in navigating our clients through obstacles to their progress.

The members of our Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Group have hands-on experience in both government and business, and possess the scientific and technical training needed to offer comprehensive advice to our clients. Our team identifies efficient strategies that are not only legal but that also achieve the micro and macro commercial objectives of each client. Our reputation and track record of proven results in this area are undeniable: five of our practice group team members have been included in the Best Lawyers in America®, and the firm is consistently listed in Chambers USA as a leader in environmental law.

The realm of energy, the environment and natural resources changes constantly. Both economic and political forces heavily influence this sector, and laws and regulations often differ at local, national and even international levels. As counsel and advocate, McDonald Carano guides clients through the ever-evolving legal, financial, business and political arenas that define this dynamic industry.

Practice Area News

Net Metering and Time-Variant Rates Drive Solar Power and Energy Storage Growth

The Power Podcast, April 26, 2018 (An Interview with Curt Ledford) Curt Ledford, who focuses on utility, cooperative, administrative, corporate, and employment law, as well as reliability and general regulatory…

Energy and Where We Are Headed

Nevada Newsmakers, March 1, 2018 Sam Shad interviews Susan Fisher regarding Question 3 – The Energy Choice Initiative.  If this passes, electricity monopolies would be abolished, and a competitive retail market would…

State Groundwater Management and Federal Reserved Rights: What’s Next?

ABA Water Resources Committee Newsletter, March 1, 2018 By Debbie Leonard and Micheline Fairbank Over 100 years ago in the case of Winters v. United States, 207 U.S. 564 (1908),…

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