Reno law firm has merged with McDonald Carano

Partners at Reno-based Avansino, Melarkey, Knobel, Mulligan & McKenzie on June 29 announced that the law office has joined Las Vegas-based McDonald Carano.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but McDonald Carano said the merger will expand its firm’s presence in Nevada.

“Joining McDonald Carano is a natural fit and the optimal next step for our firm,” said Mark W. Knobel, shareholder and partner at AMKM.

“With the partnership, our geographic reach will now span from northern to southern Nevada, offering our team the opportunity to provide our well-known and highly personalized service in a new market.”

Recognized by Chambers USA Guide, U.S. News – Best Lawyer “Best Law Firms” for 2015, McDonald Carano provides legal services to a broad range of industries and practice areas.

With the addition of AMKM, the firm will be a strong player in the areas of trust, estates and taxation.

Founded by Raymond C. Avansino Jr., AMKM has been a part of the northern Nevada community since 1971.

According to a statement, leaders at both firms, who have been in negotiations for more than a year, cited their combined strengths in estate and trust, business transaction and taxation as one of the many reasons for the merger.

The affiliation will also expand McDonald Carano beyond its current practice areas.

The merger will utilize AMKM’s strong skill set in the area of charitable planning, according to the statement.

“We are very excited about joining forces with AMKM,” said John Frankovich, managing partner with McDonald Carano.

“Our mutual respect for each other’s firms, along with our professional and practice goals, are a natural fit,” said John Frankovich, managing partner with McDonald Carano.

“The partnership is a right fit at the right time and consistent with our mutual objectives to best service our clients,” he said.

Founded in 1949, McDonald Carano is a full-service Nevada law firm with more than 50 attorneys and government affairs professionals serving 12 core practice areas.

Joining McDonald Carano from AMKM are Michael J. Melarkey, Mark W. Knobel, John B. Mulligan, Lance N. McKenzie and Raymond C. Avansino, Jr.

McDonald Carano’s Reno lawyers will continue to do business at 100 West Liberty St.


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