Bar Admissions
  • California, 2011
  • Nevada, 2015
Education
  • J.D., Stanford University School of Law, 2011
  • B.A., Political Science and Psychology, Stanford University, 2008
Bar Admissions
  • California, 2011
  • Nevada, 2015
Education
  • J.D., Stanford University School of Law, 2011
  • B.A., Political Science and Psychology, Stanford University, 2008

Professional Background

Laura Jacobsen handles labor and employment law matters for clients in a diverse range of industries, including construction, gaming, manufacturing, outsourcing companies, and municipalities. Clients contact her to answer their day-to-day employment questions, review employee handbooks and employment policies, as well as to handle their more complex legal matters. Whether she is defending an employer before the Nevada Labor Commissioner’s Office, guiding employers through the sensitive matters, or litigating a discrimination case, Laura makes client communication a priority. Her primary goal is to resolve these matters in a fast and efficient way so that her clients can return their focus to their businesses.

Laura is a Reno native, and before returning to Nevada and joining McDonald Carano, Ms. Jacobsen practiced in San Francisco, litigating on behalf of large financial institutions. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Edward C. Reed, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada.

During law school, Ms. Jacobsen served as a legal intern in the Civil Division, Commercial Litigation Department of the U.S. Department of Justice, a judicial extern for then U.S. District Court Judge Brian Sandoval, and a summer intern for U.S. Senator Harry Reid.

Representative Engagements

  • Successful defense of Nevada rancher against wage and hour class action, culminating in dismissal
  • Representation of employer in prosecuting breach of contract and trade secret misappropriation, obtaining injunctive relief and favorable settlement
  • Independent investigation of harassment and discrimination charges
  • Defense of large financial services firm in nationwide class action, culminating in favorable settlement
  • Defense of commercial real estate developer in breach of contract action, culminating in settlement.
  • Defense of staffing agency in proceedings before the Nevada Labor Commissioner, obtaining expungement of cease and desist order and reinstatement of license
  • Defense of privileged license business in proceedings before the Nevada Department of Taxation, obtaining expungement of cease and desist order and reinstatement of license
  • Representation of board of a public agency in negotiation of executive director employment agreement in compliance with Nevada’s Open Meeting Law

Speaking Engagements

“Impact of Legalized Recreational Marijuana on Employers,” presented to the Associated General Contractors, Nevada Chapter

“Wage & Hour Hot Topics,” presented to the Association of Corporate Counsel, Nevada Chapter

“Recreational Marijuana Business Law in Nevada,” National Business Institute

“Find it Free and Fast on the Net: Strategies for Legal Research on the Web,” National Business Institute

Awards and Recognition

Nevada Business Magazine, “Legal Elite” 2017

Nevada Women’s Fund Salute to Women of Achievement, 2016 Honoree

Community Engagement

Board of the Domestic Violence Resource Center (formerly known as the Committee to Aid Abused Women)

Attorney News

Nevada Gambling Regulators Mull Workplace Harassment Regs

Law360.com, March 23, 2018 The past year has brought an increased awareness of the widespread problem of sexual harassment and gender inequality in the workplace. No industry is immune to…

Best Practices for Combatting Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Retail Association of Nevada Newsletter (RAN), Feb 01, 2018 By Laura Jacobsen IN THE PAST YEAR, SEXUAL HARASSMENT COMPLAINTS HAVE ENTERED THE PUBLIC consciousness and come to bear upon employers…

East Coast Medical Marijuana Lessons For Nev. Employers

Law360, September 15, 2017 The legalization of recreational and medical marijuana under various states’ laws continues to create legal issues for employers. Because marijuana remains a Schedule I controlled substance…

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