Family Law Series: Joint Petitions and the Initial Custody Determination

A Family Law Series: Joint Petitions and the Initial Custody Determination

Kyle A. Winter of Allison MacKenzie Law Firm in Carson City, Nevada is creating a series of educational articles regarding Family Law issues effecting Nevada families. The first in an informational series, this release specifically addresses Joint Petitions and Initial Custody Determination.

Kyle is a Carson City native. Kyle A. Winter returned home and accepted associate position with Allison MacKenzie Law Firm in Carson City, Nevada effective September 8, 2015. This home grown talent will focus his practice in the areas of family law, estate planning, guardianships and probate.

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Attorneys Recognized for Their Pro Bono Service

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January 22, 2016

Carson City, Nevada

For the second year in a row, Volunteer Attorneys for Rural Nevadans (VARN) has recognized Allison MacKenzie, LTD. attorneys for their outstanding volunteer pro bono service.

VARN holds an annual Pro Bono Service Awards reception held in the Supreme Court Rotunda to honor those members of Nevada’s legal community who participate in the organization’s Pro Bono Program by providing exceptional legal services to low-income rural Nevadans.

On January 20, 2016, two Allison MacKenzie, LTD attorneys, Joan C. Wright and S. Jordan Dunlap, were honored for their participation in VARN events, including the organization’s annual legal aid

Attorneys Recognized for Their Pro Bono Service

Kyle A. Winter Joins Allison MacKenzie Law Firm as New Associate Attorney

Local Talent Returns to Carson City to Pursue Legal Career with Allison MacKenzie Law Firm

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Kyle A. Winter Joins Allison MacKenzie Law Firm as New Associate Attorney

Carson City native, Kyle A. Winter returns home and accepts associate position with Allison MacKenzie Law Firm in Carson City, Nevada effective September 8, 2015. This home grown talent will focus his practice in the areas of family law, estate planning, guardianships and probate law.

After graduating from Carson High School in 2005, Kyle attended the University of Nevada, Reno. In 2009, he graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice and an emphasis in Philosophy. In 2013, he obtained his Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from Gonzaga University, located in Spokane, Washington. Dedicated to serving the Northern Nevada community, Kyle returned to the area to begin his legal career clerking for the Honorable James E. Wilson, Jr. at Nevada’s First Judicial District Court, in Carson City, and then for the Honorable Jerome M. Polaha at Nevada’s Second Judicial District Court, in Reno.

Kyle was admitted to practice in Nevada in 2013, and is a member of the State Bar of Nevada, and the Carson City and Washoe County Bar Associations.

Aside from his professional endeavors, Kyle is an active supporter of United Blood Services and donates blood whenever possible. He looks forward to exploring and supporting other area volunteer opportunities in the future. Kyle and his wife currently live in Reno with their new born son and two dogs. They enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including fishing and golfing.

“I am happy to be returning to my hometown, and am pleased that I will be able to serve the citizens of this wonderful community. Not only is Allison MacKenzie Law Firm well respected within the State of Nevada but it is also recognized nationally for its outstanding contributions to the legal field and the communities it serves. The attorneys are professional and wonderful to work with. Our staff is supportive and knowledgeable. I look forward to providing our clients with effective, comprehensive representation,” said Kyle about his new association.

Allison MacKenzie Law Firm was recently recognized by Martindale-Hubble as a US Top Ranked Law Firm for 2015. This determination was made after LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell® researched over 1.2 million lawyers and firms, in over 160 countries, and identified the top law firms in the United States. Additionally, Allison MacKenzie Law Firm was recognized by US News and World Report as one of the 2015 “Best Law Firms” in the country and was honored with a Metropolitan Tier 1 ranking in the practice area of Energy Law.

The talented legal team of Allison MacKenzie Law Firm is pleased to welcome Kyle to the organization. The firm is confident Kyle will provide exceptional, personalized service to clients as well as assist clients in successfully navigating the often complex litigious landscape of the many practice areas served by the firm. For more information, contact Allison MacKenzie Law Firm at 775.687.0202, or visit AllisonMacKenzie.com.

Allison MacKenzie Recognized by Martindale-Hubbell as a US Top Ranked Law Firm

2015-TRLF-logoFor over 140 years, LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell® has been the authoritative resource for information on the legal profession around the world. This impressive history yields Martindale-Hubbell as an international authority on peer review ratings for local lawyers who achieve the highest levels of ethical standards and professional excellence. 

LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell® has announced Allison MacKenzie as one of the 2016 US Top Ranked Law Firms. This determination was made after LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell® researched over 1.2 million lawyers and firms, in over 160 countries, and identified the top law firms in the United States. To achieve this exceptional ranking, the law firms must be have more than ten lawyers in their organization with at least one out of three lawyers achieving the AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating.

The AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating is the highest rating available and indicates the evaluated lawyer has been deemed by his or her peers to have demonstrated the highest level of ethical standards and legal ability.

Martindale-Hubbell® was asked to research their comprehensive database of over 1.2 million lawyers and firms in over 160 countries and identify U.S. law firms of 10 or more attorneys, where at least one out of three of their lawyers achieved the AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating. This rating indicates the rated lawyer has been deemed by his or her peers to have demonstrated the highest level of ethical standards and legal ability.

Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings are driven by the confidential opinions of lawyers and members of the judiciary who provide reviews of lawyers about whom they have professional knowledge.

Allison MacKenzie attorneys that have achieved the AV Preeminent® Peer Rating include:

Mike Pavlakis
Joan C. Wright
Karen A. Peterson
James R. Cavilia
Ryan D. Russell

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Andrew MacKenzie

George V. Allison
Patrick V. Fagan

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LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell® has announced Allison MacKenzie as one of the 2016 US Top Ranked Law Firms in the Carson City, Reno, Sparks and Northern Nevada area.

Ryan Russell Elected as a Member of The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation

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Northern Nevada Attorney Honored for Outstanding Dedication to Legal Principles and Welfare of the Community

Allison MacKenzie Law Firm is pleased to announce Ryan Russell, a partner at Allison MacKenzie Law Firm in Carson City, Nevada, has been elected as a member of The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. Ryan’s new membership follows the endeavors of notable attorney and co-founder of Allison MacKenzie Law Firm, Andrew “Andy” MacKenzie, who is also a member of The Fellows. Andy holds the distinguished status of Life Fellow with the American Bar Foundation.

In order to receive this honor, Ryan was nominated by area members of The Fellows and subsequently elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation. Membership in The Fellows is limited to less than one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction.

The American Bar Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization dedicated to advancing justice and serving legal professionals and the public through rigorous research on the impact of law, lawyers and the legal process on our society.

Instrumental in supporting the efforts of the American Bar Foundation, The Fellows is an honorary organization of lawyers, judges, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession.

Following in Allison MacKenzie Law Firm’s rich tradition and dedication to community service, Ryan serves as Carson City’s representative on the State Bar of Nevada’s Board of Governors as well as on the Boys and Girls Club of Western Nevada’s Board of Directors. Further, Ryan continues his service as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Carson City Justice and Municipal Courts which he commenced in 2010.

“I am honored to have been nominated and elected into this elite association and am humbled to be in such distinguished company as our firm’s co-founder, Andy MacKenzie. Andy has been instrumental in encouraging all of us in our organization to be civic minded. At Allison MacKenzie Law Firm, we take this to heart and strive to make our community a better place to live through positive actions,” said Ryan Russell on his recent election.

Ryan Russell joined Allison MacKenzie in 2004. Ryan is a 4th generation Carson City, Nevada native who graduated from Carson High School. After graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, Ryan pursued and obtained his law degree from the University of Nevada, William S. Boyd School of Law in 2003. He was admitted to practice law in Nevada in 2003. Ryan’s areas of legal practice include: Administrative Law, Business Entity Formation, Business Law, Family Law, Education Law, Healthcare Law and Litigation.

Allison MacKenzie Law Firm is proud of Ryan’s nomination and election into this prestigious association. The firm remains dedicated to civic service and encourages its team of talented attorneys and staff to support area non-profits and community organizations.

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Justin Townsend Named Regional Commissioner of AYSO

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Justin Townsend, associate at Allison MacKenzie Law Firm in Carson City, Nevada.

Justin was recently named Regional Commissioner of Carson Valley American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO). This local youth organization serves a region comprised of Minden, Gardnerville, Genoa, Smith Valley, Topaz, and Wellington, NV and Coleville, Woodfords and Markleeville, CA.

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Staying On Top of Changes in Employment Law for Businesses

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Article-Change Happens by Thoran Towler

Allison MacKenzie associate, Thoran Towler was recently asked to do an article for Northern Nevada Weekly’s special publication Business Law 2015. Thoran used the opportunity to expand on his article series on Employment Law issues that effect businesses in the state of Nevada.

Thoran Towler practices labor and employment law at Allison MacKenzie Law Firm in Carson City and serves clients in Northern Nevada areas such as: Reno, Sparks, Fernley, Gardnerville, Minden, Lake Tahoe, Dayton and Carson City. Prior to joining the firm, he served as the State of Nevada Labor Commissioner from 2011 through 2014. Thoran is experienced in the areas of wage and hour, labor and employment law, union issues, prevailing wage and public works.

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Thoran Towler Change Happens in Employment Law

High Expectations for Employers

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Carson City, Nevada Attorney Thoran Towler

Thoran Towler continues his educational series on Employer Rights and Responsibilities with High Expectations for Employers. Featured in Carson Now, Thoran Towler explores Nevada law and its effect on Employment Law for local businesses.

Nevada is one of 23 states with laws protecting the medical use of marijuana. Although the laws vary widely in each of the 23 states, the standard rule is that individuals with qualifying medical conditions may legally use marijuana. The big question for employers is whether an employee can be terminated for medical marijuana use. Many employers have drug-free workplace policies that prohibit the use of illegal drugs both on and off the clock. Regardless of Nevada’s position on medical marijuana, marijuana use is still illegal according to federal law. Nevada employers may be at a loss on how to handle violations of their drug-free workplace policies by employees who carry “medicinal marijuana cards.”

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Jordan Dunlap becomes Associate at Allison MacKenzie Law Firm

Jordan DunlapJordan Dunlap joined Allison MacKenzie as an associate attorney in June, 2015. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law, and is licensed to practice in both Nevada and California. A resident of Stateline, Nevada, Jordan is a member of the Tahoe Regional Young Professionals as well as the American, Carson, Douglas, and Washoe County Bar Associations.

In law school, Jordan was elected to the Executive Board of the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation. Her strong legal research and writing skills earned her positions as Research Assistant to Deans, Professors, and Judges, and a law clerk position to the Lane County, Oregon, County Counsel.

Upon graduation from law school, Jordan returned to the south shore of Lake Tahoe, Nevada, to make her home and begin her legal career in 2013. Her work and training experience in law school and her time as a staff member of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency have helped her become familiar with the unique challenges associated with living in the Tahoe Basin, and have fostered her interest in renewable resources, environmental law, land use law, and water rights law.

Jordan is outdoor enthusiast and enjoys taking advantage of the opportunities for sport and exploration that make living in the heart of the Sierras such a privilege.

Jordan looks forward to serving her neighbors in the Carson – Tahoe community. To meet Jordan, please call her at (775) 687-0202 or email her at jdunlap@allisonmackenzie.com.

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