Lawyer in the Lobby

The Nevada State Bar has recognized Chris MacKenzie for his work with the Lawyer in the Lobby pro bono program. Lawyer in the Lobby is a free service provided by Volunteer Attorneys for Rural Nevadans (VARN).

In addition to being a helpful, simple process for Nevadans, it is a benefit for the attorney as well. Attorneys who volunteer are able to broaden their knowledge of law that is outside of their regular practice. Foreclosures, small claims and family law are some of the questions that local citizens have sought sound advice from attorneys like Chris MacKenzie.

“It’s nice to just give answers and not go through the litigation process. “ Chris MacKenzie said. The simplicity of the program coupled with the immediate contact with an attorney is a draw for people to find a solution or a better understanding of their situation.

The amount of pro bono services in Nevada is encouraging to MacKenzie. He said, “It’s nice to have a lot of people that are committed and put together these programs.”

Chris MacKenzie has been in practice in Nevada since 1993. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Nevada Reno and his juris doctor from the University of Idaho.

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Joel W. Locke becomes shareholder at Allison MacKenzie Law Firm

The Law Firm of Allison MacKenzie is pleased to announce that Joel W. Locke has become a shareholder in the firm as of January 1, 2013.

Joel, a 2006 graduate of Gonzaga University School of Law, came to the firm in 2007 after completing a one-year clerkship for the Honorable William A. Maddox, First Judicial District Court. His emphasis will continue to be in the areas of business law, estate planning, probate, litigation and family law.

Allison MacKenzie‘s legal expertise has protected business endeavors and positioned companies and individuals for success since 1978. Serving a variety of business profiles, governmental entities, nonprofits, public utilities, real estate ventures and private individuals, the firm is deeply committed to providing superior legal representation.

Fortune Magazine’s Top Ranked Law Firms in U.S.

Fortune Magazine 2013 Top Ranked Law FirmsAllison, MacKenzie, Pavlakis, Wright & Fagan, Ltd. was selected for Fortune magazine’s 2013 list of “Top Ranked Law Firms” in the United States. LexisNexis® 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 Pavlakis Wright & Fagan AV Preeminent Peer Review Ratings

A special section featuring the 2013 U.S. Top Ranked Law Firms appeared in Fortune’s “2013 Investors Guide” (published December 24, 2012), as well as the January 2013 editions of The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel. It also appears on LAW.COM and

Fortune Top Ranked Law Firms – West

Russell Named 2012 Legal Elite Recipient

The June issue of Nevada Business Magazine lists Nevada’s 2012 Legal Elite recipients. Out of 10,790 attorneys, 225 are selected. Allison MacKenzie Law Firm made the list.

Congratulations to Ryan Russell for his commitment to superior legal representation. Ryan is part of the top 2% in the state.

Legal Elites are selected by votes from their peers in the legal community. Each attorney who qualifies within the strict guidelines is given a score for the type of vote that they receive. A vote from their own firm only counts for one point. A vote received from outside the firm counts for three points. Top scorers in each category are then verified a second time for eligibility.

Again, Allison MacKenzie Law Firm is recognized for it’s most qualified attorneys in Carson City and Northern Nevada.

Russell Appointed Justice League

In May of this year, Allison MacKenzie Law Firm’s very own Ryan Russell was appointed for a two-year term as Trustee of the Justice League of Nevada. Ryan will be a key member supporting the Foundation’s goal to provide equal access to justice regardless of income and/or social status. Thank you Ryan for your assistance with this important organization. For more information about The Nevada Law Foundation, please visit:


Andrew MacKenzie

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Andrew MacKenzie

Andrew MacKenzie joined Allison • MacKenzie, in 1970. Since then, Mr. MacKenzie has brought the specialties of probate law, estate planning, real estate and business law to the practice.

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George V. Allison

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George V. Allison

George V. Allison co-founded the law offices of Allison • MacKenzie in 1972. His primary concentration is in insurance defense law, premises liability and environmental Law.

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Joel W. Locke

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Joel W. Locke

Joel W. Locke joined Allison • MacKenzie in 2007. In 2006, Joel, a native Nevadan and UNR graduate, obtained his law degree and was admitted to practice law in Nevada.
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Ryan Russell

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Ryan Russell

Ryan Russell practices in the areas of administrative law, estate planning, corporations and business law. Mr. Russell joined the firm in 2004.

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Dawn Ellerbrock

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Dawn Ellerbrock

Dawn Ellerbrock joined Allison • MacKenzie in 2001 and focuses her practice in the areas of estate planning, probate and general practice.

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