History


Allison MacKenzie has deep Nevada roots, and many Allison MacKenzie members have made contributions as current and past public servants. Former members including United States Senator Paul Laxalt, Senior United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Melvin Brunetti, and former Interstate Commerce Commission Chairman Reese Taylor have all helped shape state and national public policy.

Building on the strength of our founders, combined with the many talented people who have joined the firm, we have been a fundamental part of business and government in the State of Nevada for over 40 years.

  • 1968 – George Allison joined with Peter Laxalt and Robert Berry in founding the firm that later became known as Laxalt, Berry & Allison.
  • 1972 – Paul Laxalt became a member of Laxalt, Berry & Allison until elected United State Senator for Nevada in 1974.
  • 1978 – George Allison, Andrew MacKenzie, Melvin Brunetti and Reese Taylor continued the firm under the name Allison, Brunetti, MacKenzie & Taylor, Ltd.
  • 1978 – Andrew MacKenzie appointed to State Bar of Nevada Fee Dispute Committee.
  • 1978 – James Todd Russell elected President of the First Judicial District Bar Association.
  • 1981 – Reese Taylor became Interstate Commerce Commission Chairman.
  • 1985 – Melvin Brunetti became a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge.
  • 1986 – Joan C. Wright elected President of the First Judicial District Bar Association.
  • 1988 – Andrew MacKenzie appointed to State of Nevada Judicial Selection Commission.
  • 1988 – Patrick V. Fagan appointed to the State Bar of Nevada Disciplinary Board.
  • 1995 – The firm expanded its offices.
  • 1996 – James R. Cavilia appointed Chairman of the Carson City Charter Review Commission.
  • 1997 – Andrew MacKenzie appointed to the U.S. District Court Magistrate Selection Panel.
  • 1997 – Mark Amodei elected to Nevada State Assembly.
  • 1998 – Karen A. Peterson appointed Chairman of the State Bar of Nevada Board of Bar Examiners.
  • 1999 – Patrick V. Fagan Appointed Commissioner of the Nevada Minerals Resources Commission.
  • 1999 – Karen A. Peterson appointed Judge Pro-Tem, Carson City Justice and Municipal Courts.
  • 1999 – Mark Amodei elected to Nevada State Senate.
  • 2001 – Christopher MacKenzie appointed to the State Board of Wildlife Commission.
  • 2002 – Patrick V. Fagan appointed Chairman of the State Bar of Nevada Fee Dispute Committee.
  • 2005 – Patrick V. Fagan appointed Judge Pro-Tem, Douglas County – Tahoe Justice Court.
  • 2005 – Christopher MacKenzie elected Chariman of the State Board of Wildlife Commission.
  • 2007 – James Todd Russell became District Court Judge for the First Judicial District Court for Carson City and Storey County.
  • 2010 – Ryan D. Russell appointed Judge pro-tem, Carson City Justice and Municipal Courts
  • 2011- George Allison received Judge Howard D. McKibben Model of Professionalism Award.
  • Today, with a complement of 9 lawyers, the firm welcomes added challenges and is positioned for growth and continued success.

Additionally, Allison MacKenzie, with its registered lobbyists, represents numerous clients before the state legislature and interim committees. The firm has helped shape law and regulations.

The firm’s members are actively involved in professional and other organizations in their community. Attorneys within the firm hold or have held positions on the state judicial selection committees, the state board of bar examiners, the state continuing legal education committee, the state practice and procedure committee, disciplinary committee, local bar administrative and fee dispute committee, and executive counsel of the young lawyers section of the state bar. Members of the firm serve or have served on the Carson City Redevelopment Authority, Historical Architectural Review Committee, the Carson City Airport Advisory Committee, as well as held leadership roles in Saferide, Rotary, Masonic Lodge, Special Olympics, Soroptomist, Carson Water Management Board, Carson City Children’s Museum, Volunteer Attorneys for Rural Nevada and a variety of other charitable and community-involved programs.

 

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