James R. Cavilia

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James Cavilia joined the team of Allison MacKenzie in 1992. A native Nevada resident, Jim Cavilia graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, and then obtained a law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1990. Jim was admitted to practice in Nevada in 1990, and in California in 1991. Jim Cavilia’s areas of practice include real estate development law, land use, real estate transactions, litigation, bankruptcy law, business law, general practice and water right law.

Jim Cavilia supports clients in all types of real estate development, including shopping center, industrial, residential, and commercial developments. Jim Cavilia’s depth of experience in land use counsel allows him to assist clients with regulation and project permitting before local government entities, state agencies and courts.

Jim Cavilia is involved with an extensive list of professional organizations including the Washoe County Bar Association, First Judicial District Bar Association, the State Bar of Nevada and Phi Kappa Phi (National Honor Society). His dedication to the local community is evidenced by his participation with the Northern Nevada Development Authority Board of Directors, the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Western Nevada Board of Directors from 1994 through 2003, Catholic Community Services of Northern Nevada Board of Trustees and Bishop Manogue High School Board of Regents.

Jim Cavilia is BV® Distinguished Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell.


Admitted to Practice, Nevada 1990
Admitted to Practice, California, 1991
Admitted to Practice, U.S. District Court. District of Nevada, 1992
Law Clerk to Justice Charles Springer, Supreme Court of Nevada, 1991

Professional Associations & Leadership

Washoe County Bar Association
First Judicial District Bar Associations
State Bar of Nevada
State Bar of California
Phi Kappa Phi
Carson City Charter Review Committee (1996-1999, Chairman, 1999)
Northern Nevada Development Authority, Board of Directors, 2003-2005

Community Leadership

Catholic Diocese of Reno School Board (2007-Present)
Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Western Nevada, Board of Directors (Member, 1994-2003; President, 1999)
Catholic Community Services of Northern Nevada, Board of Trustees, 2000-2008
Bishop Manogue Catholic High School, Board of Regents, 2003-2006


B.A., University of Nevada, Reno, 1987
J.D., Santa Clara University, 1990

Practice Areas

Real Estate Law
Water Rights Law
Business Entity Formation
Business Law
Bankruptcy Law-Creditor
Commercial Transactions
Administrative Law
Charitable Organizations
Community Association Law
Construction Law
Environmental law
Secured Transactions and Collections