Michael’s practice area includes gaming and liquor licensing, land use, legislation and lobbying. He appears regularly before the Nevada Gaming Control Board, the Nevada Gaming Commission, and other regulatory bodies in the State of Nevada.
As a lobbyist, Michael frequently represents his clients before the Nevada Legislature and local governing bodies and his work extends to resolution of land use, zoning and development issues.
Actively involved in the legal community, Michael has served on the Executive Committees of the Gaming Law and Business Law Sections of the Nevada State Bar and is a member of the International Association of Gaming Attorneys. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Renown Health Network, the parent company of Renown Medical Center, Renown Medical Center South Meadows and Hometown Health Providers. Michael has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of Renown Health Network and Renown Medical Center South Meadows.
Memberships & Affiliations
- American Bar Association, Member
- Washoe County Bar Association, Member
- International Masters of Gaming Law, Member
- International Association of Gaming Advisors, Member
- J.D., University of Southern California Gould School of Law, 1992
- B.A., University of Southern California, 1989
- Nevada, 1992
- U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada
- U.S. Court of Appeals, for the Ninth Circuit
Reno Lawyer of the Year
Gaming Law and Government Relations Practice, 2017
The Best Lawyers in America
Gaming Law and Government Relations Practice, 2007-2018
Super Lawyers, 2007-2017
Mountain States Super Lawyer
Mountain States Super Lawyers - Gaming Law, 2013-2017
Michael's clients trust his expertise to navigate difficult legal issues. Michael has been awarded numerous distinctions for his dedication and professionalism throughout the years and our clients rest assured knowing they have Alonso Law Ltd. on their side.
Martindale-Hubbell - "AV/Preeminent Attorney" Rating
Top 10 Lawyers in Gaming
Las Vegas Business Press - "Top 10 Lawyer in Gaming", 2012
Top Gaming Practitioners in Reno
Chambers USA - Top Gaming Practitioners in Reno - Gaming & Licensing, 2015-2017
Legal Elite - Nothern Nevada Best
Nevada Business Magazine - Legal Elite 2013-2015 "Northern Nevada Best", 2012 "Top 75" - Gaming and Government Relations, 2012-2016
Gaming & Liquor Licensing
Represent businesses and individuals seeking to obtain gaming and liquor licenses from state and local governments. We also represent developers of resort hotel casinos and manufacturers and distributors of gaming equipment.
Planning, Zoning & Land Use
Represent businesses, developers, landowners, and lenders before local governments to resolve land use and planning and zoning issues.
Lobbying & Government Affairs
Represent clients in the areas of public policy and political strategy and represent clients before state and local government agencies and the Nevada Legislature in connection with gaming, energy, planning, zoning and land use, healthcare, telecommunications and other matters.