reno business attorney

Jerry C. Carter

I am the founder of the Sierra Crest Business Law Group. I have known I would be a lawyer from the moment I joined my high school debate team. Also, when I was in high school, my father and two partners started a successful software business. That business enabled my parents to put all seven of us children through college, led to several memorable family fishing trips, and enabled my father to buy his dream salmon fishing boat. The whole family was excited for my father’s success and proud of his accomplishment. In addition, that business employed about 15 people. I am paying those blessings forward when my law firm helps business owners like you build and protect their companies. I take my job seriously because you inspire me and because I know how much is riding on keeping your business in legal compliance, keeping your business out of costly and distracting legal disputes, and helping you strategically grow your business. I graduated in 1992 from the University of Chicago Law School, where I served as a Comment Editor for the University of Chicago Law Review. I received a B.A. in philosophy from Brigham Young University in 1988. Prior to entering private practice, I served as a clerk to federal Court of Appeals Judge W. Eugene Davis. I then began my business litigation career at Mayer, Brown & Platt, in Chicago, Illinois. In 1996, I located my practice in Nevada, where I have represented individuals and businesses as a Reno Business Attorney ever since.

Rita Greggio Esq.

I have nearly a decade of litigation experience in various areas of law.  My passion for litigation began in law school, where, as student licensee, I cross-examined witnesses in attorney misconduct trials. After graduating cum laude from the Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2013, I continued working as a litigator in the field of professional responsibility for three years before relocating to Reno to serve as a Reno Business Attorney.  During the last five years, I represented hundreds of clients in cases involving business contracts, consumer transactions, and landlord/tenant disputes. I am fluent in Portuguese and Spanish and holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice and Religious Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. My hobbies include exploring the spectacular natural wonders of our region on foot, skis, or snowshoes.

Karen Nielsen

I grew up in Reno and graduated from Reno High School and the University of Nevada. I obtained my B.A. from the University of Nevada, Reno and later earned a graduate degree in Spanish from Yale University. I have worked as a legal assistant / paralegal at personal injury, business, and litigation firms for over 20 years. In my free time, you’ll probably find me reading, watching a movie, attending an art exhibition or concert, taking photographs, or practicing yoga.

Maria Gutierrez

I was born in Modesto, California, but grew up in Winnemucca, Nevada with 6 siblings. Growing up in a small town allowed me to explore nature and become a social butterfly. I moved to Reno, Nevada when I was 13 years old. Here I participated in pageants, sports and everything in between. I went to Feather River Community College in Quincy, California. I played starting keeper for the women’s soccer program. After college, I moved back to Reno and to help my father grow his business managing over 200 teams and servicing thousands of players spectators, schedules, requests, tournaments and more. I am the firm administrator at Sierra Crest Business Law Group. I have been with the company since 2019, growing my role from receptionist. My passion in life is helping people and I find that by helping others protect and grow their business’ I can help them and the people they employ. On my days off I enjoy playing and coaching soccer, listening to heavy metal and cuddling with my kids.

Cassandra Salmonson

I was born in Corvallis, Oregon and lived there till I six years old when the family moved to Auburn, California where we grew up. Transplant to Nevada and have been living here for six years. Graduated from Sierra College with an Associates in Art and Business Degree. After living in Maui, HI for years, I decided to move home and attended Paralegal School at Oak Brook College of Law. In my spare time I choose to advocate for animals, especially dogs, by helping them get adopted through rescues and volunteering at the local SPCA walking them.

Bianka Dodov

I am a Senior Attorney at Sierra Crest Business Law Group. My practice focuses on corporate and business transactional matters, but I also think of myself as a legal counselor and advisor. From startups to established corporations, I help companies and investors identify, focus, and maximize the technologies, processes, products, and brands that will create the most value for them. I am passionate about helping entrepreneurs navigate the legal challenges that come with establishing, growing, operating, and eventually transitioning their businesses. I am a native Nevadan. I was born and raised in Reno and received my undergraduate degree from UNLV. Prior to joining Sierra Crest, I lived in New York City where I earned my law degree and spent more than 8 years at multi-national banks, where I investigated financial crime. I worked on cases involving investment fraud, broker-dealer fraud, market manipulation, money laundering, and insider trading. Later, I worked in Prime Brokerage where I negotiated complex financial agreements including ISDAs for derivative trading, repurchase and reverse repurchase agreements, and other securities financing transactions. (Licensed in CA only)

Katlyn Mathy

I am an Associate Attorney at Sierra Crest Business Law Group. My passion for advocacy and litigation began during my studies at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where I competed as a captain on Loyola’s Civil Mock Trial Team, served as Finance Director on Loyola’s Mock Trial Board, and tutored Legal Writing. During law school, I worked as a law clerk at a civil plaintiff’s firm, where I worked primarily on insurance subrogation and personal injury cases. Professionally, I began my practice working as a plaintiff’s class action attorney before switching to criminal and traffic defense. For over two years, I balanced daily court hearings, case preparations, discovery analyses, and negotiations with prosecutors to successfully defend the rights of hundreds of clients facing a variety of criminal and traffic-related offenses. I earned my bachelor's degrees in Mathematics and Risk Management from Illinois Wesleyan University. I recently moved to Nevada, and I spend most of my free time hiking, skiing, and acquainting myself with all the Reno Tahoe area has to offer. (Licensed in IL only)

Paola Gutierrez

I have been a resident of Winnemucca, Nevada for the past 30 years. In my previous job, I worked as a Victim Advocate and Housing Coordinator. I provided victims with resources, I conducted community outreach and coordinated community events as well as translated for victims during court hearings. I became a board member of Nevada Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence in 2020. I was a sales representative and as a reporter for the Hispanic Newspaper. I also worked at a Health Center in Winnemucca, On my free time I enjoy playing soccer, crafting, listening to audible and spending time with my children. I am the Intake and Referral Specialist at Sierra Crest Business Law Group. Helping Clients onboard with the law firm and serving as a resource of unlimited referrals for all of our clients needs.

Maureen McCue

After graduating with honors from Rider College (now University) with a Bachelor of Science in Business Education, I taught at the high school level.  Coming up on my tenure year, I realized that teaching did not hold enough diversity or challenge for me and I could not condemn myself to the unending boredom of “a-a-a-space,” not to mention dictating in time with a metronome.  I became a legal secretary to find out if becoming a lawyer was something I could devote my working life to.  It was not, but I nonetheless found my calling. At that time, “paralegal” did not exist as a career option.  Fortunately, while working in Washington, DC for the head of Steptoe & Johnson’s Transportation Division I had the opportunity to meet various top-notch attorneys who provided training so that I could assist them in non-secretarial areas (such as cite checking, shepardizing, researching policies and procedures for various courts and administrative agencies, etc.).  Those abilities coupled with my secretarial skills, computer knowledge, and natural organizational tendencies put me in demand by other senior partners at the law firm.  A short time later, Steptoe & Johnson created an “Assistant” position for the work I was then doing and I assumed that position. A couple of years later, I relocated to Reno, Nevada to join attorneys from Steptoe & Johnson who had returned to Nevada, their home state, and started a law firm.  For the past almost forty years, I have continued working in law firms in Reno, Nevada, honing my knowledge of personal injury, domestic relations, civil litigation, business formations, contract, and probate matters, among others.  In addition, I received Paralegal Certification from the University of Nevada. I love working as a paralegal!  Diversity and challenge are no longer something I seek.  They just fall into my lap.  Almost daily. In my free time, whenever I can find any, I enjoy sleeping.

Mayra Ibarra

I am Wolf Pack 100% meaning I was born and raised in Reno, Nevada and graduated from Earl Wooster High School. I have all sisters which leaves me being the oldest of three. Both of my parents came from Mexico looking for that `American dream` and were able to find it in Reno. I have helped my dad manage is business and doing small things to help him achieve his goal with his business. During my spare time, I enjoy hiking with friends, taking in Reno – Tahoe nature, watching my sister’s play soccer, of course spending time with my family and traveling is what I enjoy the most, from traveling across the United States to traveling to a different country.

Brian Gates

I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and lived there until I was 20 years old.  I attended Jefferson Community College where I earned my degree in Criminal Justice.  Upon graduation in 1991, I enlisted in the United States Military. I served 24 years between two branches of the Armed Forces (7 years Army, 17 years Navy, respectively) and have traveled all over the world.  My job duties have included Admin Officer, Legal Officer, Equal Opportunity Officer, and Recruiter. I lived for extended periods of time in South Korea and the United Kingdom and have visited 20 other countries. I moved to Nevada upon my retirement from the military and started working for the State of Nevada.  I served as a Compliance Investigator for the Department of Administration and was eventually promoted to HR Manager.  After almost 30 years of State and Federal service, I decided to move back to the private sector in 2022. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, performing stand-up comedy, and just relaxing with my three cats.

Kirk Montez

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, graduated from California State University East Bay with a degree, Accounting.  I received both my law degree and MBA from Santa Clara University in 2000.  In 2002, I moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, and in 2004, started my own law practice providing legal services in the areas of business transactions, tax, asset protection, and estate planning.  In 2020, I, like many others, found myself reevaluating life and decided to leave my practice with my (now former) partner and move back to California.  We each have only so much time in this world and I didn’t want my mom to just be a voice on the phone to me. I am licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in California with an expertise in tax and I am licensed as an attorney in both California and Nevada.  And thanks to the miracle of remote technologies, I’ve been able to join Sierra Crest Business Law Group, and provide legal representation to clients in the Reno area.

Vanessa Collier

I am a virtual assistant Billing Clerk for Sierra Crest Business Law Group.  I am born and raised in South Africa in East London.  My passion is my family and therefore my roots are deep.  I have always dreamed about traveling and exploring the world but with my roots buried so far down in the ground and my fear of flying, I grabbed this opportunity with both hands to work online. I’m passionate about life and always willing to help.  During my spare time, I love to spend time with my daughter and explore life all over again through her eyes.