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.

Meredith Marinello

I was born in Phoenix, Arizona but have lived in Missouri, Edmonton, Alberta and Vancouver, British Columbia Canada.  I have lived in Reno, Nevada since 1981 where I met my husband, Mark.  On our time off, we love to take our travel trailer to the coast with our Siberian Husky, Timber.  We enjoy walks at the ocean, listening to the crashing waves, whale watching, kayaking and wine tasting.  I have been a Legal Assistant for over 30 years, working in various fields of law from debtor bankruptcy to civil litigation, including personal injury.  I am very much a people person and am empathetic to the needs of our clients.  I always try to be of assistance to them and convey the confidence of the law firm.