Meet Our Legal Team

Helping Northern Nevada Business Owners

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Jerry C. Carter, Esq.

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.

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Katlyn Mathy, Esq.

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.

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Alison Kertis, Esq.
I am Senior Attorney with Sierra Crest Business Law Group. I am a Nevada and California licensed attorney and have been practicing in Northern Nevada since 2017. The legal profession sparked my interest when, during my undergraduate career at Santa Clara University, I studied Philosophy and Religious Studies and founded the Santa Clara Interfaith Counsel; my interactions with philosophical and religious theories juxtaposed with daily conversations on current political, religious, and legal topics caused me to consider a career where I could effectuate change for others through advocacy. I completed a Masters in Ethics and Society at Fordham University while applying to law school. At Marquette University Law School, I participated in Alternative Dispute Resolution Society and worked with the Restorative Justice programs in the Milwaukee Women’s Correctional Facilities. I was also an associate editor for the Marquette Benefits & Social Welfare Law Review. Upon graduation in 2015, I was hired for a two year clerkship with Honorable Scott Freeman in the Second Judicial District Court of Washoe County. I have worked primarily as a litigation attorney since 2017 and have extensive experience in business disputes, defense, mediations, and negotiations. I am a full-time wife, mother of two adorable toddlers, and wrangler of two large dogs. I am a native Nevadan and am happy to call Reno home.
Norman Anariba
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Norman Anariba

I am a virtual assistant Intake Specialist for Sierra Crest Business Law Group. I was born and raised in Honduras. In my family, education has always been a priority. I was fortunate enough to receive an outstanding education. I learned English as my second language with American missionaries and remained in bilingual studies up until high school. I attended Central American Technological University. Here I received my B.S.B.A in 2019. I started my professional journey in the customer service field and, for the most part, have been in customer service-related positions for the last seven years since I started my higher education. Most notably, I managed all customer-related operations as a sub-manager for a privately owned public utility company (water distribution), leading three separate teams (customer service, claims handling, and a private cadaster section to monitor city development). I have also had other professional experience as an internal quality auditor for a supermarket chain and as a junior consultant for a risk consulting internship at PWC. I am passionate about helping clients meet their needs, create a beneficial win-win relationship, and provide solutions that take advantage of the tools at their disposal. When I am not working, I like to spend quality time with my family and friends, garden, and exercise.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.