Administrative Law & Government Regulation; Land Use & Zoning; Licensing;Government Relations
Paul Larsen is a shareholder in the Gaming and Regulatory Law Department at Lionel Sawyer & Collins. He practices primarily in the areas of administrative law & government regulation, including land use and zoning, privileged business (e.g., liquor and gaming) licensing, sales and use taxation, transportation, franchises, and election finance. In addition, he has practiced before the Public Utilities Commission, the State Department of Taxation, as well as various city and county governing boards and state agencies. He is registered as a lobbyist in all the municipal governments of Southern Nevada, and has also served as a lobbyist before the Nevada State Legislature.
Mr. Larsen has obtained approvals for commercial developments, residential subdivisions, and major casino resort projects, including The Venetian Casino & Resort and the Cosmopolitan Hotel. Mr. Larsen has also won several court victories on First Amendment issues, such as high profile cases concerning individuals' use of private and public forums (e.g., temporary body art & text on boxers in the Ring) for free speech.
Mr. Larsen has taught classes at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), University of Nevada (UNR), and the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) on cash transaction reporting and money laundering regulations for casinos. He is also a frequent speaker on land use and zoning issues, and was managing editor of the Nevada Environmental Law Handbook and a contributing author to the Nevada Gaming Law Handbook. He will be a featured speaker at a comprehensive seminar on the Nevada Public Records Act, focusing on gaming and liquor licensing.
Mr. Larsen is/has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Franchise Law and Real Estate (Zoning) Law; in Chambers USA for Gaming & Licensing Law and Land Use & Zoning Law; and in Nevada Super Lawyers for Administrative Law & Government Relations. He is listed as an AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer in the Martindale-Hubbell Directory.
President of the Board, Nevada Legal Services; Member, Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce's Board of Advisors & President's Club; Graduate, Leadership Las Vegas program and past Chair on its program on Gaming and Tourism; Graduate, FBI Citizens' Academy; Past Member, Board of Directors of Nevada Partners, a non-profit entity which helps people transition from welfare to work through job training and education.
- University of Oregon, J.D., 1989
- Chairman of the Moot Court Board and Managing Editor of the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation; Magister and Exchequer of the Phi Delta
- Phi legal fraternity, and helped implement and obtained funding for the law school's first Environmental Law Moot Court team.
- University of Oregon, B.A., 1986
- State Bar of Nevada
- U.S. District Court for Nevada
- Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
- Enrolled before the Nevada Gaming Control Board and Nevada Gaming Commission