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Craig Howard

Of Counsel

5441 Kietzke Lane, Suite 200, Reno, NV 89511

Craig Howard has more than 45 years of experience assisting residential, commercial and industrial clients on water law and real property matters.

Water Projects and Acquisitions Advisor: Craig counsels clients in water projects, water issues, large water rights transfers, and water rights acquisitions and sales. 

Real Estate Development and Finance Transactions: Craig represents clients in real estate development; master planned communities; real property sales and purchases and related transactions. Craig also has extensive experience in infrastructure issues in real property development and general real property matters.


Water Law

Craig works with clients dealing with water project issues. He counsels them in all phases of the water rights transaction or issues, including:

  • Water rights transfers
  • Large water right acquisitions for new energy projects, commercial and industrial projects
  • Representation of large ranch in a major adjudication of vested water rights in northeast Nevada
  • Complex water rights purchase, sale and disputes
Real Estate Law

Craig counsels businesses on real property projects and real property transaction matters including complex real estate property sales and acquisitions.

Client Results

Water Law
  • Craig has served as Lead Counsel for the following water projects: 

    • Water infrastructure development including a major water importation project.
    • Major water rights issues, State Engineer's administrative proceedings, and water rights in conjunction with mining operations, residential, commercial, and industrial development and energy projects.
    • Representation of major mining corporation in water supply matters.
    • Complex water rights purchase, sale, and disputes.
    • Significant transactions concerning large ranches and their water rights.
    • Large water right acquisitions for new energy projects, commercial, and industrial projects.
    • Work with client developers regarding water facilities, water rights to be dedicated, and related matters for real estate development.
    • Representation of large ranch in a major adjudication of vested water rights in northeast Nevada.
    • Representation of mining company as owner of separate ranch regarding a vested water right adjudication in Elko County, Nevada.
Real Estate Law
  • Craig has served as Lead Counsel for the following real estate transactions: 

    • Numerous sales of real estate, including industrial, residential, and commercial properties.
    • Complex real estate projects for commercial, industrial, and residential developments.
    • Real Property sales and purchases in major transactions.


Bar Admissions


  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Real Estate Law, 2001-2016, 2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell®, AV Preeminent® Rating

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • State Bar of Nevada, Real Property Section, Chair, Natural Resources Subcommittee, Member
  • State Bar of Nevada, Executive Committee
  • State Bar of California, Real Property Section, Member
  • Washoe County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Member
  • Builders Association of Northern Nevada, Member
  • Nevada Water Resource Association, Member

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