Laura Granier is a partner at Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP. Ms. Granier’s practice includes complex commercial litigation and regulatory work including government affairs. She has successfully handled several issues of first impression involving mineral resources in Nevada including a 2011 case ruling a state tax imposed on mining claims unconstitutional as well as cases involving complex land tenure issues. She represents numerous mining clients on a variety of natural resource issues including Nevada water rights law, permitting and public lands issues, and policy issues affecting mining. She has worked on numerous matters involving secured transactions for mining assets in Nevada. Ms. Granier successfully defended one of the largest qui tam actions brought in Nevada challenging the constitutionality of an initial public offering. She has worked closely with legislators in previous sessions on challenging issues related to revenue, land use, mineral resources and education. Her regulatory experience includes a broad spectrum of work before various agencies with regulatory jurisdiction over environmental issues, water, mining, education, taxes, land use, and public utilities.
Ms. Granier currently serves on the board of directors of United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra. She has been appointed by the State Bar of Nevada to serve as its representative on the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Trustees Council. Ms. Granier is the immediate past chair of the Nevada Public Education Foundation and sits on the Executive Board and Steering Committee of Washoe “Ready for Life” – a movement aimed at decreasing the dropout rate and engaging and re-engaging youth so that they graduate high school ready for life. She is also the past chair of the Young Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Nevada and a former Barrister with the American Inns of Court. Ms. Granier is a former member of the University of Nevada Reno College of Liberal Arts Advisory Board and serves as the alumni member of the Miss Nevada Scholarship Organization. She served as president and vice-president of the Northern Nevada Women Lawyers Association and launched the NNWLA “adopt-a-family” holiday program which provides thousands of dollars in gifts every year to local families in need during the holiday season.
Prior to joining DGS, Ms. Granier was a partner at a large Nevada law firm. She also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Procter Hug, Jr., then Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She is a graduate of the University of California Davis School of Law, where she was the executive editor of the U.C. Davis Law Review and a judicial extern to The Honorable Robert Rose, Supreme Court of Nevada.
Professional and Civic Affiliations
- AV Preeminent® Peer Review RatingTM from Martindale-Hubbell®
- Recipient, 20 Under 40 Award, Reno Tahoe Young Professionals Network in conjunction with the Reno Gazette-Journal, 2007
- Selected as one of Northern Nevada’s Top 35 Attorneys, Nevada Business magazine, Legal Elite 2011
- Member, Past President, Northern Nevada Women Lawyers Association
- Past Chair, Board of Trustees, Nevada Public Education Foundation
- Member, American Bar Association
- Member, State Bar of Nevada
- Past Chair, Young Lawyers Section Executive Council
- Past Member, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Publications Committee
- Member, Washoe County Bar Association
- Member of Board of Litigation, Mountain States Legal Foundation
- Former Barrister, American Inns of Court
University of California Davis School of Law, J.D., Order of the Coif, 2000
University of Nevada Reno, B.A., 1996