Krisanne Cunningham

Krisanne S. Cunningham is a Managing Partner at Rice Reuther Sullivan & Carroll, LLP. Her broad-based transactional experience spans 18 years and includes business and securities law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, tax planning and non-profit organizations. Krisanne regularly negotiates and manages sophisticated M&A transactions, including deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars, and advises on structuring those transactions in a tax efficient manner. Krisanne has extensive experience drafting contracts and other documents, including operating agreements, stockholders’ agreements, employment agreements, distribution agreements, revocable trust agreements, asset purchase agreements and merger agreements. Krisanne regularly advises boards on corporate governance issues and is well-versed in Nevada LLCs and joint ventures. She also works with entrepreneurs and start-up companies, from the time they begin to raise capital and grant equity incentive compensation through the point of an eventual sale.  Krisanne is currently the Chair of the Tax Section of the Nevada Bar.

Krisanne spent her first years out of law school at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now, WilmerHale) at their Washington, DC headquarters. While there, Krisanne worked with Fortune 500 companies and some of the largest non-profit organizations in the Country.

Krisanne graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she received the Madeleine and Roger Traynor Award and was Editor-in-Chief of the Virginia Tax Review. She also received an L.L.M. (masters of law) degree in Taxation from the Georgetown Law Center, where she was a Graduate Tax Scholar and graduated With Distinction.

Krisanne is an AV Preeminent Peer Review rated (5.0 out of 5.0) attorney by Martindale-Hubbell and was named one of Nevada’s Legal Elite by the Nevada Business Magazine (2013-2018), based on votes from her peers (she was the top vote-getter in Southern Nevada in 2016). She was also named one of the Valley’s Top Lawyers (Business Law) by Desert Companion Magazine and a Top Tax Attorney by Vegas, Inc. and has a 10 (out of 10) Avvo rating.

Krisanne is licensed to practice in Nevada, Virginia, the District of Columbia and Georgia.

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  • Georgetown Law Center (LL.M., Taxation), with Distinction
  • University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 2000)
  • University of Notre Dame (B.B.A., Accounting, 1997), summa cum laude

Practice Areas

  • Corporate and Securities
  • Emerging Growth Business
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • LLCs
  • Tax Planning
  • Corporate Governance
  • Equity Incentive Compensation
  • Non-Profit Organizations

Professional Recognition and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Rating (5.0 out of 5.0)
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation (elected 2018)
  • Nevada Legal Elite, Nevada Business Magazine (2013 through 2018)
    • Top Vote-getter in Southern Nevada (2016)
  • Named one of the Valley’s Top Attorneys (Business Law), Desert Companion Magazine (2014)
  • Named a Top Tax Attorney, Vegas, Inc. (2013)
  • Avvo 10 Rating (out of 10)

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Chair of Tax Section, State of Nevada Bar
  • Board of Directors (Executive Committee), Nellis Support Team
  • Member, Women in Business Law Roundtable, ABA Business Law Section
  • Pro Bono Attorney, Attorney General Office of Military Legal Assistance
  • Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys (SNAWA)
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
    • Business Law Section
    • Taxation Section
    • Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section

Representative Presentations and Publications

  • Tax Considerations with Multi-Member LLCs, Nevada Lawyer (April 2016)
  • Tax-Exempt Organizations and Joint Ventures, Nevada Lawyer (April 2016)
  • “Nevada LLCs,” Co-Speaker, National Business Institute, Las Vegas, NV
  • “Tax Planning and Section 1031 Exchanges” Co-Speaker, Southern Nevada Chapter of the Nevada CPA Society

Bar Admissions

  • Nevada
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Tax Court

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