Krisanne Cunningham

Krisanne S. Cunningham is a Managing Partner at Rice Reuther Sullivan & Carroll, LLP. Her broad-based transactional experience spans 23 years and includes mergers and acquisitions, business law, corporate governance, securities, tax planning and non-profit organizations. Krisanne regularly negotiates and manages sophisticated M&A transactions, including deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Krisanne has extensive experience with Nevada LLCs and joint ventures and regularly advises boards on corporate governance issues. She also works with entrepreneurs and start-up companies, from the time they begin to raise capital and grant incentive equity compensation through the point of an eventual sale.  Krisanne is currently the Chair of the Tax Section of the State of 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 has been named a Mountain States Super Lawyer® (Mergers & Acquisitions), has been recognized by Best Lawyers of America® (in Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions), is rated in Chambers USA® (Corporate/Commercial), is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and has been named one of Nevada’s Legal Elite by the Nevada Business Magazine  multiple times, based on votes from her peers (she was the top vote-getter in Southern Nevada in 2016).

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

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Education

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

Practice Areas

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Corporate
  • LLCs and Joint Ventures
  • Corporate Governance
  • Incentive Equity Compensation

Professional Recognition and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell,® AV Preeminent Peer Rating (5.0 out of 5.0)
  • Chambers USA,® Corporate/Commercial Law (2021 through 2023)
  • Best Lawyers of America,® Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions and Business Organizations (2020 through 2024)
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers,® Mergers and Acquisitions (2019 through 2023)
  • Nevada Top Rank (formerly Nevada Legal Elite), Nevada Business Magazine (2013 through 2020 and 2022 through 2023)
    • Top Vote-getter in Southern Nevada (2016)
  • Avvo 10.0 Rating (out of 10.0)

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Chair of Tax Section, State of Nevada Bar
  • Member, USO Intermountain Advisory Board
  • Member, President’s Club (Metro Chamber of Commerce)
  • Member, Executive Women’s Council (Metro Chamber of Commerce)
  • Member, Hope Means Nevada Board of Directors
  • American Bar Association
    • Business Law Section, M&A Subcommittee

Representative Presentations and Publications

  • M&A Transactions: Sandbagging Provisions Explained, Nevada Business Magazine (October 2023)
  • This Is More Complicated Than I Thought: Breaking Down the M&A Process, Nevada Business Magazine (October 2022)
  • M & A Deals: Tax Considerations of Equity vs. Asset Sales, Nevada Business Magazine (October 2021)
  • A Summary of Common Tax – Favorable Types of Incentive Equity: Corporations and Partnerships/LLCs, Nevada Lawyer (December 2021)
  • Letters of Intent: The Foundation/Cornerstone of a Deal, Nevada Business Magazine (October 2019)
  • 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, Nevada Society of CPAs

Bar Admissions

  • Nevada
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia