Elizabeth M. Sorokac

Elizabeth M. Sorokac is a member and founder of Reisman Sorokac.  Ms. Sorokac has been practicing law in Nevada since 2001, and has been associated with many well-respected attorneys in the state throughout her legal career.  Her practice focuses on commercial real estate and transactions, government affairs, administrative law, and corporate matters.  She also represents clients in administrative hearings and litigation matters.

In her real estate and government affairs practices, Ms. Sorokac has tackled virtually all aspects of commercial real estate, including zoning and land use entitlements, purchases, sales, leases, permitting, and development agreements. Her transactional practice concentrates on business and includes contracts, financing, mergers and acquisitions.

At both the state and local levels, Ms. Sorokac assists clients with business and privilege licensing matters, including liquor and gaming licenses.  She lobbies on behalf of clients and represents clients before administrative boards in the following jurisdictions: City of Las Vegas; Clark County (including its rural areas); City of North Las Vegas; Pahrump; Nye County; and City of Henderson.  The litigation Ms. Sorokac performs relates to her practice focus areas and includes appeals from administrative decisions and lawsuits regarding, among other things, commercial real estate and election law.

Ms. Sorokac’s corporate practice assists clients with the formation of artificial legal entities, corporate governance and record maintenance, contract review, and guidance in general business-law matters. She also performs general counsel services for business of varying types and sizes related to company organization, day-to-day operations, compliance, and employee and third party relationships.

Practice Areas

Practice Highlights

  • Represented a client in a $40 million real estate transaction involving multiple businesses, properties and privilege licenses
  • Represented a medical billing company in its acquisition by a parent holding company for a combination of shares and cash consideration
  • Obtained the approvals for one of the largest materials recovery facility and recycling centers in Southern Nevada
  • Negotiated the financing of $6.1 million for new real estate and the refinancing of $27.3 million for existing real estate, including remodeling and construction funds, held by a national substance abuse treatment company
  • Represented a client in the purchase and sale of an existing 150-room rehabilitation facility and in obtaining the appropriate state and local licenses to operate a medical detoxification facility
  • Represented a client in the purchase and sale of land and in obtaining the approvals for a $1 billion resort hotel and casino in the City of Henderson
  • Assisted a client in ensuring its compliance with all local, state, and federal health care regulations applicable to its business
  • Obtained the approvals for a 900-acre, master-planned community—the largest of its kind in Nye County
  • Represented a Nye County Commissioner in defeating the recall efforts made against him
  • Obtained reversal of a local city council decision that stripped a client of its property rights to a valuable billboard, through a successful appeal in the Eighth Judicial District Court
  • Obtained the approval of a development agreement for an 18-acre, mixed-use, commercial, retail, and office development through Clark County’s high-impact-project process
  • Practiced complex commercial litigation as an associate of a current Nevada Supreme Court Justice
  • Served as law clerk to the Honorable Gene T. Porter, Chief Judge and Business Court Judge, in the Eighth Judicial District Court
  • Functioned as in-house counsel for the largest master-plan community developer in Southern Nevada

Education

  • Gonzaga University School of Law (J.D., 2001)
  • Michigan State University (B.S., Chemistry, 1998)

Admitted to Practice

  • Nevada, 2002
  • The U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada

Professional Organizations

  • State Bar of Nevada
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • American Planning Association

Volunteer Work/Awards

  • Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada
    • Member, Board of Trustees
    • Member, Development Committee
    • Counselor, Annual Summer Camp
  • Springs Preserve Foundation
    • Member, Board of Directors
  • Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce
    • Member, Government, Politics and Media Committee
    • Graduate, Leadership Las Vegas (2012)
  • Anti-Defamation League (the nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency that fights all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all)
    • Member, Associate Board
    • Graduate, Glass Leadership Institute—a nationally-recognized leadership development program (2009)
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers
    • 2012 Mountain States Rising Star in Government Relations
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Lee Business School, Lied Institute for Real Estate Studies
    • Mentor to Real Estate Law undergraduate student

Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • “Taking the Pulse” before the Colliers International Las Vegas Health Care Real Estate Summit
  • “Top 10 Points for Negotiating an Office Lease” before the Strategic Marketing Alliance
  • “The Negotiation and Renegotiation of Leases” before the Nevada Osteopathic Medical Association
  • “Land Use Regulation and Inverse Condemnation” before the National Business Institute
  • “Water Planning and Development Related to Land Use Planning” before the National Business Institute
  • “Practical Guide to Land Use and Zoning-Rural Land Use Issues” before the National Business Institute
  • “Introduction to Land Use and Zoning” before NAI Horizon and Key Realty
  • “Limited Liability Companies’ Member’s Interest and Charging Orders: Nevada’s Exclusive Remedies for Judgment Creditor.” Communiqué June/July 2014
  • “Local Lobbying–What to Do and How to Do It.”  Communiqué Nov. 2012
  • “A Look to the Past with an Eye on the Future of Planning in the Las Vegas Valley.” Nevada Planner Oct. 2010
  • “A Rewarding Reinvention in Tough Economic Times.” Communiqué Dec. 2009
  • “U.S. Supreme Court Case Update.” Communiqué Apr. 2008