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 throughout her legal career, she has been associated with some of the most well-respected attorneys in the state.  Her practice focuses on real estate, government affairs, administrative law, and corporate matters.  She also represents clients in administrative hearings and litigation.

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, commercial leases, permitting, and development agreements. She also performs business and privilege licensing work, including liquor and gaming licenses.  Ms. Sorokac 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.

Ms. Sorokac’s corporate practice assists clients with entity formation, corporate record maintenance, contract review, and guidance in general business-law matters.  The litigation Ms. Sorokac performs relates to her transactional practice and includes appeals from administrative decisions and lawsuits regarding, among other things, real estate and election law.

Practice Areas

Practice Highlights

  • Represented a client in a $40 million real estate transaction involving multiple businesses, properties and privilege licenses
  • Obtained the approvals for one of the largest materials recovery facility and recycling centers in Southern Nevada
  • Represented the owner of a gas and convenience store chain consisting of eleven locations in Southern Nevada
  • 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
  • Obtained the approvals for a 900-acre, master-planned community—the largest of its kind in Nye County
  • Represented a Nye County Commissioner in challenging 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)

Admissions

  • 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 and Awards

  • Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce
    • Graduate, Leadership Las Vegas Class of 2012
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Lee Business School, Lied Institute for Real Estate Studies
    • Mentor to Real Estate Law undergraduate student
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers
    • 2012 Mountain States Rising Star in Government Relations
  • Anti-Defamation League (the nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency)
    • Chair of the Government Affairs Committee
    • Graduate of the Glass Leadership Institute (a nationally-recognized leadership development program)
  • Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada
    • Advisory Board Member
    • Annual Summer Camp Counselor

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
  • “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