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Mark K. Smallhouse

Business Attorney at Reno, NV

3.0   2 reviews

also known as Mark Smallhouse

  • State Years
    Nevada - NV 23 years
    California - CA 36 years
    Arizona - AZ 37 years
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State NV
    Acquired 2000
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1987
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 1986
    Administrative - Not Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Mark

Learn Mark’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Business
    Business and tax planning; mergers and acquisitions, corporate formation,contracts. licensing and intellectual property

    38 years

  2. Real estate
    Commercial Real Estate transactions, real estate financing and lending, real estate licensing, real estate development, leasing, loan modification an refinancing

    38 years

  3. Corporate and incorporation

  4. Estate planning
    Asset Protection Planning and Integrated Estate Planning, Wealth Preservaton Planning, Estate and Gift tax Planning, Family Business Planning

    25 years

Mark Smallhouse is a Reno, Nevada based attorney with over 26 years of experience as an attorney specializing in corporate, business and tax planning, commercial real property and integrated estate planning.  Mr. Smallhouse is a member of the Nevada and California State Bar Associations.  Mr. Smallhouse is also a member the Executive Committee of the Nevada State Bar's Business Law Section, which is responsible for drafting changes, additions and amendments to Nevada's Business Laws, including those covering corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies.


Mr. Smallhouse began his legal career with McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen a highly respected San Francisco-based national law firm. McCutchen Doyle has subsequently merged into the Bingham McCutchen law firm.  At McCutchen, his practice was focused on representing regional and national technology clients in corporate, taxation, commercial finance and real estate matters.

Mr. Smallhouse also served as a partner in Los Altos, California law firm Myers, Hawley, McDonnell & Smallhouse counseling small to medium sized clients on business and tax planning and commercial real estate matters. Mr. Smallhouse represented Lane Publishing Company in its acquisition by Time-Warner, Inc., and was involved in advising real estate clients in several of the then largest commercial real estate transactions in Silicon Valley history.

Mr. Smallhouse's entrepreneurial ambitions were realized with the founding of Legal Compliance Software, a Silicon Valley software development company producing legal compliance and form automation software. The company's software was distributed by Matthew Bender & Company, a large legal publisher.

Heading New Venture Attorney's Reno, Nevada office, Mr. Smallhouse, who relocated from Silicon Valley, is able to pursue such favorite outdoor interests as ski racing, in which he competes on a masters level.  He has also served on the boards the Nevada Youth Ski Education Foundation and the Far West Masters Scholarship Program.  He is licensed as a referee, and a technical delegate by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association and in that capacity serves as a race official at Junior and Masters level ski races.

Mr. Smallhouse obtained his law degree from the University of Arizona College of Law from which he graduated with high distinction.

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Nevantage Law Group
10775 Double R Blvd, Suite 106
Reno, NV, 89521

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Posted by Bruce | July 23, 2014
Business and Tax Law Subject Matter Expertise
Mark most recently counseled my on the formation of an entity that will encompass a economic development business alliance. The depth and breadth of his knowledge in business and tax law combined with the ability to transfer that knowledge in terms we can understand sets Mark apart. I would highly recommend Mark, as he goes above and beyond when it comes to asset protection and taking advantage of Nevada's business and estate-friendly laws.
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Posted by Mike | January 26, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Not recommended
I made Mistake hiring him to solve small business issue, I would never recommend him.


  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-375 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Founder-Partner
  • Nevantage Law Group
  • 2012 - Present
  • Partner
  • New Venture Attorneys
  • 2002 - Present
  • Partner
  • Hoy & Smallhouse
  • 2000 - 2002
  • Partner
  • Myers, Hawley, Myers, McDonnell & Smallhouse
  • 1994 - 2000
  • Associate
  • Hallgrimson, McNichols
  • 1991 - 1994
  • Associate
  • McCutchen Doyle Brown & Enersen
  • 1988 - 1991
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  • University of Arizona College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • California State University, Chico
  • BSBA, Cum Laude
  • 1982


  • Nevada Youth Ski Education Foundation
  • Board Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Asset Protection Society
  • Nevada State Representative
  • 2008 - Present
  • Nevada State Bar
  • Executive Committee-Business Law Section
  • 2004 - Present
  • Far West Masters Ski Racing, Inc.
  • Board Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Washoe County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Nevada State Bar
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity
  • President
  • 1984 - 1985
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Legal Elite-Top 1% of Nevada Attorneys
  • Nevada Business Magazine
  • 2012
  • Certified Wealth Preservation Planner
  • Wealth Preservation Institute
  • 2007
  • Certified Asset Protection Planner
  • Wealth Preservation Institute
  • 2007
  • Award of JD with High Distinction
  • University of Arizona College of Law
  • 1986
  • Dean's List
  • University of Arizona College of Law
  • 1986
  • Dean's List
  • University of Arizona College of Law
  • 1985
  • Dean's List
  • University of Arizona College of Law
  • 1984
  • Deans List
  • University of Arizona College of Law
  • 1983
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  • Preventive Law Reporter
  • Reduction in Force-Practical Measures for Avoiding Liability
  • 1996
  • Preventive Law Reporter
  • Drafting Effective Email Policies
  • 1995
  • Preventive Law Reporter
  • Intel's "Lawyer in a Laptop" Redefining Corporate Compliance Training Programs
  • 1994

Speaking Engagements

  • Advanced Issues in Real Estate Law
  • Advanced Tax Aspects of Real Estate Transactions
  • 2009
  • Advanced LLC Issues
  • Advanced LLC Tax Issues
  • 2008
  • Helping Your Client Select the Best Entity Option
  • Tax Aspects to Consider in Entity Selection
  • 2007
  • Helping Your Client Select the Best Entity Option
  • S and C Corporation Basics
  • 2007
  • Sage Teleseminar
  • The Series LLC
  • 2006
  • Sage Teleseminar
  • For Doctors Only-Proven Wealth Strategy for Life
  • 2005
  • Sage Teleseminar
  • Tax Efficient Exit Stretegies for Small Busines Owners
  • 2005
  • Buying and Selling Nevada Businesses
  • Tax Aspects of Buying and Selling Business
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (6)
Endorse Mark
Unknown Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have worked with Mark on a variety of business and transactional law matters. He is hard-working, experienced and one of the leading business/corporate attorneys in Northern Nevada. In my opinion, what sets Mark apart from other skilled practitioners is his ability to find innovative, novel solutions to issues that other attorneys are unwilling/unable to manage."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Mark for 30 years and unconditionally recommend him due to his intellect, honesty and dedication. Mark is a good person, and a great attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Business Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I recently served as co-counsel with Mr. Smallhouse on an intellectual property, mobile phone application, dispute. The dispute included domestic and international business transaction issues. While I handled the litigation aspects, Mr. Smallhouse handled the intellectual property and corporate transaction portions of the case. Mr. Smallhouse is knowledgeable, efficient, and a very capable business transactional lawyer. I would highly recommend his services to any client."
Business Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark is a no nonsense business attorney who works hard to achieve results for his clients. I have seen Mark's work first hand from the other side of the negotiation table, and based on that experience I have referred work to him in the past, and will not hesitate to do so in the future"
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