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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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Practice areas


  1. Business: 35%
    30 years
  2. Real Estate: 25%
    30 years
  3. Corporate: 20%
  4. Estate Planning: 20%
    17 years



Hourly ($350-375/hour), Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Steven G. Ganim

    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.


    Steven Ganim Insurance Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Charles R Smith

    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.


    Charles Smith Business Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

Contact info

Nevantage Law Group

10775 Double R Blvd, Suite 106
Reno, NV, 89521


AZAdministrative - Not Authorized to Practice198604/24/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Legal Elite-Top 1% of Nevada AttorneysNevada Business Magazine2012
Certified Wealth Preservation PlannerWealth Preservation Institute2007
Certified Asset Protection PlannerWealth Preservation Institute2007
Award of JD with High DistinctionUniversity of Arizona College of Law1986
Dean's ListUniversity of Arizona College of Law1986
Dean's ListUniversity of Arizona College of Law1985
Dean's ListUniversity of Arizona College of Law1984
Deans ListUniversity of Arizona College of Law1983
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founder-PartnerNevantage Law Group2012 - Present
PartnerNew Venture Attorneys2002 - Present
PartnerHoy & Smallhouse2000 - 2002
PartnerMyers, Hawley, Myers, McDonnell & Smallhouse1994 - 2000
AssociateHallgrimson, McNichols1991 - 1994
AssociateMcCutchen Doyle Brown & Enersen1988 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
Nevada Youth Ski Education FoundationBoard Member2009 - Present
Asset Protection SocietyNevada State Representative2008 - Present
Nevada State BarExecutive Committee-Business Law Section2004 - Present
Far West Masters Ski Racing, Inc.Board Member2002 - Present
Washoe County Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Nevada State BarMember2000 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1987 - Present
Phi Alpha Delta Law FraternityPresident1984 - 1985
Publication nameTitleDate
Preventive Law ReporterReduction in Force-Practical Measures for Avoiding Liability1996
Preventive Law ReporterDrafting Effective Email Policies1995
Preventive Law ReporterIntel's "Lawyer in a Laptop" Redefining Corporate Compliance Training Programs1994
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Arizona College of LawN/AJD with High Distinction1986
California State University, ChicoFinance and EconomicsOther - Bachelors1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Advanced Issues in Real Estate LawAdvanced Tax Aspects of Real Estate Transactions2009
Advanced LLC IssuesAdvanced LLC Tax Issues2008
Helping Your Client Select the Best Entity OptionTax Aspects to Consider in Entity Selection2007
Helping Your Client Select the Best Entity OptionS and C Corporation Basics2007
Sage TeleseminarThe Series LLC2006
Sage TeleseminarFor Doctors Only-Proven Wealth Strategy for Life2005
Sage TeleseminarTax Efficient Exit Stretegies for Small Busines Owners2005
Buying and Selling Nevada BusinessesTax Aspects of Buying and Selling Business2005