Rew has helped organize and operate successful businesses for more than 30 years, including contracts, acquisitions, sales, real estate, mergers, insolvency, litigation and other challenges. He has helped owners, boards of directors and executives to navigate Nevada’s corporate and limited liability company laws and achieve better governance.



Rew Goodenow is a former president of the State Bar of Nevada and of the National Conference of Bar Presidents and served a number of years on Parsons Behle & Latimer's board of directors. He has been lead counsel in many commercial and financial transactions. He has also been lead counsel in substantial commercial litigation matters before numerous courts and administrative bodies. A number of published court decisions list Mr. Goodenow as lead counsel for the prevailing party. He chaired the editorial board of the ABA Journal for three years. He has published extensively in magazines and treatises. Mr. Goodenow's book, Business Entities in Nevada, is the primary resource on that subject. An EDGAR search will show the numerous significant transactions in which Mr. Goodenow has represented companies, especially in the mining industry where he has successfully completed many mergers and acquisitions.

Currently, Mr. Goodenow serves, among other positions, as general counsel to the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Nevada and as a member of the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association. As the principal author of Nevada's Limited Liability Company Act, Mr. Goodenow regularly provides advice and counsel in complex transactions involving such companies. He has been engaged by the Nevada Secretary of State to advise it on the digital operating agreement, among other topics. He also currently serves on the Board of Visitors of the National Judicial College. In his spare time, Mr. Goodenow is a ski instructor and serves as a director of a local ski area.


Sale of Ranch to Largest Private U.S. Landowner

Represented the seller in the sale of an approximate 78,000-acre ranch along with extensive water rights and mineral interests to the largest private U.S. landowner.

Corporate Governance in Large Mine Transaction

Acted as lead counsel and offered corporate governance guidance and transactional advising in the acquisition of the Jerritt Canyon Mine. Provided due diligence on all aspects of the large operational mine.

Assisted in $1.2 Million SPAC Merger

Nevada counsel for Vintage Wine Estates in a merger with Bespoke Capital Acquisition Corp. Assisted in moving the Canadian publicly-traded SPAC to Nevada in a deal that enabled them to pay off debt and net $124M in cash.



University of Iowa Law School (J.D., 1988)

Iowa Law Review, Note & Comment Editor

Tulane University (1985)


Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent™ Rating

Recognized Practitioner in Chambers USA for General Commercial Litigation, 2018

Best Lawyers in America

Named 2016, 2018 and 2022 Best Lawyers in America "Lawyer of the Year" in Reno for Litigation -- Bankruptcy

Mountain States Super Lawyers



American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers


Safari Club International, Legal Task Force


(2008 - Present)

Center for International Legal Studies


Fellows of the American Bar Association

Chair (Former)


Rotary Club of Reno
Past President


Nevada Republican Party
General Counsel (Former)






U.S. Dist. Court, Dist. of Nevada
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court


University of Iowa College of Law