Office of the General Counsel

The Office of the General Counsel represents the University in any legal proceeding and provides legal advice to University administration.

  • General Counsel: Mary Phelps Dugan
  • Assistant General Counsel: Gary Cardinal
  • Assistant General Counsel: Melissa Pagni Barnard
  • Assistant General Counsel: Bryan Wright
  • Assistant General Counsel: Megan Starich

Our office gives legal advice to the University by and through its administration. The relevant vice provost, vice president, dean, and/or director should be made aware of any issue before it is brought directly to our office.

Service of Summons and Complaint

If you are served with a Summons and Complaint initiating a lawsuit regarding the University or your actions as an employee of the University, note the date and time you were served on the Summons and Complaint and whether the service was in person or by mail or fax. Immediately fax the documents to our office at (775) 327-2202 or email them to mdugan@unr.edu. Please call (775) 784-3493 to confirm our receipt of the documents.

Service of Subpoena

If you are served with a subpoena, note the date and time you were served on the subpoena and whether the service was in person or by mail or fax. Immediately fax the subpoena to our office at (775) 327-2202 or email it to mdugan@unr.edu. Please call (775) 784-3493 to confirm our receipt of the subpoena.

Public Records Request

All requests for public records must be submitted to the Office of Administration and Finance at Fax 775-784-1774 or publicrecords@unr.edu. Please call 775-784-4031.

Contact Us

Contact General Counsel (0550)

1664 N. Virginia Street

Reno, NV 89557


Phone (775) 784-3493

Fax (775) 327-2202

Clark Administration, 208