Joe Guild, Esq.

About Joe Guild, Esq.

Affiliated Attorney

Clark Joseph (Joe) Guild III is an affiliated attorney with Black & Wadhams.

Mr. Guild brings nearly 40 years of legal, lobbying and government relations experience in Nevada and with the U.S. Congress to the strategic alliance with Black & Wadhams. He is a long-time Nevada lawyer who has represented most of his clients for more than 20 years.

Mr. Guild has decades of experience practicing law and an unrivaled fluency in government relations and lobbying impacting dozens of industries with a wide range of issues including water law, insurance, rail transportation, entertainment and motion pictures, mining, livestock ranching, natural resource regulation and use, animal welfare, hazardous materials storage, tobacco taxation and cannabis regulation and taxation.

Mr. Guild and his family have quite a history in Nevada. Mr. Guild’s great-grandparents came to Dayton, Nevada in the late 1850s to early 1860s. His great-grandfather worked in the gold processing mills along the Carson River. Guild’s grandfather passed the Nevada bar in 1914 and later became a district court judge. While Mr. Guild’s grandfather was still a judge, his father became a Nevada lawyer in 1948. Then Mr. Guild became a lawyer in 1982. Also, two of his cousins became lawyers in Nevada, and one of them is a judge in Carson City, sitting in the same department where their grandfather was a judge. Somebody in the Guild family has been a lawyer in the state of Nevada continuously since 1914, for 106 years.

Mr. Guild is also a partner in a ranch management consulting firm, Great Basin Resource Advocates, currently managing a beef-cattle ranch located in Douglas County, Nevada and Alpine County, California; and an owner/partner in a ranching operation in northeastern Nevada; He is a disabled veteran from the Vietnam War and has a Juris Doctorate from McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific in Sacramento.

Mr. Guild’s current community involvement includes serving as the trust protector for the Public Lands Endowment Trust; on the University of Nevada Reno Libraries Board of Trustees and the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources; and as a member of the executive committee and Treasurer for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. He has also served as a past President of the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association, a past member of the Desert Research Institute Foundation Board of Trustees, and as a past member of the Nevada State Museum Board of Trustees.

Practice Areas

  • Government Relations/Lobbying
  • Water Law
  • Insurance
  • Rail Transportation
  • Entertainment & Motion Pictures
  • Mining
  • Livestock
  • Ranching
  • Natural Resources
  • Animal Welfare
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Tobacco
  • Cannabis

Professional & Community Activities

  • Trust Protector, Public Lands Endowment Trust, Current
  • Member, Executive Committee, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, 2013 to Present
  • Treasurer, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, 2018 to Present
  • Member, Desert Research Institute Foundation Board of Trustees, 2011-2019
  • President, Nevada Agricultural Foundation, 2004-2005
  • Founding Member, Nevada Rangeland Resources Commission, 1999-2003
  • President, Nevada Cattlemen’s Association, 1999-2001
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Nevada State Museum, 1975-1981
  • Published author, Seasons of the Ranch: The Great Basin, A Misunderstood Landscape
  • Columnist, Progressive Rancher, 1999-Present

Honors & Awards

  • Cattleman of the Year, Nevada Cattlemen’s Association
  • Nevada Legislature Lobbyist Hall of Fame
  • Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Nevada, Reno

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