Going through a divorce can be unsettling. The process can feel overwhelming. You need an experienced Reno divorce attorney by your side. Carlson & Work has successfully tried hundreds of divorce cases in Washoe County. Our divorce attorneys are routinely considered to be amongst the top divorce attorneys in Nevada. This is backed by client reviews, peer-reviewed awards, a perfect 10.0 Avvo Rating, Google Reviews and most important, results.


When you retain Carlson & Work you will have a dedicated Reno attorney by your side. At Carlson & Work, we understand the emotional toll that any separation or divorce can have. Most important, the outcome of a divorce can have lifelong effects. We approach our clients with compassion and empathy. At Carlson & Work , we always consider our client’s goals first. We then fight for our clients with every legal alternative available.


  • Duration of The Marriage

  • Whether One Spouse Committed Marital Waste

  • Earning Capacity

  • Marital Roles During Marriage

  • Whether One Spouse Has Violated a Financial Restraining Order

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Your Child. Your Rights. OUR Fight.

In life, there is no job more important than a parent’s. In law, there are few cases more rewarding than protecting or restoring a parent’s rightful position in their child’s life.

Custody battles can be deeply complex. Child custody and visitation cases are difficult and often require a trial. You need an experienced Reno child custody attorney, and more importantly, you need an experienced trial attorney. Carlson & Work has successfully handled hundreds of child custody cases. Repeatedly, we find the results that benefit our clients. Reputations are earned. Carlson & Work is widely considered one of the top child custody law firms in Nevada.


The following are some of the most significant factors a judge will consider when determining whether one parent may be eligible for primary physical custody:

  • If the child is of sufficient age, a court will strongly consider their wishes, in regards to which parent they would like to live with.

  • Which parent is most likely to make sure the non-custodial parent maintains a frequent association with their child.

  • The level of conflict that exists between the parents, and which parent is the contributing cause of that conflict.

  • Which parent is capable of meeting the needs of their child. This factor is strongly weighed in cases where a child has special needs.

  • The relationship that presently exists between each parent and the child. Simply put, the court will consider which parent plays a more central role in the child’s life.

  • Which parent is more capable of meeting the physical, emotional and even developmental needs of their child.

  • Whether there are siblings from other marriages, and whether one parent will allow frequent associations with their siblings.

  • Whether either parent has committed an act of domestic violence.

  • Whether a parent has committed an act of child abduction.



If there is no child custody and visitation court order in place – a parent will file a petition to establish custody.

If there is a child custody and visitation order in place – a parent can file a motion to modify the order.


If a petition to establish custody is filed, the opposing party will then have twenty (20) calendar days to file a response.

Typically, after a motion to modify custody has been filed, the opposing party with have approximately ten (10) court calendar days.


If a petition to establish custody was filed, the court will first set the matter for a case management conference, followed by a settlement hearing and possibly a trial.

If a motion to modify custody was filed, the court will set the hearing to allow the custody attorneys to argue the motion and present evidence.


The parties always have the opportunity to settle on terms that they feel benefit both parties. If no settlement is reached, a judge will decide, based on the evidence presented and the factors of NRS 125.0035(4)(c), what outcome would be in the best interests of the minor child(ren).

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First, it's not criminal defense. It's just defense.

Getting arrested and facing criminal charges is stressful and overwhelming. You may be wondering when you get out of jail or what will happen if you cannot show up to work tomorrow.

If you have been arrested in Reno, Carson City, Gardnerville, or greater Northern Nevada, you need someone who can make your problem, their problem.

As a former criminal prosecutor, Attorney Mathew Work has years of experience trying cases. During those years in the courtroom, he realized there was never a case without flaw. Each defense case has unique hurdles the state must clear to reach a settlement.

Carlson & Work has tried many types of criminal cases ranging from misdemeanor cases to serious felony cases and trails before a jury.

Nevada defense attorney, Mathew Work makes your future his focus. Together, we will show the government you're not merely a case file. Call Carlson & Work after an arrest so we can explain what to expect and what you can do now to protect your rights.


First and foremost, we work hard and look for all legal defenses available. We work side-by-side with our clients to make sure we have a complete understanding of all the facts and circumstances that led up to an arrest. Next, we use every resource available to posture our client’s character and reputation.

Common Defense Options

  • Motion to Suppress Evidence

  • Motion to Suppress Testimony

  • Physical Evidence

  • Stored Digital Evidence

  • Physical and Mental Examinations

  • Private Investigators

  • Direct and Cross-Examination

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Understanding your rights in the workplace can be challenging. If you have been the victim of wrongful termination, sexual harassment, racial discrimination, or have not been paid appropriately, Carlson & Work is here to help. Our firm will assess if there are grounds for a claim, and we can represent you at all administrative and trial proceedings.

Employment Law Practice Areas:

  • Wrongful Termination

  • Sexual Harassment

  • Racial Discrimination

  • Equal Pay Issues

  • Disability Discrimination

  • FMLA

  • Breach of Contract

  • Employment Agreement Review

  • Defamation and Blacklisting

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If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of another’s negligence, you have a constitutional right to seek compensation for the damages you have suffered. Carlson & Work's trial experience and unparalleled commitment can assist you in navigating the legal procedures of your case and seek maximum compensation for your injuries..

Personal Injury Law Practice Areas:

  • Car Accidents

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Slip and Fall

  • Assault and Battery

  • Defamation and Libel

Our Team

Attorney Mathew A. Work was born in Henderson, NV where he was raised by his single-mother and grandfather. From a young age Mathew understood the value of education.

Mathew attended the University of Nevada, Reno and earned a degree in economics, graduating summa cum laude. While in college Mathew was a collegiate athlete playing both lacrosse and football.

After college, Mathew moved to Washington D.C. where he attended graduate school at American University. Mathew worked on Capital Hill as an intern. Mathew was able to work side by side with members of Congress.

Upon leaving Washington D.C., he attended Thomas Jefferson School of Lawon a full academic scholarship and graduated magna cum laude. While at Thomas Jefferson he earned the Jefferson Award, Witkins Award, Cali Award, Deans List and was selected as a teaching assistant as a result of his academic success.

Mathew passed the Nevada bar on his first attempt and accepted a position as an associate attorney where he successfully defended criminal cases at jury trial.

Mathew was then offered a job as a criminal prosecutor. This experience was invaluable. Mathew spent years trying cases and prosecuting criminal charges. His ability as a trial attorney consistently earned praise from the Northern Nevada legal community.

In addition to practicing law, Mathew is a Law Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno and Truckee Meadows Community College.

A Nevada native, Casey Gillham graduated from the University of Nevada in 2003. In 2007, Casey continued his education at the University of Oregon School of Law, where he was awarded a Technology and Entrepreneurship Program Fellowship, was elected to the Moot Court Board, and received the Outstanding Oral Advocate Award at the Williams Institute’s National Moot Court Competition.

In 2010, Casey returned home and joined one of Northern Nevada’s most prestigious law firms, focusing his practice in the areas of civil litigation and employment law. In 2019, Casey joined Carlson & Work as Of Counsel, where he advises both employers and employees on issues such as wrongful termination, sexual harassment, racial discrimination, Title VII, and FMLA.

In his spare time, Casey tries to give back to the community by volunteering with non-profit organizations, such as Community Health Alliance and BubHugs.

Lauren was born and raised in Northern California and moved to Reno in 2017 upon receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nevada. Lauren accepted a position at Carlson & Work in the Fall of 2017 as an unpaid intern.

Within a month, Lauren was promoted to Legal Assistant and within six months, she was the General Manager of the firm. Lauren has been vital to the growth of Carlson & Work. In her spare time she enjoys painting and mountain biking.

Lauren will begin Law School in the fall of 2019.

Tanya Kazantseva was born in Russia, and raised in California’s Bay Area. Tanya attended college at University of California, Davis, earning Bachelor’s Degrees in Russian Studies and Sociology, Law & Society.

Following her undergraduate education, Tanya began her career as a paralegal for a bay area law firm, specializing in criminal defense and personal injury.

In 2017, Tanya continued her paralegal education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she graduated with top scores in Nevada Practice and Procedure and Tort Law.

After successfully completing her Paralegal Certificate, Tanya relocated to Reno and immediately accepted the position as Paralegal for Carlson & Work. While working at our law firm, Tanya has specialized in defense and family law.

Outside of work, Tanya enjoys attending concerts, traveling to Tahoe and spending time with her fiancé and family.

Attorney Rebecca Carlson is a Nevada native born in Las Vegas. She attended the University of Nevada, Reno and graduated cum laude with a duel degree in Communications and Political Science.

After college, Ms. Carlson continued her education and attended Chapman University, Dale E.Fowler School of Law on an academic scholarship. Throughout law school, Ms. Carlson focused her education on alternative dispute resolution and received a certificate of mediation.

Ms. Carlson took and passed the bar in both California and Nevada on her first attempt. She previously worked as an associate attorney for a multistate law firm and has experience litigating at both the state and federal level.

Ms. Carlson has quickly earned a reputations throughout the legal community as a dedicated, aggressive and sophisticated litigator.

Ms. Carlson successfully practices in the following areas of law:

  • Custody Law

  • Family Law

  • Child Support Law

  • Divorce Law

  • Civil Litigation

  • Criminal Law

  • Temporary Protective Order (TPO)

When she is not working, Ms. Carlson enjoys hiking the Sierras with her dog Huckleberry, camping and traveling.

Attorney Melissa Rosenthal was raised in the Reno area. She attended Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA where she received a degree in Business Administration.

Post Pepperdine, Ms. Rosenthal attended the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on an academic scholarship. Throughout law school, Ms. Rosenthal interned for both the Washoe County and Clark County Public Defender’s Offices and worked at the Nevada Federal Public Defender’s Office.

Ms. Rosenthal passed the Nevada bar on her first attempt. She previously represented children in dependency proceedings and has experience litigating cases in both family and criminal courts. Ms. Rosenthal practices in the following areas:

-Criminal Law

-Family Law

Outside of the firm, Ms. Rosenthal serves on the Board of Directors for the Reno Rodeo and enjoys supporting Nevada Wolfpack athletics.

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