With over a decade of experience in privilege licensing, Mr. Donato has licensed hundreds of liquor and restricted gaming establishments in southern and northern Nevada. In particular, Mr. Donato has substantial experience in working directly with elected officials, management, and staff on land use and licensing matters in jurisdictions such as Clark County, Washoe County, Douglas County, City of Las Vegas, City of North Las Vegas, City of Henderson, City of Reno, City of Sparks, among others. Since 2007, Mr. Donato has been and continues to be solely responsible for all aspects of State and local licensing, including liquor and restricted gaming, for over 200 corporate and franchise owned convenience stores within Nevada for the world’s largest convenience store chain and one of the nation’s largest gasoline retailers.
Since its inception in 2014, Mr. Donato has been directly involved with the marijuana industry in Nevada and the licensing of marijuana establishments, including the licensing for dispensary, cultivation, and production facilities. In addition, Mr. Donato successfully licensed a liquor distributor as one of the first marijuana distributors in Nevada. Mr. Donato has and continues to work directly with the Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board and local licensing jurisdictions on all aspects of licensing and compliance for medical and recreational marijuana establishments, including, without limitation, obtaining and renewing licenses, transfer of interests, relocations, expansions, appointments of and updates to officers and board members, and agent cards. Mr. Donato was part of the team that assisted and advised the first ever Court appointed receiver in Nevada on marijuana matters as they pertain to preserving and protecting the receivership estate, which included 14 medical and recreational marijuana licenses for five failing marijuana establishments in the State of Nevada.