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Tracy Chase


Chief Deputy City Attorney



(775) 334-2050 

You can almost always find Tracy at City Council and other public meetings where she advises on meeting protocol, legal matters and application of law, including the City Charter.

Tracy became Chief Deputy in 2006 after over eight years with the City Attorney’s Office. She manages legal services provided by the Civil Division and represents the City Council, City Manager’s Office, Fire Department, Civil Service Commission, and other departments. Her main focus is the field of municipal law, complex transactions, risk, and emergency management.

One of the most rewarding parts of her job is assisting during major emergency incidents, including preparing Declarations of Emergency and emergency contracts, obtaining court orders and providing legal guidance. These services protect the City of Reno and its citizens by allowing access to emergency assistance and funding from local, state and federal governments. She has provided legal advice on many emergency incidents, including the Caughlin Fire of 2011 and the New Year’s Flood of 2006.

Prior to joining the City Attorney’s Office, Tracy was a commercial litigation attorney and shareholder with Hale, Lane, Peek, Dennison and Howard with a concentration in civil litigation, business law, contract law, and property law. She is also a former prosecutor for the Washoe County Deputy District Attorney’s Office and clerked for the Honorable James J. Guinan in the Second Judicial Court of the State of Nevada.

Tracy received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Finance from the University of Nevada, Reno, and Juris Doctor from McGeorge School of Law. She was admitted to the Nevada State Bar in1986 and the California State Bar in 1987. She is also admitted to practice before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. District Court, District of Nevada. She is a member of the Washoe County Bar Association.

Tracy believes her most important accomplishment is her public service, of which she has a long list of achievements. Her work has resulted in efficiencies and streamlining of governmental services, including preparation of legal documents for consolidation of animal services and the 11 year contract to provide fire services to Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District by the Reno Fire Department. For a number of years, she also was the lead attorney on the depressed train way project in Reno that lowered the railroad tracks for more than two miles through downtown Reno. Lowering of the train tracks has provided citizens with greater traffic, pedestrian and emergency access though the downtown area.

Among her many awards, Tracy received the Nevada Women’s Fund Women of Achievement honor in 2008, the Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada Outstanding Service Award in 2007 and the City of Reno Employee of the Quarter Award in 2005.

Tracy is passionate about being involved, whether it is with her family, on the job or doing other activities, including Girl Scouting, camping, hiking, swimming and scuba diving. Most weekends, you will find Tracy at these activities.. She was a volunteer judge for the Washoe County Bar Association High School Mock Trial in 2011 and 2012. She is a past Chairman for the local chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.


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