Mark Tratos is the founding Shareholder of the firm's Las Vegas office, home of the largest group of entertainment attorneys in Nevada. Previously, he was the co-founder of the law firm of Quirk & Tratos.
Mark focuses his practice on a variety of entertainment, intellectual property and litigation matters. His representations include numerous artists and performers, resort, hotel and casino entities in federal court litigation involving trademark, copyrights, domain names, rights of publicity and privacy law for known casino brands. He currently represents many of the largest resorts in the world on brand development and protection strategies, enforcement and infringement litigation.
Mark has represented numerous artists and performers including the estates of Orson Welles, Anthony Quinn, performers Teller, Val Valentino, The Masked Magician, and visual artists Ronnie Cutrone, Deny Dent, Vladamir Kush, Tim Bavington and Peter Lik, and athletes like world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.
In keeping with the firm's commitment to community involvement, Mark has been a member of the adjunct faculty of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for more than 25 years. He currently teaches entertainment law, rights of publicity and privacy law, and the law of cyberspace at UNLV's William S. Boyd School of Law; the business of entertainment at UNLV's Hotel college; and entertainment and fine arts law at the College of Fine and Performing Arts. He is Chair Elect for the Board of Trustees of the National Judicial College and is the Chairman of the Board of Visitors for Lewis & Clark Law School, and Second Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Lewis & Clark College. He serves as Director for the Board of the Smith Center for Performing Arts and Chairman of the Center's Board of Advisors.
Areas of Concentration
- Art law
- Rights of publicity and privacy law
- Licensing and content protection
- Defended champion boxer Floyd Mayweather in a multimillion dollar copyright infringement action involving his appearance on WWE's Wrestlemania 24.
- Represented the 50,000 members of the National Hotel & Motel Association in collective bargaining negotiations with ASCAP and BMI.
- Represented New York-New York Hotel & Casino in federal court litigation with the New York Stock Exchange on trademark infringement, unfair competition and dissolution claims.
- Defended Monarch Casinos common law rights of its Atlantis trademark for casino services against federal registered trademark.
- Represented Stratosphere Hotel in patent infringement litigation involving patents on player tracking systems.
- Represented numerous casino entities in federal court litigation against online casinos that have infringed upon trademark and domain names for unknown casino brands.
- Represented nine of the twelve largest resorts in the world on brand development and protection strategies, enforcement and infringement litigation.
- Represented Wynn Resorts and Steve Wynn in defeating copyright infringement claim regarding the design of theWynn buildings.
- Represented night clubs, Studio 54 and XS, in brand litigation and entertainment matters.
- Domain name enforcement for Bellagio, Mirage, Treasure Island, MGM Grand, Wynn, Encore, New York New York, Golden Nugget and Steve Wynn.
- Represented the Grand Canyon Skywalk developer in litigation against the Hualapai Indian Tribe.
J.D., Lewis & Clark Law School, 1979
- Phi Alpha Delta. Editor-in-Chief, Lewis & Clark Law Forum, In Re, 1978-1979
- Member, Cornelius Law Honor Society, Environmental Law Review
B.A., Political Science, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 1974