Attorney Profile:

Mark G. Tratos

Mark G. Tratos: Attorney with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Biography

Mark G. 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 firm of Quirk & Tratos.

Mark focuses his practice on a variety of entertainment, intellectual property and litigation matters. He represents 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 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, Ozzy Osbourne, David Copperfield, Val Valentino and The Masked Magician; 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. Mark is the author of the New York Bar Association's Entertainment Treatise, chapters on The Evolution of Entertainment on the Internet, The Evolution of Entertainment Production, Distribution, Ownership and Control in the Digital Age, and Exhibitions: Art and Artifacts Exhibits as an Expansion of the Entertainment Industry. He is Past Chair 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 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.

Concentrations

•Copyrights
•Trademarks
•Internet
•Rights of publicity and privacy law
•Licensing and content protection
•Art law

Awards & Recognition

•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Copyright Law; Litigation - Intellectual Property; Trademark Law, 2002-2017
•Named, Lawyer of the Year, Trademark Law, Las Vegas, 2013 and 2016
•Named, Lawyer of the Year, Litigation - Intellectual Property, Las Vegas , 2015 and 2017
•Listed, Managing IP Magazine's World IP Handbook and Survey, IP Stars, 2013-2017
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Mountain States Super Lawyers, 2007-2016
•Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Commercial Litigation, 2015
•Listed, VEGAS INC, Top Lawyers
•Entertainment & Sports, 2013
•Intellectual Property, 2012
•Recognized, The Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year, Intellectual Property Law and IP Litigation, 2012
•Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers Law Firm of the Year in Entertainment Law - Music, 2011-2012
•Listed, Nevada Business magazine, Legal Elite: The Silver State's Top Attorneys, 2010-2011
•Named, Industry Leader of the Year, UNLV Department of Tourism and Conventions, 2001
•Named, Southern Nevada's Most Influential Men, In Business Las Vegas, November, 2001
•Recipient, Industry Leader of the Year, Department of Tourism, College of Hotel Administration, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2001
•Listed, The Nevada Business Journal Top Intellectual Property and Entertainment Lawyer in the State of Nevada, 1999
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

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Articles, Publications, & Lectures

Articles

•Quoted, Bill Foley Learning Valuable Lessin in Selecting Team Name, Las Vegas Review-Journal, August 18, 2016
•Author, Rights of Publicity Challenges in International Enforcement and Licensing, Practising Law Institute Advanced Licensing Agreements, 2014
•Author, The Evolution of Rights of Publicity and Privacy Law and License, Practising Law Institute Advanced Licensing Agreements, Vol. II, 2014
•Author, Video Screens vs. Neon: It's More than a Battle of Technology, It's a Change in Legal Consequences, Nevada Gaming Lawyer, September 2013
•Author, Entertainment on the Internet: The Evolution of Entertainment Production, Distribution, Ownership and Control in the Digital Age, Entertainment Law Treatise, New York Bar Association, 2013
•Author, Exhibitions: Art and Artifacts Exhibits as an Expansion of the Entertainment Industry, Entertainment Law Treatise, New York Bar Association, 2013
•Author, The Collision of New Technologies, Social Networks and the Rights of Privacy and Publicity, Communique, May 2010
•Co-Author, Dead Celebrity Wars, ABA Entertainment & Sports Lawyer, Volume 25, Number 2, 2007
•Author, Entertainment on the Internet: The Evolution of Entertainment Production, Distribution, Ownership and Control in the Digital Age, Entertainment Law Treatise, New York Bar Association, 2004
•Author, Internet Gaming Law, Fourth Annual Internet Institute, Practicing Law Institute, 2001
•Author, New Intellectual Property Consideration in Licensing Pre-Existing Works for Use in Audiovisual and Multimedia on the Internet, ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, 2001
•Author, Gaming on the Internet, Stanford Journal of Law, Business and Finance, 1997
•Author, Rights of Publicity: Laws Vary From State to State, 1996
•Author, Intellectual Property Considerations in Licensing Pre-Existing Work for Use In Multimedia, The Multi Media Law Reporter, 1995

Publications

•Author, Rights of Publicity Licensing, Advanced Licensing Agreements , Practicing Law Institute, 2012
•Co-Author, Nevada Chapter, State Trademark Law Handbook , United States Trademark Association, 1986-2013
•Author, Internet Law 2002 Doing Business on the Web , The Rutter Group, 2002

Lectures

•Moderator, Legal Issues in Live Entertainment Part I: Using New Technologies in Theatre Venues and Nightclubs, American Bar Association Forum on Entertainment and Sports, Las Vegas, NV, September 28, 2016
•Panelist, The Non-Profit General Counsel: The Next Frontier for Entertainment Lawyers, American Bar Association Forum on Entertainment and Sports, Las Vegas, NV, September 28, 2016
•Speaker, Advanced Licensing Agreements for Database License Agreements, Practising Law Institute, 2003-Present
•Speaker, The Evolution of Entertainment on the Internet, Practising Law Institute, 2005-2008
•Speaker, Celebrity & The Ownership of a Television Persona, Practising Law Institute Seminar, Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry, 1999

Associated News & Events

Press Releases

05.08.17 Greenberg Traurig Client Receives Significant Win in the Nevada Supreme Court

05.01.17 33 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recognized by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine as 'IP Stars'

09.28.16 5 Greenberg Traurig Shareholders to Speak at ABA'S 2016 Forum on Entertainment & Sports

08.17.16 13 Greenberg Traurig Las Vegas Attorneys Listed in 2017 Edition of Best Lawyers in America

08.15.16 Greenberg Traurig Ranks First with Highest Number of Attorneys in Best Lawyers in America for 10th Consecutive Year

08.15.16 23 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Listed as 2017 'Lawyers of the Year' by Best Lawyers in America

06.13.16 11 Nevada Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recognized as 2016 Mountain States Super Lawyers

08.18.15 24 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Listed as 2016 'Lawyers of the Year' by Best Lawyers in America

06.15.15 19 Greenberg Traurig Nevada Attorneys Listed in 2015 Mountain States Super Lawyers

06.08.15 100-Plus Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2015 Guide to Outstanding Lawyers

Published Articles

07.01.07 Dead Celebrity Wars

Alerts

05.13.14 Fourth Circuit Offers Detailed Guidance on Use of Experts to Establish Copyright Damages on Summary Judgment for GT Client Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

03.01.07 RegisterFly Stripped of Accredittion by ICANN - Could Your Registrar be Next?

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Entertainment/Sports Law
  • Intellectual Property & Technology
  • Litigation
  • Hospitality
  • Sports Facilities and Entertainment Venues
  • Gaming
  • Art

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
702.938.6888  Phone
702.792.9002  Fax
www.gtlaw.com/People/Mark-G-Tratos
University Attended:
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, B.A., Political Science, 1974
Law School Attended:
Lewis & Clark Law School, J.D., Staff Member, Lewis & Clark Law Review, Environmental Law, 1978-1979, Editor-in-Chief, Lewis & Clark Law Forum, In Re, 1978-1979, Member, Phi Alpha Delta, Instructor, Lewis and Clark College, Legal Research and Writing, 1978-1979, Member, Cornelius Law Honor Society, Environmental Law Review, 1979
Year of First admission:
1979
Admission:
California; Supreme Court of the United States; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; Nevada; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Central District of California; U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Memberships:

Professional & Community Involvement

•Adjunct Faculty, University of Nevada at Las Vegas, Boyd School of Law
•Cyber Law, Entertainment Law, Right of Publicity and Privacy Law, 2001
•Art Law II, 1991
•Entertainment Law, 1991
•Art Law, 1985
•Entertainment Law: Representing the Artist & Entertainer, 1980
•Board Member, Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Board of Directors
•Chairman, Lewis & Clark Law School, Board of Visitors
•Chairman, Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Board of Advisors
•Co-Founder and Past President, The Discovery Children's Museum, Las Vegas, NV
•Former General Counsel and Board Member, Nevada Institute of Contemporary Art
•Member, American Bar Association
•Member, Clark County, American and Federal Bar Associations
•Member, Nevada Intellectual Property Law Society
•Member, Nevada Trial Lawyers Association
•Member, State Bar of California
•Member, State Bar of Nevada
•Past Chairman, Entertainment Development Corporation, Board of Directors
•Past President and General Counsel, The Lied Discovery Children's Museum
•Trustee, Lewis and Clark College
•Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees
•Trustee, National Judicial College
•Vice Chairman, National Judicial College, Reno, NV, Board of Visitors, 2006

Birth Information:
Price, Utah, April 10, 1952
Reported Cases:
Significant Representations: Represented Peter Lik in the negotiation and completion of the sale of the world's most expensive photograph, Peter Lik's $6.5 million Phantom.; Enforced a pantomime copyright for Teller's famous shadows illusion.; 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 the Wynn 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.
ISLN:
903088693

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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