McDonald Carano Welcomes Attorney Richard Trachok

McDonald Carano announced today that Richard M. Trachok II has joined the Firm as Senior Counsel. He brings with him extensive experience in energy and alternative energy, telecommunications and utilities, gaming and regulatory matters, as well as government relations law in Nevada.

“Rick is a strategic and thoughtful addition, and we are delighted to welcome him to McDonald Carano,” said Managing Partner Jeff Silvestri. “His rich background serving a variety of industries, domestic and international, makes him an ideal complement to our firm.”

Richard has significant experience helping gaming clients obtain proper licensing to operate in the US ‎and around the world. Over the past 20 years, he has represented European gaming companies in ‎licensing proceedings before the Nevada Gaming Commission, licensing agencies in Australia, France, ‎Greece, Spain, Canada, and state and Indian gaming agencies throughout the U.S.‎

Through much of his career, Richard taught and wrote extensively on construction law issues. He spent ‎‎15 years as an adjunct professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, teaching construction law in the ‎graduate construction management program. He held the post of Adjunct Professor at ‎the University of San Francisco (USF) School of Law teaching International Trade Law from 2006 through 2013. He will teach International Trade Law as well as Gaming Law at the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt School of Law, starting in January 2018. He also serves on the Board of the Nevada System of Higher Education.

Richard received his JD from California Western School of Law and his BS from University of Nevada, Reno.  He also received his LLM from Cambridge University, Sidney Sussex College.

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