Richard M. Trachok, II

Richard M. Trachok, II

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775.321.5513 office
775.321.5555 fax
50 West Liberty Street
Suite 410
Reno, NV 89501

Richard Trachok, a partner in Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie’s Regulatory practice group, focuses his efforts on ‎the following areas of law: energy and alternative energy, telecommunications and utilities, gaming, ‎and regulatory. He also advises clients regarding government relations law in the state of Nevada.‎

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. Since 2006, he has held the post of Adjunct Professor at ‎the University of San Francisco (USF) School of Law where he teaches international trade law.‎

Representative Matters

  • Guides clients in obtaining appropriate licensure in the area of Internet gaming. Currently represents International Game Technology PLC (IGT)—the largest supplier of lottery machines and services in the world—in all gaming matters before the Nevada Gaming Commission.  
  • Serves as the Nevada regulatory counsel for First Solar. 
  • Served as lead outside regulatory counsel for NV Energy from 2006 through 2013 handling rate cases and resource planning cases before the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada..  
  • Assisted in obtaining regulatory approvals for the Midamerican/Berkshire acquisition of NV Energy in December 2013.  
  • Assisted Ormat Inc. and Far West Capital in the 1980’s with regulatory issues and project financing a number of geothermal power projects.

Related News

83 Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie attorneys named in ‘Best Lawyers'
11 partners also honored as ‘Lawyer of the Year' in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017
Trachok re-elected chair of Nevada Board of Regents
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie attorney has served on the Board of Regents since 2011

Related Publications

  • Nevada Civil Practice Manual, wrote chapter on Nevada Bond and Lien Law 
  • Fifty State Construction Lien and Bond Law, wrote chapter on Nevada Law
  • Fifty State Public Construction Contracting, co-wrote chapter on Nevada Law 
  • Nevada Construction Law and Mechanic’s Liens, 1995

Academic/Teaching Experience

  • Adjunct Professor (teaching the law of international trade), University of San Francisco School of Law, January 2006 - present 
  • Adjunct Professor (taught construction law in the graduate construction management program), University of Nevada, Reno, 1988-2003
  • Adjunct Professor/Assistant Dean (taught contracts and conflicts of law), Nevada School of Law, Reno, 1981-1985


  • Martindale-Hubbell - "AV/Preeminent Attorney" Rating
  • The Best Lawyers in America - Gaming Law

Other Info


LL.M., Cambridge University, Sidney Sussex College, 1984
J.D., California Western School of Law, 1980, summa cum laude
B.S., University of Nevada, Reno, 1974

Bar Admissions

Nevada, 1980
Washington, DC, 2004
New York, 2006

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Bar Associations State Bar of Nevada Washoe County Bar Association New York Bar Association District of Columbia Bar Association American Bar Association International Bar Association, Member
  • Reno Philharmonic, Board of Directors, 1984-1989
  • Nevada Chapter of the Associated General Contractors, Board of Directors, 1988-1990
  • Nevada Opera, Board of Directors, 1999-2001
  • Reno Chamber Orchestra, Board of Directors, 1999-2006
  • Nevada Business Journals Legal Elite, one of Nevada's top International Gaming and Regulatory Law attorneys, 2008
  • The Nature Conservancy of Nevada, Board of Directors, 2003-2009
  • Gauselmann AG, Supervisory Board of Directors, 1998-present
  • Sage Ridge School, Member of Emeritus Board of Trustees, 2010-Present; Board of Trustees, 1999-2009; President of Board of Trustees, 2005-2008, 1999-present
  • American Arbitration Association
  • Tahoe Rim Trail, Honorary Director (1998-Present); Board of Directors, 1993-1998, 1993-present
  • Bar Examiners for the State of Nevada, Chairman of the Board, 2000-present
  • Governor Brian Sandovals Transition Team, Member, 2011
  • Workforce Research and Economic Development Committee, Former Chair, 2011-present
  • Academic and Student Affairs Committee Cultural Diversity Committee, Former Member
  • Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents, Chairman 2015, Vice Chairman 2013-2015