Karl F. Rutledge

Karl F. Rutledge

Partner
krutledge@lrrc.com vCard
702.949.8317 office
702.949.8324 fax
3993 Howard Hughes Parkway
Suite 600
Las Vegas, NV 89169

Karl Rutledge is a partner in the in the firm’s Las Vegas office who focuses on promotional marketing and land-based and Internet gaming, with a particular emphasis on eSports, skill-based contests, sweepstakes, official rules, sports betting, privacy policies, and website terms and conditions. 

Risk analysis and creative business structuring are keys to pursuing new offerings. Karl helps established and emerging companies operate legally in the U.S. under state and federal gaming and sweepstakes laws. 

Karl also serves as an ongoing advocate for his clients and their gaming interests. He often interfaces with gaming regulators, advertisers, and payment processors to present his clients’ positions as to why they constitute a lawful operation.

Practice Areas

Karl's wide variety of gaming/promotional expertise includes:

  • eSports
  • Sports Betting
  • Skill-Based Contests
  • Sweepstakes
  • Bonding and Registration of Sweepstakes
  • Social Gaming
  • Risk Assessment
  • Official Rules
  • Compliance Plans
  • Privacy Policies
  • Loyalty/Rewards Programs
  • End-User License Agreements (EULA)
  • Terms and Conditions of Use
  • Drafting Federal and State Gaming Legislation
  • Various other issues relating to gaming, promotional marketing and brand development 

Leadership

Karl is the current chair of the Gaming Law Committee of the American Bar Association Business Law Section.

He has been featured in Global Gaming Business Magazine as an emerging leader in the gaming industry, recognized in Best Lawyers in America and holds AV Preeminent Attorney rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

Community Service

Karl recently co-authored a chapter for the Nevada Gaming Law Practice and Procedure Manual published by the State Bar of Nevada, a first of its kind reference/research tool for gaming and non-gaming practitioners.

Personal

Before becoming a lawyer, Karl worked as a rodeo clown and bullfighter and now raises bucking bulls and commercial cattle with his family.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Clark County Bar Association, Member
  • Young Gaming Attorney in Nevada of the International Masters of Gaming Law IMGL, Affiliated Member
  • American Bar Associations Business Law Section, Member
  • American Bar Associations Gaming Law Committee, Director

Related News

06/07/2017
‘Nevada Legal Elite' includes attorneys from Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie
Lawyers from Reno, Las Vegas offices included in Nevada Business Magazine's 2017 list
04/04/2017
DeWald, Freeman share John P. Frank Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award
59 attorneys earn recognition for providing more than 50 pro bono hours in 2016
01/30/2017
Online promotions can run afoul of the law
‘Mundane' online sweepstakes and contests may have gambling consequences
11/28/2016
Rutledge named Gaming Law Committee chair of American Bar Association Business Law Section
Nevada-based partner provides leadership in growing area of economic impact
08/15/2016
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
06/14/2016
23 Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie attorneys named Mountain States Super Lawyers
Annual listings reflect peer recognition and professional achievement
06/06/2016
‘Nevada Legal Elite' includes nine attorneys from Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie
Law firm ranks in top 5 for lawyers included in Nevada Business Magazine's 2016 list
03/22/2016
Pro bono service awards presented by Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie
Annual awards honor memory of lawyer dedicated to equal justice and professionalism
8/26/2015

Related Events

Past Events

Presentations

  • Presenter, "State vs. Federal Issues: Part II," UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law, October 26, 2016
  • Presenter, "State vs. Federal Issues," UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law, October 24, 2016
  • Speaker, "Legal pitfalls associated with Online Sweepstakes and Contests", ACC Nevada, September 2016
  • Panelist, "Online Activities - Your Clients Cause Perilous Pitfalls without Suitable Guidance", ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting, September 2016
  • Presenter, "State vs. Federal Issues," UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law, October 12th and 14th, 2015
  • Panelist,  "Why Your Corporate Clients’ Mundane Online Presence May Trigger Several Not So Mundane Consequences," ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting, September 2015
  • Speaker, "Potential Legal Pitfalls Associated With Online Sweepstakes & Contests," American Marketing Association Las Vegas Chapter Luncheon, August 2015.
  • Speaker, “Social Gaming & Virtual Currency, Their Growth, Status and Potential,” ABA Business Law Section’s Spring Conference, San Francisco, CA (2015).
  • Speaker, "The Morphing of Social Gaming, Fantasy Sports and Sweepstakes into Gaming" Gaming Law Minefield 2015, February 2015
  • Speaker, “Online Gaming in the U.S.,” Casino Industry Regulation Course, UNLV, November 2014
  • Speaker, "Legal Aspects of Gaming," Casino Industry Regulation Course for the Macao Polytechnic Institute, June 2013
  • Speaker, "Casino Industry Regulation Course," UNLV College of Hotel Administration, October 2012
  • Speaker, "Casino Law: The Interaction Between Social Media and Gaming," New Jersey State Bar Association Mid-Year Meeting, October 13, 2012
  • Moderator, "State of the Union: CEO Panel," eGaming Review North America Power Summit, September 2012
  • Co-Panelist, "Tournaments, Contests and Promotions," Gaming Law Conference, November 2011
  • Panelist, "Why The Internet Will Change Everything," CasinoFest 9, May 2011
  • Panelist, "This Isn't Your Grandfather's Gambling," ABA Young Lawyers Division, Spring Conference, May 2011

Related Publications

Karl previously served as an Associate Editor of Casino Lawyer Magazine, published and distributed by the International Masters of Gaming Law. An active writer on gaming topics, Karl has authored or co-authored at least 37 articles since 2008. 

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Book/Guide

Blog

Distinctions

  • The Best Lawyers in America - Woodward/White, Aiken, S.C. - Gaming Law, 2012-2017
  • Nevada Business Magazine - Legal Elite 2011 "Top 100 Attorneys in Southern Nevada", 2014 "Top 20 Up and Coming Attorneys in Nevada" - Gaming, Internet Gaming and Contests & Sweepstakes, 2011, 2014, 2016
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers - Rising Stars - Gaming, 2010, 2012, 2014
  • Martindale-Hubbell - "AV/Preeminent Attorney" Rating

Other Info

Blog(s)

Education

J.D., cum laude, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law, 2006
B.A., Montana State University, 2002

Bar Admissions

Nevada, 2006

Clerkships

Montana Supreme Court