Regent Rick Trachok was appointed by Gov. Brian Sandoval to serve on the Board of Regents beginning September 3, 2011 and was retained in the 2012 election as the representative for District 10.
He currently serves as vice chairman of the Board of Regents. He is also a member of the ad hoc UNLV President Search Committee.
Regent Trachok previously served as chair of the Workforce, Research and Economic Development Committee. He was also a member of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee and the Cultural Diversity Committee.
He is a senior partner at Lewis Roca Rothgerber in Reno. Regent Trachok focuses his practice in the areas of regulatory and gaming law, utility regulation and commercial law. He joined the firm in July 2012, and is the former lead outside regulatory counsel for NV Energy. In 2008, he was included in the Nevada Business Journal’s “Legal Elite,” issue as one of Nevada’s top international gaming and regulatory law attorneys.
Regent Trachok earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1974, where he was an athlete on the track, skiing and cross-country teams, as well as a member of the agriculture academic honor society, Gamma Sigma Delta. Following graduation, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1974–1977. He earned a Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, from California Western School of Law in 1980 and a master of laws degree from Cambridge University, Sidney Sussex College in 1984.
He is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts of Nevada, Washington DC and New York and is a member of the Nevada, Washoe County and American Bar Associations, as well as the American Arbitration Association, District of Columbia Bar Association, New York Bar Association and International Bar Association. Regent Trachok was a deputy district attorney with the Washoe County District Attorney's Office before going into private practice in 1981. He has served as a member of the Nevada Board of Bar Examiners since 1991 and has served as chairman since 2000.
Regent Trachok served 15 years as an adjunct professor at UNR, teaching construction law in the graduate construction management program (1988-2003) and is currently an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law teaching the Law of International Trade. He currently serves on the emeritus board of trustees for Sage Ridge School. He previously served on the board of directors for numerous civic organizations including The Nature Conservancy of Nevada and Nevada Opera, Tahoe Rim Trail, Reno Chamber Orchestra and the Reno Philharmonic.
Regent Trachok is married to Cathy and has two children.