Richard Trachok

Nevada Board of Regents


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 and 2014 elections as the representative for District 10.

He currently serves as chair of the Investment Committee and the Security Committee, and vice chair of the Academic, Research and Student Affairs Committee. He is also a member of the Health Sciences System Committee.

Regent Trachok served two terms as chairman of the Board (2015-2016 and 2016-2017) and two terms as vice chairman of the Board (2013-2014 and 2014-2015).

He is a senior counsel at McDonald Carano 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 September 2017. He is regularly included in the Best Lawyers of America in 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 an LLM 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), University of San Francisco School of Law (2006-2013) and is currently a Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law teaching the Law of International Trade, the Law of International Business Transactions and Gaming Law. 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.