Mark E. Ferrario - Greenberg Traurig LLP

Mark E. Ferrario

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010
Phone: 702-792-3773

Mark E. Ferrario focuses his practice on complex civil litigation. He is an experienced trial lawyer who has utilized his persuasive skills to obtain favorable results in a wide variety of high profile matters. He serves as lead counsel in jury trials, bench trials and arbitrations as well as appeals in matters involving construction, securities, contracts, civil rights, election and tort law. Mark regularly appears in front of regulatory and legislative bodies on behalf of his clients.

Prior to attending law school, Mark worked in the hotel casino industry in various capacities. He is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized as one of the top attorneys in Nevada.

University of NevadaBS 1978University of California at Los Angeles, School of LawJ.D. 1981
Clark County Bar AssociationAmerican Bar Association Safe Nest, Board of TrusteesNevada Federal Credit Union, Board of Directors

Case History

Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Worked as part of a team that recovered approximately 94 cents on the dollar for clients defrauded in a highly publicized scheme through which a 1031 exchange company defrauded investors of approximately $97 million.
  • Acted as one of the lead lawyers in a suit against Park Place Entertainment arising from the failed sale of the Las Vegas Hilton which resulted in a favorable settlement for his client.
  • Prosecuted a case against a major casino resort preventing them from ousting a major restaurant and nightclub.
  • Reached a favorable outcome for a title company defending against fraud claims, with no recovery for the plaintiffs.
  • Served as member of the lead trial team in the $90 million lawsuit that resulted from the 1988 PEPCON chemical plant explosion in Henderson, Nevada which resulted in settlements totaling approximately $87 million.

Part 2
  • Worked on both the MGM Grand and Hilton Hotel fire cases obtaining a favorable result for his client, a major subcontractor on both projects.
  • Achieved dismissals and other favorable outcomes for a gaming company in claims that gaming jackpots were not properly paid.
  • Achieved a favorable outcome before a three member arbitration panel for a business owner defending against a $7 million construction claim brought by a national contractor in an AAA arbitration matter.
  • Achieved a favorable outcome for a subcontractor seeking $2.5 million in compensation from a national contractor and a major casino resort.
  • Achieved a favorable outcome for a major local builder in one of the first significant suits by the federal government regarding enforcement of the Fair Housing Act.
Election Litigation
  • Persuaded the district court to strike unconstitutional provisions of the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act., an anti-smoking ballot initiative, and continues to both defend that decision, as well as challenge the remaining offending provisions in the Nevada Supreme Court in 2008.
  • Persuaded the Nevada Supreme court to strike substantial portions of the eminent domain initiative led by the Peoples Initiative to Stop the Taking of Land (PISTOL), preventing the devastation of Nevada development.
  • Represented the Southern Nevada Home Builders Association during several sessions of the Nevada Legislature.
Civil Rights Defense
  • Obtained dismissal of nearly all claims of IDEA and civil rights violations, leading to a settlement in favor of a school district.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of a school district on claims that a teacher’s free speech rights were violated.
  • Achieved summary judgment for an exclusive southern Nevada country club and prominent developer against highly publicized allegations of federal civil rights violations.
General Litigation
  • Achieved a settlement mid-trial for a plaintiff in a medical malpractice suit involving catastrophic injuries.
  • Defended local nightclub in an arbitration claim by a disc jockey.
  • Represented a number of businesses in a wide variety of disputes achieving favorable results in a number of different areas.
Administrative Litigation
  • Represented casino owner Lonnie "Ted" Binion in his lengthy legal battle with Nevada gaming regulators to maintain his gaming license.
  • Retained as special counsel to the Select Committee on the Assembly in regard to the expulsion of a member of the assembly. 

Office Location

3773 Howard Hughes Parkway, Suite 400 North
Las Vegas, NV 89169
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Banking and Finance of the Las Vegas Metro Area2015 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Banking and Finance of the Las Vegas Metro Area
Mark E. Ferrario has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Mark E. Ferrario has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Litigation - Banking and Finance
Litigation - Construction
Litigation - Labor and Employment
Litigation - Real Estate