Steven Pacitti

Attorney

Mr. Pacitti has more than 20 years of broad-based commercial legal and business experience. In addition to individual transactions, Mr. Pacitti acts as outside general counsel for numerous businesses, across many industries. This breadth of legal and business acumen provides valuable insights and guidance to Mr. Pacitti's clients in legal, business or transactional environments and cuts across several legal disciplines. In addition to traditional commercial and business transactions, Mr. Pacitti has developed a sophisticated concentration in negotiating and preparing trademark, copyright and rights of publicity licensing agreements for high-profile clients and organizations, such as Shaquille O'Neal, Hulk Hogan, Andre Agassi and Stefani Graf and the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation and Stefani Graf's Children for Tomorrow. He has represented the Pure Management Group in its successful quest to bring Dick's Last Resort, Lucky Strike, Trader Vic's and the Pussycat Dolls Lounge to Las Vegas. He negotiates celebrity appearances for various nightclubs and entertainment venues and was instrumental in finalizing agreements with Mariah Carey, Nicky Hilton, Adam DJ AM Goldstein, Nick Lachey and many others.

In the field of sports and entertainment law, Mr. Pacitti represents world champion boxers, UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre, Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar and WEC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo, as well as several other athletes, managers, media, promoters and sponsors in the growing mixed-martial arts industry. He also represents some of the world's most famous celebrity impersonators and has negotiated, documented and overseen numerous television, movie, music and theatre productions. Mr. Pacitti is a member of the advisory board for the University of Baltimore School of Law Center for Sport and the Law and speaker for the ABA Young Lawyers' IP and Sports section.

In addition, he has negotiated license agreements with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC), the Professional Bull Riders Tour (PBR), World Series of Poker, Planet Hollywood as well as, Elvis Presley Enterprises and the Frank Sinatra Estate.

Mr. Pacitti also handles hotel and private equity transactions. Over the course of his career, he has participated in well over $1 billion in hospitality property acquisitions nationally, as well as an extensive array of transactions affiliated with the hospitality industry.

Mr. Pacitti previously served as of counsel to one of Nevada's largest and most prestigious law firms; top legal officer at a dynamic fast-rising supplement and energy drink company serving that company during a period of unprecedented expansion in the supplement and beverage industries; a full spectrum sports and entertainment company and a national hotel company.

Areas of Practice

  • Tax
  • Intellectual Property, including trademark prosecution and licensing
  • Real Estate
  • Sports & Entertainment
  • Estate Planning
  • Business Entity Formation
  • Operation
  • Reorganizations
  • Acquisition
  • Disposition and Dissolutions
  • Non-profit Entities

Bar Admissions

  • Nevada
  • New York
  • New Mexico
  • U.S. Tax Court

Education

  • University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
    LL.M.
    Major: Taxation
  • University of Toledo College of Law, Toledo, Ohio
    J.D.
  • St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, New York, New York, New York
    Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.)
    Major: Accounting

Honors and Awards

  • United States Small Business Administration Regional Director's Award
  • Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce's Minority Business Advocate of the Year Award
  • Professional Associations and Memberships
  • Member, Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Nevada, Member
  • Director, Taxation Section of the State Bar of New Mexico
  • Member, Advisory Board, University of Baltimore School of Law Center for Sport and the Law

Pro Bono Activities

  • Lied Animal Shelter
  • Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation
  • Children for Tomorrow
  • Fraternities/Sororities
  • Delta Theta Phi