John F. O’Reilly

John (for Distinguished Men in Nevada 2015 Book)
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Chairman, Global Gaming Group

Practice Summary

John F. O’Reilly is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of O’Reilly Law Group, a full-service law office providing legal services in all business and personal legal matters including litigation, gaming, real estate, business and entertainment, among others.  Mr. O’Reilly and the firm have been extensively involved in many of the major lawsuits in Nevada over the past several decades.  His 40+ years of experience as an attorney includes a broad range of businesses, business transactions and business litigation, including numerous multi-million dollar lawsuits.

Mr. O’Reilly’s accounting and business background is an asset to litigation clients as well as in business transactions and in resolving business issues.  His experience in the audit and tax departments of the international public accounting and consulting firms of Arthur Anderson & Co. and Ernst & Ernst (now Ernst & Young), as Chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission, as  Chairman and Chief Executive Officer  of a  publicly traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and as a member of numerous boards of directors uniquely qualifies Mr. O’Reilly to address the multitude of legal issues that arise in the business world.

Mr. O’Reilly’s educational background includes a Juris Doctor Degree, a Masters Degree in Business Administration from UNLV, and a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Accounting.  In addition, he has completed the Stanford Director’s College program as well as numerous other educational programs.  His experience as a licensed contractor and real estate broker/developer, in law enforcement, and as a regulator, along with his educational background, enable Mr. O’Reilly to identify, and counsel clients in the development and management of, business opportunities and entities.

Mr. O’Reilly currently serves as:

  • President of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) in Las Vegas
  • Chairman/Founder of Vision 2020 . . . TODAY, Inc. (formed to initiate and participate in the planning process involved in establishing the Southern Nevada Region as the “Global Community of the 21st Century”)
  • Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of O’Reilly Gaming Group
  • Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Business Resource Group
  • Chairman of the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada Governing Board
  • Chairman of Nevada Medical Center, Inc.
  • Member of the UCLA Health System Board
  • Member of the Community Board of Directors of Wells Fargo Bank Nevada, N.A.
  • Member of the Executive Committee of UNLV Foundation Board of Trustees
  • Member of the MGM Macau Compliance Committee
  • Member of the Ainsworth Game Technology Compliance Committee (AGT/Australia)
  • Owner of Renco, Inc. (licensed as Renco Construction since October 1980 and as Renco Realty since April 1985)

Mr. O’Reilly’s experience in numerous areas of law including litigation, hospitality, gaming, tax, construction, insurance, labor, real estate, corporate and bankruptcy enables him to effectively lead the O’Reilly Law Group team of lawyers in providing a full range of legal services to their clients.

Career Highlights

  • Representation of numerous gaming, hospitality and entertainment companies including MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, Mandalay Resort Group, CasaBlanca Hotel-Casino-Golf-Spa, Westward Ho Motel & Casino, and EMI Music Publishing, as well as entertainers and athletes including Siegfried & Roy, MJJ Productions (Michael Jackson), Olivia Newton-John, Fats Domino, Liberace Estate and Mike Tyson.
  • Representation as lead counsel for various parties in complex multi-district litigation.
  • Representation in Indian Courts of various persons, including tribal members and contract vendors.
  • Representation of Del Webb Corporation, American West Homes, Lewis Homes, American Nevada Corporation, and numerous other developers and contractors.
  • Representation of Lake Las Vegas Resort, a multi-billion dollar resort community involving development of residential, hotel, casino, restaurant and retail properties, private lake, golf courses and related entertainment facilities.
  • Representation of various clients in mergers, acquisitions, purchases and sales of businesses and business entities.

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Nevada
  • State Bar of Missouri
  • Clark County Bar Association

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Military Appeals
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • The Supreme Court of Nevada
  • Nevada State and Local Courts
  • Missouri State and Local Courts

Professional Memberships

  • American Association for Justice (formerly American Trial Lawyers Association)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Commercial Law League of America
  • International Association of Gaming Attorneys
  • Nevada Trial Lawyers Association

Professional Activities / Community Involvement

John O’Reilly is an entrepreneur who has been active in the business community and who has provided substantial volunteer community leadership.  He has been involved in numerous community-wide issues and initiatives relating to growth, infrastructure, transportation, communication, education, health care, child development, family resources and various other issues which have an impact on the quality of life in Southern Nevada.

An avid sports fan, Mr. O’Reilly was appointed to serve as Chairman of the Community College of Southern Nevada Intercollegiate Athletics Study Committee, a committee that was successful in obtaining an intercollegiate athletics program at CCSN.  As a result of that accomplishment, Mr. O’Reilly was appointed to serve as Chairman of the Community College of Southern Nevada Intercollegiate Athletics Advisory Committee, and was awarded a 1999 Honorary Associates Degree from Community College of Southern Nevada as well as a Senatorial Recognition of the same from United States Senator Richard H. Bryan.

Mr. O’Reilly has served as a member and/or in a leadership capacity of numerous organizations and associations, for-profit and non-profit businesses, and governmental entities.  Among those are:

Entity Role
ADR Services, Inc. Mediator
Air Force Association Member
American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) President
American Trial Lawyer’s Association (now American Association for Justice) Partnership in Advocacy Program Member
Bishop Gorman High School Past President, Board of Regents
Boulder Dam Area Boy Scout Council Member, Advisory Board
Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas Member, Advisory Board
Business Resource Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Casino Management Association Member
Catholic Community Services Member, Advisory Board
City of Las Vegas Former Alternate Municipal Judge
Clark County Bar Association Past President
Clark County Bar Association Communiqué Magazine President and Former Editor
Clark County Bar Association’s Past Presidents Association Founder and Past President
Clark County Public Education Foundation Board Member
Community College of Southern NevadaIntercollegiate Athletics Advisory Committee Former Chairman
Downtown Las Vegas Partnership Member
Family Cabinet, Inc. Founder and Former Chairman
First Interstate Bank of Nevada Member, Board of Directors
Governor’s Health Care Systems Review Committee State of Nevada Past Chairman
Henderson Chamber of Commerce Member, Board of Directors
Herbst Gaming Former Director
International Association of Gaming Attorneys, Government Affairs Section Past Chairman
International Association of Gaming Investigators Member
International Platform Association Member
Knights of Malta of the Order ofMalta Western Association U.S.A. Member
Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce and its influentialGovernment Affairs Committee Past Chairman and Member, Board of Trustees
Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Foundation Past Chairman
Las Vegas Corporate Challenge Community Foundation Past President
Las Vegas Strip Improvement Project Committee Former Member
Loyola Marymount University Former Member, Board of Trustees and Board of Regents
National Association of Industrial Office Parks Member
Nevada Development Authority Member
Nevada Federal Credit Union Past President and Member, Board of Directors
Nevada Gaming Commission Past Chairman
Nevada Gaming Policy Committee Former Member
Nevada Goals 2000 Member
Nevada Medical Center, Inc. Chairman of the Board
Nevada Police and Fire Emerald Society Member
Nevada Taxpayers Association Member
Nevada Test Site Development Corporation (a non-profit corporation formed to encourage economic development activities at and related to the Nevada Test Site and its affected communities) Founding Chairman and Chairman Emeritus
NV Energy (formerly Sierra Pacific Resources) Former Member, Board of Directors
NV Energy Finance Committee Former Chairman
O’Reilly Gaming Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Regional Transportation Commission Citizens AdvisoryCommittee Former Member
Renco, Inc. Owner
Southern Nevada Home Builders Association Member
Strategic Associates, Inc. (a company which led the businessplanning process relating to the redevelopment of Downtown Las Vegas(Fremont Street) and the creation of the Fremont Street Experience) Past Chairman
The Nevada Board – Collaboration Nation(a bi-partisan leadership group focused on a more independent, intelligent and collaborative Nevada) Member
United Way of Southern Nevada Former Member, Board of Directors
University of California Los Angeles Health System Board Member
University of Nevada Las Vegas Foundation Former Chairman, Board of Trustees
UNLV International Gaming Institute Member, Advisory Council
Urban Land Institute Member
Vision 2020…TODAY, Inc. Founder and Chairman
Wells Fargo Bank Nevada, N.A. Member, Community Board of Directors

Publications, Programs and Public Speaking

John O’Reilly is an author and recognized public speaker who has received numerous honors and awards, and is a member of the International Platform Association, an organization founded in 1831 by Daniel Webster & Josiah Holbrook for public speakers and entertainers.

From 1989 through 1996, Mr. O’Reilly coordinated the annual Gaming Hall of Fame Awards and served as its Master of Ceremonies, honoring such notables in the gaming industry as William Harrah, Bill Bennett, Benny Binion, Barron Hilton, Sam Boyd, Kirk Kerkorian, Steve Wynn and many other gaming industry leaders.

In 1991, he prepared the industry-wide survey/report on the future of gaming in the State of Nevada, “Gaming in Nevada Status Report” and, in 1992, co-authored the Downtown Progress Association’s strategic Business Plan for the Fremont Street Experience.

In September 1996, John O’Reilly launched the “Random Acts of Kindness Revolution” in Clark County by challenging the bar association and governmental personnel to perform gestures of goodwill toward both local residents and visitors to Southern Nevada.

Mr. O’Reilly served as the Executive Producer of “Preview Las Vegas,” the annual forecasting event hosted by the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce and voted the “Number One Business Event of the Year” by the Las Vegas Business Press readership.  In connection with “Preview,” Mr. O’Reilly made numerous appearances on radio and television news and talk shows, and was the Executive Producer and Co-Host of the two-hour special “The Future of Las Vegas . . . TODAY!,” which aired on KLVX-TV in early 1997.

Also in 1997, John O’Reilly created and presented Vision 2020 . . . TODAY!, a blueprint for the future of Southern Nevada.  In addition, he has written numerous articles relating to various aspects of life in Southern Nevada, including gaming, entertainment, tourism, community issues, quality of life and the future of the Southern Nevada Region.

Over the past several decades, Mr. O’Reilly has participated as a speaker, moderator, instructor and/or panel member at various gaming, real estate and forecasting conferences in Las Vegas, throughout the United States and around the globe, including:

  • Asia Pacific Gaming Conference
  • Entertainment Real Estate Forum
  • Entertainment Retail Conference
  • FBI National Academy Conference
  • Gaming & Resorts Business Development
  • Gaming Development & Investment Forum
  • Global Energy Futures Exchange
  • Global Super Projects Conference
  • Governor’s Conference on Economic Development
  • Governor’s Conference on Travel & Tourism
  • International Gaming & Business Expo
  • Land Faire
  • Real Trends
  • Riverboat Gaming Congress & Expo
  • World Gaming Congress & Expo

In addition, Mr. O’Reilly has served as the keynote speaker at various conferences and luncheons for such professional organizations as:

  • American Planning Association
  • CPA Education Association
  • Nevada Development Authority
  • Nevada Society of CPAs
  • Society for Marketing Professional Services
  • Western Electric Power Institute
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors
  • Kiwanis Club
  • League of Women Voters
  • National Association of Industrial Office Properties
  • Nevada Independent Insurance Agents
  • Nevada Restaurant Association
  • Rotary Club
  • Southern Nevada Human Resources Association

Mr. O’Reilly portrayed Meriwether Lewis in “The Trial of Thomas Jefferson” for the National Judicial College and has spoken at several leadership conferences including the Clark County Leadership Forum, the Clark County Mid-Managers Leadership Conference, Leadership Las Vegas and the Youth Leadership Advance.  Mr. O’Reilly has also presided as the Chairman at various events and fundraisers hosted by local and national non-profit organizations.

In 2012, Mr. O’Reilly developed, produced and presided over “Leaders of Industry: The Business Mixer of the Year” at The Smith Center in Las Vegas for the benefit of Nevada Public Radio KNPR.  This spectacular event, which coincided with the “Rediscover Downtown” campaign, was attended by over 300 local business people and honored nearly 40 leaders of various industries.

Through the years, Mr. O’Reilly has focused on various medical issues and challenges.  In early 2014, he participated in the Las Vegas City Council Strategic Planning meeting as a presenter on the topic of new medical initiatives for which he received commendation from Mayor Carolyn Goodman for his enlightening and inspiring advocacy of University Medical Center.

Legal Honors and Recognition

  • LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated Twenty-Five Years +
    (Highest Possible Peer Review Rating in Legal Ability and Ethical Standards)
  • MyVegas Magazine Top 100 Lawyers of Las Vegas
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • VegasInc Top Lawyers (The Best of the Best in Southern Nevada)
  • Who’s Who in American Law

Other Honors and Recognition

John O’Reilly has been recognized in such publications as Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in the West, Who’s Who in Government, Distinguished Men in Southern Nevada and the 2007 Irish America Magazine’s The Business 100: A Salute to The Irish in Corporate America.

In addition, Mr. O’Reilly was honored as an “Ambassador of Courtesy” by the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce and the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, was selected to represent the community as a Torchbearer for the 1996 Olympic Torch Relay, and is a supporter of the United States Olympic Committee’s Team USA’s Journey on the Road to Sochi.

Further, in July 2015, Mr. O’Reilly was recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, for successfully completing the FBI Community Relations Executive Seminar Training, demonstrating a commitment to the FBI mission.

Additional honors and awards include:

  • American Heart Association’s “Honoree of the Year” (2014)
  • Clark County Pro Bono Project George & Doree Dickerson Humanitarian Award (1999)
  • We Can Public Awareness Award (1996)
  • American Diabetes Association Rising Star Award (1996)
  • Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Circle of Excellence Award (1995)
  • Boys & Girls Clubs Outstanding Alumnus Award (1995)
  • American Lung Association Honor Award (1993)

Military Background

Mr. O’Reilly served as a Captain, legal officer, military judge and Chief of Civil Law and contracts officer in the United States Air Force.

Educational Background

  • University of Nevada Las Vegas, cum laude, M.B.A., 1974
  • St. Louis University School of Law, cum laude, J.D., 1969
  • St. Louis University, B.S.C., 1967

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