George Kelesis is a native of Las Vegas, appointed to the Commission by Governor Guinn on July 1, 2000. In July, 2004, Mr. Kelesis formed the law firm of BAILUS KELESIS with his long-time friend and business associate, Mark B. Bailus. Although the firm maintains a general law practice, its shareholders practice primarily in the areas of civil and criminal litigation and appeals, with an emphasis on taxation and commercial litigation, business, corporate and tax law. The firm also has broad experience in commercial transactions, business and estate planning, probate, gaming and employment law.
From January, 1997 to May, 2004, Mr. Kelesis was General Counsel for Pat Clark and the Clark family as well as their business entities, Nevada Beverage Co., an exclusive wholesale distributor of Anheuser-Busch products, Alternative Beverage Distributors, a wholesaler of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and Pat Clark Pontiac, an automobile dealership.
Mr. Kelesis was an associate for the law firm of Manos & Cherry (1982 to 1986) and then sole practitioner (1986 to 1989). In addition, Mr. Kelesis is an adjunct professor at the University Nevada Las Vegas, teaching Legal Environment, Business Law I and Business Law II. Further, Mr. Kelesis has conducted classes for Nevada Certified Public Accountants in criminal tax law and estate and gift tax (1986 and 1989).
From 1989 through Mr. Kelesis was a partner in the law firm of Gentile, Porter & Kelesis; and from 1993 through 1996, Mr. Kelesis was a partner in the law firm of Cherry, Bailus & Kelesis. Mr. Kelesis’ practice primarily involved Business and Estate Tax Planning, Civil and Criminal Tax Litigation, Corporations, Partnerships, Gaming and Securities Law, and Personal Injury.
Mr. Kelesis’ professional affiliations include: White Collar Committee of American Bar Association; Member of Tax, Corporate, Real Property Law, Criminal Justice Section; State Bar of Nevada; Clark County Bar Association; The Association of Trial Lawyers of America (White Collar Crime Committee, 1986-); National Institute of Trial Attorneys; Nevada Trial Lawyers Association.