Karl Rutledge is Chair of our Commercial Gaming group and a partner in the in the firm’s Las Vegas office.  He focuses on promotional marketing and land-based and Internet gaming, with a particular emphasis on eSports, skill-based contests, sweepstakes, official rules, sports betting, privacy policies, and website terms and conditions.

Risk analysis and creative business structuring are keys to pursuing new offerings. Karl helps established and emerging companies operate legally in the U.S. under state and federal gaming and sweepstakes laws. 

Karl also serves as an ongoing advocate for his clients and their gaming interests. He often interfaces with gaming regulators, advertisers, and payment processors to present his clients’ positions as to why they constitute a lawful operation.

Practice Areas

Karl’s wide variety of gaming/promotional expertise includes:

  • eSports
  • Sports Betting
  • Skill-Based Contests
  • Sweepstakes
  • Bonding and Registration of Sweepstakes
  • Social Gaming
  • Risk Assessment
  • Official Rules
  • Compliance Plans
  • Privacy Policies
  • Loyalty/Rewards Programs
  • End-User License Agreements (EULA)
  • Terms and Conditions of Use
  • Drafting Federal and State Gaming Legislation
  • Various other issues relating to gaming, promotional marketing and brand development 


Karl is the current chair of the Gaming Law Committee of the American Bar Association Business Law Section.

Karl is an adjunct professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration, where he teaches “Gaming Industry Regulation.”

He has been featured in Global Gaming Business Magazine as an emerging leader in the gaming industry, recognized in Best Lawyers in America and holds AV Preeminent Attorney rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

He is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Gaming Law Section of the Nevada State Bar.

Community Service

Karl recently co-authored a chapter for the Nevada Gaming Law Practice and Procedure Manual published by the State Bar of Nevada, a first of its kind reference/research tool for gaming and non-gaming practitioners.


Before becoming a lawyer, Karl worked as a rodeo clown and bullfighter and now raises bucking bulls and commercial cattle with his family.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Clark County Bar Association, Member
  • Young Gaming Attorney in Nevada of the International Masters of Gaming Law IMGL, Affiliated Member
  • American Bar Associations Business Law Section, Member
  • American Bar Associations Gaming Law Committee, Director
  • Nevada State Bar, Gaming Law Section, Executive Committee Member

Related Services

Interactive Gaming Services
Commercial Gaming
Fantasy Sports
Risk Analysis
Sweepstakes Promotions
Skill-Based Gaming & eSports
Liquor Law

Related Industries

Consumer Products & Services
Hotels & Resorts
Commercial Gaming & Casinos
Gaming & Hospitality
Interactive Gaming

Representative Matters

Related News

Karl Rutledge and Mary Tran Quoted

Addressing the Supreme Court’s Ruling on Sports Betting
Attorneys Team Up for Gaming Course at UNLV

Light, Rutledge teaching Harrah College class on gaming industry regulation
ABA Business Law Section Appoints Rutledge Chair of Gaming Law Committee

Business and gaming law intersect as a driver of nationwide economic impact
Partners honored as Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers

85 Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie attorneys in The Best Lawyers in America 2018
‘Nevada Legal Elite’ includes attorneys from Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

Lawyers from Reno, Las Vegas offices included in Nevada Business Magazine’s 2017 list
DeWald, Freeman share John P. Frank Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award

59 attorneys earn recognition for providing more than 50 pro bono hours in 2016
Online promotions can run afoul of the law

‘Mundane’ online sweepstakes and contests may have gambling consequences
Rutledge named Gaming Law Committee chair of American Bar Association Business Law Section

Nevada-based partner provides leadership in growing area of economic impact
83 Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie attorneys named in ‘Best Lawyers’

11 partners also honored as ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017
‘Nevada Legal Elite’ includes nine attorneys from Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

Law firm ranks in top 5 for lawyers included in Nevada Business Magazine’s 2016 list
Pro bono service awards presented by Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

Annual awards honor memory of lawyer dedicated to equal justice and professionalism

Related Events

Past Events


  • Adjunct Professor, “Gaming Industry Regulation Course,” William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration, UNLV, Fall Semester 2017 & 2018
  • Presenter, “Sports Wagering – Issues and Widespread Effects of Christie Decision,” ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting, September 2018
  • Presenter, “Your Client’s Online Activities and the Law: A Case Study of Typical Cyber Law, Intellectual Property and Promotional Gaming Violations Facing Companies Today,” ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting, September 2017
  • Panelist, “Regulatory Markets: Esports, Daily Fantasy Sports, Virtual Games as Regulated Gaming,” IMGL Spring Conference/ABA Law Minefield, March 2018
  • Presenter, “State vs. Federal Issues: Part II,” UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law, October 26, 2016
  • Presenter, “State vs. Federal Issues,” UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law, October 24, 2016
  • Speaker, “Legal pitfalls associated with Online Sweepstakes and Contests”, ACC Nevada, September 2016
  • Panelist, “Online Activities – Your Clients Cause Perilous Pitfalls without Suitable Guidance”, ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting, September 2016
  • Presenter, “State vs. Federal Issues,” UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law, October 12th and 14th, 2015
  • Panelist,  “Why Your Corporate Clients’ Mundane Online Presence May Trigger Several Not So Mundane Consequences,” ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting, September 2015
  • Speaker, “Potential Legal Pitfalls Associated With Online Sweepstakes & Contests,” American Marketing Association Las Vegas Chapter Luncheon, August 2015.
  • Speaker, “Social Gaming & Virtual Currency, Their Growth, Status and Potential,” ABA Business Law Section’s Spring Conference, San Francisco, CA (2015).
  • Speaker, “The Morphing of Social Gaming, Fantasy Sports and Sweepstakes into Gaming” Gaming Law Minefield 2015, February 2015
  • Speaker, “Online Gaming in the U.S.,” Casino Industry Regulation Course, UNLV, November 2014
  • Speaker, “Legal Aspects of Gaming,” Casino Industry Regulation Course for the Macao Polytechnic Institute, June 2013
  • Speaker, “Casino Industry Regulation Course,” UNLV College of Hotel Administration, October 2012
  • Speaker, “Casino Law: The Interaction Between Social Media and Gaming,” New Jersey State Bar Association Mid-Year Meeting, October 13, 2012
  • Moderator, “State of the Union: CEO Panel,” eGaming Review North America Power Summit, September 2012
  • Co-Panelist, “Tournaments, Contests and Promotions,” Gaming Law Conference, November 2011
  • Panelist, “Why The Internet Will Change Everything,” CasinoFest 9, May 2011
  • Panelist, “This Isn’t Your Grandfather’s Gambling,” ABA Young Lawyers Division, Spring Conference, May 2011




  • The Best Lawyers in America – Woodward/White, Aiken, S.C. – Gaming Law, 2012-2019
  • Nevada Business Magazine – Legal Elite 2011 “Top 100 Attorneys in Southern Nevada”, 2014 “Top 20 Up and Coming Attorneys in Nevada” – Gaming, Internet Gaming and Contests & Sweepstakes, 2011, 2014, 2016, 2018
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers – Rising Stars – Gaming, 2010, 2012, 2014
  • Martindale-Hubbell – “AV/Preeminent Attorney” Rating

Other Info



J.D., cum laude, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law, 2006
B.A., Montana State University, 2002

Bar Admissions

Nevada, 2006


Montana Supreme Court