Silver State Award
Edward J. (Ted) Quirk
’10, Doctorate of Humane Letters (Honorary)
Edward J. (Ted) Quirk is a past chair of the UNLV Foundation Board of Trustees. Quirk’s two-year tenure occurred at a time when The Foundation embarked on an extremely ambitious $500 million capital campaign. He has been associated with UNLV for years and continues to be a major proponent. He was awarded the President’s Medal in 2007 for his service to the university and community.
Quirk remains active with the UNLV Foundation by serving on its executive and investment committees. He was a founder of the Rebel Golf Foundation and has served on its board for 25 years. He was a founder of the UNLV Research Foundation, and currently serves as its chair. Less than two years ago, Quirk founded the Runnin’ Rebel Club, which has raised more than $800,000 in support for the UNLV basketball program, and serves as its treasurer. He has also served on many other UNLV committees related to both academics and athletics.
Quirk’s community engagement efforts are both varied and substantial. He served as president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas and was founder and chair of its foundation. He has served on the boards of the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum, Desert Research Foundation and is the Honorary Commander of the Security Forces at Nellis Air Force Base.
Professionally, Quirk was a founder of Quirk and Tratos, with a practice focused on intellectual property law. He remains of counsel to Greenberg Traurig following a merger of the firms. He is the past president of the Nevada Intellectual Property Law Society and has co-authored the Nevada chapter of the U.S. Trademark Association’s State Trademark Law Handbook. Quirk has achieved the highest possible peer-review ratings for attorneys for over 30 years, and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America publication for copyright law, patent law, and trademark law since 1993. He has also been a principal in companies that have developed many commercial and residential properties in Las Vegas, including Spanish Trail, and was an owner of the popular nightclub, “The Beach.”