Fox Rothschild LLP Expands Las Vegas Office With Addition of Experienced Litigator Mark J. ConnotApril 8, 2011 – Press Releases
Fox Rothschild LLP is pleased to announce Mark J. Connot has joined the firm as a partner in the Litigation Department in the firm’s Las Vegas office.
“Mark brings a great depth of trial experience in complex litigation matters to our Nevada team and continues our trend of attracting high-caliber legal talent to the firm,” said Brett A. Axelrod, managing partner of the firm’s Las Vegas office. “With his veteran courtroom skills and savvy negotiation strategies, he will be a tireless advocate for our clients in the region seeking effective and efficient resolution to their business disputes,” said Axelrod.
Connot, who will also serve as the Litigation Department administrative partner in the Las Vegas office, practices primarily in complex business and commercial litigation, real estate litigation, and trust and probate litigation. He has a broad-based litigation practice in federal and state courts focusing on complex commercial matters, including shareholder/partnership disputes, commercial transactions, complex real estate issues, banking and lender issues, as well as advocating for plaintiffs in catastrophic injury and bad faith claims. As a practicing lawyer with an MBA degree, Connot approaches clients’ matters from a legal and business perspective.
Throughout his years of legal experience, Connot has been involved with hundreds of arbitrations and mediations across a broad spectrum of legal matters. He has served as lead counsel in more than 75 jury and court trials in state and federal courts and has also appeared before numerous administrative tribunals.
Among the many jury trials he has handled, Connot was lead counsel in a condemnation case representing a landowner to whom the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) initially offered $52,900. After several days of trial and just minutes prior to the start of closing arguments to the jury, the NDOT agreed to settle for $1.5 million plus an adjacent parcel of property. Connot was also lead counsel in a trial asking the court to declare a rezoning “protest” statute unconstitutional. The trial court ruled the statute was constitutional. On appeal, the South Dakota Supreme Court reversed the trial court, declaring the statute unconstitutional and unanimously overturning 18 years of case law holding the statute constitutional.
In addition to his private practice, Connot was appointed by the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the Oglala Sioux Nation. He has represented individuals and entities in tribal court matters ranging from partnership dissolution, employment and corporate matters, as well as personal injury claims.
Connot has also been quoted as a source in The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas Sun and in numerous other newspapers and online news sources, as well as appearing on Fox Business Network, Face to Face with Jon Ralston and “In Business” on Las Vegas One. He has been named as one of the Top 100 Attorneys in Southern Nevada in the Legal Elite Edition by Nevada Business Magazine.
Connot has presented various CLE seminars on insurance bad faith, punitive damages and Daubert issues and is a frequent guest lecturer at law school classes and undergraduate business law classes. He is active in the community and has served on various nonprofit boards, including United Way.
Connot is a former member of the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association and served as its president in 2004. He is also a former chair of the South Dakota State Bar Negligence and Tort Law Committee.
Admitted to practice in both Nevada and South Dakota, Connot earned his J.D. with honors and M.B.A from the University of South Dakota and his B.S. in economics from South Dakota State University.