Steven Pacitti’s practice focuses on business entities and transactions, real estate, estate and tax planning, intellectual property and sports/entertainment law.
Mr. Pacitti has more than 20 years of broad-based commercial legal and business experience. In addition to individual transactions, Mr. Pacitti acts as outside general counsel for numerous businesses, across many industries. This breadth of legal and business acumen provides valuable insights and guidance to Mr. Pacitti’s clients in legal, business, or transactional environments and cuts across several legal disciplines. In addition to traditional commercial and business transactions, Mr. Pacitti has developed a sophisticated concentration in negotiating and preparing trademark, copyright and rights of publicity licensing agreements for high-profile clients and organizations, such as Shaquille O’Neal, Hulk Hogan, Andre Agassi, Stefani Graf, the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation, and Stefani Graf’s Children for Tomorrow. He has represented the Pure Management Group in its successful quest to bring Dick’s Last Resort, Lucky Strike, Trader Vic’s, and the Pussycat Dolls Lounge to Las Vegas. He negotiates celebrity appearances for various nightclubs and entertainment venues and was instrumental in finalizing agreements with Mariah Carey, Nicky Hilton, Adam “DJ AM” Goldstein, Nick Lachey, and many others.
In the field of sports and entertainment law, Mr. Pacitti represents world champion boxers, UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre, Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar, and WEC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo, as well as several other athletes, managers, media, promoters, and sponsors in the growing mixed-martial arts industry. He also represents some of the world’s most famous celebrity impersonators and has negotiated, documented, and overseen numerous television, movie, music, and theatre productions. Mr. Pacitti is a member of the advisory board for the University of Baltimore School of Law Center for Sport and the Law and speaker for the ABA Young Lawyers’ IP and Sports section.
In addition, he has negotiated license agreements with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC), the Professional Bull Riders Tour (PBR), World Series of Poker, Planet Hollywood as well as, Elvis Presley Enterprises and the Frank Sinatra Estate.
Mr. Pacitti also handles hotel and private equity transactions. Over the course of his career, he has participated in well over $1 billion in hospitality property acquisitions nationally, as well as an extensive array of transactions affiliated with the hospitality industry.
Mr. Pacitti previously served as of counsel to one of Nevada’s largest and most prestigious law firms; top legal officer at a dynamic fast-rising supplement and energy drink company during a period of unprecedented expansion in the supplement and beverage industries; a full spectrum sports and entertainment company; and a national hotel company.
Mr. Pacitti joined Black & LoBello in 2010. He received his B.B.A from St. Bonaventure University in New York, Juris Doctor from the University of Toledo, College of Law, an LL.M. from the University of Florida, College of Law.
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|NM||Authorized to practice law||1988||02/07/2011|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Regional Minority Business Advocate of the Year||United States Small Business Administration||2000|
|Business Advocate of the Year||Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce||2000|
|Attorney||Black & LoBello||2010 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Center for Sports & the Law; University of Baltimore School of Law||Advisory Board Member||2010 - Present|
|New Mexico State Bar Association||Tax Section Board of Directors||1992 - 2009|
|University of Florida||Taxation||LL.M - Master of Laws||1987|
|University of Toledo College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1986|
|St Bonaventure University||Accounting||B.B.A.||1982|
|Sports & Entertainment Law Forum||MMA: Legal Aspects of an Emerging Sport||2011|
|2011 Sports and Entertainment Law Conference||Sports and Entertainment Law||2011|
|Spring Meeting||Entertainment, Sports & IP Law||2010|
|Guest Lecturer||Special Event Contracts and Legal Considerations for the Resort Hotel Casino||2010|
|General Meeting||Copyrights and Releases for Photographers||2010|
|2010 Professional Sports Law Symposium||So Much More than Jerry Maguire: Using a J.D. in the Sports Industry||2010|
|2010 Fight Summit MMA Business Conference||Licensing Rights of Publicity for MMA Athletes||2010|