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History of Cook & Kelesis, Ltd.

The law firm of Cook & Kelesis, Ltd., was established in August of 2005. However, the partners, Mark Bailus, George Kelesis, and Marc Cook have been associated together in one form or another since the mid ’80’s. Mark Bailus and George Kelesis were associates together in the early 1980’s with the law firm of Manos & Cherry until they both opened their own office in a shared suite in 1987. During this period of time Marc Cook clerked for George Kelesis. Thereafter, Mark Bailus joined his prior boss now, Supreme Court Justice Michael Cherry, as a partner in the law firm of Cherry & Bailus. In 1991 George Kelesis was a partner in the law firm of Gentile, Porter, & Kelesis. Marc Cook was an associate of Gentile, Porter, & Kelesis in 1992, and on January 1, 1993, the three (3) were again together with now Supreme Court Justice Michael Cherry, in the law firm of Cherry, Bailus & Kelesis. In 1997, George Kelesis became in-house corporate counsel and was soon joined by Mark Bailus. During this time frame, they both still maintained an of-counsel status in the law firm of Cook & Kelesis until the law firm of Cook & Kelesis was formed in August of 2005.

George Kelesis has an LLM in tax law and has been practicing in Nevada in tax law, estate planning, as well as drafting agreements, litigating civil disputes, and handling a variety of white collar state and federal crimes throughout his career.

Marc Cook has been practicing law since 1992 primarily in the areas of civil litigation.

Julie Sanpei has been with Cook & Kelesis, Ltd., since 1998. Julie Sanpei’s practice is primarily in the areas of civil litigation and estate planning.

Kathleen Janssen primarily practices in health care law with an emphasis on professional licensing/credentialing matters; compliance and regulatory issues; administrative hearings; and contractual matters.

The firm has consistently enjoyed a reputation of providing excellent service in the areas of litigation, tax work, criminal defense, health care, and estate planning. The firm is currently made up of the three (3) partners and two (2) senior attorneys who bring a diverse legal experience into one firm enabling them to handle complex matter efficiently and effectively.

Areas of practice
  • Criminal Defense
  • DUI
  • Federal
  • Felonies
  • Misdemeanor
  • White Collar
  • Personal Injury
  • Administrative/Regulatory
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Appellate
  • Business
  • Business Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Collection
  • Commercial
  • Contracts
  • Entertainment
  • Healthcare
  • Estate Planning/Asset Protection
  • Franchising
  • Incorporation/Resident Agent
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Insurance Defense
  • Insurance Disputes
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Mediation
  • Probate/Wills/Trusts
  • Real Estate
  • Tax
  • Will and Trusts Contests
  • Federal Income Tax
  • Inheritance-Gift Tax
  • State Tax
  • Tax Litigation
  • Civil Criminal