Louis Wiener Jr.
Louis Wiener, Jr. (1915-1996) was a prominent attorney in Las Vegas, Nevada. He began practicing law in the city in 1941 and continued to do so for 55 years, which made him the longest-tenured attorney in Southern Nevada at the time of his retirement in 1996. Between the 1950s and the 1970s, he represented almost every major Las Vegas hotel for some amount of time. His clients included Frank Sinatra, Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, Howard Hughes, and Kirk Kerkorian. Wiener owned several casinos in downtown Las Vegas and on the Strip, and he controlled all slot operations at McCarran International Airport for nearly 20 years. In the 1970s and 1980s, he became involved in local radio and television broadcasting companies Broadcast Associates and Sunbelt Broadcasting.
Wiener was born on March 28, 1915 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He moved to Las Vegas in 1931 and graduated from Las Vegas High School in 1932. He attended University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley School of Law. When Wiener was admitted to the Clark County Bar Association, there were only 16 other attorneys in Las Vegas.
Wiener was very involved in the Las Vegas community, serving on the board of directors for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Foundation, the Nevada Law Foundation, Boys' Town, and the Andre Agassi Foundation. Wiener was recognized for his philanthropy and his support for local business and education by organizations such as UNLV, UNR, the UC Berkeley School of Law, and the Organization for Rehabilitation Through Training (ORT). In 1990 the Clark County School District approved the naming of the Louis Wiener, Jr. Elementary School, which opened in 1993. Wiener died in Las Vegas on February 6, 1996.
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