Litigator Marek Bute Keeps It Classic for AFAN Black & White Party

STITCHED XXXX Collection suit, shirt, tie bar (used as lapel pin). Leather Couture by Jessica Galindo bow tie. Knotty and Ice Swarovski pocket square. Hudson shoes. | Photo by Jon Estrada

STITCHED XXXX Collection suit, shirt, tie bar (used as lapel pin). Leather Couture by Jessica Galindo bow tie. Knotty and Ice Swarovski pocket square. Hudson shoes. | Photo by Jon Estrada

Who … Marek Bute

What …Commercial litigation partner at Snell & Wilmer and board president for AFAN (Aid for AIDS of Nevada)

My name … is the Polish version of Mark, and it stands for “war-like,” which is perhaps appropriate for a litigator. It wasn’t until I left for college that I really started appreciating it as part of my identity.

Our law firm encourages … a lot of community involvement and pro bono work. After my fiancé, Rocco, took me to AFAN’s Black & White Party in 2009, I was so inspired I decided that’s what I would put my energy toward. I joined at the end of 2010. AFAN is celebrating its 30-year anniversary this year, but [August 23] is our 28th Black & White Party.

As I’ve grown up … and grown into my profession, my taste has gotten more refined. I appreciate a more classic and elegant look, rather than being so outrageous. But I still like to have my fun with little details in my ties or my shirts or wherever else I can.

There are elements of the South … that have shaped my style. I was born in Poland, but grew up in the suburbs of Memphis, Tennessee. I love the culture and the manners of the South.

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