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.