How does a Serbian from Belgrade become corporate counsel to a Houston-based casino and entertainment company listed on the New York Stock Exchange? For Branko Milosevic the road went through the University of Houston Law Center.
After earning his law degree at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law in Belgrade, Milosevic came to Houston where he served as a legal intern with the contracts division of the city of Houston Legal Department. He decided to continue his legal education in 2005 by enrolling in the LL.M. program at the Law Center.
“The Foreign Scholar LL.M. program has been a unique opportunity to be directly exposed to the sophisticated structure of U.S. law and also has allowed me to meet and exchange experiences and ideas with legal scholars from around the world,” Milosevic said.
After earning his LL.M. degree in 2006, Milosevic joined Houston-based Nevada Gold & Casinos, Inc., becoming corporate counsel in 2007. Recently appointed general counsel, he has capitalized on the skills he learned at the Law Center.
“Spearheading a single-person legal department which oversees 11 multi-jurisdictional operating units with over 1,400 employees couldn’t be possible without the training received at the Law Center,” Milosevic said. “Classes such as Legal Research & Writing, Business Organizations and Mergers & Acquisitions have equipped me with invaluable skills I utilize in my practice on a daily basis. I must say that, at times, I miss the good old days at the O’Quinn Library.”
Milosevic also has played an active role in bridging cultural boundaries between Serbia and the United States. He is one of the founding members of the Serbian-American Chamber of Commerce of Houston, a non-profit organization aimed at promoting and developing economic and cultural relations between Serbia and the U.S. SACCH has hosted numerous speakers on topics such as energy, modern medicine, and real estate. SACCH also has sponsored the Medical Student Advancement Program, which was established by the Texas Heart Institute and the Medical School in Belgrade. Milosevic serves as director and secretary of SACCH.