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Adrian King, Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP, USA

Adrian King focuses his practice at the intersection of law and government. With his extensive government sector experience and deep knowledge of the governmental and regulatory process, Adrian provides his clients with the benefit of an insider’s perspective as he works to achieve their goals and objectives.

He regularly represents clients before federal, state, and local executive branch and administrative agencies, as well as legislative bodies and committees, with an emphasis on gaming, state attorney general enforcement actions, and government affairs.

Adrian is a Co-Leader of the firm’s Gaming Team and State Attorneys General Team.

 

Andrew Cotton, Director of Betting & Gaming,  Ince & Co., UK

Andrew is an experienced and self-motivated solicitor with a sustained record of achievement in one of the UK’s leading gambling-based leisure operators, now providing remote and land-based gambling operators with licensing, on-going legal compliance and regulatory support services. Andrew has strong interpersonal, negotiating and analytical skills which have ensured positive results with an excellent track record of delivering competitive advantage in a highly regulated market. Andrew has successfully focused on establishing and implementing strategies to exploit existing and new markets delivering in excess of £60m in licence asset value. Andrew is also a specialist in alcohol, entertainment and gambling law with close working relationships with the Gambling Commission, local authorities and government.

 

Andrew Tait, Partner, Ince Gordon Dadds LLP, UK

Andrew Tait joined the firm in 2017. He has over 20 years’ specialist expertise in betting & gaming, regulation & compliance, intellectual property and commercial contracts. Much of his experience, including 10 years as General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer at Mansion Group, comes from industry. He is therefore able to provide workable and pragmatic solutions to the issues that his clients face. Andrew’s key specialisms are gambling law and regulation, compliance, governance and risk management, AML policies and procedures, IT contracts and technology licensing, entertainment and media contracts, as well as copyright licensing, sports sponsorship agreements, ecommerce and internet law. Andrew Tait is an English qualified lawyer working from Gibraltar.

 

Anthony Gaud, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, G3 Esports, USA

Anthony is an Emmy-Award winning entrepreneur and media executive with a 25-year career working with top level entertainment and technology companies. His professional history is highlighted with significant partnerships with The Walt Disney Company, Comcast, Microsoft Games, Viacom, Hasbro, and Nexon South Korea.

His accomplishments encompass $52M in exits and acquisitions for startups that include a F2P game development studio, an intellectual property development company and a children’s VOD and digital platform partnership with Comcast. His projects have won, and been nominated for, multiple Emmy, Hugo and Pulcinella awards. His wide ranging executive experience spans interactive games, television programming, and media platform technology development as well as esports.

In 2018, Anthony secured the first public-private esports partnership in the country with Atlantic City’s Casino Reinvestment Development Authority with events that included the 2019 CSL Grand Finals, the Halo Classic and the Esports Travel Summit. Anthony also founded Conference One, the nation’s first varsity-level collegiate esports league which launched its inaugural season featuring competitions with over 60 universities including Penn State, Rutgers, Texas A&M and UC Irvine.

Anthony is the founder and Chair of the American Heart Association Youth and Gaming Task Force, subsequently formalized as Revive. He is an executive board member of the Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce and an expert witness for trial cases related to the video game industry.

 

Ali Bartlett, Attorney, Bose McKinney & Evans, USA

Ali Bartlett is an attorney in the Gaming Group at Bose McKinney & Evans. She also serves as a vice president in government relations with Bose Public Affairs Group.  Ali assists clients in policy, regulatory compliance, and licensing matters within the casino gaming and state lottery industries. She also has experience in legislative lobbying, municipal law, government procurement and general government regulatory work and administrative law. Ali is a member of International Masters of Gaming Law.

During law school, Ali was a member of the Moot Court Order of the Barristers and served as an appointed member of the Student Bar Association, a representative to the Dean’s Student Advisory Board and president of The Federalist Society. Ali also published an article in the Gaming Law Review as a law student, entitled “The Future of Sports Betting in the States: A Gamble on Federalism and the Growth of the Gaming Industry.”

Prior to practicing law, and during law school, Ali served as a legislative assistant for the Indiana House of Representatives, where she provided policy assistance to three state representatives: Representatives Holli Sullivan (Evansville), Hal Slager (Schererville) and Dave Wolkins (Wabash).

 

Birgitte Sand, CEO, Birgitte Sand & Associates ApS, Denmark

Birgitte is a senior advisor in gambling regulation and was most recently head of the Danish Gambling Authority. She has over 25 years’ experience in government leadership positions, encompassing restructuring, legal change and digital transformation. Birgitte comes with international experiences from tireless international cooperation and sharing of knowledge. Patron of IAGR and awarded “European Regulator of the Year” by IMGL. Birgitte is a strong supporter of a dialogue-based relationship between regulators and the gambling industry.

 

Brandt Iden, Head of Government Affairs, Sportradar, USA

Brandt is a graduate of Kalamazoo College with degrees in Political Science & Economics. Gaining a diverse education from Kalamazoo College offered Brandt a unique perspective into the relationship between citizens, businesses, and all facets of government.

Driven by a strong work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit, Brandt became a partner in Baron Builders Inc., a real estate development company shortly after he finished college.  Utilizing his real estate experience and the knowledge gained from his time at Baron Builders, Brandt began a new venture and is currently the president of Identity Management & Consulting Inc., Real Estate Management Company.

Brandt is a former Kalamazoo County Commissioner, having served in this position for two terms before his election to the House of Representatives.  He is passionate about community engagement, economic development, and ensuring that kids have the tools that they need to succeed professionally later in life. Brandt has dedicated himself to local organizations that focus on youth empowerment, financial education and developing community leaders.  He has served on the boards of Junior Achievement of Southwest Michigan, a nonprofit organization that gives K-12 students skills for career readiness and financial literacy, as well as Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Kalamazoo. Brandt strongly believes that educational enrichment for kids is a fundamental component of community involvement, and that engagement, both inside and outside of the classroom, are the cornerstones for students’ success.

Brandt was born and raised in Southwest Michigan.  He’s an avid outdoorsman and enjoys many of the great outdoor resources the state of Michigan offers, including skiing, hunting and fishing.

 

Caitlin W. Monahan, Associate General Counsel, Massachusetts Gaming Commission, USA   

Caitlin is an Associate General Counsel at the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. In that capacity, Caitlin offers legal counsel to the commissioners and staff in an effort to effectively regulate the casinos and horse racing in the Commonwealth.  Prior to joining the Commission, Caitlin practiced at the law firm WilmerHale, focusing on business litigation.  There, she counseled clients and led teams of attorneys and staff through large and complicated litigations before federal and state courts and administrative agencies.  Caitlin started her career as the deputy press secretary for a statewide campaign in Massachusetts and as an assistant in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.  She graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in government and Harvard Law School.

 

Carl Sottosani, Former Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Penn National Gaming, USA

Carl Sottosanti served as General Counsel of Penn National Gaming, Inc. for nearly 17 years. Carl joined Penn in May 2003 and focused primarily on M & A, development opportunities, corporate governance, commercial transactions, compliance and labor/employment. Prior to Penn, Carl worked for five years as General Counsel at Sanchez Computer Associates, Inc., a leading international provider of banking software. Before joining Sanchez, he was Assistant General Counsel for Salient 3 Communications, Inc., a diversified holding company. He began his legal career in 1989 as an associate with the Philadelphia law firm Schnader Harrison, with a practice concentrated in commercial litigation and employment/labor law. Carl has extensive teaching and lecturing experience on gaming, business and employment law topics. Carl graduated magna cum laude from Villanova University where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and he received his JD from Villanova University School of Law, where he was an Editor on the Law Review and graduated cum laude. He and his family reside in Reading, Pa.

 

Charles McIntyre, Executive Director, New Hampshire Lottery, USA

Charlie McIntyre, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Lottery, past president of the North American State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) and current Vice-President of the Multi-State Lottery Association.  Previously, the Assistant Executive Director and General Counsel for the Massachusetts State Lottery, from 2003-2010. Before joining the Massachusetts Lottery in 2003, McIntyre was a senior prosecutor in Massachusetts, specializing in organized crime.

McIntyre received his undergraduate degree from Connecticut College and his law degree from Suffolk University. He is also a former competitive triathlete, completing three Ironman triathlons including the 2006 Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

 

CJ Fisher, Partner, Fox Rothschild, USA

C.J. represents clients in a range of corporate and gaming law matters. He has represented and advised various entities and individuals in gaming licensing, regulatory and compliance matters, including:

International, national and regional casino companies and corporations,
Slot machine, table game and other gaming equipment manufacturers and distributors,
Private equity firms and other investors,
Vendors and various technology providers and
Internet gaming operators and service providers.

C.J. has represented casino licensees before various domestic gaming regulatory agencies, including the New Jersey Casino Control Commission, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission and the New York State Gaming Facility Location Board.

 

David Vialpando, Executive Director, Pokagon Band Gaming Commission, USA

Dave Vialpando has served over thirty years in law enforcement.  Dave spent twenty years in DOJs Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement where he supervised various drug trafficking and violent crime units.  For the last seven years of his career with DOJ, Dave was assigned to the Bureau of Gambling Control where he served as the Special Agent-in-Charge of the Bureaus southern California offices. 

Dave also currently serves as the Executive Director at Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Gaming Commission, where he manages Commission staff in the regulation of the Tribes gaming enterprises and adherence to Tribal, State, and Federal regulations.

Dave attended the University of California at Berkeley and currently holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and Masters in Business Administration degrees.  Mr. Vialpando instructs undergraduate and graduate criminal justices courses for a number of public and private colleges and universities in southern California.  Dave has authored articles on interactive gaming published in Indian Gaming magazine, Global Gaming Business magazine, Pechanga.net, and other trade periodicals." Dave Vialpando is the author of Criminal Justice in Crisis: New Paradigms in Law Enforcement and Warrior with a Badge.

 

David Zeffman, Partner, CMS, UK

David has been one of the leading lawyers in the UK media sector for over 25 years and has extensive experience providing strategic, commercial and regulatory advice to clients in the gambling, sport and television sectors. He has been involved in many of the major transactions that have taken place in these sectors, including the launch of several television channels and the sale of media rights to some of the world's biggest sporting competitions.

 

Edward Bedrosian, Jr., Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, USA

Former Executive Director of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, Edward R. Bedrosian Jr., draws on more than 25 years of public sector experience to advise clients navigating the fast-developing sports betting market. Ed was appointed head of the Massachusetts gaming regulatory system just a few years after the state legalized gaming. As Executive Director, Ed guided the opening of the state’s two major resort casinos which have a combined investment of over $3.4 billion. He advised Commissioners on regulatory compliance issues and worked with host and surrounding communities to address any impacts of casino openings. He also guided one of the most robust responsible gaming programs in the country. Additionally, Ed was responsible for regulating Thoroughbred and Standardbred horse racing as well as simulcasting in Massachusetts. In addition to overseeing both civil and criminal litigation as the First Assistant Attorney General in the office of the Massachusetts Attorney General, Ed was the Attorney General’s top legal advisor. He oversaw appellate strategy, approved indictments and personally negotiated settlements. He was designated by the state’s Supreme Judicial Court as a member of Massachusetts Court Management Advisory Board where he served as an advisor on management issues to members of the Massachusetts trial court. Ed also advised the Attorney General on healthcare, environmental, energy, and antitrust law and regulatory issues. He served as the Attorney General’s point of contact on terrorism issues and was a member of the local multi-agency Anti-Terrorism Activation Committee. At the Attorney General’s office, he managed two large bureaus plus the State Solicitor’s office, the Division of Gaming Enforcement, and the Division of Open Government, and was responsible for all Special Assistant Attorney General appointments. He was also frequently an advisor to large state agencies on litigation and regulatory matters. Prior to his service in the Attorney General’s office, Ed was a Deputy District Attorney with the Middlesex County District Attorney’s office. He tried hundreds of cases, including white collar fraud, narcotics and homicide cases. He also managed a Special Investigations Unit that focused on organized crime and career criminals.

 

Eileen O’Brien, Commissioner, Massachusetts Gaming Commission, USA

Commissioner Eileen O’Brien was appointed to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission by Attorney General Maura Healey in March 2018. At the time of her appointment, AG Healey cited O’Brien’s extensive experience in criminal investigations and enforcement.

Before joining the Commission, Eileen O’Brien served as Director of the Audit, Oversight and Investigations Division of the Inspector General’s Office. Her role included overseeing investigations related to allegations of fraud, waste, and abuse of public funds.

Commissioner O’Brien spent five years as Senior Trial Counsel for the Criminal Bureau of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office where she investigated and prosecuted cases of trafficking, embezzlement, and public corruption.

O’Brien also served in various positions within the Special Investigations and Narcotics Division at the AG’s Office, including chief of the division from April 2004 to July 2008. Following law school, she was a law clerk at Massachusetts Superior Court and served as an assistant district attorney at the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.

In 2015, O’Brien received the Manuel Carballo Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service along with the Inspector General’s Westfield State University Investigation Team. She has also previously received a Special Achievement Award from the New England Narcotic Enforcement Officers’ Association in 2004, and the Scott Harshbarger Award for Excellence in 2003.

O’Brien graduated from Northeastern University School of Law and Middlebury College.

 

Fernando Garita, Head of Business Development, BetCris, Costa Rica

Deep experience as Head of Business Development at transnational companies, organizing international departments, designing, and Implementing ethics and compliance programs. Relevant experience in cross - border transactions (M & A, joint ventures, corporate restructurings, business partnerships), corporate governance, preparation of complex commercial agreements, excellent planner and executor, Value creation by building strategic relationships and Relevant experience Negotiation, International Speaker, Leadership and Mentorship.

Administrator with an emphasis on Projects, SCRUM Master, with more than 18 continuous years in the developing gaming industry projects in different areas such as customer service, technical area, training, sales, business development, gaming regulations and government management. International Speaker Europe, America, LATAM. Extensive experience mainly in opening of new markets, business relations in Latin America and Asia combining its field experience with strategy planning, assuming a new market challenge and constantly study market trends.

 

Frank Donaghue, Gaming and Regulatory Attorney, McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC, USA

Frank T. Donaghue, a seasoned gaming and regulatory attorney, practices in the McNees Gaming, Corporate & Tax, and White Collar Defense Law & Internal Investigations Practice Groups. Frank has extensive expertise in gaming, sports wagering, online gaming, regulatory affairs, BSA/AML compliance, consumer protection, workplace & government investigations, ethics hotline management, FCPA compliance and vendor due diligence. Frank is the former Vice President of Regulatory Affairs & Chief Compliance Officer for Penn National Gaming, Inc., which owns and operates 42 gaming and racing facilities. He oversaw all aspects of compliance and served as the company’s primary liaison with regulators in the 19 jurisdictions where Penn National operates. Frank was also a significant contributor to the growth and creation of Penn Interactive, Penn National’s sports betting and interactive gaming division. In addition, he supervised compliance for Casino Rama in Ontario, Canada providing him with international gaming regulatory experience. For the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, Frank served as the first Chief Counsel to the Board, then Acting Executive Director and finally Interim Deputy Executive Director. There he developed regulations implementing the operation of table games at existing casinos; managed staffing agency bureaus, including Administration, Licensing, Gaming Operations, Casino Compliance, Gaming Laboratory, Office of Diversity, Compulsive Gaming, Communications & Legislative Affairs, and Office of Chief Counsel; and oversaw the administration of the Bureau of Investigations & Enforcement. For the Office of the Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Frank held positions culminating with Chief Deputy Attorney General & Director, Bureau of Consumer Protection. There he directed the law enforcement and advocacy efforts of the Bureau of Consumer Protection and its seven regional offices while overseeing attorneys, agents and administrative personnel handling more than 40,000 consumer complaints and approximately 150 legal actions each year. Frank began his career as a judicial Law Clerk with the Honorable Ronald D. Castille in the Supreme Court of PA. Frank is a Member of the International Masters of Gaming Law and the International Association of Gaming Advisors. Frank earned his law degree from the Widener University School of Law and his undergraduate degree from the Catholic University of America.

 

Gayle Cameron, Commissioner, Massachusetts Gaming Commission, USA

Commissioner Cameron was appointed to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in April of 2012 by Governor Deval Patrick, Attorney General Martha Coakley and Treasurer Steve Grossman. She was reappointed to a second term in 2016 by Governor Charlie Baker, Attorney General Maura Healey and Treasurer Deborah Goldberg.  Commissioner Cameron has oversight and advisory responsibility for investigations, licensing and horse racing.

Prior to her appointment to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, Gayle Cameron worked as a public safety consultant after a distinguished career with the New Jersey State Police. She retired as a Deputy Superintendent, the second highest rank.

Prior to her retirement, Lieutenant Colonel Cameron commanded the Investigations Branch which had authority over the areas of: casino regulation, specialized investigations, intelligence gathering and analysis, and forensic sciences. In this position she held the agency’s top security clearance and interacted on a regular basis with the US Attorney from the District of NJ, the State’s Governor, the NJ Attorney General and was the primary liaison with all federal law enforcement agencies.

Commissioner Cameron’s gaming experience began as an undercover operative while conducting casino criminal and organized crime investigations. She also gained valuable expertise as a detective vetting individuals and companies during the application process for licensure to Atlantic City’s casinos.

Commissioner Cameron has also been called upon to sit on numerous promotional boards both in the United States and abroad. She was appointed to serve as a Commissioner for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) which evaluates police agencies’ best practices both nationally and internationally. She is a founding member of New Jersey Women in Law Enforcement and frequently serves as a panelist for the international association of Chiefs of Police and the National Center for Women and Policing.

Lt. Colonel Cameron holds an M.A. from Seton Hall University, a B.S. from Bridgewater State College, and is a graduate of the FBI Leadership Development School, the Northwestern University School of Staff and Command, and the International Chiefs of Police Leadership in Police Organizations certification.

 

Gina Smith, Deputy Director of Gaming Compliance, Virginia Lottery, USA

Smith served two decades as Deputy Director and Chief Financial Officer of the MLGCA. She twice served as Interim Director in Maryland, including the period when the Maryland Lottery added casino gaming to its regulatory portfolio. She recently retired as Deputy Legislative Auditor in Maryland’s Office of Legislative Audits. Smith is a certified public accountant and a graduate of the University of Baltimore.  

 

Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier, Partner, Snell & Wilmer, USA

Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier is the partner coordinator of Native American Law & Gaming Law Serivces for Snell & Wilmer, L.L.P., where she is based in the firm’s Phoenix, Arizona office. She was named to “Top Ten Great Women of Gaming for 2006” and is listed in “Best Lawyers in America” for both Native American Law and Gaming Law. She also was named “Phoenix BEST LAWYERS Gaming Lawyers of the Year” for 2011 and 2016, Chambers USA: AMERICA’S LEADING LAWYERS FOR BUSINESS, Chambers Global: THE WORLD’S LEADING LAWYERS FOR BUSINESS, Southwest Super Lawyers, and Arizona Business Names Most Influential Women of 2016. Heidi is a Founding Member and Past President of the International Masters of Gaming Law. She also is a member of the International Association of Gaming Advisors. She serves as Executive Editor of the “Gaming Law Review”. Heidi is former Chair of the State Bar of Arizona Indian Law Section and Past President of the Maricopa County Bar Association. Staudenmaier is a past member of the Executive Council for the American Bar Association Section of Business Law, Past Editor in Chief of “Business Law Today”, Chair Elect of the Business & Corporate Litigation Committee, Chair of Programs for the Gaming Law Committee, and a former Section Fellow. She is a past Officer of the ABA Young Lawyer’s Division and served in the ABA House of Delegates. Heidi is a 1985 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law and serves on the Iowa College of Law Foundation Board of Directors. She is a frequent writer and speaker on Federal Indian law and gaming issues.

 

Jed Nosal, Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP, USA

Jed Nosal is a partner in the Firm’s Business Litigation Practice Group and focuses his practice on state regulatory oversight, investigations, compliance, and related litigation. He is regularly relied upon by his clients to navigate complex regulatory processes, government investigations, and enforcement litigation. In navigating these government processes and actions, Jed draws from over sixteen years of representing the government at the most senior levels, including as an Assistant Attorney General and Bureau Chief in the Office of the Attorney General, General Counsel to the Department of Telecommunications and Energy and Deputy Legal Counsel to the Governor. Jed has held other state and municipal government positions, including Deputy Director of the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulations and staff attorney at the Boston Police Department.

He has represented international corporations and businesses throughout New England and the U.S. to secure key regulatory approvals in the Commonwealth, including rate adjustments, long-term contracts, merger transactions, initial suitability and licensure, and frequently appears before regulators throughout state and municipal government. Jed has also defended existing licensees from regulatory enforcement actions and regularly represents companies under investigation by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office for violations of the Commonwealth’s unfair and deceptive trade practices law. 

 

Jenny Holaday, President, Encore Boston Harbor, USA

Holaday, an East Boston resident, has been the EVP of Operations since 2019 and has excelled before and in the re-build as the pandemic lifted. She will become the third president of the Encore Boston Harbor since its inception.

In her current role, she leads all marketing functions, including advertising, direct and database marketing, casino marketing, analytics, promotions, special events, entertainment, player development and Wynn Rewards, the company’s loyalty program. Additionally, she is responsible for overseeing all casino operations for the resort.

 

Jeremy Kleiman, Member, Saiber LLC, USA

Jeremy Kleiman focuses his practice on gaming, regulatory and business law, representing casino operators, gaming equipment suppliers, technology providers and financial institutions involved in the gaming and lottery industries.  He specializes in gaming-related corporate, regulatory, licensing and compliance matters, with an emphasis on the online and mobile gaming industry.

Prior to rejoining the firm, Jeremy served as Executive Vice President, Regulatory & Business Affairs for Coastal Development, LLC, a developer, investor and operator in casino resorts and racetracks.  In that role, he was responsible for the company’s legal affairs, government relations and compliance functions, as well as sourcing, negotiating and executing on a number of business transactions.  Jeremy’s background and experience on the business side of the gaming industry uniquely positions him to counsel and advise clients on transactional and regulatory matters while understanding the clients’ business objectives.

 

Jessica Feil, Vice President, Government Relations and Gaming Policy Counsel, American Gaming Association, USA

Jess Feil serves as vice president, government relations and gaming policy counsel for the American Gaming Association (AGA). In this role, Feil advocates for gaming industry objectives in state capitols and with regulatory bodies around the country. She also manages AGA’s payments modernization working group, state affairs working group, and NextGen gaming policy groups.

Prior to joining the AGA, Feil was an associate at a boutique DC-based law firm, where she specialized in litigation, regulatory compliance, and licensing for gaming companies. She advised companies across all sectors of the gaming industry on state and federal law along with advocating for sound public policies that support the growth of the gaming industry.

Feil was named to the Emerging Leaders of Gaming: 40 Under 40, Class of 2019-2020. She is originally from the Philadelphia, PA area, and has a degree from Skidmore College in government and a law degree from Case Western Reserve University. She currently lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband.

 

Joe Kelly, Partner, A&L Goodbody, Ireland

Joe Kelly is a Partner with A&L Goodbody Solicitors in Dublin, one of Ireland’s largest law firms. For almost 20 years Kelly has advised clients active in the Gaming, Leisure and Licensed Trade Sectors. He heads up the specialist Gaming Law Group which advises land based casinos, suppliers to the sector, internet gaming operators and trade associations, many of whom were attracted to Ireland by a favorable tax and business regime. A&L Goodbody is playing a leadership role in creating the conditions for regulating and legislating the land based and online sectors in Ireland. Legislation reforming Ireland’s gaming laws and establishing an up to date licensing system to regulate gaming, is due to be published this year and Kelly has contributed a number of position papers to those involved in writing the legislation. He is a frequent contributor to the media in Ireland, including radio, TV and print, on the subject of legislating for Ireland’s gaming industry.

 

Jonodev Chaudhuri, Partner, Quarles & Brady, LLP, USA

Jonodev O. Chaudhuri has extensive experience representing tribal nations, tribal citizens, corporations, and individual clients on issues relating to commercial litigation, gaming, governance, tribal sovereignty and self-determination, and economic development. Having spent his entire career serving tribal nations and Native communities in various policy, legal, and judicial capacities, he possesses a deep understanding of the connection between the development of strong governmental institutions and tribal self-determination.

In 2013, President Barack Obama designated Chaudhuri to serve as acting Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC). He was then nominated by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2015. During his tenure as NIGC Chairman, Chaudhuri oversaw the $32.4B Indian gaming industry, comprised of approximately 500 gaming facilities, operated by 244 tribal nations across 29 states. While at the Commission, he provided guidance on a wide range of national policy issues including Indian gaming, economic development, energy, Alaskan affairs, and tribal recognition.

His law and policy track record extends beyond his tenure at the NIGC. Earlier in his career, he served as senior counselor to the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, providing insight and counsel on policy issues. His 20-year legal career includes serving as a judge on five different tribal courts, including serving as Chief Justice of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Supreme Court, the highest court of the fourth largest tribe in the nation.

His professional background also includes serving as a community organizer, adjunct professor, public defender, legal services director, and author. A highly sought after speaker, he regularly presents at national and regional conferences and symposia, including the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA), FBA Indian Law Conference, Sovereignty Symposium, National Tribal Gaming Commissioners & Regulators (NTGCR) and more, including several keynote addresses. He also has given dozens of CLE and conference presentations on Indian law, economic development, and judicial topics.

 

Joseph Borg, Partner, WH Partners, Malta

Dr. Joseph F. Borg is an Advocate and Partner at WH Partners, heading the Blockchain Advisory and the Gaming and Gambling Advisory sections of the firm. He also practices in the areas of Esports, Corporate, IT, Telecoms and Intellectual Property Law. He also lectures Gaming Law at the University of Malta. Joe occupied the role of Secretary General of the Malta IT Law Association (MITLA) for over 3 years and is a Co-Founder and currently the Vice-President of Bitmalta, which is a non-profit pecializes with a mission to promoting and stimulating discussion about blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies in Malta. Before joining WH Partners he occupied the post of Chief Regulatory Officer of the Lotteries and Gaming Authority – Malta. Joe was also an elected Member on the Board of Trustees of the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR), a position which he held throughout 2012. He had originally joined the Authority in March 2007 as Director Legal and Enforcement and has occupied this position for almost 4 years. Before joining the Authority, Joseph, acted as a Legal Counsel to Vodafone Malta Limited for three years. Joseph was conferred with an LL.M. in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow), with Distinction. Earlier, he was awarded the LL.D. from the University of Malta, after writing and successfully defending a thesis entitled, ‘Protection of Trademarks Against Domain Names’. In November 2000, Joseph graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Legal and Humanistic Studies. Joseph went on an Erasmus Exchange in 2002 at the Facolta di Giurisprudenza of the Universita’ degli Studi di Bologna. In 2009 he completed a Regulator Development Program organized by the International Gaming Institute at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas (UNLV). In 2012 he was awarded a certificate in Casino Management by the UNLV.

 

​Joseph Weinert, Executive Vice President, Spectrum Gaming Group, USA

Joe Weinert has been analyzing the gaming industry since 1996. At Spectrum, he is a project director, analyst and researcher for studies for private- and public-sector clients worldwide. He has directed numerous large-scale projects throughout North America, as well as in Czechia, Russia, Slovakia, Spain and the United Kingdom. He works on a broad range of projects, including market analyses, economic-impact studies, reasonableness analyses, litigation support, and regulatory services, among other areas.

Weinert came to Spectrum after 18 years at The Press of Atlantic City, where for his last eight years he was the primary reporter for the newspaper’s intensive coverage of the casino industry. He has been a panelist, presenter or moderator at more than 75 professional conferences worldwide and has been quoted in prominent media outlets, including Barron’s, CNN, Financial Times, Forbes, New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post, among many others. He has testified or presented before governmental bodies in eight states and has served as an expert witness in Puerto Rico.

Weinert graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in Journalism.

 

Karen Sierra-Hughes, Vice President, Latin America & Caribbean, GLI, USA

Karen Marcela Sierra-Hughes is a Panamanian attorney with a Master’s in Commercial Law and Specialization in Public Law. Before joining GLI, she practiced Law in one of the most prestigious law firms in Panama and was later appointed as Legal Director of the Panama Gaming Control Board. She has been with GLI since 2004, developing new gaming jurisdictions throughout Latin America and the Caribbean while driving GLI’s strategy for both regulatory and business development as well as managing GLI´s service delivery to the region’s operators and suppliers. With her law degree and gaming regulatory experience, one of Sierra-Hughes’s main goals is to help the regions’ government agencies in their efforts to improve the regulatory landscape providing valuable advice that will lead to develop policies, laws and regulations. She is also responsible for all GLI licensing processes throughout the region as well as the GLI brand. She holds education certificates from international organizations including the FBI, UNLV and US Treasury’s OTA. In 2019, Sierra-Hughes received Latin American Gaming Hall of Fame’s prestigious Recognition Award at the 2019 Juegos Miami gaming conference and was listed in the iGaming Business Magazine´s 10 Most Influential Women List. This year she was voted by her industry peers in two categories at the SAGSE Awards, as Top Leader in the Lanbase Gaming Industry and Top Leader in the iGaming Industry. She is a well-known speaker in international events and conferences, and she is regularly featured in international publications and journals.

 

Karen Wells, Director, Investigations and Enforcement Bureau (IEB), Massachusetts Gaming Commission, USA

Director Wells has been with the MGC since 2013, serving as Director of the Investigations and Enforcement Bureau (IEB). During her tenure with the MGC, she has also served twice as Interim Executive Director, most recently leading the MGC staff through the COVID-19 pandemic, working to support an orderly temporary suspension of gaming in the Commonwealth—and subsequently a safe re-opening of casinos in July 2020.

In her role as Director of the IEB, Ms. Wells’ work focused on protecting the public interest and ensuring the integrity of legal gaming in Massachusetts by leading the regulatory enforcement of the Expanded Gaming Act. On behalf of the MGC, she was also responsible for facilitating law enforcement activity involving the Massachusetts State Police, the Alcohol Beverage Control Commission, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and other local, state and federal law enforcement partners.

Prior to joining MGC, Ms. Wells most recently served as the Undersecretary for Law Enforcement at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety. As Undersecretary, Ms. Wells directed the functions and administration of the Massachusetts State Police, the Department of Public Safety and the Municipal Police Training Committee. The Department of Public Safety is a regulatory, licensing and inspection agency, charged with the oversight of numerous activities, businesses and professions. Ms. Wells also coordinated with federal, state and local public safety officials to enhance cooperation on all policy and operational matters. During her tenure as Undersecretary, she also served as secretariat lead for gaming-related issues. In 2008, Ms. Wells functioned as the commonwealth’s Senior Counsel for Law Enforcement and Fire Services and was responsible for managing policy development and implementation of programs relative to crime prevention, emergency management and public safety.

In 2007, Ms. Wells served as Deputy Chief of the Public Protection, Anti-Terrorism, Corruption and Technology Unit at the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office where she prosecuted high-level narcotics and white-collar crimes. Previously, she served as Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Bureau of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office assigned to the Special Investigations and Narcotics Division.
In 1994, Ms. Wells began her career as an Assistant District Attorney at the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office. Wells graduated with a law degree from Boston University School of Law in 1994. In 1991, she graduated from Colgate University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English. Wells is also the recipient of several commendations and distinguished service awards including the Massachusetts State Police Superintendent’s Commendation for her contribution to a wiretap investigation of a major state narcotics investigation.
 

 

Kate Lowenhar-Fisher, General Counsel, Everi, USA

Kate C. Lowenhar-Fisher was recently appointed as Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer – General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, effective March 22, 2021, for Everi Holdings, INC. Ms. Lowenhar-Fisher has the responsibility for the Company’s legal and regulatory compliance affairs and will report to Everi’s Chief Executive Officer, Michael Rumbolz. Ms. Lowenhar-Fisher is a member of the International Association of Gaming Advisors and the International Masters of Gaming Law. She also sits on the boards of both the Grant a Gift Autism Foundation and the Nevada PEP. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University, a J.D. from the Emory University School of Law and is admitted to the bar in both Nevada and California. She regularly represents individuals and businesses before regulatory agencies, including the Nevada Gaming Control Board and the Nevada Gaming Commission. Because of her knowledge and her cutting-edge gaming practice, she has been sought after by major media outlets including Yahoo! Finance, ESPN and Bloomberg to comment on current gaming issues. She is ranked in Nevada by Chambers USA for Gaming & Licensing. She is listed as an AV® Preeminent™ Lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell and has been listed in Mountain States Super Lawyers and Nevada Business Magazine’s “Legal Elite”. She received her B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University and her J.D. from Emory University School of Law. Prior to joining Everi, Ms. Fisher was with Dickinson Wright. Kate is licensed to practice law in Nevada and California. She sits on the board of directors of Grant a Gift Autism Foundation and Nevada PEP.

 

Kevin C. Quigley, Indian Affairs & Gaming Business Counsel, Foley & Quigley PLC, USA

Kevin Quigley has a national practice concentrating on advising clients with gaming law transactions & compliance matters, as well as Indian country business & regulatory issues.

Kevin’s gaming law practice focuses on serving as gaming business counsel to a number of industry-leading and start-up casino management and development companies, gaming equipment vendors, financial institutions, state and tribal governments and their agencies in connection with matters related to federal, state and tribal gaming regulatory compliance, financing, taxation, jurisdiction, Indian lands and i-gaming issues. Kevin also advises gaming system operators, software developers and suppliers in connection with emerging i-gaming compliance issues, including online fantasy/e-sports leagues; and consults with tribes and a wide variety of gaming equipment vendors and software developers desiring to explore the new i-gaming frontier by advising on issues related to game classifications and “technological aid” determinations under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, 25 U.S.C. §§2701 et seq., and regulations contained in 25 CFR Parts 501-599, and other gaming law restrictions under other applicable federal, state and tribal laws.

For over two decades Kevin has been at the forefront in helping tribes transform the Indian country marketplace and diversify their tribal economies by partnering with private sector companies in forming new enterprises that meet the need of the exploding market for goods and services in Indian country today. His industry leading experience extends beyond a traditional Indian law practice, with a business development focus that includes advising tribal clients, utilities and power line companies, financial institutions and lenders, and companies with transactions in Indian country in matters concerning BIA realty and Indian land issues, civil & regulatory jurisdiction issues, tribal financing deals such as bank loans and bond offerings, tribal governance & constitutional reform, Indian gaming, environmental regulations and NEPA compliance, utilities/power line rights-of-way and tribal employment rights ordinances, state & tribal taxation disputes and litigation, sovereign immunity waivers and business transactions, economic development initiatives, and contract/business disputes and litigation.

 

Lou Rogacki, Assistant Attorney General, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, USA

Louis S. Rogacki, Assistant Attorney General, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement is a graduate of Seton Hall University and the Vermont Law School. Post-graduation, he returned to New Jersey and clerked for the Honorable Patricia K. Costello, JSC, in the Hudson County Superior Court – Criminal Division. Rogacki was sworn in as a Deputy Attorney General in 1993 at the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. In 2002, he moved to the Division of Gaming Enforcement with the Service Industry Licensing Bureau (SILB). He was appointed Deputy Director and Assistant Attorney General at DGE in November of 2016. He has served key roles at DGE in the implementation of internet gaming in 2013 and again in 2018 when New Jersey launched retail and mobile sports wagering.

 

Marie Jones, Attorney, Fox Rothschild, USA

Ranked internationally in Chambers Global and named among the nation’s leading gaming attorneys by Chambers USA, Marie represents and counsels clients in all aspects of gaming law and regulation, licensing and compliance. She serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s Gaming Practice Group. 

Her clients represent all facets of the gaming industry:

casino licensees
private equity firms
gaming equipment manufacturers and suppliers
investment banks
restaurants
gaming and non-gaming related vendors that do business with casinos

Marie helps gaming industry clients and vendors work with domestic and foreign regulatory agencies – including the New Jersey Casino Control Commission, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement and the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board – to obtain and maintain licenses and earn regulatory approval to own, develop and operate bricks-and-mortar casinos and internet gaming operations.

She has extensive experience handling all aspects of licensing and regulatory approval, including:

regulatory submissions
matters before regulatory agencies
license applications
preparation of compliance policies
compliance investigations
regulatory investigations
licensure hearings.

Marie also has extensive experience in general corporate and transactional matters.

 

Mark Hichar, Shareholder, GreenbergTraurig, USA

Mark Hichar is Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, and practices out of their Boston and Providence offices. Mark is a member of the firm’s Global Gaming Group. Mark’s clients include casinos, suppliers of lottery systems and services, fantasy sports operators, slot machine manufacturers, gaming software developers, providers of legal Internet gaming products and investors in and lenders to gaming operators and gaming facilities. Mark advises clients in respect of licensing, compliance, corporate governance, structuring and responding to procurement solicitations, mergers and acquisitions. In addition, he has advised foreign governments with respect to their gaming legislation and structured joint venture gaming companies in China, Italy, Russia, South Africa and Taiwan. Mark received his B.A. degree, cum laude, from Yale University, and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. Fluent in German, after college and before law school, Mark studied economics at the Universität Gesamthochschule Essen, in Essen, Germany, as a Rotary Foundation Scholar. Mark writes and lectures frequently on developments in Gaming Law.

 

Martin Lycka, SVP for American Regulatory Affairs and Responsible Gambling, Entain, UK

Martin Lycka is SVP for American Regulatory Affairs and Responsible Gambling at Entain, overseeing growth of the business across both new U.S. states and into other parts of the Americas, notably LATAM and Canada. He joined the business in April 2018, as Director of Regulatory Affairs.

Martin also serves on the boards of the Entain Foundation, the Entain Foundation US, the German Online Casino Association and the Advisory Boards to the National Council on Problem Gambling as well as RG247, a responsible gaming training provider. In the past, Martin has been a board member of the European Gaming and Betting Association, Jdigital and the European Sports Security Association. In total, Martin has been a senior legal, regulatory and RG advisor to listed gambling businesses for over 11 years.

Previously, Martin worked amongst others with Salans Europe LLP, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and the Senate of the Czech Republic.

He obtained law degrees from the Charles University, Prague, the College of Europe, Bruges, and the University of Law, London, qualifying as UK solicitor.

Martin is a regular conference speaker and has (co-)authored more than 80 academic articles and three books on gambling law and other legal matters. He is the 2019 Global Regulatory Awards Head of Regulatory Affairs of the Year as well as a member of the 2020/2021 Emerging Gambling Leaders 40 Under 40 Class (a Judge’s Choic

 

Matt Oyster, General Counsel and Chief Ethics Officer, Ohio Casino Control Commission, USA

As General Counsel, Matthew Oyster provides advice and counsel on legal matters and other issues impacting the Commission’s work in regulating casino gaming. He also oversees the Commission’s Licensing & Investigations Division, which is responsible for determining the suitability of casino operators, management companies, vendors and employees for licensure.

Oyster first joined the Commission as an Assistant General Counsel in 2011, and served as Deputy General Counsel from 2012 through 2015. He began his legal career as an Assistant Attorney General in the Charitable Law Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, where he represented the State in matters related to casino gaming, liquor, charitable trusts and bingo.

Oyster received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Ohio Northern University.

 

Matthias Spitz, Senior Partner, Melchers, Germany

Dr. Matthias Spitz is a Senior Partner at Melchers Law Firm.  He pecializes in the area of gaming law with a focus on European law and administrative matters.  Since 2013, he has been a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL).  He advises clients on the legal developments in online gambling and sports betting in Germany and, specifically, on the implementation of new gambling products on the German market, as well as on the development of advertising strategies for operators of online gaming.  His areas of practice further cover administrative proceedings against regulatory measures.  Matthias frequently publishes articles on regulatory developments in leading industry journals. 

 

Niki Metzgar-Schall, Head of Legal, Sportradar, USA

Nicole serves as Corporate Counsel for Sportradar US based in New York, where she works closely with the business units on both gaming and media law matters in the global sports industry. Sportradar is a global leader in sports data and technology and has partnered with leagues such as NBA, NFL, NHL and NASCAR in the collection and distribution of sports data in the United States and around the world.

In Nicole’s work for Sportradar, she advises the company and clients on a broad range of issues, particularly in the areas of gaming and media law as they relate to the sports betting industry. After the fall of the Professional and Amateur Sports Professionalism Act, she has assisted the company in navigating the myriad of commercial, corporate, and regulatory issues concerning domestic and foreign data and service suppliers, operators, and platforms in the United States’ sports betting market.

Nicole is an active member of the New York State Bar. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Ohio State University and a juris doctorate from Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

 

Paul Jenson, Partner, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, USA

Paul is a leading gaming lawyer who has extensive experience counseling casino owners, operators, suppliers, lenders and institutional investors in all aspects of gaming regulatory law. Paul also assists businesses with corporate and securities issues, and helps high net worth individuals and families with their estate planning needs. Paul has been practicing law for over 20 years, and his practical advice and successful track record working with clients are among the reasons why he has been recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business since 2017.

As co-chair of Taft’s Gaming industry group, Paul works with clients in all areas of the gaming industry on licensing, acquisitions and dispositions, financing transactions, administrative hearings, compliance plans, internal investigations, and general corporate governance. He also works closely with state and local gaming regulatory agencies, and has significant experience drafting gaming law statutes, administrative rules, and policies. Paul has experience resolving gaming-related manners across a variety of jurisdictions, including the United States, Canada, and Europe.

 

Robert Fontaine, Deputy General Counsel for Gaming, Virginia Lottery, USA

Fontaine recently retired as Assistant Attorney General and Principal Counsel for the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, a position he held since 2008. Fontaine oversees the application of the Virginia Lottery’s regulations for casino operators and sports betting licensees. He began work June 1. Bob Fontaine is nationally recognized for his extensive legal experience around gaming issue.

 

Richard Carter, Chairman & CEO, Bragg Gaming Group, Inc., USA

Mr. Carter joined Bragg Gaming Group as CEO at a key point in the Company’s growth and evolution, with an aggressive global growth strategy underway, including expansion into the burgeoning North American IGaming market and an anticipated launch on the Nasdaq exchange. His significant industry knowledge and extensive global network will be integral to Bragg’s future growth trajectory.

Prior to joining the Bragg Board of Directors in the fall of 2020, Mr. Carter was CEO of sports betting solutions and services provider SBTech for five years, until the company’s merger with digital sports entertainment and gaming company DraftKings, through a three-way deal with Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corp in April 2020.

 

Riva Richard, General Counsel, Pollard Banknote, Canada

A highly distinguished lawyer in corporate law, Riva serves as the chief legal strategist for Pollard Banknote. She has played a significant role in the growth of the company and has been instrumental in its strategic corporate acquisitions and partnerships. Her commitment to growing Pollard Banknote’s industry leadership is also demonstrated by the company’s successful expansion into the iLottery market, where she helped establish the benchmark for regulatory compliance and operational success in the U.S.

Prior to joining Pollard Banknote, Riva worked at CanWest Global Communications with executive responsibility of the company’s legal affairs. She also worked for the law firm McCarthy Tétrault LLP.

Riva received her Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Civil Law degrees from McGill University in Montréal, Québec and an undergraduate business degree from the University of Western Ontario. She was named one of Canada’s “Top 40 Corporate Counsel: 40 and Under 40” by Lexpert® Magazine in 2005 in recognition of her legal talent and impressive career.

 

Sara Tait, Executive Director, Indiana Gaming Commission, USA

As Executive Director of the Indiana Gaming Commission, Sara Gonso Tait is the chief regulator of Indiana’s 13 casinos, an industry that brings in more than $500 million in tax revenues each year (Indiana’s fourth largest source of revenue) and employs over 12,000 people.  Appointed in June of 2015 and reappointed by Governor Eric Holcomb in 2017, Sara manages an agency budget of $29 million and oversees 240 Indiana Gaming Commission employees, including two police divisions.  The agency also oversees a $375M charity gaming industry and boxing and mixed martial arts.

During Sara’s tenure, the gaming industry has seen significant modernization, growth, consolidation, and investment, all of which Sara has successfully overseen and implemented.  Sara’s culture of high performance, while upholding strong regulatory standards and meeting the demands of statute, has led to a progressive and favorable regulatory market.  Responsibilities have included overseeing land based casino openings, implementing new legislation, and introducing paid fantasy sports and cashless wagering.  Most significantly during Sara’s leadership, Indiana created a nationally recognized regulatory approach for sports betting and launched on a tight timeline.  Indiana’s approach has resulted in an already booming sports betting market.

Sara accepted a staff attorney position with the Indiana Gaming Commission in 2011 and was quickly promoted to Director of License Control, charged with combating illegal gambling operations.  She was promoted to the agency’s top legal position in 2014, serving as Chief Legal Counsel until her appointment as Executive Director.

Sara was born and raised in Indianapolis.  She attended North Central High School where she was a State Champion diver and is an inductee to the Indiana Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame.  Sara continued her diving career at Miami University (Ohio) where she was scholarship athlete for two years.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.   Sara attended the Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis where she graduated in 2010.  Prior to attending law school, Sara worked in Washington Township School District with special needs children and was the head coach for North Central’s diving team.

Sara and her husband, Matt, live in Indianapolis and are the proud parents of young children, Madeline, Elliott and Charlotte.

 

Scott Crowell, Owner, Crowell Law Office Tribal Advocacy Group PLLC, USA

Scott completed his undergraduate education on a debate scholarship at Arizona State University. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics in 1980. Scott earned a membership into the Phi Beta Kappa and Micron Delta Epsilon honor fraternities. Scott won numerous debate championships and received many awards on the national collegiate debate circuit. He also taught, coached, and judged for high school debate programs throughout his college years.

After law school, Scott went to work as an attorney for Burch & Cracchiolo from 1984 to 1988. Most of his work involved complex securities fraud litigation. Occasionally, Scott was able to handle Indian law matters including lead counsel in litigation obtaining a judgment under civil rights laws against the Gila County Sheriff’s Department for failure to adequately train county law enforcement officers regarding limits of state jurisdiction on Indian Land. Yee v. Gila County Sheriff’s Department. This experience motivated Scott to change direction so that he could devote more attention to Native American issues.

In 1991, Scott established Crowell Law Office – Tribal Advocacy Group and at the same time began working with the Spokane Tribe of Indians. With rare exception, the firm has represented tribal governments exclusively. For eleven months in 2000, Scott entered into partnership with Monteau, Peebles and Crowell, but left the partnership to maintain his independence in aggressively representing his clients. Since 1991, Crowell Law Office – Tribal Advocacy Group has grown substantially every year to where the firm now represents a number of tribes throughout the United States.

 

Stephen Martino, Senior Vice President & Chief Compliance Officer, MGM Resorts International, USA

As Senior Vice President & Chief Compliance Officer of MGM Resorts International, Stephen Martino directs the company’s compliance with federal and state laws as well as regulations governing gaming activity, financial transactions, anti-money laundering policy, surveillance and responsible gaming programming. He has oversight of MGM Resorts properties in Las Vegas and throughout the United States. He serves as chairman of the BetMGM Compliance Committee and as a member of the MGM Macau Compliance Committee.

In his role at the company, he draws on more than 15 years of experience in the casino, interactive, lottery and pari-mutuel gaming industries. He served in regulatory positions as executive director of the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission from 2005 to 2010 and then as director of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency from 2010 to 2015. In his regulatory roles, he oversaw the bidding of seven casino licenses and the opening of six casinos. He was a partner with Duane Morris LLP in its corporate and gaming practice groups and served as a special assistant attorney general for the State of Kansas.

 

Susan Hensel, Co-Founder & Partner, Hensel Grad P.C., USA

Susan Hensel was named one of the Ten Most Influential Women in gaming by iGaming Business in 2020. She is Past President of the International Association of Gaming Regulators having served in that position for two terms. She recently stepped down from the association’s Board of Trustees and previously served as Vice-President and Secretary. Susan also sits on the Advisory Board of the All-In-Diversity Project, an industry-driven not-for-profit initiative to benchmark diversity, equality and inclusion in the global gaming industry. 

Susan is a frequent speaker on gaming law and regulation and has spoken throughout the world including in North and South America, Asia, Africa, and Europe.  She has also published articles on gaming regulation and has collaborated with gaming regulators around the globe. She is among the best known and respected U.S. regulators on an international stage.

Prior to co-founding Hensel Grad P.C., Susan Hensel was Director of Licensing for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Susan was the first employee of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and helped build gaming from the ground up in what is today the second largest gaming market in the U.S.

As Licensing Director, she oversaw the licensing, suitability and compliance of the individuals and entities involved in the state’s casinos, online gaming sites and retail and sports wagering providers as well as other gaming verticals. Susan was at the table crafting policy, regulations, and applications from day one of the agency through multiple gaming expansions that added table games, online gaming, sports wagering, VGTs and fantasy contests to Pennsylvania’s menu of gaming offerings.

When Pennsylvania became the fourth state in the country to authorize online gaming, Susan served as agency lead. As Director, Susan oversaw the licensing of more than 100,000 entities and individuals in Pennsylvania.

Susan is a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law and International Association of Gaming Advisors. Before joining the Gaming Board, Susan worked on gaming implementation issues for the Pennsylvania Secretary of Revenue, an ex-officio member of the Gaming Control Board.  Previously, Susan served in executive level positions with Pennsylvania state. She began her career as a television news reporter.

 

Tom Foley, Partner, Foley & Quigley PLC, USA

Tom Foley’s significant administrative and government practice concentrates on Administrative Law, Indian Law, and Gambling Law. His primary focus is advising clients with gaming law transactions and compliance matters, as well as Indian country business and regulatory issues.

One of the nation’s foremost Indian gaming attorneys, Tom provides legal and business counsel to tribal governments and their tribal agencies, along with casino management and development companies, gaming equipment vendors, and financial institutions in connection with matters related to federal, state and tribal regulatory compliance, financing, taxation, Indian lands and i-gaming issues. His Indian gaming business counsel services include counseling related to the NIGC approval process and BIA fee-to-trust land transfers, negotiating and advising in connection with tribal–state gaming compacts, assisting tribal gaming commissions with NIGC and state gaming regulatory compliance, assisting gaming equipment vendors with NIGC and tribal regulatory compliance, and serving as legal counsel to tribal gaming commissions. Tom is also a qualified neutral for Arbitration for Civil matters under Rule 114 in Minnesota.

Prior to establishing FQ Law, Tom was president of Foley Law, LLC, a law firm with a national practice providing gaming business counsel, compliance and litigation services to companies, tribes/tribal agencies, utilities and individuals with respect to Indian gaming and commercial gaming law matters, tribal business transactions and jurisdictional disputes. He was also a member of Lowry Strategies, LLC, a government affairs company focused on consulting service at the federal and state levels to companies, private and public institutions, non-profit organizations, and political candidates with respect to issues and initiatives involving Indian country related issues, as well as gaming, public safety/law enforcement, local government/municipal matters

 

Tomas Enrique Garcia Botta, Partner, MF Estudio Abogados, Argentina

Tomás E. García Botta is based in Buenos Aires and his practice focuses on tax litigation, as well as regulatory and gaming matters. 

He graduated from the Universidad de Buenos Aires and is licensed to practice law in Argentina, having been admitted to the bars of the City of Buenos Aires (Colegio Público de Abogados de la Capital Federal) and the Province of Buenos Aires (Colegio de Abogados de San Isidro).  He has also been authorized to practice before the Federal Courts by the Federal Chamber of Appeals of San Martin (Cámara Federal de Apelaciones de San Martin).  He is a member of the Argentine Association of Fiscal Studies (Asociación Argentina de Estudios Fiscales).

Prior to joining Masot & Frettes Abogados, he was senior associate at Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal, focusing his practice on tax litigation, regulatory and gaming matters.

He has written several articles has also participated in conferences related to gaming and tax matters.  He has advised local and international clients in connection with the Province of Misiones’ online gaming licencing process and more recently the online gaming licencing processes undertaken by the City of Buenos Aires and the Province of Buenos Aires.

Tomás E. Garcia Botta speaks Spanish and English.

 

William J. Pascrell III, Partner, Princeton Public Affairs Group, USA

With a prominent career in state and federal public affairs, William J. Pascrell, III, more commonly known as BPIII, is a lobbyist with PPAG–Princeton Public Affairs Group.

Along with his position at PPAG, BPIII was recently chosen to serve as a Member of Murphy for Governor Finance Committee and Counsel to NJ Governor Murphy Transition Team. BPIII has also been the Passaic County Counsel since his unanimous appointment by the Passaic County Freeholder Board in 1998. He was again unanimously re-appointed for a fourth term in 2007. As the County Counsel, BPIII has orchestrated the consolidation of the Office of Consumer Protection and the Office of Weights and Measures into one as well as amalgamating the County Adjusters Office in order to streamline and bring more efficiency to County government. He has also drafted Passaic County’s first Ethics Codes, which is the strongest in the state of New Jersey, by which the County abides.

Along with these distinctions, BPIII also is a member of the National Council of Problem Gambling Federal Affairs Committee and serves on the Board of Directors for the New Jersey Community Development Corporation, Habitat for Humanity, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and the United Way of Passaic County. He serves as Founder, Board Member and Faculty of the Seton Hall University Law School’s Gaming, Compliance & Integrity Bootcamp, a Trustee for GVC Foundation US, and as a Member of Betegy, LLC, Warsaw Poland Supervisory Board of Directors. The political web site, InsiderNJ, consistently names BPIII in their Power List of top 100 political players in New Jersey. BPIII was recently named to the 2018 Insider 100 Policymakers list.