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Thomas Auriemma, Member, Compliance Committee, Penn National Gaming, USA
Thomas N. Auriemma is one of the casino industry’s leading gaming attorneys and consultants. He has a wealth of knowledge based on almost 40 years of experience. He is currently a member of the Penn National Gaming, Inc. Compliance Committee. From 2007 to 2011, Auriemma was the Vice President/Chief Compliance Officer of Penn National Gaming, Inc. and the president of a number of its subsidiaries. Penn National is a regionally diversified gaming company and one of North America’s largest operators of gaming facilities. He is also a member of the Compliance Committee of Casino Rama in Ontario, Canada, a Penn National Gaming operated facility.
Auriemma’s previous experience includes working as a Deputy Attorney General in the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice and as the Deputy Director of the New Jersey Casino Control Commission’s Legal Division. He has been one of the few individuals to be employed by both casino regulatory agencies in New Jersey. Auriemma also has experience in the private practice of law. Auriemma is a member of the New Jersey and New York bars and has been admitted to practice law before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Auriemma has served as the Secretary, Vice Chair, and Chair of the International Association of Gaming Regulators and is a member of the International Association of Gaming Advisors and the International Masters of Gaming Law. He is a prolific speaker on gaming issues at national and international conferences and universities. Auriemma received his Juris Doctor degree from Seton Hall University School of Law where he graduated second in his class and was a National Law Student Intern at the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office in Newark, New Jersey. Following law school, he was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Marilyn Loftus, a Superior Court Judge in New Jersey. Auriemma received a Bachelor of Arts Magna Cum Laude in History from Seton Hall University and was the recipient of that school’s History Excellence Award in 1972.
William Bogot, Fox Rothschild, LLP, USA
Bill represents clients before government agencies in highly regulated industries. He has worked for all three branches of the Illinois government: the executive, legislative and judiciary. As a former legal adviser to the Illinois Gaming Board (IGB), he authored many of Illinois’ gaming regulations and advised the IGB and the governor’s office on all aspects of gaming law and regulation. Bill draws upon this and his other government experience to counsel clients in gaming and other industries that have regulatory oversight. Bill guides gaming industry companies, suppliers and investors in navigating complex gaming laws. He regularly represents gaming licensees in proceedings before the IGB and has successfully enjoined the IGB from taking away gaming licenses. Bill also serves as the co-chair for the Chicago Bar Association’s Gaming Law Committee. Bill counsels clients on promotional sweepstakes, contests, fantasy sport leagues and charitable raffles, ensuring that such programs comply with state and federal laws and do not constitute illegal gambling. Additionally, Bill regularly litigates in administrative hearings, trial courts and appellate courts. In addition to the IGB, Bill’s experience includes representing clients with the Illinois Racing Board, the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Chicago Department of Public Health, the Illinois State Board of Elections, the University of Illinois, the Illinois Department of Central Management Services, the Illinois Secretary of State, the Illinois Department of Agriculture, the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, the Illinois Department of Revenue, the Cook County Department of Revenue, and countless municipalities. His litigation experience also includes acting as lead counsel in state and nationwide class actions, and handling commercial and regulatory disputes between competitors. Prior to joining Fox Rothschild, Bill was a partner at Nixon Peabody (previously Ungaretti & Harris). Bill was also Acting General Counsel and Legal Counsel to the Illinois Gaming Board for over seven years. Early in his legal career, he was Assistant General Counsel to the Illinois House of Representatives and the judicial law clerk for the Honorable Aaron Jaffe in the Chancery Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County. Bill has a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from the University of California, Santa Cruz (1990), a Master of Public Health degree in health policy and administration from the University of Illinois, Chicago (2006), and a Juris Doctor degree from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law (1994).
Kevin P. Braig, Attorney at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP, USA
With nearly 25 years of legal experience, clients frequently look to Kevin for his experience representing large scale agricultural operations in the area of livestock permitting and communicating and negotiating with both state and local governments, neighbors, citizens groups, and other members of the national agribusiness community. He also is experienced in assisting clients that operate as agricultural cooperatives with specialized business counseling under the Ohio Cooperative Law.
In the technology space, Kevin’s attention is mostly focused with an emphasis on sports betting, esports gaming, daily fantasy sports, and other gaming and blockchain related legal issues. Kevin advises clients with respect to licensing, record-keeping, and compliance with state and federal law, including the Wire Act of 1961 , the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, the Bank Secrecy Act, and gambling laws, rules, and regulations in all 50 states and Australia and Europe. He also has defended governmental enforcement actions, and has drafted statutory gaming language for proposed state gaming laws. His research and knowledge of the economics of network effects and two-sided matching markets add value to his clients’ business strategies in this space.
Kevin's passion for gaming and software development has led to a number of interesting ventures, including the invention and patenting of an electronic system and exchange that enables educational institutions to manage economic risks associated with intercollegiate athletic and educational programs. He also has authored a number of articles relating to both quantitative analysis and regulation in sports.
Tony Cabot, Distinguished Fellow of Gaming Law, UNLV Boyd School of Law, USA
Before joining the Boyd School of Law in March 2018, Anthony Cabot practiced gaming law for 37 years and was a former chair of the gaming law practice and executive committee member at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP. While in private practice, Chambers Global as Leading Lawyers for Business, for Gaming Regulation selected Cabot as the highest tier (star) gaming attorney for ten consecutive years. Chambers USA, as Leading Lawyers for Business, for Gaming Regulation recognized only one of four recognized top-tier gaming lawyers from 2004-2017. Best Lawyers in America recognized him for Gaming Law from 2004 to 2017. Professor Cabot is a founder and past president of the International Masters of Gaming Law, past president of the Nevada Gaming Attorneys Association, and past general counsel to the International Association of Gaming Attorneys.
Michelle Cohen, Attorney, Ifrah Law, USA
As Personnel Partner at Ifrah Law and Vice President-Legal Affairs for a large non-profit organization, Michelle oversees compliance with applicable laws and regulations: she reviews and negotiates contracts with employees, contractors and vendors, plus drafts codes of ethics and behavior, in addition to counselling companies of all sizes on how to maintain compliant workplaces. Increasingly in the age of #MeToo, she is called upon by clients to review internal policies and practices to make sure companies are providing harassment-free workplaces for all of their employees. Michelle has also handled internal investigations involving allegations of workplace harassment, violations of company codes of conduct and invocations of whistleblower protections.
Michelle also advises clients on what policies and procedures can be put in place to show a company’s good faith efforts, should the government come knocking. As Practice Group leader for the Firm’s Data Protection and Cyber Security group, she advises online companies, including but not limited to daily fantasy sports and eSports companies, on privacy matters such as the drafting of online terms and conditions, and the preparation of legal opinions and analysis to support launching of services, including working with payment processors.
When clients find themselves involved in an enforcement matter with the Federal Trade Commission, Federal Communications Commission or state agencies, Michelle’s deep knowledge in these areas and her strong footing in the privacy community help her to resolve issues in the most expedient manner possible. Michelle has extensive experience defending individual and class actions in the consumer protection context, including dozens of Telephone Consumer Protection Act cases. She obtained a rare rescission of an FCC citation in a TCPA enforcement matter.
Michelle leads Ifrah Law’s special GDPR Services, guiding companies which collect, store or mine the personal data of European residents on compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (effective May, 2018).
Michelle’s professional background includes two decades in large firms, including Paul Hastings and Thompson Hine, where she acted as Hiring Partner for the DC office and the Flexible Schedule Coordinator for the law firm. Her litigation experience gives her a solid foundation for helping clients avoid litigation as well as in advising them when they are faced with litigation. Coupled with her employment, regulatory and corporate experience, Michelle’s background allows her to offer her clients a full complement of services.
William R. Corbett, Professor at Law, Louisiana State Univeristy, USA
William R. Corbett holds the Frank L. Maraist Professorship and the Wex S. Malone Professorship at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center of Louisiana State University. He has been a faculty member at LSU since 1991. In 27 years on the faculty, Corbett has taught Labor Law, Employment Law, Employment Discrimination, Comparative Labor Law, Torts, Relational Torts, Federal Civil Procedure, and Louisiana Civil Procedure. Professor Corbett served as Interim Co-Dean of the Law Center during the 2015-16 academic year and as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs from 1997 through 1999. He was a visiting associate professor at William and Mary in 1996 and a visiting professor at the University of Georgia School of Law in 2004, 2011, and 2015. He has served as the executive director of the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel (LADC) since 2001, with responsibility for arranging and administering the continuing legal education programs of the LADC. From 1998 to 2001, he had similar responsibilities while serving as the executive director of the Louisiana Judicial College. Since September 2016, he has served as Faculty Advisor to the Louisiana Judicial College. Professor Corbett has contributed to several books and written numerous articles on labor, employment, and torts topics. His most recent article will be published later this year: Breaking Dichotomies at the Core of Employment Discrimination Law, 45 FLA. ST. UNIV. L. REV. ___ (forthcoming 2018). He is a frequent speaker on continuing legal education programs. Corbett received his B.A. from Auburn University and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Alabama Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. Before coming to the LSU Law Center in 1991, he practiced labor and employment law in Birmingham, Alabama with Burr & Forman.
Scott Crowell, Crowell Law Office Tribal Advocacy Group, USA
Scott D. Crowell, Founder of Crowell Law Office – Tribal Advocacy Group, has practiced extensively in the area of Indian law since the late 1980s. With rare exception, he represents tribal governments exclusively. He has been extensively involved in Indian gaming issues in several states and on national issues, as lead attorney in several lawsuits involving the interpretation and application of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA), including, but not limited to: Rincon Band v. Schwarzenegger, Spokane Tribe v. United States, Shoshone & Bannock Tribes v. Idaho, and Massachusetts v. Wampanoag Aquinnah. He has also served as lead legal counsel in the successful negotiation of numerous tribal-state compacts in several states.
Through this broad base of experience, Mr. Crowell is able to share his expertise in similar problems that have been addressed in different compact and regulatory structures. He has been active in legal and legislative activities throughout his career in Indian gaming, working closely with the NIGA and regional associations, he has written numerous articles, and speaks frequently at seminars and conferences on the legal issues surrounding Indian gaming.
James Deutsch, Blitz Bardgett & Deutsch, L.C., USA
James Deutsch is a founding Member of the Firm and Managing Member of the Jefferson City office with over 30 years of experience representing businesses and individuals in disputes with the state, federal and local governments. His focus is on legislative and rulemaking practice, challenging agency regulatory action, issues of state and federal constitutional law, litigation and appellate practice, on all areas of administrative law with an emphasis on gaming and wagering law.
Jim has been listed for ten years in “Best Lawyers in America” in the field of gaming law and he has appeared and argued before the United States Supreme Court.
Prior to that he was a partner in a major Saint Louis, Missouri law firm practicing in Jefferson City. He spent 12 years working in government, including as: Deputy Director and General Counsel of the Missouri Department of Revenue; Commissioner, Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission; and Chief Deputy Attorney General for Missouri.
Jim has acquired a number of awards and honors over his career. He is rated A/V by Martindale-Hubbell. He has been listed in “Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers” in the field of administrative law. He is a founding member and officer of the International Masters of Gaming Law and is a graduate of the National Judicial College. He has written and lectured frequently on the subject of professional responsibility and ethics in the practice of licensed professions as a result of having been named by the Engineering News Record as “Man of the Year” and made an Honorary Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers for his work in deciding the 1981 collapse of walkways at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri. He is a former United States Marine and Vietnam Veteran. He is active in working with military veterans and veterans’ issues.
Gordon Dickie, Executive Director of the Seminole Tribal Gaming Commission, Seminole, USA
Gordon Dickie has worked with the Seminole Tribe of Florida as Executive Director of the Gaming Commission since 2014, where he currently oversees a staff of 208 surveillance technicians, commission officers, gaming clerks, and has an executive team made up of 10 managers and supervisors. His experience in the gaming industry though goes back all the way to 1980 where he was an agent with the Nevada Gaming Control Board. It was during this time that he worked on several of the most sophisticated gaming cases in the history of Nevada, resulting in some well-known and now famous convictions such as Kabush, Eherenberg and Osborne, John Vaccaro, and notorious Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal.
After his time with the Gaming Control Board, he held many other titles with various casino’s, most notably as the Executive Director for Cabazon Gaming and would go on to become the Chairman of the Compliance Committee for the gaming company Interblock, and Vice President of Compliance and Government Departments for gaming companies Cadillac Jack and Shuffle Master, Inc.
He has been on numerous gaming regulator panels, and has been a guest speaker at numerous trade shows and social events. He has also taught the California DOJ Gaming agents about slot fraud and how to conduct gaming investigations. Needless to say, Gordon Dickie has had an impressive career spanning over thirty years and his experience gives him a unique perspective on many different regulatory issues and practices.
Frank Donaghue, Chief Compliance Officer, Penn National Gaming, Inc., USA
Multifaceted leader with a broad background in legal and executive management roles. Record of success as a managing attorney for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. Proven ability to build consensus and achieve results through leadership, integrity, and a strong work ethic.
As the first Chief Counsel to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, played a significant role in the development and organization of Pennsylvania’s first new state agency in more than 30 years.
As the Director of the Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, in 2002 implemented Pennsylvania’s first Do-Not-Call registry for the prevention of unwanted telemarketing calls.
Served with the Pennsylvania Attorney General as one of the lead negotiators in the $206 billion national tobacco settlement finalized in 1998.
Marc Dunbar, Dean Mead, USA
Mr. Dunbar focuses his practice on governmental relations and legislative advocacy, commercial transactions and gaming. He has more than two decades of experience, and he advises a wide range of clients, with particular emphasis on businesses in highly regulated industries. Mr. Dunbar handles legal matters and provides lobbying representation for a multitude of regulated industries, including motor vehicle manufacturing and dealerships, gaming, tobacco, alcohol, healthcare services and providers, and medical cannabis.
At the trial and appellate levels, Mr. Dunbar is regularly engaged in litigating complex statutory and constitutional matters. He has more than two dozen reported appellate cases that he has won on behalf of clients in regulated professions. In addition to civil, administrative, and appellate litigation, Mr. Dunbar has been very active in assisting regulated entities and private equity firms in exploring and evaluating emerging opportunities in industries in which federal and state governments exercise high levels of oversight and law enforcement agencies focus their scrutiny. He is frequently asked by industry clients to draft proposed changes to complex rules and statutes affecting regulated professions in Florida and elsewhere.
Along with his work for regulated industries, Mr. Dunbar also practices ethics and elections law representing a host of statewide campaigns such as the campaign for Governor Ron DeSantis and the Republican Governors Association. He has served as a gubernatorial appointee to one of Florida’s water management districts and presently is an appointee by Florida’s Chief Financial Officer to the board of Citizens Property Insurance Company.
Furthermore, Mr. Dunbar has extensive private-sector experience outside of his legal practice. Among other examples, he has twice served in senior executive capacities for large, integrated gaming properties; qualified as an expert witness in a gaming-related administrative trial; founded and sold a gaming-related business; and regularly retained as a game-design consultant.
Mr. Dunbar is a member of the Board of Visitors for Florida State University College of Law, where he also serves as an adjunct professor.
Following law school, Mr. Dunbar worked for several years in the public sector. He was recognized for his exceptional legal work by Florida Tax Watch, and he was a recipient of the Davis Productivity Award, which honors state employees for exemplary service to Florida’s taxpayers.
Kelly Duncan, Partner, Jones Walker, USA
Since the early 1990s and the passage of legislation in states outside of Nevada and New Jersey authorizing video poker, riverboat gaming, land-based casinos, and racinos, Kelly has been integrally involved in the representation of major commercial and tribal casino companies as well as manufacturers, suppliers, and financial institutions regarding all matters relating to the development, financing, and operation of such facilities. He has extensive experience handling public-private leases, financings, land use approvals, statutory and regulatory interpretation and compliance, gaming operations, administrative hearings, and litigation.
Among Kelly’s clients are many of the largest gaming operators and gaming equipment manufacturers and suppliers in the world. He also advises major investment banking firms and large commercial lenders involved in secured and unsecured lending, and debt offerings and bond offerings in connection with the development of various gaming projects, as well as REITs.
Kelly is a past president of the International Masters of Gaming Law and a member of the International Association of Gaming Advisors. He has served as a speaker at international gaming conferences and at maritime seminars around the world, and is one of only seven gaming attorneys from the United States listed as a notable practitioner in the 2019 edition of Chambers Global Guide.
Marc Ellinger, Principal, Ellinger and Associates, LLC, USA
Marc Ellinger is a founding partner of Ellinger and Associates, LLC, Attorneys and Counselors at Law. This firm has a civil practice with an emphasis in government regulatory law, political law, and compliance matters. Ellinger has actively engaged in the representation of gaming clients since 1999. He represents gaming licensees, including those operating gaming facilities and online platforms, key personnel, and manufacturer/supplier licensees, on all facets of gaming, including licensing, relicensing, disciplinary matters, gaming transaction compliance matters, legislative counsel and direct representation, including litigation, before the Missouri Gaming Commission. Ellinger regularly speaks and moderates at international gaming conferences on emerging gaming issues. Ellinger is listed in Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, and is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant. He has extensive experience in regulatory matters regarding financial transactions as well as litigation experience representing gaming clients in regulatory actions and in the state and federal courts in Missouri.
Douglas Florence, Qualified Manager , Douglas Investigative Group, USA
Douglas L. Florence Sr., CPP is a gaming, hospitality and retail security/surveillance operations expert. Today on the Patrocinium team providing multi-dimensional communications in 4D with way-point. In an increasingly unpredictable world, organizations are expected to monitor and account for their assets, property, and personnel in real-time. Additionally, organizations are often expected to co-manage the impact of natural and man-made disasters alongside public safety agencies. Organizations that respond to emergencies quickly and effectively are better positioned to assert control and repair reputational damage. Douglas maintains his CA PI 19496 licensing since 1991 and NV PI 1672 License in abeyance as QA for Beskmark a Hospitality Secret Shopper NV PI 1095. Previously a Sr Sales Director at 3VR a San Francisco based company that "captures, analyzes and translates Video data into strategic insights that drive better business decisions.providing Security & Surveillance Solutions to the industry". He was formerly BD Director Gaming at Avigilon, VP Strategic operations for eConnect and was also the VP of Security & Surveillance for the M Resort Spa Casino. During his 23 years of working with the Gaming Industry worldwide Douglas was the Director of Surveillance for the Mirage, Director of Surveillance for the Rio and was the Executive Director of Security for the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas. He has worked for KPMG as a Manager for Corporate Security and Gaming in their Boston office. As an associate with Kroll Associates an international consulting firm with corporate offices in Manhattan and Boston, where Douglas was responsible for investigations in corporate security. He has been a subject matter expert on the use and manufacture of digital video technology and game protection technology and has appeared on numerous Casino Documentaries and other news media on “Advantage Play”, Security and Game Protection. Douglas is designated as a (CPP) Certified Protection Professional by A.S.I.S. International (American Society for Industrial Security International) "Board Certified in Security Management" and served as the founding Council Chair for the ASIS Int’l Gaming & Wagering Protection Council which he founded in 1996. Douglas has also served as the Vice President of Affiliate Membership for the IMGL.
Joseph Grad, Principal, Law Office of Joseph Grad, USA
Joseph W. Grad is a private practitioner in Pennsylvania, representing individuals and entities in all aspects of gaming law in numerous jurisdictions. Mr. Grad was one of the first attorneys hired by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB), and served in the positions of Assistant Chief Counsel and Special Counsel for Corporate Finance & Governance. During his tenure with the PGCB, he drafted, developed and shaped many of the PGCB’s regulations, policies and procedures. Of note, Mr Grad was the principal drafter of the PGCB’s licensing regulations. In such role, Mr. Grad drafted the first regulations in the United States specific to the licensing of private investment funds. In addition, he served as the PGCB’s legal advisor on matters involving corporate licensees, including all mergers and acquisitions within the PGCB’s jurisdiction. Mr. Grad received a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Scranton, a J.D. from the Pennsylvania State University and an LL.M. in Securities Laws and Financial Regulation from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Becky Harris, Sports Betting Fellowship, UNLV, USA
Becky Harris recently joined the International Center for Gaming Regulation at UNLV. She is the sports betting fellow. Her current project involves finalizing the formation, launch, and inaugural meeting of the U.S. Sports Betting Forum; an outlet designed to convene stakeholders from across the United States to discuss policy and regulatory issues relating to legal sports wagering.
Becky Harris served as the first female Chair of Nevada Gaming Control Board, the finest regulatory body in the world. Responsible for comprehensively regulating the multi-billion dollar gaming industry in the State of Nevada, she helped navigate the Nevada gaming industry through controversial issues such as the #MeToo movement and cannabis regulation as it relates to casinos.
Ms. Harris studied Political Science and French at Brigham Young University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1989. She attended J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, graduating in 1992. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) in 2000, and earned an LL.M. from UNLV, Boyd School of Law in 2016.
Ms. Harris represented State Senate District 9 in Clark County for two legislative sessions. During the 2017 Legislative Session, she served on the Senate Judiciary, Finance, and Education Committees. Additionally, she served as the Treasurer of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States and was selected to Chair its Committee on Responsible Gaming. Ms. Harris also served as Nevada’s State Director for Women in Government. During the 2015 Legislative Session, she served as the Chair of the Senate Education Committee, Vice-Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and was a member of the Senate Commerce, Labor and Energy Committee.
While practicing law in Las Vegas. Ms. Harris’ areas of focus included counseling business clients in entity formation; maintaining compliance with State and Local Regulations; contract negotiations, commercial leases and dispute resolution.
Chad Hoehne, CEO, Table Trac, USA
Mr. Hoehne is the President and Founder of Table Trac, Inc. He is responsible for leading the Company’s technology initiatives. He has a BS in Business Administration and Finance from Minnesota State University. Prior to founding Table Trac in 1995 he worked for a Minneapolis-based electronics and software company.
Henrik Norsk Hoffmann
Henrik Norsk Hoffmann is a founding partner of Nordic Gambling and he has 14 years of experience from working in the industry.
Henrik has 14 years of experience from working in the industry. He is a Danish attorney at law and he specializes in gaming law, corporate and commercial law and international commercial and arbitration law. He offers legal advice in regard to gaming law issues in Denmark. Hoffmann has worked with gaming law since 2002, and has handled some of the most important court cases regarding gambling and in particular poker.
Henrik has been appointed to be a member of a committee under the Danish Ministry of Justice, which was appointed with the task of reviewing Danish Gambling law on poker. Hoffman was the first Young Gaming Attorney to be inducted into the International Masters of Gaming Law. Henrik is based in Frankfurt, Germany.
Joerg Hofmann, Senior Partner, MELCHERS Law Firm, Germany
Dr. Joerg Hofmann is senior partner of MELCHERS law firm in Germany with offices in Heidelberg, Berlin and Frankfurt. He is one of the Past Presidents of the International Masters of Gaming Law (2014 and 2015) and the group leader of the gaming law practice group of his law firm. Hofmann has practiced gaming law since mid of the 90th as one of Germany’s leading gaming lawyers. MELCHERS’ legal advice is highly valued by global market leaders in all sectors of gaming law. The firm’s scope of clients include operators, manufacturers and suppliers of gaming equipment or devices as well as software and testing companies and regulators. Joerg has been frequently ranked as a “Leading Individual” in Gaming & Gambling by Chambers Global since 2011 and is recognized as best German Gaming lawyer by “Best Lawyers” and “HANDELSBLATT” since 2014. Hofmann acts regularly as speaker or moderator in international gaming law conferences domestic and abroad. He frequently publishes articles in international experts’ magazines and periodicals and serves as a member of the editorial board of Gaming Law Review and Economics.
Connie Jones, Director of Responsible Gaming, Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM), USA
Constance Jones is Director of Responsible Gaming for the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM). Her role has helped to strengthen the bridge of communication and understanding between the gaming industry, specifically that of a gaming technology providers, and the problem gambling communities. Jones, a twenty-year veteran of the gaming industry, has presented at numerous conferences and events on the gaming manufacturer’s role in RG and the evolution of RG technologies. Casino Enterprise Management magazine named her as one the “Great Women in Gaming.” Jones, a former board member of the National Council on Problem Gambling for over 12 years, currently serves on the boards of the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling, the Problem Gambling Center in Las Vegas as well as the Global Gaming Guidance Group based in Europe. In 2011 Jones was appointed by Nevada Governor Gibbons, then reappointed by Governor Sandoval for 2 terms to serve on the state’s Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling. She is also a member of International Masters of Gaming Law and chairs their Responsible Gaming Committee.
Stephen Ketteley, Partner, Wiggin, UK
Steve Ketteley is a partner at Wiggin, a leading firm in the media, entertainment and gaming spaces. He is based in London. By background, Stephen is a commercial, regulatory and technology lawyer and concentrates on advising clients on all operational and regulatory aspects of their businesses, with a particular expertise in the infrastructure that underpins the on-line gambling industry. He acts for operators and suppliers alike by drafting, negotiating and advising on matters such as intellectual property, software licensing and development, white-label supply agreements and affiliate arrangements and advises on the regulatory aspects of corporate transactions and the corresponding issues affecting investors, lenders and intermediaries. He regularly speaks at the sector’s major conferences, regularly writes for its major publications and is noted in Chambers and the Legal500 as an expert on legal matters relating to the online gambling industry.
Kyle Kirkland, Owner, Club One Casino, USA
Mr. Kirkland is the President of the California Gaming Association, a 501c6 non-profit trade association which represents licensed California cardrooms. Mr. Kirkland is also the President and owner of Club One Casino, a 51-table cardroom in Fresno, California and two smaller cardrooms. He is a frequent spokesperson for the California cardroom industry.
Previously, Mr. Kirkland served as chairman of the board of Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc., the largest manufacturer of musical instruments in the U.S. Earlier in his career, Mr. Kirkland worked at Drexel Burnham Lambert, a Beverly Hills investment bank, and Bain & Company, a global consulting firm.
Mr. Kirkland sits on the Board of the Fresno Chaffee Zoo and runs the Kirkland Foundation, a 501c3 public charity which supports animal rescue efforts in the Central Valley.
Mr. Kirkland received an A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard College and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.
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.
Jeremy had previously been a member of the Firm and head of its Gaming Law Practice Group prior to his time at Coastal Development. He advised financial institutions, gaming equipment manufacturers, lottery providers and casino operators on all matters related to licensing, compliance and other regulatory matters.
Jeremy is a co-founder and director of iDevelopment and Economic Association (iDEA), an industry association seeking to grow jobs and expand online interactive entertainment business in the United States through advocacy and education.
Jeremy serves on the Board of Trustees of the International Association of Gaming Advisors, is a past Chair of the Casino Law Section of the New Jersey Bar Association, and is a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law. He is a frequent panelist at gaming industry conferences.
Suzanne P. Leckert, Managing Partner, Convergence Strategy Group, USA
Founding partner of both Renaissance, L.L.C. and Convergence Strategy Group, Ms. Leckert has been providing planning and analytical services to clients globally since 2003. Holding the American Planning Association’s AICP credential, Ms. Leckert is skilled in strategic planning and the use of analytical tools, including geographic information systems (GIS). She routinely performs market research, feasibility studies, financial analyses, planning studies, and competitive assessments, giving her clients in the private, tribal and public sectors the data and insights they need to make critical decisions.
Ms. Leckert was awarded the LA-APA’s “Excellence Award” for the Shreveport Common Market Assessment in 2015, and was named by Global Gaming Business as an “Emerging Leader” in the casino gaming industry, 2013/2014. During her successful career, she has evaluated the practicality and feasibility of large and small-scale developments across the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Central America, Europe, and Africa. Her clients have included: Wynn Resorts, Rush Street Gaming, Greater Kansas Racing Alliance, Ajax Downs, Peninsula Pacific, Wilmorite, Caesars Entertainment, Isle of Capri, Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, General Assembly of the State of Delaware, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, Government of Bermuda, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, Regional Planning Commission of New Orleans, and Plaquemines Port Harbor and Terminal District, Lafourche Parish, and the City of Gretna, Louisiana.
Ms. Leckert previously worked for TMG Consulting as Director of Gaming, Feasibility and Land Use Analysis, and was the Director of Development Analysis at The Innovation Group. Serving the City of New Orleans, Ms. Leckert was a City Planner and Special Assistant to the Planning Director. Her nearly two decades of work experience includes a staff position with U.S. Senator John Breaux and one with the Tax and Estates practice of the law firm Jones Walker.
Ms. Leckert has a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans, and a Master’s Certificate in Historic Preservation. In her graduate studies, Ms. Leckert assessed the economic impact of historic district designation, and made recommendations for the revitalization and redevelopment of historic neighborhoods and commercial corridors.
Kate Lowenhar-Fisher, Member, Dickinson Wright PLLC, USA
Ms. Lowenhar-Fisher is a leading Nevada gaming attorney who counsels many of the world’s premier gaming companies on regulatory issues in connection with mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, reorganizations and financings. She has extensive experience advising clients on issues related to Internet gaming, social gaming, fantasy sports, liquor licensing, nightclubs, restaurants, sweepstakes, contests, and promotions. She regularly represents individuals and businesses before regulatory agencies, including the Nevada State Gaming Control Board, the Nevada Gaming Commission, the Clark County Liquor and Gaming Licensing Board and the Las Vegas City Council.
Ms. Lowenhar-Fisher is a member of the International Association of Gaming Advisors and the International Masters of Gaming Law. In addition, she is active in non-profit organizations, and she sits on the board of directors of Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada and the board of Grant a Gift Autism Foundation.
Since 2003, Kate has donated more than 1,200 hours of pro bono legal services to the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada in connection with her representation of abused and neglected children. In 2009 the Legal Aid Center awarded Kate the Myrna Women’s Children’s Pro Bono Attorney of the Year award. In addition, in 2009 Kate was honored with the Local Heroes Award by Bank of America’s Neighborhood Excellence Initiative. In recognition of her pro bono contributions, ABA Journal Magazine featured Kate in its February 2013 national cover story regarding lawyers who are deeply committed to providing pro bono legal services.
Prior to joining Dickinson Wright, PLLC, Kate was a shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP specializing in gaming law and commercial transactions.
Martin Lycka, Director of Regulatory Affairs, GVC, UK
Martin Lycka, solicitor, is the Corporate Industrial Affairs Director at GVC Holdings. Martin has been an in-house legal and regulatory counsel to large operators in the gambling industry for over 8 years. Prior to that Martin worked with a number of other entities, including Salans Europe LLP or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. He has graduated from the Prague Law Faculty and has obtained a LLM degree at the College of Europe in Bruges as well as a LLB degree at the University Law London. Martin has authored or co-authored over 80 academic articles as well as 3 books on EU law and gambling law.
John K. Maloney, Owner, The Law Offices of John K. Maloney, USA
John K. Maloney is the founder of the Law Offices of John K. Maloney with offices in Las Vegas and Sacramento. Maloney specializes in the area of gaming regulatory law and assists gaming clients in domestic and international markets. The work includes representation of gaming vendors, to include gaming manufactures and distributors in such markets. Maloney has more than 30 years in the gaming field and spent 8 years with the State of Nevada Gaming Control Board in the Investigations Division and four years with the Casino Control Division in Queensland, Australia. This work involved complex forensic accounting investigations of large multinational companies and interactions with law enforcement and regulatory bodies worldwide. Maloney is a founding member of the International Masters of Gaming Law. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.) in the Gaming Law Section and The Chambers Guide. Maloney is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley, earned a Masters degree from the American Graduate School of International management (Thunderbird) and a JD from the University of Pacific’s Mc George School of Law.
Quirino Mancini, Global Head of Gaming & Gambling Practice, Tonucci & Partners, Italy
Quirino Mancini is a partner at Tonucci, a top ten Italian general practice firm with offices in Rome, Milan, Brescia, Padua and Florence as well one of the leading Western firms in the key Eastern European markets such as Romania, Serbia and Albania. Quirino has a vast experience and a solid as well as long-established professional background in the sports, entertainment, media, and e-commerce fields. In particular, over the past fifteen years he has developed an almost unique know-how and specialist practice in national/EU gaming & gambling law acting on behalf of several foreign-based operators in connection with their Italian market entry plans as well as advising them on joint-venture and M&A deals, commercial partnerships sponsorship arrangements and contract matters in general. He also advises market analysts, investment houses and venture capital funds involved in the Italian gaming business. He also offers a bespoke match-making service aimed at devising the most sensible Italian business strategies and introducing foreign companies planning to enter the Italian market to suitable local businesses for purposes of joint venture, acquisition or commercial deals. Quirino is a regular speaker at the most important European and international gaming conferences and sits in the editorial board of various gaming and sports publications. He is a member of the advisory board of the International Research for Gambling and Gaming of Bonn, Germany. He is the Secretary of the International Masters of Gaming Law and a member of its Leadership Committee. Awarded Top Rank (Band 1) status by Chambers Global as the leading lawyer in Italy in the gaming and gambling field for six consecutive years (2009-15). Rated by Who’s Who Legal as one of the Italian leading sports & entertainment lawyers. He is a co-founder and editor of www.gaminglaw.eu, a pan-European information and commentary portal focusing on legal and regulatory issues under European and national gaming laws.
Art Manteris, VP Race & Sports Operations, Red Rock Resorts, USA
Art Manteris brings more than 35 years of Nevada race and sports book expertise to his role at Station Casinos as Vice President of Race and Sports Operations where he oversees the race and sports book operations for the Company’s 16 sports books in Southern Nevada. Manteris recently oversaw the design and development of ten expanded or remodeled state-of-the-art race and sports books for Station Casinos, several of which now offer the best video screen and odds display technology available in the world today. Manteris was also instrumental in creating and overseeing the Company’s STN Sports mobile gaming app that offers enhanced browsing and wagering on sporting and racing events delivered in real time and with more engaging content. He also continues to spearhead the company's ongoing technology evolution in race and sports with a new management software and introduced a mobile prepaid debit card. He has been instrumental in the development of a new "live" in-play sports wagering product expected to launch exclusively at Station Casinos Sports Books in the fourth quarter of 2017. Prior to joining Station Casinos in 2001, Manteris was with the Las Vegas Hilton and later its parent company Park Place Entertainment (today Caesars Entertainment) for 15 years, where he first served as Vice President of Race and Sports Operations for one property and expanded his role to oversee nine major sports books on the corporation’s behalf. He also served in various sports book capacities for Caesars Palace, Barbary Coast, the Stardust and Fremont Hotel & Casino. Regarded as one of the foremost authorities in the sports gaming industry, Manteris oversaw the first computer networking of race and sports books in Nevada history in the late-80’s and has been a policy contributor to the Nevada State Gaming Control Board, Nevada State Gaming Commission, Nevada Resort Association and previously assisted the American Gaming Association as well. He was also a leading advocate and creator of the Nevada Pari-Mutuel Association and longtime member of its influential Rate Committee that negotiates track video signals from all major US racing circuits. He has produced multiple company record sports book years in handle, revenue and hold percentage in all of his leadership positions in the gaming industry. Additionally, Manteris authored the original Sports Book House Wagering Rules and Regulations used by the majority of race and sports books in Nevada and many betting operations worldwide and co-authored “SuperBookie, Inside Las Vegas Sports Gambling” back in 1991. He is a former college casino management instructor and was a longtime security consultant to the NBA. He has been licensed by the Nevada State Gaming Commission since 1991. Manteris is a graduate of the University of Nevada- Las Vegas.
Sean McGuinness, Partner, Butler Snow, USA
Mr. McGuinness is a partner at Butler Snow LLP. His practice focuses primarily in the areas of gaming, tribal affairs, administrative and corporate law. He is also involved with gaming bankruptcy matters. Mr. McGuinness has represented clients with licensing and regulatory matters before the Nevada State Gaming Control Board, the Nevada Gaming Commission, the Mississippi Gaming Commission, the Colorado Division of Gaming, the Iowa Racing & Gaming Commission and the National Indian Gaming Commission. He has also participated in gaming- related matters in other jurisdictions such as California, Louisiana, Michigan, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Canada, Switzerland and Hungary. Mr. McGuinness has represented clients in gaming bankruptcy matters, including the Herbst Gaming, Station Casinos, Fitzgeralds Gaming Corporation, the Aladdin Hotel and Casino, and the Resort at Summerlin proceedings. He is also a frequent speaker on gaming issues at the State Bar of Nevada and the American Bar Association continuing legal education seminars. He has also assisted Professor Keith Miller at Drake University Law School with his alma mater’s gaming law course. Mr. McGuinness is listed in the 2011 edition of Chambers USA America’s Leading Business Lawyers, by Chambers and Partners Publishers, in the category of Gaming and Licensing. Mr. McGuinness was previously with Beckley Singleton, which partnered with Lewis and Roca in 2007. Prior to joining the firm, he was Vice President and General Counsel for The Resort at Summerlin Hotel & Casino (1997-2001), had a private gaming law practice in Mississippi (1994-1997) and served as Compliance Director for the Mississippi Gaming Commission (1992-1993).
John McManus, Executive VP, General Counsel and Secretary, MGM Resorts International, USA
John M. McManus is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for MGM Resorts International. In this role, Mr. McManus is responsible for oversight of the Company’s legal affairs and its legal department. Mr. McManus works closely with members of senior management and the Company’s Board of Directors. Mr. McManus joined MGM in 2001 and has served as counsel in various capacities at the parent company and its operating subsidiaries during his tenure. Before joining the Company, Mr. McManus held the position of Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for the Sahara Hotel & Casino and worked as an associate attorney with the Las Vegas law firm of Schreck, Jones, Bernhard, Woloson & Godfrey.
Darrell Miers, Owner, Arise LLC, USA
Darrell Miers is a gaming industry entrepreneur with over thirty years’ experience in table and machine based games and is currently President of Arise, LLC a third party proposition player provider to the California card club industry.
Darrell co-founded the funded third party proposition player industry in California with the establishment of Core Partners and Core Capital Management in the early 1990’s and thereafter he successfully spearheaded the development of California legislation to provide for the regulation of third party proposition players.
Darrell is a member of the California Gambling Control Commission’s Gaming Policy Advisory Committee.
Keith Miller, Professor of Law, Drake University Law School, USA
Keith C. Miller is the Ellis and Nelle Levitt Distinguished Professor of Law at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Professor Miller earned his undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the UMKC Law Review. After practicing law in Kansas City, Missouri, Professor Miller received his L.L.M degree at the University of Michigan Law School. At Drake University, Professor Miller teaches and writes in the areas of gaming law, torts, and products liability, and his scholarship includes articles and treatises on torts, products liability, and gaming law topics. In 2011, he co-authored a casebook, The Law of Gambling and Regulated Gaming, with Anthony Cabot. The book, published by Carolina Academic Press, is used both in law schools and other departments of universities. Professor Miller has acted as Drake University’s Faculty Athletics Representative to the NCAA, and he has served as the Faculty Advisor to the Drake Law Review for twenty years. Professor Miller also teaches at the University of Nantes (France) where he has been a Professeur Invitée since 1992. He has also lectured at the University of Foggia (Italy), and was a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin.
Nicole Metzgar-Schall, Corporate Counsel, 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.
Donna More, Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP, USA
Donna provides compliance, regulatory, corporate and transaction services to clients in Illinois and throughout the United States in highly regulated industries such as gaming, medical cannabis, liquor, sweepstakes and contests. Drawing upon her experience as general counsel to the Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) and her tenure as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois and Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney, Donna advises clients on all licensing and regulatory issues in hearings before administrative agencies. She also represents clients in commercial and regulatory disputes involving competitors.
Donna regularly represents casinos, video gaming terminal operators, manufacturers and distributors, game developers and other companies involved in the gaming industry in Illinois and nationwide. As the first general counsel to the IGB, she was involved in the process of legalizing gaming in Illinois and helped write the regulations governing the state’s gaming industry that remain in place today. This first-hand knowledge enables Donna to provide extensive insight and counsel to companies in the gaming industry in Illinois regarding licensing, compliance, investigations and commercial disputes. Additionally, she advocates for clients before agency boards and commissions, litigates compliance issues in administrative and disciplinary hearings, and negotiates settlements.
Donna also helps clients comply with Illinois’ Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. This includes working with clients to secure cultivation licenses from the Illinois Department of Agriculture and dispensary licenses from the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. In addition to helping them comply with regulations, Donna assists growers and dispensaries with general business matters, shareholder agreements and operational plans. For banking clients, she provides counsel regarding U.S. Department of Treasury issues related to medical cannabis.
Donna has sat on the board of directors of two publically traded companies. She is a past president of the International Association of Gaming Advisors and is a current member of the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL). Donna formed and is the current co-chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Gaming Law Committee. She participates as a speaker in numerous gaming conferences each year.
Hai Ng, Technology Strategist, Neomancer, LLC, USA
Hai is co-founder of Spawn Point, a strategic advisory firm that operates at the intersection of gaming and esports. He routinely speaks publicly about esports to the gaming industry and collaborates with the Nevada Esports Alliance, UNLV’s International Gaming Institute, and Esports Integrity Coalition on emerging esports issues. With more than three decades of experience in technology, and more than a decade in gaming, his acumen fuels solutions that thrive at the intersection between industries. He is a regular contributor to iGaming Business, and section editor of iGaming Business North America’s Fantasy and eSports Section. He is also an owner of Chaos Theory, Singapore’s first professional esports team.
An expert technologist, Hai is also co-founding partner at Neomancer, a technology strategy and management group. He is credited with designing and orchestrating the first AR demo on the floor of the NYSE and the first AR tool deployed on the floor of NYMEX. Over the last several years, he has been a technology ambassador for Open-Source VR, showcasing the opportunities that VR can bring to the motion picture and iGaming industries.
Under his leadership at Neomancer, the company forged a development relationship with Continent 8 Technologies that led to Hai’s appointment as CIO. During his tenure, Hai and his team helped the company expand into Asia.
Michael Pollock, Managing Director, Spectrum Gaming, USA
Michael Pollock oversees a broad portfolio of Spectrum services, including policy and impact studies for country, state and local governments, and financial and market studies for private-sector clients. Pollock – a pioneer in the study of the economic impacts of gaming -- is the author of the award-winning book Hostage to Fortune: Atlantic City and Casino Gambling, published by the Center for Analysis of Public Issues in Princeton. The book examines the impact of casinos on Atlantic City and New Jersey.
He has led economic-impact studies around the world from Spain and Korea to Guam and Cyprus, as well as in Florida, Georgia, Washington State, Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut and other states, provinces and municipalities in North America.
Pollock began analyzing the casino industry in 1978 and served as spokesman for the New Jersey Casino Control Commission from 1991 through 1996. He was a close advisor to the chairman, and oversaw the Office of Legislative Liaison. During this period of rapid deregulation, his charge was to maintain public confidence in the integrity of the regulatory system.
He has testified before the International Tribunal at The Hague, the World Bank in Washington DC, the US Senate Indian Affairs Committee and the US Senate Select Committee on Indian Gaming, and has been a featured speaker at the Congressional Gaming Caucus, a group of US House of Representatives members from gaming jurisdictions. He has also testified before numerous legislative committees throughout the United States.
He has led Spectrum economic analyses in markets throughout North America, as well as in Latin America, Guam and Korea.
Pollock has won 20 journalism awards, and is the former editorial page editor of The Press of Atlantic City. Pollock is often cited by national media outlets, including The New York Times, Star-Ledger, BBC, MSNBC, ABC News and National Public Radio.
Pollock earned his MBA, with high honors, from Rutgers University, and has served as a member of the adjunct faculty of New York University, Rutgers University and Stockton University.
Kevin Quigley, Attorney / Consultant, Foley & Quigley PLC, USA
Kevin Quigley's practice is focused on providing Indian gaming business counsel services nationwide to casino management/development companies, gaming equipment vendors, financial institutions and tribal governments and their tribal agencies with matters related to federal, state and tribal regulatory compliance, financing, taxation, jurisdiction, Indian lands and i-gaming issues. Quigley also assists tribes and states with negotiating tribal-state compacts, acts as legal counsel to tribal gaming commissions, and advises utility companies with tribal jurisdiction issues. Besides his Indian country work, Quigley also assists gaming industry clients in connection with Minnesota state licensing and regulatory compliance matters. In addition to being elected in 2005 as a general member of the International Masters of Gaming Law, Quigley has been selected for The Best Lawyers in America for Gaming Law and Native American Law for many years, and is a frequent speaker and writer on Indian gaming business matters.
Roger Quiles, Partner, Quiles Law, USA
Roger R. Quiles, Esq. is a leading attorney servicing the esports industry. Roger represents dozens of businesses and individuals who operate on all sides of the esports industry, including teams, players, shoutcasters, event hosts, Twitch streamers, Youtube content creators, tournament providers, marketing and apparel companies, and more. Roger is one of the few attorneys experienced in representing both an esports and traditional sports clientele, having also represented athletes and sports businesses. Roger counsels his clients on a variety of business, intellectual property, corporate, mergers and acquisitions, sports and gaming matters. As one of the preeminent esports attorneys, Roger's work has been featured in publications such as ESPN, Dot Esports, Law 360, and more.
An avid legal writer, Roger authored The Little Legal Handbook for ESports Teams, an ebook discussing the basic legal principles involved in creating an esports team. Roger also wrote several articles on recent and emerging Sports Law and Business Law developments.
In addition to representing individuals in the esports industry through his law practice, Roger also is the Co-Founder of FTW Talent, a full service esports talent management agency representing players, coaches, and influencers.
Prior to starting his own law practice, Roger worked for a New York City judge and a small firm in Manhattan.
Roger firmly believes that most of life's problems can be solved with Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start.
John Roberts, Executive Director Tribal Gaming Commission at Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, USA
Over 25 years Legal, financial and HR experience in Tribal gaming, casino management, with emphasis on compliance, financial reports, administrative procedures, internal controls, fraud investigations, surveillance procedures and investigations, management, marketing, human resources and legal responsibilities in tribal casinos and tribal gaming commissions. Frequent gaming panel participant nationally and internationally and author of numerous nationally published articles. Recipient of IMGL Regulator of the Year, Indian Country 2013.
Dan Russell, Dean Mead, USA
Mr. Russell focuses his practice on civil and administrative litigation, government relations, and regulated industries. He regularly represents clients before federal and circuit courts and, with respect to regulatory matters, before the State of Florida’s Division of Administrative Hearings. He advises a number of executive branch agencies on issues ranging from challenges to proposed agency rules, up to and including complex federal class action litigation.
During his career, Mr. Russell has served as general counsel of the Florida Lottery, where he managed the legal affairs of the lottery’s $5.5 billion per year operation. As general counsel, Mr. Russell was responsible for handling bid protests, administrative, state and federal litigation, and all other legal matters.
Mr. Russell is a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law, an invitation-only, non-profit association of gaming attorneys, regulators, educators, executives, and consultants from around the world who are dedicated to education and the exchange of professional information concerning all aspects of gaming law. He frequently serves on panels and speaks at national and international gaming conferences.
Mr. Russell also is the former general counsel for Gulfstream Park, Florida’s premier thoroughbred track and casino. He was responsible for all legal, compliance, regulatory, and risk management at the 150-acre facility, which included a horse race track, two casinos, a poker room, and an outdoor shopping mall.
Birgitte Sand, Director of the Danish Gambling Authority (DGA), Denmark
Birgitte Sand, Director of the Danish Gambling Authority (DGA). In 2008, appointed to her current position after being a long-standing member of the Executive Board of the National Tax Administration in Copenhagen. Birgitte Sand has been responsible for the successful implementation of a partly liberalisation of the Danish Gambling Market. The results show that the market is now stable, highly compliant and well-functioning. DGA is responsible for issuing licences – and furthermore supervising and controlling – a wide range of gaming providers that stretches from land-based casinos to lotteries, gaming machines, charity lotteries, betting, online casino, public poker tournaments and horseracing. Birgitte Sand holds a master’s degree in Law from the University of Copenhagen and among several executive educations including an INSEAD Executive Programme. She began her career in the Danish Court of Taxation, but has since then covered a wide range of different tasks and management positions in the Ministry of Taxation. Her experiences span from legal advice on corporate tax structures and taxation of private companies and property to central IT responsibilities, and furthermore includes projects regarding leadership, innovation, strategy, change of organizational structures and the development of a nationwide user-friendly IT solution for salary payments. She has also been a long-standing member of the Board coordinating the nationwide tax compliance projects. Since 2011, Birgitte Sand has been a member of the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) Board of Trustees and served as President from October 2014 to October 2015. She is still serving as a trustee and furthermore as chair of the subcommittee for statistics.
Tommy Shepherd, Partner, Jones Walker, USA
Tommy represents a broad spectrum of clients in all types of commercial and regulated matters. He has extensive experience in acquisitions, public-private leases, financings, land-use approvals, statutory and regulatory interpretation and compliance, operations, and administrative hearings.
An accomplished gaming attorney, Tommy advises some of the world’s largest gaming operators and suppliers, and he is a regular contributor to the firm’s Gulf States Gaming Law Blog, available at www.gulfstatesgaminglaw.com. He also serves as an adjunct professor to the University of New Hampshire School of Law’s online program for a Certificate in Sports Wagering and Integrity.
Tommy is leader of the firm’s commercial transactions team. In this capacity, and in his own practice, he advises major private equity and investment banking firms and large commercial lenders involved in secured and unsecured lending. He also counsels clients with regard to debt offerings and bond offerings in connection with the development of various projects.
An acknowledged thought leader, Tommy serves frequently on panels and speaks on a range of business, legal, ethics, and regulatory issues at national and international conferences.
Britt Singletary, Singletary & Thrash, P.A., USA
Britt earned his BA and JD degrees from the University of Mississippi. He served as law clerk for the Mississippi Supreme Court and the US District Court. He was attorney for the US Senate Judiciary Committee for three years before being appointed US Magistrate Judge for eight years. Britt has been actively representing gaming clients since 1993. He was retained as lead counsel for licensure and construction of the Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino, all located in Biloxi, Mississippi. Britt was local counsel for licensure in Mississippi for several manufacturers and distributors including, Konami, Shufflemaster, Interblock and Cadillac Jack. Britt has litigated numerous cases for clients in the industry in several states. Britt is currently a member of the Appeal Panel resolving the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill off the coast of Louisiana. It is the largest class action settlement in world history. Britt is a founding member of IMGL and is a frequent speaker at gaming conferences.
Carl Sottosanti, General Counsel of Penn National Gaming, Inc., USA
Carl Sottosanti serves as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Penn National Gaming, Inc. (NASDAQ: PENN), a $3 billion revenue company with 27 gaming facilities in 17 jurisdictions. Carl joined Penn in May 2003 and focuses 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. (NASDAQ: SCAI), a leading international provider of banking software. Before joining Sanchez, he was Assistant General Counsel for Salient 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: STCIA), 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.
Robert Stocker, Member, Robert Stocker PLLC, USA
Robert W. Stocker II is the managing member of Robert Stocker PLLC. He has an international practice in the areas of gaming (commercial, internet, charitable, Indian, and sweepstakes), regulatory, business, corporate, and alternative insurance programs (captives and insurance pools) law. Mr. Stocker is also an adjunct professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where he teaches courses in gaming law, business planning, business organizations, and alternative insurance programs, and is a recipient of the Frederick J. Griffith III Adjunct Faculty Award for excellence in teaching. Mr. Stocker has been recognized by his peers for inclusion in Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, and Michigan Super Lawyers for his expertise in gaming law, and he has been elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is the editor and co-author of The Michigan Gaming Law Legal Resource Book. Mr. Stocker is also the co-author of Chapter 25 of Collier's Guide to Chapter 11 Practice, entitled "Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Cases Involving Casino Businesses." Law review articles co-authored by Mr. Stocker include "Gambling with Bankruptcy: Navigating a Casino Through Chapter 11 Proceedings" and "Remedying the Lose-Lose Game of Compulsive Gambling: Voluntary Exclusions, Mandatory Exclusions, or an Alternative Method?" He is a founding member and past president of the International Masters of Gaming Law; Chair of the American Bar Association annual program on gaming enforcement, the Gaming Law Minefield Conference; past Chair of the Gaming Law Committee of the American Bar Association; and a member of the Editorial Board of Gaming Law Review. Mr. Stocker has spoken on numerous gaming, business, and alternative insurance issues at a variety of national and international conferences and educational programs.
Steve Suflas, Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP, USA
Steven W. Suflas is the Managing Partner of the Denver office of Ballard Spahr LLP, one of the 100 largest law firms in the country, where he concentrates his practice in the representation of management in all phases of labor and employment law. He also works out of the firm’s New Jersey office. A member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Group, he is a past Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section.
Mr. Suflas was honored to be selected in the inaugural class as a Fellow in the American Bar Association’s College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, has annually received the highest rating from Chambers and Partners in its directory of America’s Leading Business Lawyers, and has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America since 1987. He annually has been named as one of the “Top 100” employment attorneys in the nation by Human Resource Executive magazine.
Mr. Suflas is a frequent author and lecturer, serving on the faculty for programs sponsored by the National Employment Law Institute, the American Bar Association, the American Law Institute, the Colorado Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, and the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, among many others.
Mr. Suflas served as a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics for a decade, as well as an appointee on the Court's Ad Hoc Committee on Continuing Legal Education. He also was a trustee of the New Jersey State Bar Association.
Mr. Suflas also serves on the National Advisory Panel for the National Employment Law Institute.
Mr. Suflas received his Bachelors degree from Davidson College and his law degree, with honors, from the University of North Carolina School of Law, where he graduated Order of the Coif and was a member of the North Carolina Law Review.
Mr. Wallach is a leading U.S. authority on gaming law and sports law, and has counseled professional sports teams, fantasy sports operators, casinos, racetracks, sports betting companies, and other gaming industry participants on a wide spectrum of legal matters. He is one of the leading voices in the emerging area of sports gambling law, and is frequently quoted for his insights on sports betting and daily fantasy sports legal issues by major U.S. media outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Fox News, CNBC, MSNBC, and C-Span. Mr. Wallach has written extensively about efforts to legalize sports betting and daily fantasy sports in the United States, and is considered one of the national thought-leaders on these subjects. He is also a regular panelist at U.S. gaming industry conferences, and is often invited to speak at sports law symposia and law school conferences throughout the United States. Described as a “gaming law guru” by Michael McCann, the legal analyst for Sports Illustrated, Mr. Wallach’s insights on the U.S. gaming industry regularly appear in GamblingCompliance, the leading provider of business intelligence to the global gaming industry. He was twice named one of “The Top 50 Must-Follow Sports Business Twitter Accounts” by Forbes, and was profiled by Law360 as one of the “20 Attorneys Killing it on Twitter.” Mr. Wallach is also the co-host of “Conduct Detrimental,” a weekly podcast examining the intersection of sports, gambling and the law. Mr. Wallach is Board Certified in Appellate Practice by The Florida Bar, and is AV-Rated (the highest level attainable) by Martindale-Hubbell. He is a 1991 graduate of Hofstra University School of Law, where he graduated with distinction (in the top 2% of his graduating class) and was the Notes and Comments Editor of the Hofstra Law Review.
Kevin J. Weber, Partner, Dickinson Wright LLP, USA
Kevin J. Weber has advised a wide variety of client on issues relating to land-based gaming, online gaming and sweepstakes since 1999. Recognized by his peers for inclusion in "Best Lawyers in Canada" in the specialty of Gaming Law, Mr. Weber provides guidance to the online gaming industry on lawful activities in Canada, and to the advertising industry on promotional sweepstakes requirements. His clients include governments, regulators, advertisers, online gaming enterprises, gaming equipment suppliers, casinos and software manufacturers. He advises gaming licensees on compliance and policy issues throughout North America, and on the impact of the gaming provisions of the Criminal Code. Mr. Weber has authored numerous articles on gaming law and anti-money laundering laws relating to the gaming industry which have been published in leading international and national publications, and has delivered papers at gaming law conferences throughout the world. He prepares compliance programs to ensure clients' adherence to gaming regulations; negotiates advertising agreements for gaming websites; advises on Native gaming in Canada; and represents clients' interests before governments. Mr. Weber also maintains an active presence in the courts of Ontario, acting as counsel for the Public Accountants Council of Ontario and the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Joe Webster, Managing Partner, Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP, USA
Joe is recognized for his knowledge of and experience in tribal rights under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. He represents tribes before the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) and the Department of the Interior (DOI), as well as in federal court. He also has worked on several multimillion-dollar tribal gaming development and financing projects. Joe was the primary drafter of the 2004 Oklahoma Tribal-State Gaming Compact. He represented the Seminole Tribe of Florida in the negotiation of the landmark 2010 Gaming Compact with the State of Florida and in subsequent litigation over the Tribe's right to continue offering banked card games. In 2016, Joe represented the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians in its successful effort to negotiate an amended gaming compact with the State of California. Joe also has represented tribes in the Class III secretarial procedures process before the DOI. Joe represents tribes on issues related to various state and federal internet gaming proposals. He has focused on helping to ensure that proposed internet gaming legislation protects existing tribal gaming operations and respects tribal sovereignty. In the area of Class II gaming, Joe advises tribes on the scope of permitted games, especially those using technologic aids. He helped to obtain groundbreaking Class II advisory opinions from the NIGC Office of General Counsel on linked electronic bingo games and works with tribal and industry representatives to defend against regulatory and legislative efforts to restrict tribal Class II gaming rights.
Tracey White, Vice President of Casino Finance, Seminole Hard Rock, USA
Tracey White is the Vice President of Casino Finance for Hard Rock Support Services and is currently responsible AML, Gaming Compliance, Audit and Cash Operations.
With over 35 years in Casino Gaming working in multi gaming roles and gaming jurisdictions within operations, finance, and compliance, Tracey has a unique understanding of how compliance fits into an operation and can be applied in a practical and meaningful way.
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.