Joins Lionel Sawyer & Collins as member of the Las Vegas firm's Gaming and Regulatory Law Department


Mark A. Clayton, who recently completed his term as one of the three members of the Nevada State Gaming Control Board, will join Lionel Sawyer & Collins as a member of its Gaming and Regulatory Law Department on January 20, 2009.   

"The gaming law attorneys of Lionel Sawyer & Collins follow the highest standards in resolving problems and winning approvals for their clients before the Gaming Control Board and observe their responsibilities to Nevada's gaming control system," Clayton said.  "These are the people with whom I want to practice gaming law."  

"Mark Clayton has an enviable record of accomplishment as a leader within the gaming control system and as legal counsel within the gaming industry," said Bob Faiss, the Chair of the Gaming and Regulatory Law Department.  "He will enhance the services our firm offers in the field of gaming law."  

Clayton, who will be based in the firm's Las Vegas office, is expected to concentrate his practice in the areas of finance, public gaming companies, manufacturers and distributors of gaming equipment, legislation and assistance to clients and governments concerning gaming in other U.S. jurisdictions and in foreign countries.  

Clayton is Vice Chairman of the Gaming Law Section of the State Bar of Nevada and adjunct professor for gaming law at the William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  He earned a J.D. from Pepperdine University and a B.A. in Accounting and Finance from Washington University.  He was in private law practice between 1990 and 1993 with an emphasis in corporate and securities law; served as the Chief of the Gaming Control Board’s Corporate Securities Division from 1993 to 1995; and was corporate counsel for Showboat, Inc. (1995-1998), the Aladdin Hotel & Casino (1998-2001) and Caesars Entertainment, Inc. (2001-2005).  

At Lionel Sawyer & Collins, Clayton will join a number of other veterans of the Nevada gaming control system.  They include former U. S. Senator Richard H. Bryan, who served as Nevada Governor and Attorney General; Brian Harris, who had a five-year term as a member of the Gaming Control Board; Dan Reaser, who served as Nevada chief deputy attorney general for the gaming control agencies; Ellen Whittemore, who served as supervising deputy attorney general for the gaming control agencies; and Bob Faiss, who was a staff assistant for the first Gaming Commission.  

Lionel Sawyer & Collins, founded in 1967, is Nevada’s largest private law firm.  The Firm’s Gaming and Regulatory Law Department comprises 20 attorneys, who represent regulated businesses and government agencies throughout Nevada, in Washington, D.C. and globally.  Its regulatory practice involves projects affecting the gaming and tourism industry, public utilities, water and natural resources, financial services and insurance firms, and real estate development and land use.