Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck recently announced that Scott Wiegand, former senior vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary at Caesars Entertainment Corporation, joined the firm as a shareholder in the corporate department. Wiegand will split his time between the firm’s Las Vegas and Denver offices and will initially focus on the emerging sports gambling industry.

“We’re thrilled to have Scott join our corporate department to work closely with our globally recognized gaming practice,” said Ellen Schulhofer, the firm’s Las Vegas office managing partner and executive committee member. “Scott’s 15 years of in-house experience at Caesars seamlessly augments our experienced team, adding depth in sports gambling, online gaming and strategic transactions as we navigate the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), which opens the door for states outside of Nevada to pass laws legalizing sports betting. We are fortunate that Scott’s decision to return to private practice coincided with this U.S. Supreme Court decision.”

As senior vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary at Caesars, Wiegand provided counsel for the company’s capital markets, corporate transactions and enterprise development efforts and was the corporate officer responsible for securities compliance and corporate governance matters. Prior to that, Wiegand was general counsel at an e-commerce solutions company in the hospitality industry and spent seven years as a corporate attorney with AmLaw 200 law firms.

“Brownstein is uniquely positioned to guide clients through the regulatory, political and transactional issues raised by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on PASPA,” said Wiegand. “With one of the leading gaming practices in the U.S., it has also played a critical role in structuring many of the online gaming transactions in New Jersey. With Nevada being the only state to offer sports gambling and New Jersey poised to move quickly with an online offering, Brownstein will be an important player and I am excited to join the team.” 

Wiegand is a graduate of Florida State University and Cornell Law School. He is licensed to practice law in Colorado and Ohio and has been licensed by the gaming authorities in Nevada, New Jersey, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Ontario and Missouri.