Gambling law is as diverse and complex a specialty as the industry it serves. But this goes without saying. Certainly it has called forth an array of skilled practitioners worldwide. Most of their names will be found on the membership roles of the International Masters of Gaming Law.

IMGL is a non-profit association founded in 2002 by a number of prominent attorneys desirous of sharing their expertise through education and providing a network for others in the field to stay abreast of the developments that affect their practices. Today the group is represented in 34 countries and 30 U.S. states, its membership includes regulators and other private- and public-sector stakeholders, and it continues stronger than ever in its mission to promote the exchange of ideas, principles and issues of importance to the profession.

IMGL accomplishes this in a number of ways, through publications such as Casino Lawyer and Canadian Gaming Lawyer Magazine. It publishes International Casino Law & Regulation, a three-volume loose leaf service containing up-to-date regulatory information from around the world. Members also contribute electronic bulletins covering developments in their jurisdictions, which are distributed by e-mail throughout the organization.

IMGL’s commitment to the profession is reflected also in symposiums co-sponsored with universities and law schools around the world and through the group’s own yearly conferences. It works closely with the University of Mississippi and UNLV’s Boyd School of Law. This year it is sponsoring Law Review and Economics and Drake Law School Law Review.

In the periodicals of the larger legal world IMGL members are highly regarded as contributors, and they’re regularly sought after as speakers at the gaming industry’s leading conferences and beyond.



A&L Goodbody is a leading Irish law firm with more than 600 employees, including 68 partners and more than 350 legal staff. It provides advice to a large, diverse domestic and international client base in the private and public sectors from offices in Dublin, Belfast, London and the United States. A&L Goodbody’s Gaming and Betting Group is one of the leading specialists on Irish gaming, betting and lotteries law, combining expertise from across the firm to give coordinated and specialized advice to online casinos, casino clubs, betting exchanges, bookmakers, mobile service providers, leisure center operators and suppliers of software, technology and gaming equipment. Members of the Gaming and Betting Group are regular contributors to conferences and discussions on the gaming, betting and lotteries sectors. Together with John Cahir, Joe Kelly heads up the Group. Kelly advises the leading players in Ireland’s domestic gaming sector and is active in promoting the reform of Ireland’s gaming laws. With Maire Conneely and Gambling Compliance he organized a very successful gaming conference in Dublin in October 2008 which attracted all of the players involved in Ireland’s gaming and betting sectors and which significantly contributed to the momentum for generating legislative change.


He is a regular contributor to international conferences and publications and is frequently quoted in the Irish media. Dr. John Cahir is a partner in both the firm’s IP & Technology Group and the Gaming and Betting Group. He has extensive experience in advising domestic and international clients on compliance with Irish gambling legislation and also provides strategic structuring advice to clients that operate on a multi-jurisdictional basis. A particular area of focus for Cahir is Internet gaming, where he advises clients on compliance, data protection and general technology licensing issues.

  • Partners (Gaming and Betting Group):  Joe Kelly, John Cahir
  • Address: International Financial Services Centre, North Wall Quay Dublin 1, Ireland
  • Phone: +353 1 649 2000
  • Fax: +353 1 649 2649
  • Web site:
  • E-mail: [email protected][email protected][email protected]



Addisons is a leading Australian law firm comprising commercial lawyers committed to assisting clients to realize their corporate objectives. Key practice areas in addition to gaming and betting include: intellectual property, marketing and advertising, publishing and online content, litigation and dispute resolution, corporate and commercial/M&A, publishing and online content, property and real estate and employment/occupational health and safety. Jamie Nettleton heads up the Gaming and Betting practice, whose clients include gaming machine manufacturers, operators and other gambling service providers, online and land-based, as well as industry associations and other local and international industry participants. Nettleton is recognized as one of Australia’s leading experts, advising on all aspects of gambling law and regulation. He and his team assist gambling companies in their business strategies, including international projects, through services that include regulatory issues and establishment of business in many jurisdictions, negotiations with regulators, commercial arrangements relating to operations and other commercial transactions in Australia and internationally, negotiation of product fee or “right to bet” arrangements with sports bodies, protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights and anti-money laundering programs. Nettleton is a former chairman of the Sports and Gaming Law Committee of the International Bar Association and has presented extensively on gambling law topics in Australia and internationally and has contributed to numerous authoritative international legal texts relating to gambling.

  • Managing partner: David Blackburn
  • Gaming and Betting practice leader:  Jamie Nettleton
  • Address: Level 12, 60 Carrington St., Sydney , NSW 2000, Australia
  • Phone: +61 2 8915 1030
  • Fax: +61 2 8916 2030
  • Web site:
  • E-mail: [email protected]


Frank Catania

Catania Gaming Associates offers a full-service international gaming consultancy that is available to provide a variety of legal services to the gaming industry and ancillary companies. The firm’s gaming practice includes the representation of casinos, horse racetracks, lotteries, Internet companies and underwriters and encompasses all aspects of gaming law, including licensing, corporate, acquisition, development, financing, compliance policies and compliance investigations. Catania also assists with establishing professional relationships with key government representatives and serves many clients as a primary liaison with federal, state and local governments. Catania’s partners and associates are licensed to practice in New Jersey, New York and Nevada. The firm is led by Frank Catania, president and a principal of Catania Consulting Group of New Jersey, a former assistant N.J. attorney general, former director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement and a former deputy speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly; Gary Ehrlich, whose expertise in land-based gaming stems from his many years as an assistant attorney general and deputy director of the NJDGE; Keith Furlong, general manager of Catania Gaming Associates, deputy director of the Interactive Gaming Council and a former public information officer and legislative liaison for the NJDGE; and Joseph M. Kelly, a professor of business law at State College at Buffalo (N.Y.) and an associate of Catania Consulting Group, licensed to practice law in Illinois, Nevada and Wisconsin.

  • Address: 909 Belmont Ave., North Haledon, N.J.  07508, USA
  • Phone: +1 973 427 2500
  • Web site:
  • E-mail: [email protected]



Dickinson Wright has more than 260 lawyers in eight offices and an international gaming law practice with offices in Michigan, Washington, D.C., Nashville, Tenn., Phoenix and Toronto. The firm is licensed in 24 U.S. states and all Canadian provinces and provides services in 16 languages. Dickinson Wright’s Gaming Practice Group, which has more than 25 lawyers, is chaired by Robert W. Stocker II, a founding member and current president of the International Masters of Gaming Law. Michael D. Lipton Q.C., a former president and founding member of IMGL, oversees the firm’s Canadian gaming and Internet gaming business. Dennis Whittlesey oversees the firm’s Indian gaming law business. Dickinson Wright’s gaming lawyers have been at the forefront in drafting legislation and regulations in the United States, Canada and worldwide. Clients include a veritable who’s who of major casino operators, Canadian provincial government gaming corporations, foreign regulatory authorities, international manufacturers, Internet operators and suppliers and consultants. Stocker, who has a broad background in business law, mergers and acquisitions and regulatory matters, and Lipton, who has a broad background in litigation and regulatory matters, are recognized as tier-one international gaming lawyers by Chambers Global, Best Lawyers in America and Best Lawyers in Canada. Both are frequent speakers at gaming law conferences and authors of articles addressing critical issues in the industry. In addition to teaching gaming law and business law as an adjunct professor at Michigan’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Stocker chairs the annual Gaming Law Minefield conference sponsored by the American Bar Association. Lipton chairs both the Canadian Institute gaming conference and the Canadian Gaming Summit conference sponsored by the Canadian Gaming Association.

  • Chief executive officer: James Samborn
  • Gaming Practice Group chair: Robert W. Stocker II
  • Address: 215 South Washington Square, Suite 200, Lansing, Michigan 48933-1816, USA
  • Phone (Gaming Practice Group):  +1 517 487 4715
  • Fax: +1 517 487 4700
  • Web site:
  • E-mail: [email protected]; [email protected][email protected]



Since Louisiana’s gaming industry was legalized in the early 1990s, Jones Walker has offered clients vast experience in licensing, financing and developing complex real estate transactions and handling disputes arising out of gaming operations. The firm’s attorneys are nationally and internationally recognized for their expertise in the interpretation of Louisiana’s gaming statutes and regulations, representing clients in proceedings before state police hearing officers and the Gaming Control Board and routinely advising them on operational issues. The firm negotiates and documents a wide variety of commercial contracts and provides real estate, construction, leasing, insurance, zoning, environmental and land-use regulation advice for developing facilities. Jones Walker’s experience also extends to administrative proceedings before federal and state agencies and criminal, civil and administrative investigations in state and federal courts, and its attorneys regularly appear before legislative committees on behalf of clients and work closely with the staffs of the legislative and executive branches. The firm has offices in Louisiana, Alabama, Washington, D.C.,  Atlanta, Houston, Phoenix and Miami. J. Kelly Duncan, who heads the firm’s Gaming Practice Group, has more than 25 years’ experience in handling admiralty, maritime and international and customs law matters and has been integrally involved in the representation of major casino companies, equipment manufacturers and suppliers and financial institutions regarding all matters relating to gaming development, financing and operation. His clients include many of the largest operators and suppliers in the world as well as major investment banks and large commercial lenders. He is a member of the International Association of Gaming Attorneys.

  • Managing partner: William H. Hines
  • Gaming Practice leader: J. Kelly Duncan
  • Address: 201 St. Charles Ave.,  Suite 5100, New Orleans, La. 70170, USA
  • Phone: +1 504 582 8218
  • Fax: +1 504 589 8218
  • Web site:
  • E-mail: [email protected]



Lazcano Sámano, S.C., is an expert law firm in Mexico specializing in commercial, business and governmental law as well as complex litigation in related matters. Founded in 2001, today the firm advises and serves as legal counsel to a wide variety of local and international gaming clients in all jurisdictions and states of Mexico, including major casino licensees and operators, professional gaming associations and important suppliers of services, systems and equipment. The firm has acted in high-profile gaming cases involving private interests as well as the interests of the Mexican government and regulators. Currently, the firm is actively participating in the drafting of a new federal gaming law for Mexico. The founding partner and head of the firm, Alfredo G. Lazcano, has more than 15 years of experience and is an active member of the Mexican bar association, Barra Mexicana, Colegio de Abogados, A.C., and serves as IMGL’s general member for Mexico. Given his broad knowledge in the relatively new Mexican gaming market, Lazcano has had the opportunity to be one of the few Mexican attorneys invited to participate as a speaker and moderator at numerous gaming conferences and events around the world and to contribute articles to several gaming industry and legal publications, including Casinos de Latinoamerica and La Barra and Colección Foro, the official publications of Barra Mexicana.

  • Managing partner: Alfredo G. Lazcano
  • Address: Prolongación Reforma 1190, Office 310, Col. Santa Fe 05349, México, D.F.
  • Phone: +52 55 292 0065
  • Web site:
  • E-mail: [email protected]



Lewis and Roca is one of the leading law firms in the Southwestern United States. Founded in 1950 and with more than 210 attorneys in offices in Las Vegas, Reno, Nev., Phoenix, Tucson, Ariz., and Albuquerque, N.M., the firm serves a diverse base of local, regional, national and international clients. Lewis and Roca attorneys are variously admitted to practice in 30 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. The firm’s gaming practice supports casino operators, suppliers, equipment manufacturers, state, local and tribal governments, businesses, non-profit organizations and others in addressing today’s gaming law issues. The practice of gaming law is increasingly eclectic as legal gaming continues to proliferate across the United States and the world. With the exponential growth of the industry a distinct body of regulations governing riverboats, Native American casinos, Internet gaming and racinos now exists. The lawyers at Lewis and Roca have been at the forefront of all the major emerging gaming trends. Partner Anthony Cabot, who leads the gaming practice, has played an integral role in the development of gaming laws and regulations for the past quarter-century. In addition to representing several major casino companies and suppliers he has authored or edited eight books on gaming law. Cabot is an IMGL founder and the organization’s current president and serves as an adjunct professor of law at UNLV’s Boyd School of Law in Las Vegas. He is listed among The Best Lawyers in America (2005-2006 ed.) and in Chambers Global, Gaming 2008 and Chambers USA, Gaming and Licensing 2007.

  • Managing partner: Kenneth Van Winkle Jr.
  • Partner and Gaming Practice chair: Anthony Cabot
  • Address: 40 North Central Ave.,  Suite 1900 , Phoenix, Ariz. 85004, USA
  • Phone: +1 800 944 5311
  • Web site:
  • E-mail: [email protected]



Lionel Sawyer & Collins, the largest law firm in Nevada, serves clients from offices in Las Vegas, Reno, Nev., Carson City, Nev., and Washington, D.C., in the areas of gaming, real estate, corporate and business, litigation, employment and labor, health care, estate planning, intellectual property, utilities, environmental, mining, government relations, land use, tax, energy, telecommunications and water law. The firm’s Gaming Law Practice Group was founded by the late Grant Sawyer, who as Nevada governor from 1959 through 1966 directed the creation of and established the foundation for the state’s pioneer gaming control system. In the 42-year history of the firm, its attorneys have played leading roles in the legislative, administrative and judicial decisions that have shaped the course of gaming law in Nevada and the United States. They also have guided the establishment of gaming control systems throughout the world as consultants to city, state and national governments. Today’s team of 20 gaming law attorneys include: former U.S. Sen. Richard H. Bryan, who served as Nevada governor and attorney general; Bob Faiss, who served as a senior staff assistant to the first Nevada Gaming Commission and as executive assistant to Governor Sawyer; Mark Clayton, a former member of the Nevada Gaming Control Board; Brian Harris, a former member of the Nevada Gaming Control Board and legal counsel for Gov. Bob Miller; Dan Reaser, who served as chief deputy attorney general for the gaming control agencies; Ellen Whittemore, who served as supervising deputy attorney general for the gaming control agencies; and Susan Myers, who served as legal counsel for the New Jersey Casino Control Commission.. Nearly half of Lionel Sawyer & Collins’ shareholders are listed in The Best Lawyers in America, and the firm received the most No. 1 rankings among Nevada law firms in the 2008 edition of Chambers USA.

  • President: Samuel S. Lionel
  • Address: 1700 Bank of America Plaza, 300 S. Fourth Street, Las Vegas, Nev. 89101, USA
  • Phone: + 1 702 383 8888
  • Web site:



For more than a decade and a half, John Maloney and the law offices of John K. Maloney have focused exclusively on legal solutions for problems faced by participants in the gaming industry. Clients are assisted with initial license applications ranging from casino management and operations and new game development and approval to vendor licensing and key employee licensing to creation and compliance plans. For new participants in the industry the firm provides advice concerning business formation and entity selection as well as due diligence covering investor and vendor relationships. With more than 24 years in the gaming field dating back to 1983 the firm’s founder and principal attorney, John K. Maloney, has been a pioneer in the field of gaming law. Licensed to practice in Nevada and California, he has served with the Nevada Gaming Control Board and the Casino Control Division of Queensland, Australia, offering clients the skills of an experienced jurist, a vast knowledge of international finance and forensic accounting and a worldwide network of contacts. Maloney is a founding member of IMGL and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in  the Gaming Law Section and is also recognized by Chambers & Partners’ Chambers Guide. He is a frequent speaker and author on gaming law issues.

  • Principal: John K. Maloney
  • Address: 2510 Anthem Village Drive, Suite 100, Henderson, Nev. 89052, USA
  • Phone: +1 916 792 5121
  • Fax: +1 916 646 6448
  • Web site:
  • E-mail: [email protected]



Judith A. Shapiro, Esq., opened her Indian law office in Washington, D.C., in 2003 and has now practiced in the field for 24 years. She has extensive expertise in tribal gaming, including management, development and financing agreements, tribal/state compacts, administrative regulation of gaming agreements and the continuing development of standards governing Class II technologic aids. She has long been involved in battles to establish tribal recognition and litigation to preserve tribal sovereignty and has been involved in litigation on behalf of tribes in federal and tribal courts, as well as years spent on behalf of the Seminole Tribe of Florida to secure a compact or Secretarial Procedures for Class III gaming. Shapiro has provided advice in connection with tribal development and financing, acquisition of trust land bases and the establishment and expansion of tribal gaming facilities. Her clients have included the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut, the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. She was involved in all phases of the litigation of Seminole Tribe of Florida v. Florida, eventually decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition, she has provided advice on Indian law to International Game Technology and to Merrill Lynch & Co. Shapiro routinely brings in other experienced lawyers as necessary for larger projects. She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, before several tribal courts and before the Supreme Court of the United States.

  • Principal: Judith A. Shapiro
  • Address: 6856 Eastern Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20012, USA
  • Phone:  +1 202 723 6400
  • E-mail: [email protected]