As the gaming industry continuously evolves, we're here to keep you at the top of your game.

Meet the team

Locke Lord’s Gaming team is a multidisciplinary group of experienced lawyers and lobbyists who are sensitive to the specialized needs and concerns of individuals, entities and organizations involved in the gaming industry. We represent casinos and gaming organizations, resorts and gaming vendors, development companies, management firms and financiers.

Responding to Evolving Industry Needs

Locke Lord is equipped to assist with the legal challenges and opportunities members of the casino and gaming industry regularly face, including:

  • Navigating the regulatory and permitting process
  • Developing new projects
  • Negotiating complex transactions
  • Addressing labor and employment concerns
  • Protecting, enforcing and defending intellectual property
  • Managing tax and real estate issues
  • Handling potential litigation or disputes with affiliated businesses or patrons
  • Engaging in the legislative process in state legislatures and Congress
  • Interacting with state and federal regulators

Real-World Experience

  • Represent gaming companies as federal lobbyists on issues pending before the federal government with respect to gaming and tribal land into trust
  • Advised client with respect to tribal land-into-trust process, including an analysis of a tribe’s eligibility under the Indian Reorganization Act
  • Represented gaming equipment manufacturer before the Massachusetts legislature during the drafting of Massachusetts gaming law
  • Represented the controlling shareholders of Isle of Capri Casinos, a publicly traded gaming company, in conjunction with multiple casino and hotel development projects and in obtaining gaming licenses in Mississippi, Louisiana, Iowa, Illinois, Colorado, Missouri, Florida and Nevada
  • Represented the City of Chicago in connection with tribal gaming pact and related matters involving land-based gaming operations
  • In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, provided counsel for the Official Unsecured Creditors Committee In Re Premier Entertainment (Hard Rock Casino, Biloxi). Worked with the Debtor to confirm a plan to pay unsecured creditors a 100% recovery plus interest on allowed claims over objection of the majority senior secured noteholders (under $300,000 in Unsecured Creditors counsel fees)
  • Assisted the acquirer in purchasing Louisiana Gaming Management out of bankruptcy
  • Advised client on Massachusetts Expanded Gaming Act, including as to bidding process for commercial gaming license
  • Represented JPMorgan’s $7 billion mortgage and mezzanine financing of TPG/Apollo’s acquisition of Harrah’s in 2008, Bank of America’s $460 million financing of Florida East Coast Industries in 2009 and JPMorgan’s $2 billion mortgage financing of Centerbridge/Paulson/Blackstone’s purchase of the assets of Extended Stay Hotels in 2010
  • Represented manufacturer of casino and gaming equipment in copyright infringement litigation
  • Represented an investment partnership in obtaining zoning approvals for, and selling, a casino site in Las Vegas
  • Advised Landing International Holdings Limited in relation to its £137 million acquisition of Les Ambassadeurs Casino
Meet the team