Dickinson Wright gaming attorneys Robert W. Stocker II and Michael D. Lipton QC have been ranked as Band 1 attorneys by Chambers and Partners in the Gaming & Gambling Global Practice Area. Chambers Global, publisher of the world's leading guides to the legal profession, researches the strengths and reputations of international law firms and attorneys through in-depth interviews with peer and competing-firm attorneys, in-house counsel and significant purchasers of legal services.
Mr. Stocker's international practice focuses on gaming, regulatory, corporate and alternative insurance programs law. He is the head of Dickinson Wright's 30-member Gaming practice group; Past President of the International Masters of Gaming Law; an editorial board member of Gaming Law Review and Economics; Chair-Elect of the American Bar Association Gaming Law Committee; Chair of the American Bar Association's annual Gaming Law Minefield Conference held in Las Vegas; and an adjunct professor at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where he teaches Gaming Law, Business Planning and Business Organizations. Mr. Stocker is recognized by Chambers Global as a "Leader in the Field" of gaming law. He also is recognized by Best Lawyers in America for his expertise in gaming, administrative and government relations law, and is the only lawyer in the state of Michigan recognized for gaming expertise in Michigan Super Lawyers.
In addition to editing and co-authoring "The Michigan Gaming Law Legal Resource Book" and the soon-to-be published "Regulation of Gaming in Michigan: A Practice Guide," Mr. Stocker has authored numerous articles on gaming laws and regulations for gaming publications and law school law reviews. He is a frequent speaker on gaming, business and alternative insurance issues at national and international conferences and education programs. Mr. Stocker graduated with honors from Denison University and received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. He practices in Dickinson Wright's Lansing office.
Practicing in Dickinson Wright's Toronto office, Mr. Lipton has served as senior counsel on numerous gaming law matters for the past 20 years. He advises governments, regulators, advertisers, online gaming enterprises, gaming equipment suppliers, racetracks, casinos, software manufacturers and pari-mutuel operators on all aspects of gaming law. He also acts as senior counsel in advising gaming license holders throughout North America on gaming compliance and policy issues, as well as advising provincial governments, lottery corporations, charitable organizations, and public and private corporations in respect to the gaming provisions of the Canadian Criminal Code. Mr. Lipton has authored many articles on gaming law and anti-money laundering as it relates to the gaming industry, which have been published in leading international and national publications, and has delivered papers at numerous gaming law conferences throughout the world. He is a member of the editorial board of Gaming Law Review and Economics and the World Online Gaming Report. He also has served as editor of the Canadian Gaming Lawyer since inception in 2008.
Mr. Lipton is a founding member and past President of the International Masters of Gaming Law, and has served as Chair of the Canadian Institute's annual conference on gaming law since inception in 2007. He was recognized by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in Canada in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and Chambers Global for expertise in gaming law.
Mr. Lipton has prepared compliance programs to ensure clients' adherence to gaming regulations and counsels clients in their dealings with gaming regulators; advises clients internationally with respect to online gaming issues; negotiates advertising agreements for gaming websites; advises on the impact of aboriginal law on gaming in Canada; and represents clients' interests before government when legislative changes are under consideration. Mr. Lipton graduated with honors from the bar in 1967 and served as law clerk of the Chief Justice of Ontario. He was honored with his Queen's Counsel in 1979.
About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a full-service law firm with more than 40 practice areas. Founded in 1878, Dickinson Wright has approximately 260 attorneys in offices located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, and Lansing, Michigan; Nashville, Tennessee; Phoenix, Arizona; Washington, D.C.; and Toronto.