Dickinson Wright Attorneys Ranked by Chambers Global for International Gaming and Gambling Practice

April 2, 2012
Dickinson Wright attorneys Robert W. Stocker II and Michael D. Lipton, Q.C. have been ranked as Band 1 attorneys by Chambers and Partners in the Gaming & Gambling Global Practice Area for the 5th consecutive year. 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 of the American Bar Association's Gaming Law Committee; Chair of the American Bar Association's annual Gaming Law Minefield Conference 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 recognized for his gaming expertise in Michigan Super Lawyers.

In addition to editing and co-authoring "The Michigan Gaming Law Legal Resource Book", 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, Michael Lipton has served as senior counsel on several gaming law matters including advising on Requests for Proposals from government to operate commercial and charitable casinos and advising applicants who seek registration with the various Gaming Regulatory Authorities throughout Canada. He regularly represents governments, gaming equipment manufacturers and suppliers, gaming software manufacturers and internet gaming operators in all aspects of gaming law.

He 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. Michael is counsel to the Ontario Charitable Gaming Association and has counseled the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario on the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act.

In 2011, Michael was Awarded Canadian Gaming Association for Industry Leadership and Outstanding Contribution. From 2008 through to 2011, Michael was recognized by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in Canada and by Chambers Global for his expertise in gaming law. Michael is a founding member of the International Masters of Gaming Law and a past President. He is editor of the Canadian Gaming Lawyer and a member of the editorial boards of the Gaming Law Review and World Online Gambling Law Report. He has authored many articles on all areas of gaming law which have been published in several leading international and national publications and delivered papers at numerous gaming law conferences throughout the world.

Michael was educated at the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall Law School and called to the Bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario) with honors in 1967. He was appointed as a Law Clerk to the Chief Justice of Ontario in 1967 and appointed Queen's Counsel in 1979. He is certified as a specialist in civil litigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is also a member of the Bar of New York State.
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