Dickinson Wright Broadens Its Gaming Law Expertise With Addition of Two Gaming Attorneys

Dickinson Wright Broadens Its Gaming Law Expertise With Addition of Two Gaming Attorneys

2/6/2007
Washington, D.C. – (February 6, 2007) – Dickinson Wright PLLC has announced the additions of Dennis J. Whittlesey and H. Scott Althouse to the firm's Washington, D.C. office. "We are pleased to welcome Dennis Whittlesey and Scott Althouse to our Firm," said James A. Samborn, Chief Executive Officer, Dickinson Wright. "Together with nationally recognized gaming law specialists Robert W. Stocker II and Peter H. Ellsworth, these attorneys bring an exceptional depth and breadth of expertise to the Firm's growing list of gaming law clients," he said. Dickinson Wright lawyers routinely provide highly sophisticated legal services addressing the complex array of issues facing today's gaming industry, including licensing, compliance, zoning, real estate, construction, tax, liability and risk management, governance, state and federal trade regulation, human resource and employment liability, trademark, intellectual property, antitrust and litigation. They also have extensive experience with the intricacies of the development, regulatory and jurisdictional issues unique to Native Americans and the companies contracting with federally recognized tribal nations, including Native American casinos and their related facilities. "The additions of Dennis Whittlesey and Scott Althouse to our gaming practice in Washington is a significant step in our Firm's growth strategy," said Mr. Samborn. "They join a distinguished team, and enhance our ability to provide our clients with the counsel of gaming law experts who possess some of the industry's most impressive credentials." The background of each of these attorneys is summarized below. Mr. Whittlesey joins Dickinson Wright from the Washington, D.C. office Jackson Kelly PLLC. His areas of practice emphasis are Indian law, Indian gaming law, civil litigation and environmental law. Mr. Whittlesey has more than 25 years of experience in developing economic projects, including casinos, for Indian tribes in the United States and Canada. He has served as Special Counsel for Gaming to the cities of Detroit, Michigan; Buffalo, New York; Battle Creek, Michigan; Lima, Ohio and Barstow, California, as well as a number of counties in California, Illinois and Michigan. Mr. Whittlesey received J.D. and LL.M. degrees from Georgetown University Law Center, and a B.A. degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Oklahoma, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Tax Court and U.S. Claims Court. He is a member of the International Association of Gaming Attorneys and a past Chairman of the Young Lawyers Association of The Federal Bar Association. He has been named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" from 2005 to the present for his work in Indian law and Indian gaming law. Mr. Althouse joins Dickinson Wright from Williams and Works, P.A. of Bainbridge Island, Washington, a full-service lndian law firm that serves as general or special counsel to six Indian tribes in the United States. Before joining Williams and Works, Mr. Althouse served for three years as in-house counsel to the Idaho-based Nez Perce Tribe's Fisheries Department, which is the largest tribal fish and wildlife program in the country. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science and environmental studies, summa cum laude, from Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. He holds a J.D. degree, cum laude, with a specialty certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, which has the nation's top-ranked environmental law program. Peter H. Ellsworth and Robert W. Stocker II, Dickinson Wright Members who are based in Lansing, Michigan, are among the legal services industry's most recognized gaming law experts. Mr. Ellsworth's practice is focused on gaming, insurance, commercial and business litigation and regulatory and administrative law. He served as lead counsel for MGM Grand Detroit casino selection litigation and as legal counsel for former Michigan Governor William G. Milliken. He is a member of the State Bars of Michigan and Virginia and a former adjunct professor in state constitutional law at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He is listed in the current and previous editions of Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyers. Mr. Stocker focuses his practice on gaming, corporate and insurance law, as well as mergers and acquisitions. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the International Association of Gaming Attorneys and is a Founding Member and Vice President of the International Masters of Gaming Law. An established author on Gaming Law, Mr. Stocker is an Editorial Board Member of the Gaming Law Review and a member of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School Legal Authors Society. He co-authored two books including the Guidebook to Conducting Business in Michigan in 2002 and the Overview of Gaming in Michigan in 1998. In 2002, he authored the Captive Insurance Manual. Mr. Stocker is listed in the current and previous editions of Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyers. Mr. Stocker is serving as chairman of the 11th Annual Gaming Law Minefield Conference, scheduled for February 15-16, 2007 at the Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa in Las Vegas, NV. The program is presented by the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section, Section of Business Law Gaming Law Committee and the ABA Center for Continuing Legal Education. In addition to his role as planning chair, Mr. Stocker will moderate the State Regulators panel and has authored an article for the conference entitled Michigan Detroit Casino Supplier and Occupational Licensing Process. About Dickinson Wright PLLC Dickinson Wright PLLC, founded in 1878, has more than 230 attorneys in offices located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, and Washington, D.C. Dickinson Wright is a full-service law firm with more than 40 practice areas. For more information, visit www.dickinsonwright.com.
  • EMAIL
  • |
  • PRINT

RELATED PRACTICES: