Dickinson Wright PLLC Opens Toronto Office with Leading Canadian Gaming Attorneys

Dickinson Wright PLLC Opens Toronto Office with Leading Canadian Gaming Attorneys

11/12/2008
By: H. Scott Althouse On November 10, 2008, Dickinson Wright PLLC announced the opening of the firm's Toronto office, located at 120 Adelaide Street West, Suite 2107. The Toronto office will be led by Canadian gaming attorneys Michael D. Lipton and Kevin J. Weber, preeminent legal advisors in the field of casino and gaming law. Lipton and Weber deal in all matters affecting land-based gaming, online gaming, skill gaming and promotional sweepstakes, and have honed their expertise in all areas of law affecting the gaming industry, including constitutional law, regulatory law, corporate criminal law, First Nations law, commercial litigation and contracts. "This is an exciting development. Michael and Kevin joining our firm enhances what is already a robust international gaming law practice," said Robert W. Stocker II, chair of Dickinson Wright's Gaming Practice Group and President of the International Masters of Gaming Law. "We now have 30 attorneys in our Gaming Practice Group, three of whom are recognized internationally as leaders in their field." "With significant gaming expertise already housed in our Washington D.C. and Michigan offices, and our associated office in Macau, China, the addition of Dickinson Wright's Toronto office underscores our reputation as one of the leading international gaming law firms in the world," added James A. Samborn, Dickinson Wright's CEO. Michael D. Lipton was the founder and Chair of his firm's gaming law practice group, and has served as senior counsel on several gaming law matters. He regularly represents governments, gaming equipment suppliers, racetracks, casinos, software manufacturers and pari-mutuel operators in 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. Lipton has authored many articles on all areas of gaming law, which have been published in several leading international and national publications, and has delivered papers at numerous gaming law conferences throughout the world. He is a founding member of the International Masters of Gaming Law and its immediate past President. Kevin J. Weber, a business regulation lawyer specializing in gaming law, guides clients through compliance issues with provincial gaming regulators and provides opinions on all varieties of matters relating to the lawful operation of gaming and betting, both land-based and online. He also advises advertising agencies and their clients on all matters relating to advertising and marketing law, and has written and spoken on a number of topics relating to money laundering in connection with both land-based and online gaming. Additionally, Weber maintains an active presence in the courts of Ontario. He is counsel for the Law Society of Upper Canada in its prosecution of unlicensed practitioners, and has acted in a similar capacity for the Public Accountants Council of Ontario. He has appeared before all levels of court in Ontario up to and including the Court of Appeals, and has drafted materials for submission to the Supreme Court of Canada. Lipton and Weber's land-based gaming practice provides advice and representation to casino suppliers and vendors in their dealings with Canadian regulators, including licensure and approval of corporations, executives and employees, negotiating approval of regulatory changes caused by licensee re-organizations, gaming equipment approval and financing approval. With an online gaming practice that includes advice and representation on what gaming activities may be carried on lawfully in Canada over the Internet, Lipton and Weber often are consulted on the lawful way to advertise and market online gaming in Canada. They have represented online gaming enterprises in commercial litigation involving Canadian customers and suppliers, advised provincial lottery corporations on legal and policy questions relating to the introduction of lawful online gaming into Canada, and counseled clients on the effect of Canadian privacy laws on the collection of personal information over the Internet.
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