Dickinson Wright PLLC Opens Toronto Office with Leading Canadian Gaming Attorneys

Dickinson Wright PLLC Opens Toronto Office with Leading Canadian Gaming Attorneys

11/11/2008
Dickinson Wright PLLC today announced the opening of the firm's Toronto office, Dickinson Wright LLP, located at 120 Adelaide Street West, Suite 2107. The Toronto office will be led by Canadian gaming attorneys Michael D. Lipton, Q.C. and Kevin J. Weber, preeminent legal advisors in the field of casino and gaming law. Messrs. 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 the Dickinson Wright 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, including Michael, 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 CEO. About Michael D. Lipton, Q.C. Michael D. Lipton, Q.C. founded his firm's gaming law practice group, and has served as senior counsel on numerous gaming law matters for the past 20 years. He represents 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 founding member of the International Masters of Gaming Law and its immediate past President. In 2008, he was recognized by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in Canada and Chambers Global for his expertise in gaming law. Mr. Lipton has prepared compliance programs to ensure clients' adherence to gaming regulations and counsels clients in their dealing 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. About Kevin J. Weber Kevin J. Weber is a business regulation lawyer who also specializes in gaming law. He has more than a decade of experience in providing opinions on the impact of a wide variety of federal and provincial laws on land-based gaming, online gaming and sweepstakes. He advises advertisers on all aspects of advertising and marketing law, and writes and speaks on anti-money laundering issues as they relate to gaming and betting. Mr. Weber advises the online gaming industry on lawful activities within Canada and counsels advertisers on requirements for promotional sweepstakes, both traditional and online. About Their Practice Michael D. Lipton and Kevin J. 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, Messrs. 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. Michael D. Lipton also is a specialist in civil litigation certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada. In addition to their gaming and advertising practices, Messrs. Lipton and Weber maintain an active presence in the courts of Ontario. Since 1991, Mr. Lipton has been counsel for the Public Accountants Council of Ontario in its prosecution of unlicensed practitioners, and together with Mr. Weber act in a similar capacity for the Law Society of Upper Canada. Mr. Lipton has appeared before all levels of court in Ontario for the past forty years. For more information about Dickinson Wright PLLC, please visit www.dickinsonwright.com.
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