Gaming Law Experts to Address Casinofest 4

Dickinson Wright Gaming Law Experts to Address Casinofest 4

9/21/2007
Dickinson Wright attorneys Robert W. Stocker II and Dennis J. Whittlesey will moderate panels during Casinofest 4, a gaming conference which will be held at the Barona Resort and Casino in San Diego, California September 24-25, 2007. Stocker will moderate a panel titled "Problem Gaming: Exclusion, Disassociated Persons, and Gaming Debt Enforcement". The session will focus on the current status of legislative and regulatory efforts to deal with problem gamblers and the plaintiff bar's litigation efforts that are focused on seeking relief from gambling debts and extraordinary compensation on behalf of the problem gambler. Whittlesey will moderate a panel titled "Management Contracts and Development Agreements with the Local Community". The panel will include a discussion of the negotiation and agreement between the town of Middleborough, Massachusetts and the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, which is developing a major casino in Middleborough. He will also be a panelist during the "Off-Reservation Gaming" presentation. About the speakers Robert W. Stocker II, a member of Dickinson Wright based in Lansing, Michigan, is a founding member of the International Masters of Gaming Law. He has an international practice in the areas of gaming, regulatory, corporate and alternative insurance programs law. He is an editorial board member for the Gaming Law Review and an adjunct professor of Gaming and Business Planning at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Stocker is recognized by Best Lawyers in America for his expertise in gaming, administrative and government relations law and is the sole lawyer listed as a Michigan Super Lawyer in the gaming law category. He graduated with honors from Denison University and received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. Dennis J. Whittlesey, a member of Dickinson Wright based in Washington, D.C., focuses his practice on Indian law and Indian gaming law. He has been involved in off-reservation issues across the U.S. since enactment of the federal Indian gaming law in 1988. He has negotiated Tribal-State Class III Gaming Compacts, and represented many local governments in negotiations with tribes for local service agreements. He also represents developers and casino/resort companies in their business dealings with tribes. Whittlesey is listed in Best Lawyers in America 2008 for his work in gaming law. He holds an LL.M. degree in taxation and a J.D. degree, both from the Georgetown University Law Center, and a B.A. degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma. For event information or to register www.casinofest.org. About Dickinson Wright PLLC Dickinson Wright PLLC, founded in 1878, has more than 240 attorneys in offices located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Lansing 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.
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