Whittlesey, Dennis J.

Education

University of Oklahoma

B.A., 1964

Georgetown University Law School

J.D., 1967

Georgetown University Law School

LL.M., 1973

Bar Admission

District of Columbia

Oklahoma

1968

Dennis J. Whittlesey

Member

Prominent Assignments

Expertise in development of economic projects, including casinos, for Indian tribes in America and Canada

Served as legal counsel to both unrecognized and federally recognized Indian tribes, providing counsel on Indian gaming law and Indian lands as well as a wide range of state and federal taxation issues unique to Indian tribes, individuals and lands

Served as Special Counsel for Gaming to the cities of Detroit; Buffalo, NY; Battle Creek, MI; Lima, OH; Middleborough, MA; and Barstow, CA as well as Calhoun County, MI, DeKalb County, IL, and seven California counties

Represented developers in their dealings with Indian tribes, including Trump Entertainment Resorts, Inc. and Delaware Casino Development and Management Co., LLC

Representative Clients

  • Alexander Valley Association, Sonoma County, CA
  • Amador County, CA
  • City of Barstow, CA
  • Butte County, CA
  • Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Band of Indians
  • Delaware Casino Development and Management Co.,
  • DeKalb County, IL
  • Karuk Tribe of California
  • Madera County, CA
  • Trump Entertainment Resorts, Inc.

Professional Involvement

  • International Masters of Gaming Law
  • International Association of Gaming Attorneys
  • Past Chairman, Young Lawyers Association of Federal Bar Association, 1972-1973

Publications/Presentations

  • Panelist on Indian Gaming issues at the 2012 Annual Training and Education Conference of the North American Gaming Regulators Association in Austin, TX (June 2012)
  • Panelist on Indian Gaming and Indian Country Internet Gaming issues at the Spring Meeting of the Midwest Gaming Investigators and Regulators Association in Deadwood, SD (April 2012)
  • Panelist on Indian Gaming issues at 2012 Spring Conference of the International Masters of Gaming Law in Scottsdale, AZ (April 2012)
  • Panelist on Indian Gaming issues at Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas (2011)
  • Moderator of panel on “Amending the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act: Good Idea? Bad Idea?” at the 2011 Spring Conference of the International Masters of Gaming Law held in Napa, CA (May 22-24, 2011)
  • Panelist on Indian Gaming issues at the American Bar Association’s Gaming Law Minefield in Las Vegas (February 2011, 2010, 2008, 2005, 2004)
  • Moderator and presenter at CasinoFest 7 in San Diego (2008)
  • Panelist at IMGL/Drake University Gaming Law Symposium (2008)
  • Panelist on Gaming issues at Canadian Gaming Summit (2008)
  • Speaker on Indian Gaming issues at Annual Meeting of Northern California County Counsels Association at Mount Shasta, CA (2008, 2007, 2006)
  • Moderator of panel on Indian Gaming issues at the American Bar Association’s
    Gaming Law Minefield in Las Vegas (2007, 2006)
  • Speaker at meeting of California County Counsels Association’s Land Use Section at Sacramento (2007)
  • Moderator and presenter at CasinoFest 4 in San Diego (2007)
  • Panelist on Indian Gaming issues at the Spring Meeting of the International Masters
    of Gaming Law in Chicago (2007)
  • Panelist on Indian Gaming issues at the Southern Gaming Summit in Biloxi, MS (2007)
  • Panelist on Indian Gaming Issues at Miccosukee Tribe Indian Law Conference (2007)
  • Speaker on Indian Gaming issues at the Annual Meeting of the California Association of County Counsels in Los Gatos, CA (2005)
  • Panelist on Indian Gaming issues at conference on Environmental & Natural Resources Law on the Reservation in Mesa, AZ (2004)
  • Lecturer at Summer Indian Law Program conducted by the Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR (1995-2005)
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Acknowledgements

  • Best Lawyers 2012 "Lawyer of the Year" - Gaming Law, Washington D.C.
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2005-present