Ms. Lowenhar-Fisher is a leading Nevada gaming attorney who counsels many of the world’s premier gaming companies on regulatory issues in connection with mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, reorganizations and financings. She has extensive experience advising clients on issues related to Internet gaming, social gaming, fantasy sports, liquor licensing, nightclubs, restaurants, sweepstakes, contests, and promotions. She regularly represents individuals and businesses before regulatory agencies, including the Nevada State Gaming Control Board, the Nevada Gaming Commission, the Clark County Liquor and Gaming Licensing Board and the Las Vegas City Council.
Ms. Lowenhar-Fisher is a member of the International Association of Gaming Advisors and the International Masters of Gaming Law. In addition, she is active in non-profit organizations, and she sits on the board of directors of Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada and the board of Grant a Gift Autism Foundation.
Since 2003, Kate has donated more than 1,200 hours of pro bono legal services to the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada in connection with her representation of abused and neglected children. In 2009 the Legal Aid Center awarded Kate the Myrna Women’s Children’s Pro Bono Attorney of the Year award. In addition, in 2009 Kate was honored with the Local Heroes Award by Bank of America’s Neighborhood Excellence Initiative. In recognition of her pro bono contributions, ABA Journal Magazine featured Kate in its February 2013 national cover story regarding lawyers who are deeply committed to providing pro bono legal services.
Prior to joining Dickinson Wright, PLLC, Kate was a shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP specializing in gaming law and commercial transactions.
Please check out this video of Kate’s recent television and live event appearances relating to the recent legalization of sports betting.
Stanford UniversityB.A., International Relations, 1999
Emory University School of LawJ.D., 2002
- Emory Order of Advocates
- Moot Court National Team
- Moot Court Review Board
- Irving R. Kaufman Memorial Securities Law Moot Court Competition, Fordham University School of Law, National Quarterfinalist
- Best Lawyers in America, Gaming Law, 2020
- National Bar Association Chairman's Award, 2016
- Chambers USA, Gaming & Licensing, 2015-2020
- Super Lawyers, Mountain States, 2013-present, Rising Star, 2012, Top 50 Women Lawyers in Nevada, 2019
- AV® Preeminent™, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating
- Leadership Las Vegas Class of 2013
- Nevada Business Magazine, Legal Elite, Top Southern Nevada 150 Attorneys, 2012-2013, 2015-2016, 2019; 50 Best Up & Coming Attorneys, 2012
- 100 Hours Club, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada’s Pro Bono Project, 2003-2010
- Myrna Williams Children's Pro Bono Award, 2009
- Bank of America Local Hero Award, 2009
- Moffett Award for Most Outstanding Student of Litigation and Trial Preparation, Emory University
- Dean’s Award for Civil Trial Practice, Emory University
Served as gaming counsel to Crane Payment Innovations in connection with its acquisition of Cummins Allison, which provides currency and coin counting equipment to financial institutions and casinos. Crane Payment Innovations provides a full range of unattended payment solutions for gaming, retail, transportation, vending and financial services applications. The parent company, Crane Co. (NYSE: CR) started in Chicago in 1855 and produced valves, fittings, and specialty castings. Crane Co. now operates four business segments, each of which designs and manufactures highly engineered industrial products. The deal was complex, including navigating gaming regulatory issues to license the combined entity across more than 200 state, provincial, and tribal jurisdictions.
Served as special Nevada gaming counsel to a lender group comprised of three large lenders to provide financing for the $4.25 billion acquisition of the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The deal is the largest in the history of Las Vegas casino financings. The acquiring group’s joint venture is to acquire the Bellagio’s real estate and lease it back to MGM for an initial annual rent of $245 million. MGM will lease the property and continue to manage and operate it on a day-to-day basis.
Served as special Nevada counsel to billionaire Phil Ruffin in connection with his acquisition of Circus Circus Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas from MGM Resorts International. The $825 million deal includes the 5-acre Adventuredome amusement part, a 10-acre RV park and 37-acre festival grounds. The transaction, which requires Nevada regulatory approval, closed in late 2019. The Circus Circus property will be updated to feature a stadium-style gaming area, and its existing RV Park will be transformed into a sand-beach pool with a wave machine. With net revenues of $65.9 million in Q3 2019, the multi-use entertainment venue’s purchase is comprised of $662.5 million paid in cash and a $162.5 million note, due 2024.
Served as special Nevada gaming counsel to JP Morgan Chase bank on the $400MM loan transaction for the acquisition financing by billionaire Phil Ruffin to purchase the Circus Circus hotel and casino.
Represented Paragon Gaming as Nevada gaming regulatory counsel in connection with the management, financing, and acquisition of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe. Paragon Gaming is a major resort and casino management company whose portfolio includes Edgewater Casino in Vancouver, Westgate Las Vegas, and various major projects under development. Paragon Gaming undertook the management of the struggling Hard Rock property in early 2016 and provided significant financing to stabilize the property while negotiating an acquisition along with multiple prospective investors.
Represented MSOP Entertainment, a company backed by Canadian billionaire Guy Laliberté, in connection with the construction and operation of a state-of-the-art golf putting facility on the Las Vegas Strip.
Represented US Fantasy (“USF”), which offers a fantasy sports product that allows players to make fantasy-type sports wagers utilizing the existing pari-mutuel system. USF has been awarded a Nevada gaming license and is the first to offer a daily fantasy sports (“DFS”) product under the watchful eye of Nevada’s gaming regulators. Given the legal grey-area of the DFS industry in the United States, USF is a ground-breaking leader who is being watched carefully by the entire DFS industry and gaming entities who are interested in the DFS market.
Represented Priomha Capital, an Australian- based boutique funds management firm whose investment universe centers on sports and events. The company was created with a view to offer investors an alternative product to shares, bonds, property and other “traditional” investment vehicles and asset classes. Kate represented Priomha in Nevada in connection with the consideration and passage of regulations by the Nevada Gaming Control Board and Commission to authorize “business entity wagering”.
Served as Nevada gaming counsel to Caesars Entertainment in connection with $185 million financing to renovate the 199-room Bill's Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, into a "lifestyle" gaming hotel and casino featuring a 65,000-square-foot rooftop pool and dayclub/nightclub.
Assisted Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas as Nevada gaming counsel in connection with a credit facility, including term loans and revolving loans, with Affinity Gaming, LLC (formerly Herbst Gaming, LLC), as borrower.
Assisted Landry's, Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries as Nevada gaming counsel in connection with a new $1,200,000,000 term and revolving loan facility and also assisted as Nevada gaming counsel with the issue and sale of $425,000,000 of Landry's 9.375% Senior Notes due 2020.
Represented Atria Senior Living Group Inc. in a deal to merge its real estate interests with the Ventas Inc. real estate investment trust. Representation included the analysis of and advice concerning state and local licensing requirements for assisted living and senior living facilities Nevada.
Served as Nevada gaming counsel to the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino in negotiation of the intellectual property and other rights necessary to develop a Margaritaville-themed gaming area at the Flamingo. This area is approximately 15,000 square feet and includes 22 table games and 220 slot machines.
Represented Global Cash Access, Inc. as Nevada gaming counsel in connection with its acquisition of Western Money Systems, a manufacturer and distributor of redemption kiosk devices to more than 200 casinos nationwide.
Represented Treasure Island, LLC as Nevada gaming counsel in connection with refinancing its acquisition financing for the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino.
Served as Nevada gaming counsel to Ruffin Acquisition, LLC in connection with its $775 million acquisition of Treasure Island, LLC, owner of the Treasure Island Resort on the Las Vegas strip.
Served as Nevada gaming counsel to Hard Rock Holdings, LLC and its subsidiaries in the acquisition of and construction loan financing for the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
- American Bar Association
- Clark County Bar Association
- State Bar of Nevada
- International Association of Gaming Advisors
- International Masters of Gaming Law
- State Bar of California
- Board of Directors, Nevada PEP
- Board of Directors, Grant a Gift Autism Foundation
- Board of Directors, Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada
- Co-Author, “Esports in the Time of Physical Distancing,” Dickinson Wright Gaming & Hospitality Legal News, May 2020
- Co-Author, The Law of Regulated Gambling: A Practical Guide for Business Lawyers, American Bar Association (2020)
- Co-Author, “As Federal Aid for the Gaming Industry Lags in the US, Gaming Properties Prepare for Eventual Re-Opening,” Dickinson Wright Gaming & Hospitality Newsletter, April 2020
- Co-Author, "All Quiet on the Las Vegas Strip: Compliance Considerations for the COVID-19 Shutdown in Nevada," Dickinson Wright Gaming & Hospitality Newsletter, March 2020
- Co-Author, LexisNexis Gaming Law & Practice Guide, 2019
- Co-Author, “Changes to Nevada Gaming Law by the 2019 State Legislature,” Dickinson Wright Gaming & Hospitality Legal News: Volume 12, Number 4, July 18, 2019
- Panelist, “The convergence of gaming and gambling: from daily fantasy sports to eSports and peer-to-peer betting on skill games,” IAGA International Gaming Summit, June 6, 2019
- Co-Author, “Gaming Advertising Fines and Bans: How Might Recent Increases in Restrictions on Gaming Advertisements Across the Globe Impact Gaming Advertising in North America?”, Dickinson Wright Gaming & Hospitality Legal News: Volume 12, Number 3, May 15, 2019
- Moderator, “Legal Regulation: eSports and Sports Betting,” Casino eSports Conference at 2019 ICE North America Conference, Boston, MA, May 13-15, 2019
- Presenter, “Legal Regulation: eSports, Sports Betting and Payment Systems,” Casino eSports Conference at 2019 ICE North America Conference, Boston, May 13-15, 2019
- Speaker, American Gaming Association Sports Betting Task Force Meeting, April 25, 2019
- Co-Author, “FEDERAL THREAT TO THE GROWTH OF LEGAL SPORTS WAGERING IN THE U.S., Sports Business Journal, April 15, 2019
- Speaker, “Buying, Leasing, Selling or Owning Real Estate in Nevada,” Association of Corporate Counsel, Las Vegas, NV, March 20, 2019
- Co-Author, “Nevada Gaming Legislation Update – March 2019,” Dickinson Wright Gaming & Hospitality Legal News: Volume 12, Number 2, March 19, 2019
Panelist, “Evolving Issues of Sports Betting,” International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL) Masterclass at ICE, London, February 6, 2019
Co-Author, “The U.S. Department of Justice Restores America’s Wire Act by Opinion,” Dickinson Wright Gaming & Hospitality Legal News: Volume 12, Number 1, January 15, 2019
Panelist, “Special Presentation: SCOTUS Legalizes Sports Betting,” 16th Annual Northwest Gaming Law Summit, December 14, 2018
- Panelist, “Sports Betting: Coming to a Jurisdiction Near You”, 45th Annual Global Symposium on Racing, University of Arizona, December 5th, 2018
- Co-Author, "USA - Nevada," International Comparative Legal Guide to: Gambling 2019, November 2018
- Co-Author, “In Sports Wagering, Information is Everything!”, Dickinson Wright Gaming & Hospitality Legal News: Volume 11, Number 9, October 31, 2018
- Co-Author, “Will You Soon Be Able to (Legally) Bet on Sports Outside of Nevada? What the Supreme Court Decision Really Means,” Nevada Lawyer, August 2018
- Co-Author, “How to Banish the Black Market and Ensure Integrity: What States Legalizing Sports Betting for the First Time Can Learn from Nevada and Legalized Cannabis States,” Dickinson Wright Gaming & Hospitality Legal News: Volume 11, Number 6, July 27, 2018
- Co-Author, “Once a ‘Patron,’ Always a Patron?”, Dickinson Wright Gaming & Hospitality Legal News: Volume 11, Number 6, July 27, 2018
- Panelist, “What’s Now & Next: Update on Legislation & Regulation,” National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) 32nd National Conference, July 18, 2018
- Co-Author, “Me Too: Nevada Regulators Shine a Spotlight on the Sexual Harassment Policies of Gaming Licensees,” Dickinson Wright Gaming & Hospitality Legal News: Volume 11, Number 5, May 31, 2018
- Panelist, “Supreme Court Sports Betting Case: Issues & Future Directions,” Sports Lawyers Association 44th Annual Conference, May 18, 2018
- Co-Author, “How the Ninth Circuit Big Fish Casino Decision Could Impact Online Free Casino Offerings Across the U.S.,” Dickinson Wright Gaming & Hospitality Legal News: Volume 11, Number 4, April 19, 2018
- Panelist, “Christie vs. NCAA: The Future of Sports Gambling,” Villanova Moorad Sports Law Journal Symposium, Villanova, PA, April 13, 2018
- Co-Author, “Nevada’s Gaming Policy Committee Passes a Resolution Regarding Marijuana and the Gaming Industry,” Dickinson Wright Gaming & Hospitality Legal News: Volume 11, Number 3, March 15, 2018
- Moderator, “The Role of Regulators in a Changing Commercial Gaming Market,” IMGL Spring Conference/Gaming Law Minefield, Las Vegas, NV, March 8, 2018
- Speaker, “Is Sports Betting Coming to Iowa?”, Drake Law School, March 2018
- Panelist, "IMGL Masterclass at ICE 2018", February 2018
- Co-Author, “US Gaming Trends 2017 – Sports Wagering in the Sessions Era,” Chambers and Partners, November 2017
- Co-Author, “Marijuana Money Challenges Nevada Casinos’ Anti-Money Laundering Compliance,” Chambers and Partners, November 2017
- Co-Author, “Gaming Law & Practice,” LexisNexis, November 2017
- Co-Author, “US Gaming Trends 2017 – Sports Wagering in the Sessions Era,” Chambers and Partners’ Global Gaming, Gambling & Licensing Guide, October 2017
- Co-Author, "A Sporting Chance in The US," World Sports Advocate, September 2017
- Co-Author, “Nevada 2017 Legislative Update: Gaming Law,” Communiqué, the official publication of the Clark County Bar Association, September 2017
- Presenter, Nevada 2017 Legislative Update: eSports and other Adventures in Gaming Law Webinar, State Bar of Nevada, August 22, 2017
- "The impact of regulatory scrutiny on daily fantasy sports in the US" Online Gambling Lawyer, June 15, 2017
- “Understanding the Fundamentals of Fantasy Sports Framework,” Panelist, The Knowledge Group Webinar, May 23, 2016
- "Daily Fantasy Sports: Games of Chance or Games of Skill," Panelist, "2016 Sports Lawyer Association 42nd Annual Conference," Los Angeles, California, May 12, 2016
- "Indiana University School of Law Spring Symposium" Panelist, "Calling Shots: Predicting the Future of Daily Fantasy Sports and Electronic Gambling", Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis, IN, March 11, 2016
- "20th Annual National Institute on Gaming Law Minefield" Panelist, "The Intersect of Sports Betting and Fantasy Sports", Las Vegas, NV, February 11-12, 2016
- “Sweepstakes, Contests & Promotions: Reducing Your Legal Risk,” Co-presenter, Dickinson Wright Webinar, January 14, 2016
- “Introduction: The New Era of Gaming Law,”Co-author, W. Bruce Lunsford Academy Symposium on The New Era of Gaming Law, Northern Kentucky Law Review, No. 42, Vol. 3.
- "Global Symposium on Racing and Gaming," Panelist,“Serious Realities in Fantasy Sports,” University of Arizona Race Track Industry Programs, December 7-9, 2015
- "Sweepstakes, Contests and Promotions," Association of Corporate Counsel Nevada CLE Luncheon, Presenter, August 2015
- State Bar Webinar on Changes in Nevada Gaming Law, 2015
- "Medical Marijuana and Gaming: How Close is Too Close?," Law360, Co-Author, June 2015
- "Regulating Fantasy Sports," Speaker, Northern Kentucky Law Review "New Era in Gaming Law" Symposium, March 20, 2015
- "iGaming Regulation in California," Panelist, 2nd Annual iGaming Legislative Symposium, February 26, 2015
- "Intrastate Internet Gaming vs. Federal Internet Gaming Legislation," Panelist, 19th Annual National Institute on the Gaming Law Minefield, February 12-13, 2015
- "Advertising Sweepstakes and Contests for Social Media for 2014 and Beyond", Speaker, Knowledge Congress Webcast, July 23, 2014
- Featured, "Many Lawyers for Many Laws," VegasInc, July 6, 2014
- "The Crackdown on Internet Sweepstakes Cafes", Keynote Panel Moderator, International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL) Conference, San Diego, CA, April 23-25, 2014
- "Conducting Online Sweepstakes, Contests and Promotions: What You Should Know", Speaker, Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), Las Vegas, NV February 26, 2013
- "Gaming Litigation Update", Panel Moderator, American Bar Association, Gaming Law Minefield National Institute, February 15, 2013
- Featured, "Working For Free: Lawyers Incorporating Pro Bono Into Their Lives Talk About Its Rewards, Challenges," ABA Journal, February 1, 2013
- "Structuring Sweepstakes and Contests for Social Media", Panelist, Law Seminars International, TeleBriefing, January 17, 2013
- "Advertising Sweepstakes and Contests in Social Media", Panelist, Knowledge Congress Webcast Series, November 28, 2012
- "A Young Man Named Christopher", Author, COMMUNIQUÉ, May 2012
- "An Internet Gaming Debate: Federal or State Regulated?" Panelist, International Masters of Gaming Law 2012 Spring Conference, April 17, 2012
- "Emerging Issues and Trends in Online Gaming", Speaker, The 2012 Spring Conference of the 14th Circuit Law Students Division of the ABA, Boyd School of Law at UNLV, February 18, 2012
- "Does your Business Plan Conform to Federal Gaming Law?" Casino Enterprise Management Magazine, November Issue, 2011
- "Jurisdiction, Arbitration and the Gaming World", Panelist, William S. Boyd School of Law CLE Seminar, Las Vegas, NV, April 4, 2011
- "Introduction to Gaming", Speaker, Association of Corporate Counsel, Nevada Chapter Luncheon, Las Vegas, NV, June 29, 2010
- Featured, "Lawyers Honored For Their Help For Holocaust Survivors," VegasInc, August 21, 2009