Michael D Lipton

Michael D. Lipton, Q.C.


Education & Credentials


University of Toronto

Osgoode Hall Law School

LL.B, 1965


  • Law Clerk to the Chief Justice of Ontario, 1967-68
  • Appointed Queen's Counsel by Government of Ontario, 1979
  • Member of the New York State Bar, 1985
  • Certified as a Specialist in Civil Litigation by Law Society of Upper Canada, 1989-2021
  • Best Lawyers in Canada®
    • Gaming Law, 2008-2021
    • "Lawyer of the Year," Gaming Law 2014, 2017, 2020 
  • Chambers Canada Guide
    • "Senior Statesman," Gaming & Licensing
  • Chambers Global Guide
    • "Senior Statesman," Gaming & Gambling

Representative Clients

  • 888 Holdings plc
  • Aruze Gaming America, Inc.
  • Carta Mundi Inc.
  • Caesars Entertainment Corporation
  • Flutter Entertainment plc
  • GVC Services Ltd.
  • IGT Global Solutions Corporation
  • MIR Limited
  • Unibet Group
  • Worldpay Group plc
  • Wymac Development Pty Ltd

Prominent Assignments

  • Appearances before all levels of Court, including the Supreme Court of Canada  
  • Extensive practice before gaming regulatory authorities throughout Canada
  • Advise clients in regard to compliance, AML, governance, procurement policies and due diligence requirements integral to the gaming and hospitality industries
  • Counseled clients in regard to amendments to gaming legislation enacted by government of Ontario including drafting legislative amendments
  • Advise charitable organizations, public and private corporations in regard to gaming provisions of the Canadian Criminal Code
  • Represent self-regulatory bodies in prosecutions of non-licensees

Professional Involvement

  • International Masters of Gaming Law, Founding Member & Past President
  • Member of the American Bar Association and editor of the Canadian Gaming Lawyer 

Community Involvement

  • Awarded Medal of Service by the City of Toronto
  • Awarded Commemorative Medal for the 125 Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada by the Government of Canada
  • Awarded Industry Leadership and Outstanding Contribution by Canadian Gaming Association for 2011


  • Joint Author, LexisNexis Gaming Law & Practice Guide, 2019 and 2020
  • Joint Author, "Uncertainty of Prize and 'Chance'," Canadian Gaming Lawyer, Fall/Winter 2019 
  • Author and co-author of numerous Gaming law papers and articles published in several global publications including World Online Gambling Law Report, Casino Lawyer, iGaming Business and Canadian Gaming Lawyer
  • Joint Author, "Modernizing the Canadian Criminal Code to Allow for Single Game Sports Betting," Canadian Gaming Lawyer, Fall 2018
  • Joint Author, "Québec Appeals Superior Court Ruling that Bill 74 is Unconstitutional," LexisNexis Canada Internet and E-Commerce Law in Canada, Volume 19, Number 6, October 2018
  • Joint Author, "Québec Appeals Superior Court Ruling that Bill 74 is Unconstitutional," Dickinson Wright Gaming Newsletter, September 2018
  • Joint Author, "Québec’s Superior Court Rules that Bill 74 is Unconstitutional", Dickinson Wright Gaming Newsletter, August 2018
  • Joint Author, "Gaming Law and Practice", Lexis Nexis, 2018 
  • Joint Author, "Indigenous Gaming Issues In Canada", Canadian Gaming Lawyer, Summer 2018
  • Joint Author, "Indigenous Gaming Issues In Canada", Dickinson Wright Gaming and Hospitality Blog, January 2018 
  • Joint Author, "New Anti-Money Laundering Recommendations For British Columbia Casinos", Dickinson Wright Gaming Newsletter, December 2017
  • Co-Author, "Canadian Reporting Issuers With U.S.-Related Cannabis Activities", Dickinson Wright Gaming Newsletter, December 2017
  • Joint Author, “Gaming, Gambling and Licensing 2018,” Canada Chapter, Chambers and Partners Practice Guide, October 2017
  • Co-author, “Liability Potentially Extended to Gamblers,” Canadian Gaming Lawyer, Summer 2017
  • Co-author, "Enforceability of iGaming Debts in Ontario," (Gaming Legal News, June 17, 2013)
  • Co-author, "Retreat of Legalized Gaming in Canada," (Canadian Gaming Lawyer, June 2013)
  • Co-author, Internet Gambling Report, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th editions (Mark Balestra and Tony Cabot, editors) (St. Charles, MO: River City Group LLC) – chapters relating to Canadian gaming law (updated 2013)
  • Co-author, "Canada: a Year in Review", iGaming Business, Issue 71, November/December 2011
  • Co-author of Poker, Advertising and Canada chapters in Internet Gambling Report, 8th to 12th editions, 2008-2013
  • Co-author of British Columbia and Alberta chapters in International Casino Law and Regulation, 2009
  • Co-author, “Proposed Amendments to the Criminal Code to Expand Sports Betting Options” (Canadian Gaming Lawyer, Vol. 1, Issue 2, November 2008)
  • Co-author, “Update on iGaming in Canada” (iGaming Business, issues 50 & 51, May/June 2008 and July/August 2008)
  • Co-author, “Kahnawà:ke: Canada ponders I-Gaming crackdown” (World Online Gambling Report, Vol. 7, Issue 4, Apr. 2008)
  • Co-author, “Canada: Jurisdictional Issues in Online Gambling Regulation,” (World Online Gambling Report, Vol. 6, Iss. 12, Dec. 2007)
  • Co-author, “British Columbia” and “Alberta” chapters in International Casino Law and Regulation – 2007
  • Co-author, “Bill 152: Legislation Barring Advertising of Online Gaming” (World Online Gambling Report, Vol. 6, Issue 1, Jan. 2007)
  • Co-author of Games of Skill and Chance in Canada-Gaming Law Review, 2005
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