Michael D Lipton

Michael D. Lipton, Q.C.


Education & Credentials


University of Toronto

Osgoode Hall Law School

LL.B, 1965


  • Best Lawyers, Lawyer Of The Year: Ontario 2017
  • Law Clerk to the Chief Justice of Ontario, 1967-68
  • Appointed Queen's Counsel by Government of Ontario, 1979
  • Certified as a Specialist in Civil Litigation by Law Society of Upper Canada, 1989-present
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in Canada in Gaming Law, 2008-2019
    • Selected as Lawyer of the Year 2014 – Toronto – Gaming Law
  • Chambers Global in Gaming Law, 2008-2018

Representative Clients

  • Aruze Gaming America, Inc.
  • Bally Gaming, Inc.
  • Everi Holdings Inc.
  • IGT Global Solutions Corporation
  • Interblock d.d.
  • Paddy Power Betfair plc
  • Public Accountants Council for the Province of Ontario
  • Scientific Games Corporation
  • Picov Downs Inc.
  • SAZKA Group a.s.
  • WGames Incorporated
  • Worldpay Group plc
  • Wymac Development Pty Ltd

Prominent Assignments

Extensive practice before gaming regulatory authorities throughout Canada

Advise clients in regard to compliance, governance and due diligence requirements integral to the gaming industry 

Counseled clients in regard to amendments to gaming legislation enacted by government of Ontario including drafting legislative amendments

Advise provincial governments 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, editor of the Canadian Gaming Lawyer and member of editorial board of World Online Gambling Law Report

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


  • 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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