Dan M. McDaniel , Jr. - Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Dan M. McDaniel , Jr.

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2005

Dan M. McDaniel Jr. has more than 20 years' experience representing domestic and international gaming clients, including casinos, manufacturers, distributors, lessors, shareholders, officers, directors, key employees and others. Mr. McDaniel practices exclusively in gaming law and is the chair of Baker Donelson's Gaming Industry Service Team.

Mr. McDaniel represents clients before gaming authorities with regard to licensing, registration, findings of suitability, transfers of ownership, work permits, patron disputes, investigations, disciplinary proceedings and other regulatory matters. Mr. McDaniel also has experience representing clients in proposed gaming legislation.

Mr. McDaniel launched his gaming law practice while at Heidelberg and Woodliff in 1991, later moving in 1996 to Phelps Dunbar, where he began that firm's gaming practice and grew it to one of the largest gaming practices in the country. In 2010, he moved to Baker Donelson to form the Firm's Gaming Industry Service Team.

University of Southern MississippiBS 1971University of MississippiJ.D. 1973
Section on Gaming Law, American Bar Association, 2001 Board of Trustees and former president of the International Association of Gaming Advisors, Mississippi Association of Gaming Attorneys (founding member); Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance for the State of Mississippi (former member); The MisInternational Association of Gaming Attorneys, 2005 – 2006

Case History

Representative Matters
  • Special counsel to private equity group in its bankruptcy court purchase of a controlling equity interest in a publicly traded corporation that owns and operates multiple casinos.
  • Guided a developer client through the Mississippi regulatory process to construct and operate a shore-based gaming establishment.
  • Led the $100 million acquisition of a riverboat casino located in Amelia, Louisiana, handling regulatory and gaming issues as well as financial and real estate aspects.
  • Facilitated the fast-track approval of Mississippi gaming and other governmental approvals for a client's $80 million purchase of an existing Mississippi gaming establishment.
  • Handled Mississippi gaming approvals and filings required in connection with client's complex debt and equity restructuring.
  • Expert witness regarding gaming suitability issues in tax-related litigation.
  • Special counsel to trust in its foreclosure of lenders' interest in licensed casinos.

Client Comments

"Dan has a high level of gaming expertise in Mississippi, the Gulf Coast, and Louisiana. As President of IAGA, he is highly respected among his peers. He is prompt and thorough in his response, especially in emergency situations. For example, Dan was our legal counsel for Mississippi and Louisiana properties and regulatory approvals during the largest acquistion is gaming history when Harrahs acquired Caesars. He has an interesting and affable personality, which allows him to work with all clients and personalities in the gaming industry. Currently, as a gaming attorney and consultant, I would recommend Dan to my clients without hesitation."

-Philip Parenti
Gaming Attorney and Consultant
Coastal Development LLC

Office Location

One Eastover Center, Suite 400
100 Vision Drive
Jackson, MS 39211
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2012 Lawyer of the Year in Gaming Law of the Jackson-MS Metro Area
Dan M. McDaniel, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Gaming Law

Other Information

Gender: Male