David has represented most of our exclusive gaming clients in connection with licensing, regulatory investigations, compliance matters, financings, mergers and acquisitions, and other gaming-related issues. Before joining the firm, David was involved in the drafting of several pieces of gaming legislation in the Nevada legislative sessions of 1995,1997 and 1999. More recently, David was a principal drafter of gaming legislation in the 2011 Nevada Legislature relating to a new 5% licensing threshold for equity holders in private companies and credit for pre-paid fees and taxes. David was also one of the principal drafters of Nevada’s July 2000 regulations for gaming-related investments by institutional investors in non-public companies.
Prior to joining the firm, David served as corporate counsel for Caesars Entertainment, Inc. and Hilton Gaming Corp. He also served as vice president and general counsel of Bally’s Las Vegas, a Deputy Attorney General for the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, Special Counsel for Licensing and director of the License Division of the New Jersey Casino Control Commission. These experiences in both the regulatory and industry spheres give David a well-rounded perspective on the myriad of gaming issues faced by today’s gaming resorts and manufacturers, as well as distributors of gaming equipment and investors in such businesses and enable him to better serve our gaming clients in a wide variety of commercial and government relations matters.
Represented Riviera Holdings Corporation in its sale of the real estate assets associated with the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
Served as gaming and Nevada counsel in connection with the purchase of prominent Las Vegas hotel casino and related acquisition financing.
Obtained the final regulatory approvals for Scientific Games Corporation to purchase Bally Technologies Inc.
Obtained the final regulatory approvals for Aristocrat Leisure Limited to purchase Video Gaming Technologies, Inc.
Represented Columbia Properties Laughlin and CP Laughlin Realty, LLC in connection with the sale of the real property and substantially all of the assets associated with the River Palms Resort Casino and a short-term leaseback of such real property and assets. Nevada Restaurant Services, Inc. and Laughlin Hotel, LLC purchased the River Palms Resort Casino for a purchase price of $6,750,000.