Robert W. Stocker  II - Dickinson Wright PLLC

Robert W. Stocker II

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2005

Robert W. Stocker II is a member of Dickinson Wright PLLC, which has offices in several states, the District of Columbia and Toronto, Canada.  He has an international practice in the areas of gaming (commercial, internet, charitable, Indian and sweepstakes), regulatory, corporate and alternative insurance programs (captives and insurance pools) law.  He chairs the firm's Gaming Practice Group and also serves as Chair of the Gaming Law Committee of the American Bar Association.  He is an Adjunct Professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where he teaches business planning, business organizations and gaming law and is a recipient of the Frederick J. Griffith III Adjunct Faculty Award for excellence in teaching.  He is the editor and co-author of The Michigan Gaming Law Legal Resource Book and the co-author of Chapter 25 of Collier's Guide to Chapter 11 Practice entitled "Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Cases Involving Casino Businesses."  Recent law review articles co-authored by Mr. Stocker include "Gambling with Bankruptcy: Navigating a Casino Through Chapter 11 Proceedings" and "Remedying the Lose-Lose Game of Compulsive Gambling:  Voluntary Exclusions, Mandatory Exclusions, or an Alternative Method?"  He is a founding member and past president of the International Masters of Gaming Law and a member of the International Association of Gaming Advisors.  He is a member of the Editorial Board of Gaming Law Review and Economics and Chair of the American Bar Association annual Gaming Law Minefield program on gaming enforcement.  Mr. Stocker is a frequent speaker at a variety of national and international gaming conferences and educational programs.

Denison UniversityBA 1965University of Michigan Law SchoolJ.D. 1968
International Masters of Gaming LawInternational Association of Gaming AdvisorsAmerican Bar Association

Client Comments

"Bob has knowledge of the law and regulations, and he has access to the regulatory authorities. These are two vital components for a gaming lawyer."

"Mr. Stocker is, by far, the best gaming law attorney I have had the privilege of working with for many years. His knowledge, expertise, experience, and awareness of gaming industry issues are all exceptional. All this said, what I have found Mr. Stocker to be most skilled at is problem resolution. He has an uncanny ability to see options and/or solutions that no one else does, and he does it quickly saving his clients time, money, and worry. He is truly an extraordinary attorney and it gives me great comfort knowing that he is always there to protect my interests."

-John LaRose
Chief Executive Officer

"I have worked with Bob Stocker on a number of cases and can say that, without question, Bob is the hardest working lawyer I know. Intelligent, insightful, and a creative problem solver, he quickly discerns the key issues of a case. His litigation and negotiation skills are such that disputes are resolved expeditiously and in a cost-effective manner. I cannot recommend Bob too highly."

-Robert Tabor
Maloney & Tabor, Inc.

"Robert has provided representation to our company for a number of years and is considered second to none in the areas for which he provides representation. There is no other choice of representation when it comes to the areas for which he provides representation. We are fortunate he considers us a valued client."

-Robert Ziems
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Progressive Gaming International Corporation

Office Location

215 South Washington Square, Suite 200
Lansing, MI 48933-1816
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Gaming Law of the Lansing Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Administrative / Regulatory Law of the Lansing Metro Area2011 Lawyer of the Year in Gaming Law of the Lansing Metro Area
Robert W. Stocker II has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!Robert W. Stocker II has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!Robert W. Stocker II has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2011!

Practice Areas

Administrative / Regulatory Law (Regulatory)
Commercial Litigation (Appellate, Business Disputes, Gaming, Mergers & Acquisitions, Regulatory)
Gaming Law (Administrative)
Government Relations Practice (Insurance, Regulatory)