Gaming & Hospitality | Fennemore Craig | Gaming Lawyers

Gaming and Hospitality

Our hospitality attorneys advise and represent businesses and trade associations involved in the varied aspects of the $3.4 trillion hospitality industry.

Our core practices support the industry segments of casino gaming operations and gaming technology, which have grown in the United States to $37.34 billion and $13 billion, respectively.

What We Do

Our gaming attorneys have diverse experience in structuring and documenting transactions, and navigating the specialized licensing and regulatory requirements for the development, financing and operation of casino properties. We represent many firms in the industry in corporate formation and governance matters, mergers and acquisitions; public and private equity and debt transactions; and business restructuring and creditors’ rights. Our government relations attorneys have aided the industry on gambling regulatory issues in local, state and federal legislative and administrative agency rule-making arenas for decades. We represent regulated businesses in gaming and other tax disputes, administrative contested cases, and litigation unique to the industry. 

All of this experience extends to assisting gaming technology companies involved in the design, development, production and deployment of slot machines, interactive and mobile gaming devices and other gaming equipment. Our gaming attorneys have counseled and represented firms in developing and managing gaming operations on Native American lands and assisting vendors of tribal resort operations. In these efforts, our gaming attorneys have practiced before the National Indian Gaming Commission, and state and tribal regulatory authorities in Arizona, California and several other venues.  

We regularly assist businesses in evaluating and implementing sweepstakes and promotional contests. Our engagements in this area include multijurisdictional analysis and assistance in the design of social gaming platforms.   

Beyond commercial gaming, our hospitality attorneys leverage our firm-wide specialists to assist many other hospitality companies in Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, and elsewhere. These include hotels and resorts, restaurants, nightlife venues, taverns, and companies engaged in procurement services for these businesses.   

Both gaming and non-gaming hospitality businesses benefit from a law firm that has the diversity of talent to achieve transactional and regulatory results in a competitive industry. Our broad skills in business law, finance, government regulation, labor and employment law, land use law and zoning, and intellectual property law provide just those resources.