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Longtime gaming attorney Silver joining Dickinson Wright

15 May 2015

Longtime Las Vegas gaming attorney Jeff Silver announced Thursday he was departing the law firm that still carries his name to join Dickinson Wright.

Silver, 69, who has represented and worked for several casino companies during his 40-year career, gave up his role as senior partner in the Gordon Silver law firm in 2013. He became “founding counsel” to the firm and remained chairman of the Administrative, Gaming & Government Affairs Department.

In a statement, Silver said he looked forward to helping Dickinson Wright “enhance its gaming and administrative law profile in Nevada.”

The firm recently added two other gaming attorneys in Las Vegas, Gregory Gemignani and Kate Lowenhar-Fisher.

With Gordon Silver, he represented Gaming Laboratories International, Gaming Partners International, Dubai World, the Tuscany, Stephen Siegel Group, Grand Sierra in Reno, and Century Gaming. On Wednesday, Silver appeared in front of the Gaming Control Board on behalf of the Westgate Las Vegas.

In addition to Las Vegas, Dickinson Wright has offices in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arizona, Washington, D.C., and Toronto. The firm has 400 attorneys.

Silver’s legal experience includes time as Clark County Chief Deputy District Attorney and a term on the state Gaming Control Board from 1975 to 1979. Silver held executive-level positions at the Landmark, Riviera and Caesars Palace.

Silver said his career allows him to bring an “unique perspective on the gaming industry” to Dickinson Wright.

“Emerging jurisdictions and new opportunities in Native American Gaming, Internet Gaming, fantasy sports and social gaming offer exciting new practice areas for the gaming lawyer,” Silver said.

Silver joined his former firm in 1984 and his name was added to the practice. The firm was originally established in 1967 by the late Louis Wiener.

Silver becomes the latest participant in a Las Vegas legal community shake-up.

Last year, Lionel Sawyer & Collins, once Nevada’s largest law firm, closed.

Recently, several Gordon Silver attorneys left the law firm to form their own legal practices, including the office’s bankruptcy department founder Gerald Gordon.