Gaming law is a specialized practice, if only because the application process is so complex that pre-screening and careful preparation is essential. Gaming licensees must follow extensive regulations and provide detailed information on their activities. Our firm represents businesses and individuals who are seeking gaming licenses, liquor licenses, gaming and non-gaming vendor permits and associated approvals, from the relevant state and local agencies. Advocacy before the various regulators, public boards and commissions and familiarity with the processes and procedures of the various public agencies is also a must. Gordon Arata’s Gaming Law representatives make regular appearances before State and Municipal authorities on both routine and complex matters, including gaming and liquor licensing, transportation, contractor issues, professional licenses, and land use planning and zoning. Working within the firm’s Corporate and Securities Transactions group, we render advice on the structuring of transactions to minimize gaming regulatory issues and assist in obtaining necessary approvals for new- financings, business restructurings and mergers and acquisitions. In conjunction with the firm’s Real Estate and Financing group, we handle gaming issues relating to the acquisitions and new development of strategic properties.
Gordon Arata’s Gaming Law group advises and represents existing licensees, including casino operators, pari-mutuel racetracks and casinos, video poker establishments and device owners, non-gaming vendors and suppliers and gaming device manufacturers and distributors. Our Gaming Law attorneys routinely advise on operational issues, including negotiating and documenting a wide variety of commercial contracts, such as employment contracts, consulting contracts, entertainment contracts, non-competition agreements, confidentiality agreements, leases, and purchase agreements. Our work in this area also includes administrative actions and disciplinary matters; gaming device, system and equipment approvals; and state law implications of promotional activities. We also counsel clients regarding avoidance of regulatory issues by implementing comprehensive compliance programs. These programs cover due diligence requirements with respect to employees, vendors, junket representatives and major financings and transactions.
The decisions of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board and the Louisiana State Racing Commission are subject to limited appeal and are not published. We keep abreast of current regulatory developments by regularly attending meetings of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board and the Louisiana State Racing Commission. We constantly monitor the regulatory decisions and rule changes of these regulators and of other bodies that affect the gaming industry.