Industries

“Known for his work with casinos and gaming manufacturing companies, who regularly entrust him with complex M&A and regulatory mandates." - Chambers USA

Biography – View PDF Bio

Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Nevada, 2001
  • Colorado, 2000
  • Mississippi, 1994
  • Iowa, 1990

Civic Involvement

  • Irish Network Nevada (2013-present)
    • Founding Board Member
  • Irish Network USA (2017-present)
    • Regional Vice President (California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington)
  • CelticFest Mississippi, Jackson, MS board member and past president (1993-1997)

Distinctions

  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®-Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Gaming Law, 2007-2019
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mountain State Super Lawyers, “Top 100” – Gaming, 2007-2018
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
    • Gaming & Licensing, 2008-2017

Education & Honors

  • Drake University Law School, J.D., 1989
  • Drake University, M.A., Journalism, 1989
  • Drake University, B.A., Political Science/Religion, 1986

Experience

  • Sean McGuinness practices in the firm’s Gaming Industry Team. His practice focuses primarily on commercial gaming matters in Nevada, Colorado, Iowa and Mississippi, as well tribal gaming matters. He has also experience with gaming bankruptcy matters.
  • Sean has represented clients with licensing and regulatory matters before the Nevada Gaming Control Board, the Nevada Gaming Commission, the Colorado Division of Gaming, the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission, the Iowa Racing & Gaming Commission, the Mississippi Gaming Commission and the National Indian Gaming Commission. He has also participated in gaming related matters in other jurisdictions such as California, Canada, Hungary, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Switzerland, Tinian and Washington. Sean has represented clients in gaming bankruptcy matters, including the Herbst Gaming, Station Casinos, Fitzgeralds Gaming Corporation, the Aladdin Hotel and Casino, and the Resort at Summerlin proceedings.
  • Sean is frequently asked to comment on the Commercial Gaming industry. Sean appeared on Nevada Newsmakers in November 2016 to discuss recent Gaming industry trends. He is also a regular pundit on the program. In 2011, Sean was featured in a Q&A with In Business Las Vegas (now Vegas Inc.) where he provided an overview of his practice and the Gaming Industry in Nevada.
  • Prior to joining the firm, Sean practiced gaming law for 15 years at a law firm in their Reno, Las Vegas and Denver offices. Sean was Vice President and General Counsel for The Resort at Summerlin, which was owned by Swiss Casinos (1997-2001), and had a private gaming law practice in Mississippi (1994-1997) and served as Compliance Director for the Mississippi Gaming Commission (1992-1993). Sean got his start in the gaming industry as a law clerk for the Iowa Racing & Gaming Commission.

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • ​Presentations
  • Panelist, ‘General Data Protection Regulations,’ International Masters of Gaming Law Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, September 2018.
  • Panelist, "State of Online Gaming in the US," National Council of Legislators from Gaming States Summer Meeting, Cleveland, Ohio, July 2018.
  • Moderator, “Legal Ethics in the Era of Data Privacy and Data Breaches,” International Association of Gaming Advisors Summit, Macau, China, May 2018.
  • Co-Presenter, “Technology makes Licensing and Background Investigations More Efficient,” National Tribal Gaming Commissioners/Regulators Conference, Northern Quest Resort Casino, Spokane, WA, March 2018.
  • Panelist, “Internet Gaming and Sports Betting in Indian Country,” ABA/IMGL Gaming Law Minefield Conference, American Bar Association, Aria Resort & Casino Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 2018.
  • Panelist, “The Highs and Lows of Marijuana Legalization Part II”, Global Gaming Expo, Las Vegas, Nevada October 2017.
  • Moderator, "The Highs and Lows of Marijuana Legalization," International Association of Gaming Advisors Summit, New York, New York, June 2017.
  • Panelist, "Normalization of Sports Betting - The Push for Decriminalization in Washington, D.C.," National Indian Gaming Association, San Diego, California, April 2017.
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