(Baton Rouge, LA / October 21, 2010) Paul S. West of the law firm Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, recently served as chair of the 2010 annual conference of the International Association of Gaming Advisors and the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGA / IAGR). Held October 9-13 in Washington, D.C., the conference was attended by over 300 gaming advisors, regulators, casino executives, financial experts and others in the gaming industry.
Mr. West, who is president of the IAGA, said "The 2010 IAGA / IAGR conference was an unprecedented and greatly successful gathering of casino executives, advisors and regulators. It served as an opportunity for the leaders in our industry to gather and present, discuss, and debate the current issues which face the industry."
During the conference, Dan M. McDaniel, Jr., chair of Baker Donelson's Gaming Industry Service Team and former president of the IAGA, was inducted as a counselor of IAGA. IAGA counselors serve on a special committee focused on supporting the programs of the IAGA. Mr. McDaniel is a shareholder in the Firm's Jackson office and is a founding member of the Mississippi Association of Gaming Attorneys.
The conference covered a range of leading issues such as navigating bankruptcy, finding financing, online gaming, Native American gaming, compliance and responsible gambling, and international development opportunities.
Mr. West, who serves as the Louisiana vice chair of Baker Donelson's Gaming Industry Service Team, noted that the conference came at a pivotal point in the gaming industry. "While no industry has been left unscathed by the economic downturn, the gaming sector has faced a unique set of challenges. This conference offered an opportunity for industry leaders to share the lessons they've learned and best practices for weathering a difficult economy."
Baker Donelson's Gaming Industry Service Team is a multidisciplinary group of attorneys and advisors from across various Baker Donelson offices and practice areas who represent domestic and international gaming clients before state gaming commissions and other state governmental bodies. Team members routinely appear before the Mississippi Gaming Commission, the Louisiana Gaming Control Board and other state and local agencies and governmental bodies on behalf of a wide range of companies and individuals from all sectors of the gaming industry and all parts of the globe. Attorneys on the gaming team have been listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, Super Lawyers and Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Baker Donelson's Gaming Law Practice was ranked first in the nation in the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.