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Paul S. West

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Paul S. West concentrates his practice in the area of gaming law.

Featured Experience

$100 million acquisition of a casino, together with all regulatory approvals and local real estate and financing details.

Obtained local approvals for national casino owner of multiple financing transactions.
Obtained  license renewals for riverboat projects in Louisiana.

Professional Biography

Overview

Mr. West represents casino owners, operators, suppliers and financiers in all areas of gaming law, from regulatory to transactional to litigation. He also has experience advising local governments on gaming issues. Mr. West is a seasoned commercial litigator, and has handled numerous jury trials involving substantial damages and issues.

Mr. West served as 2010 President of the International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) and is an adjunct professor at Louisiana State University where he teaches Introduction to Gaming Law at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center. He is a shareholder in the Firm's Baton Rouge office. Mr. West was previously head of the Gaming Law Section at McGlinchey Stafford for over 15 years.

Representative Matters
  • $100 million acquisition of a casino, together with all regulatory approvals and local real estate and financing details.

  • Obtained local approvals for national casino owner of multiple financing transactions.
  • Obtained  license renewals for riverboat projects in Louisiana.
  • Represented buyer in a casino acquisition in Bossier City Louisiana. Obtained all regulatory approvals and handled all Louisiana corporate issues.

    (2016)
  • Acted as Louisiana counsel to Nevada gaming corporation in a $2.0 billion credit facility.

    (2016)
Professional Honors & Activities
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed among The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Gaming Law and Corporate Law since 1995 
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2013 and 2015 Baton Rouge Gaming Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Listed as Tier 1 attorney in Chambers USA in the area of Gaming & Licensing since 2010  
  • Listed as a Louisiana Super Lawyer in Gaming since 2007
  • Counselor – The International Association of Gaming Advisors
  • President – The International Association of Gaming Advisors (2010)
  • Past President – Baton Rouge Bar Association; and member of the Board of Directors (1988 – 2000)
  • Member – Baton Rouge Bar Foundation Board of Directors
  • Member – Louisiana State Bar Association: 2011 Annual Meeting Committee; Assistant Bar Examiner; Member of House of Delegates (1989 – 2004); Vice-Chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee; Member of the Nominating Committee (1995 – 2000); Co-Chair of Summer School for Lawyer's Committee (1995 – 1996); Named as "Outstanding Young Lawyer of Louisiana" (1992)
Publications
  • "Gaming Law Today," Inside the Minds: Gaming Law Litigation Strategies, Thomson Reuters/Aspatore Books, (pp. 55-65) (2014)
Speaking Engagements
Press Releases

Education

  • Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, J.D., 1980 (Phi Kappa Phi)
  • Louisiana State University, MBA, 2005
  • Louisiana State University, B.A., 1977

Admissions

  • Louisiana (1980)
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (1981)
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana (1981)
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana (1983)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (1986)

He has the best relationships - he knows everyone and they respect him. He gets us information that is invaluable for running our business.

Chambers USA 2015

Mr. West "is held in high regard for his longstanding experience in gaming and licensing maters. One interviewee states that 'he has the largest gaming practice in the state,' noting that he is 'well respected by the regulators' and maintains an impressive client base in the space" and that he "received praise for being someone who 'knows the nuances, the way that it works and the regulators,' to the great benefit of his clients when advising on casino licensing and regulation matters. He is particularly noted by peers for his experience in multijurisdictional matters."

From Chambers USA

Paul West of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC acts for casino operators, equipment providers and financiers in regulatory, licensing and transactional matters. He also handles litigation as part of a broad practice from his Louisiana base.

Paul West is an experienced gaming and licensing attorney. He handles nationwide matters for a range of clients, including casino owners, operators and financiers. Sources comment upon his useful industry connections, noting: 'He has the best relationships – he knows everyone and they respect him. He gets us information that is invaluable for running our business.' Another commented: 'He is confident and very easy to work with. He always has good relationships with the regulators and is well respected.'

Paul West of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC receives praise for being someone who 'knows the nuances, the way that it works and the regulators,' to the great benefit of his clients when advising on casino licensing and regulation matters. He is particularly noted by peers for his experience in multijurisdictional matters. 

Paul West is held in high regard for his longstanding experience in gaming and licensing matters. One interviewee states that 'he has the largest gaming practice in the state,' noting that he is 'well respected by the regulators' and maintains an impressive client base in the space.

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