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Baker Donelson Attorneys Assume Leadership Roles Within International Association of Gaming Advisors


(Memphis, TN/November 5, 2012) Amy Kebert Elder and Paul S. West of the law firm Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz have been selected to serve in leadership roles of the International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA).

Ms. Elder, an attorney in Baker Donelson's Jackson office, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the IAGA. She concentrates her practice on regulatory and business law for the Mississippi and Louisiana gaming industry, representing domestic and international casino owners and operators, gaming equipment manufacturers and distributors, casino management companies, investors, commercial lenders and private equity firms in a wide range of gaming matters including licensure, regulatory compliance, financing, project development and mergers and acquisitions.  A 1998 graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law, Ms. Elder is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Mississippi Women Lawyers Association.

Mr. West, the Louisiana vice chair of Baker Donelson's Gaming Industry Service Team and former president of the IAGA, was inducted as a Counselor of the IAGA. He is the second attorney from the Firm to serve as a counselor, as Dan M. McDaniel was inducted in 2010. IAGA counselors serve on a special committee focused on supporting programs of the IAGA. Mr. West is a shareholder in the Firm's Baton Rouge office and is an adjunct professor at Louisiana State University where he teaches Introduction to Gaming Law at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center.  He was recently named Best Lawyers' 2013 Baton Rouge Gaming Law "Lawyer of the Year" and has been listed as a Tier 1 attorney in Chambers USA in the area of Gaming & Licensing since 2010.

The IAGA is an association of attorneys, financial experts, casino executives and regulators in the gaming industries. IAGA's purpose is to provide leadership in addressing issues affecting the industry. Formed in 1980, it has grown to more than 500 members worldwide.

A multidisciplinary group of experienced attorneys and advisors located in the Firm's Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee offices, Baker Donelson's Gaming Industry Service Team provides experienced representation in both gaming and non-gaming matters across multiple jurisdictions. Members of the team include past presidents of the IAGA, as well as attorneys listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (since 1995), Super Lawyers (since 2006) and Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (since 2005). Baker Donelson's Gaming Law Practice ranked first in the nation in the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. The team's clients are headquartered throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, and include casino developers and operators, horse racetrack projects, bingo operators, gaming equipment manufacturers and gaming device distributors as well as their equity holders, officers, directors, key employees, gaming employees, lenders and landlords.

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