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Dan M. McDaniel Jr.

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Jackson
T: 601.351.2493
F: 601.592.7493

Dan M. McDaniel Jr. has more than 20 years' experience representing domestic and international gaming clients, including casinos, manufacturers, distributors, lessors, shareholders, officers, directors, key employees and others.

Featured Experience

Served as special counsel to a private equity group in its bankruptcy court purchase of a controlling equity interest in a publicly traded corporation that owns and operates multiple casinos.

2010
Guided a developer client through the Mississippi regulatory process to construct and operate a shore-based gaming establishment.
Led the $100 million acquisition of a riverboat casino located in Amelia, Louisiana, handling regulatory and gaming issues as well as financial and real estate aspects.

Professional Biography

Overview

Mr. McDaniel practices exclusively in gaming law and is the chair of Baker Donelson's Gaming Industry Service Team. Mr. McDaniel represents clients before gaming authorities with regard to licensing, registration, findings of suitability, transfers of ownership, work permits, patron disputes, investigations, disciplinary proceedings and other regulatory matters. Mr. McDaniel also has experience representing clients in proposed gaming legislation.

Mr. McDaniel launched his gaming law practice while at Heidelberg and Woodliff in 1991, later moving in 1996 to Phelps Dunbar, where he began that firm's gaming practice and grew it to one of the largest gaming practices in the country. In 2010, he moved to Baker Donelson to form the Firm's Gaming Industry Service Team.

Representative Matters
  • Served as special counsel to a private equity group in its bankruptcy court purchase of a controlling equity interest in a publicly traded corporation that owns and operates multiple casinos.

    (2010)
  • Guided a developer client through the Mississippi regulatory process to construct and operate a shore-based gaming establishment.
  • Led the $100 million acquisition of a riverboat casino located in Amelia, Louisiana, handling regulatory and gaming issues as well as financial and real estate aspects.
  • Facilitated the fast-track approval of Mississippi gaming and other governmental approvals for a client's $80 million purchase of an existing Mississippi gaming establishment.

    (2010)
  • Handled Mississippi gaming approvals and filings required in connection with client's complex debt and equity restructuring.

  • Served as expert witness regarding gaming suitability issues in tax-related litigation.

    (2011)
  • Served as special counsel to a trust in its foreclosure of lenders' interest in licensed casinos.
  • Served as appellate counsel and obtained the reversal of a $1.9 million judgment against a gaming company and entry of judgment in client's favor in Mississippi Court of Appeals. Successfully opposed former judgment creditors motion for rehearing and petition for writ of certiorari to the Mississippi Supreme Court. (2014)
Professional Honors & Activities
  • President – International Association of Gaming Attorneys, 2005 – 2006
  • Member – Board of Trustees and former president of the International Association of Gaming Advisors, Mississippi Association of Gaming Attorneys (founding member); Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance for the State of Mississippi (former member); The Mississippi Bar; Federal Bar Association; American Bar Association
  • Co-Chair – Section on Gaming Law, American Bar Association, 2001
  • Chairman – Gaming Section, Mississippi Bar Association, 2000 – 2001
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Gaming since 2005
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2012 Jackson-MS Gaming Law Lawyer of the Year
  • Named as a top gaming lawyer by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers since 2005
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers in Gaming, 2006, 2013 – 2016
Speaking Engagements
Press Releases

Awards

Education

  • University of Mississippi, J.D., 1973
  • University of Southern Mississippi, B.S., 1971

Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1973

Dan McDaniel of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC is regarded by sources as a 'very well-connected' lawyer who 'gets the job done.' Based in Mississippi, he acts for clients on a wide range of gaming matters, including regulatory issues, licensing and proposed legislation.

Dan McDaniel is held in high esteem by market commentators, who confirm that he is 'very well regarded' in the gaming sphere. His practice covers all aspects of this sector, including regulatory, transactional and legislative work. One source declared: 'He is clearly the leader in the gaming market.'

Dan McDaniel is recognized as a 'clear leader' with broad experience in the gaming industry. He represents national and international clients in corporate, licensing and regulatory matters, as well as disputes and disciplinary proceedings.

Dan McDaniel of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC is known for his extensive experience in gaming law, representing both local Mississippi clients and larger national gaming companies in a variety of complex land-based gaming matters. Sources 'consider him to be an excellent lawyer.'

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