“I am a results-oriented legal and business advisor.”
Jennifer has developed a unique multijurisdictional gaming practice, assisting clients with casino operations in numerous states throughout the U.S., advising investors in gaming companies that hold licenses worldwide and facilitating negotiations with Indian gaming operators. She advises clients on the necessary structure and licensure for transactions involving casino gaming, manufacturing, cash access products, and Indian gaming.
The breadth and depth of her professional experience has given Jennifer an insider’s familiarity with the issues that arise when gaming technology and regulation intersect. She has also been nationally recognized for her skill in corporate finance and Native American/Indian law, advising clients on the complexities of sovereign immunity, contract enforceability, and regulatory matters.
Jennifer has spent her entire career in gaming, first as in-house counsel for an Indian tribe and now as an adviser to the premier gaming companies around the globe. Prior to joining Howard & Howard, Jennifer was senior staff attorney for the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin and then a shareholder with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP, counseling clients on corporate and regulatory matters, the licensing aspects of deal structures, reorganizations, and finance.
Jennifer has guided some of the world’s most prominent public and private companies in an extensive range of multijurisdictional corporate and regulatory matters. She focuses on obtaining and maintaining regulatory approvals and the structures and licensure required for transactions in highly regulated industries.
Jennifer's experience and insider’s familiarity with the issues that arise when gaming technology and regulation intersect include:
- Casino project development including construction and hotel/casino operations
- Lottery and slot route operations
- Equipment and systems manufacturing and distribution
- Legislation and regulation
- Corporate compliance and governance
- Management of multijurisdictional regulation and compliance programs
- University of Wisconsin School of Law, 1996
- J.D., cum laude
- Indiana University at Bloomington, 1991
- B.A., with honors
- William S. Boyd School of Law
- Dean's Advisory Board
- International Association of Gaming Advisors
- Board of Trustees
- Tyler Robinson Foundation, Chair
- Native American Law360
- Editorial Advisory Board
- Nevada, 2008
- Illinois, 1997
- Wisconsin, 1997
- The Best Lawyers in America©, 2018-2021
- Best of the Best USA-Expert Guides, 2018
- Chambers USA, 2015-2017
- Vegas Inc., "Women to Watch," 2016
- Las Vegas Business Press, "Ten Women Who Mean Business," 2012
Served as primary gaming counsel for a publicly traded U.S. casino operator and its majority shareholder. Representation included all gaming regulatory and licensing issues, as well as the acquisition of portfolio properties.Edit
Acted as gaming and regulatory counsel to a publicly traded gaming manufacturer in its proposed acquisition by and merger with a leading innovator in the Class II and emerging gaming markets. Representation included advice regarding applicable licensing criteria and obtaining regulatory approvals for the merger in 75 countries and over 200 state and tribal regulatory jurisdictions in the U.S.Edit
Represented the majority shareholder and controlling beneficial owner of a publicly traded gaming equipment manufacturer, including the preparation and filing of gaming license applications and assistance with all ongoing regulatory issues in all jurisdictions in which the manufacturer holds privileged gaming licenses.Edit
Obtained the appropriate licensing of a gaming platform that utilizes a combination of random number generation and artificial intelligence to determine outcomes. The representation included the drafting and negotiation of the definitive agreements with the beta host casinos and the tote platform providers for distribution of the virtual platform.Edit
Counsel to a special purpose co-investment vehicle to acquire, manage, and dispose of a portfolio of existing limited partnerships, limited liabilities companies, and other pooled investment vehicles in the purchase of a majority of the interests in a licensed and operating card club.Edit
Negotiation of management agreements for casinos in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, North Carolina, and Oklahoma, as well as the licensing and notification requirements of the National Indian Gaming Commission to approve the terms of these agreements.Edit
Advised London based lottery company in a mandate to expand its wagers on lottery outcomes to the United States, including negotiations with state lottery agencies and lottery providers to establish a long-term solution for expansion into wagers on U.S. lottery outcomes. This representation included analysis of all current U.S. lottery state rules, monitoring ongoing legislation, and negotiation with state and local regulators regarding the project.Edit
Drafted the rules of play for a global contest, coordinating with local counsel in key international publication jurisdictions to ensure that the promotion was consistent with applicable law.Edit
Advised a leader in the U.S. gaming sector in its acquisition of a developer of social casino games, including review of the game play for the social gaming site to ensure compliance with gaming laws in all jurisdictions in which the client held privileged gaming licenses.Edit
Representation of one of the largest gaming companies in the U.S. on all gaming licensure and regulatory matters, including negotiation of definitive agreements to develop and manage a casino on behalf of a Native American tribe.Edit
- Global Gaming Expo Tradeshow & Convention, "Where Do We Go From Here? Part 1: How Each Market Has Reopened," October 28, 2020, webinar.
- The Knowledge Group, "Sweepstakes and Contests: Potentials and Legal Issues You Should Know," October 3, 2019, webinar.
- Loyola Law School, Courtroom of the '90s, "The Best Defense is a Good Offense: Anticipating and Solving Deal Issues," November 30, 2018, Los Angeles, CA.
- William S. Boyd School of Law, Thomas and Mack Moot Court Facility, "The Best Defense is a Good Offense: Anticipating and Solving Deal Issues," November 29, 2018, Las Vegas, NV.
- International Lawyers Network Meeting, "Introduction to Gaming," November 16, 2018, Las Vegas, NV.
- Akin Gump CLE Series for In-House Counsel, "Don't Roll the Dice: Regulatory Considerations for Investments in the Gaming Industry," November 13, 2018, New York City, NY.
- Global Gaming Expo Tradeshow & Convention, "eSports & its Growing Market for Millennials," October 8, 2018, Las Vegas, NV.
- William S. Boyd School of Law, Thomas and Mack Moot Court Facility, "Promotions, Games and Campaigns, Compliance, Rules and Ethics," December 13, 2016, Las Vegas, NV.
- International Association of Gaming Advisors Annual Conference, "Politics, Community and Culture: Redux," moderator, June 2, 2015, Vancouver, British Columbia.
- 6th Forum on U.S. Online Gaming, "Implementable Insights and Experiences to Help Advance Companies' Key Growth Strategies," panelist, May 13, 2015, New York City, NY.
- National Indian Gaming Association Tradeshow & Convention, "Service Provider's Perspective on Internet Gaming," April 1, 2015, San Diego, CA.
- CCIM Southern Nevada Chapter luncheon, "Future of Las Vegas Gaming and Tourism, "March 25, 2015, Las Vegas, LV.
- Phi Alpha Delta Gaming Law Symposium at UNLV, "Panel of Women in Gaming," panelist, March 7, 2015, Las Vegas, NV.
- The Knowledge Congress, "Hot Topics in Gambling Laws and Regulations," December 2, 2014, webinar.
- Wisconsin Gaming Regulators Association Conference, "Supplier Mergers and Acquisitions–What Regulators Need to Know," November 13, 2014, Menominee, WI.
In addition to her law practice, Jennifer dedicates a substantial amount of time to community philanthropy.
Jennifer is the chair of the Tyler Robinson Foundation Board of Directors, the charitable arm of the Grammy award-winning band Imagine Dragons. The mission of the foundation is to strengthen families financially and emotionally as they cope with the tragedy of a pediatric cancer diagnosis. Focusing on fan involvement, positive messaging, and education, Jennifer has led efforts to diversify TRF’s revenue sources and chaired the annual gala for the last three years.
Jennifer was named one of Vegas Inc.’s 2016 "Women to Watch." In its 9th year, this award celebrates extraordinary women who are making Southern Nevada a better place to live. She was also named a 2017 honoree of Vegas Gives, which was launched by Vegas Magazine in 2009 to recognize exceptionally charitable women in Las Vegas who strive to make a positive impact in the community.