A.G. Burnett Receives 2nd Lawyer of the Year Award in Gaming Law from Best Lawyers

McDonald Carano congratulates A.G. Burnett for receiving his second Lawyer of the Year award in Gaming Law from The Best Lawyers in America.  A.G. received the award in the 2023 and 2020 editions of Best LawyersBest Lawyers recognizes only the top 6% of practicing lawyers and only one lawyer receives the Lawyer of the Year award for achieving the highest ratings in a specific area of law and geographic region.  Best Lawyers recognition is based entirely on a peer review process that evaluates the professional abilities and quality of legal services provided by lawyers who are practicing in the same geographic region and area of law.

We also congratulate A.G. for numerous additional awards and rankings, including also being recognized in both Gaming & Licensing Law/Nevada and Gaming & Licensing Law/US Nationwide in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.  Clients describe A.G. to Chambers researchers as “He’s got unbelievable insight into the gaming regulatory world. He has a great network and understands how the regulators think.” “A dynamic team player who strives for win/win solutions to complex problems.” 

A.G. is a member of the Nevada Advisory Committee of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, a member of the Board of Trustees and the Regulator Relations Committee of the International Association of Gaming Advisors, and a member of the Gaming Law Advisory Board of the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law.  Prior to joining McDonald Carano, A.G. served as Chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board from 2012 through 2017 and as a member of the Governor’s Gaming Policy Committee.

August 2 interview on Nevada Newsmakers

A.G. Burnett shared his insights and perspectives on a variety of gaming industry related topics in an interview with Sam Shad on Nevada Newsmakers. Nevada Newsmakers is a state-wide non-partisan broadcast that features discussions with and about the people and events that affect Nevada.

The questions A.G. answered are listed below along with the time each question was asked. 

  1. What are the takeaways from the Las Vegas Raiders hiring former NGCB Chair Sandra Douglass Morgan as the team’s president?  (2:45)
  2. Why is the gaming industry’s recovery in Nevada faster than the gradual recovery in Macau?  (6:40)
  3. How is Nevada’s Gold Standard in gaming control continuing to influence change in the junket business model in Macau and Australia?  (11:50)
  4. When might Texas allow gaming?  (22:05)
  5. Why is the NGCB apolitical and why is there concern about regulatory capture? (24:40)

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