Bar Admissions
  • Nevada, 1972
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Education
  • J.D., University of Southern California, 1972
  • B.S., Finance, Cum Laude, University of Southern California, 1968
Bar Admissions
  • Nevada, 1972
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Education
  • J.D., University of Southern California, 1972
  • B.S., Finance, Cum Laude, University of Southern California, 1968

Professional Background

A. J. “Bud” Hicks is Senior Counsel in the Gaming and Administrative Law Group with McDonald Carano.

Mr. Hicks is known as one of Nevada’s most experienced gaming law practitioners, receiving the distinguished Senior Statesman ranking in Gaming & Licensing from Chambers USA.  Throughout his career, he has focused his practice in the areas of gaming law and related corporate, litigation, and transactional matters, representing many premier national and international resort gaming operators and gaming equipment suppliers, as well as Nevada’s largest Native American gaming operation.

Due to his significant experience in the gaming industry, Mr. Hicks has been called upon to serve as an expert witness on gaming law matters, published numerous articles on gaming issues, and testified before the U.S. Congress and the Nevada State Legislature on gaming matters. He served as Chief Deputy Attorney General for the State of Nevada on gaming matters and as counsel to the Nevada Gaming Commission in a landmark case that upheld the constitutionality of Nevada’s gaming regulatory structure and that helped rid Las Vegas’ gaming industry of the last vestiges of organized crime. As a result of his extensive regulatory experience, he often assists his clients on compliance matters and other sensitive licensing and regulatory issues.

Mr. Hicks was also recently honored to accept a Presidential Appointment to serve as the United States Representative to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, a bi-state agency created by a Compact between the States of California and Nevada, then ratified by the U.S. Congress. The TRPA is charged with regional planning, development and redevelopment oversight, regulatory enforcement, and implementation of environmental protection and restoration programs for the Lake Tahoe region.

Gaming & Administrative Law

Mr. Hicks has more than 40 years of experience handling matters relating to the gaming industry as it has expanded and grown throughout the United States and internationally. He has represented many individuals and entities proposing to enter into or expand within the gaming industry in Nevada and elsewhere; represented lenders dealing with gaming operators, including lenders involved in financial restructurings of gaming companies; assisted his gaming clients on major transactions; and has worked on complex gaming licensing matters for private and public companies, as well as high net worth individuals involved in the gaming industry throughout America and internationally.

After serving as a Partner in McDonald Carano and as Chairman of its Gaming Practice Group for over 40 years, Mr. Hicks now serves as Senior Counsel to the Firm and limits his practice to consultations with participants in the gaming industry, including companies and persons who provide services or products to the gaming industry.  When needed, Mr. Hicks also consults with McDonald Carano’s other lawyers on gaming and transactional matters and will take on select projects and assignments where his extensive experience and contacts in the gaming industry may be useful.  In addition to these services, Mr. Hicks has served on Gaming Compliance Committees for numerous gaming companies over the years, and currently serves as the Chairman of the Gaming Compliance Committee of one of America’s largest regional gaming operators.

Awards and Recognition

  • Chambers USA, Senior Statesman; Chambers USA 2018, Senior Statesman Gaming & Licensing
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV PreeminentTM Rating (since 1984)
  • The Best Lawyers in America©Gaming Law
  • Super Lawyers, Gaming Law
  • Nevada Business Magazine “Legal Elite”
  • Member, Counselors of IAGA (1986-present)
  • Founding Trustee, Past President and Member, International Association of Gaming Advisors (1980-present)
  • Founding Chairman, Nevada Bar Association Gaming Law Section
  • Past President, American Bar Association Gaming Law Committee
  • Oral History Participant, UNLV Gaming Law Journal, William S. Boyd School of Law, Vol. 8, No. 1, Winter 2017

Community Engagement

  • Presidential Appointee to the Governing Board of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (2018-present)
  • Member, California-Nevada Tahoe Basin Fire Commission (2007-09)
  • Honorary Firefighter, Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District (2008)
  • Board Member & President, Glenbrook Homeowners Association (Lake Tahoe)  (1999-2014)
  • Member, Advisory Board, UNLV Gaming Law Journal, William S. Boyd  School of Law
  • Member, Nevada Sesquicentennial Commission (2011-2014)
  • Chairman, Nevada 150 Foundation (2012-18)
  • Published author of fictionalized works inspired by real gaming events and characters, including Fortune’s Trail – A Nevada Story and The Count Room

Attorney News

McDonald Carano Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America©

August 20, 2018 – McDonald Carano is pleased to announce new recognition in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.  Attorneys recognized include: Matthew C. Addison, Partner, Commercial…

McDonald Carano Attorney A.J. “Bud” Hicks Appointed to Governing Board of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency by President Trump

May 22, 2018 Reno, NV – McDonald Carano is pleased to announce that President Donald J. Trump has appointed McDonald Carano Senior Counsel A.J. “Bud” Hicks to the Governing Board of…

President Trump Appoints A.J. ‘Bud’ Hicks to Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Board

CarsonNOW.org, May 17, 1981 STATELINE — U.S. President Donald Trump has appointed A.J. “Bud” Hicks to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board. Hicks, a resident of Reno since 1957,…

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