Robert D. Faiss

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Practice Emphasis

Gaming Law, Legislation, Government Relations

Professional Experience

Bob Faiss is considered one of the world's foremost authorities on gaming law. Mr. Faiss was named as the premier gaming attorney in the United States and one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America by the National Law Journal. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America for Gaming Law and is included in Mountain States Super Lawyers' "The Top 75."  In 2008 he was selected by Lawdragon as one of the “500 Leading Lawyers in America.” He was named Best Lawyers "2011 Lawyer of the Year" in gaming law in Las Vegas. In 2012, he was  the sole gaming law attorney in the world to be rated as "star individual" in both Chambers Global and Chambers USA  and was named a "star performer" in the 2013 edition of Chambers Global  and Chambers USA .  He also received the Lifetime Achievement Award in gaming law from the Nevada Gaming Attorneys and the UNLV International Gaming Institute.  In 2009, Global Gaming Business magazine named him one of "Gaming's 10 Most Influential People."  He was named a "Distinguished Nevadan" in 2013, the highest award granted by the Nevada Board of Regents. Also in 2013, the International Assocation of Gaming Advisors honored Mr. Faiss for his long-time service on IAGA's Shannon Bybee Scholarship Awars committee and in recognition  to his extensive contributions to IAGA and gaming law over the years.

Faiss has represented the gaming industry in the Nevada State Legislature for the past 33 years. He was selected by the Detroit City Council to serve as its special gaming counsel in the creation of Detroit's casino regulations. From 1998 through 2003,  Faiss served on the Bank Secrecy Act Advisory Group of the U.S. Department of Treasury as the representative of the U.S. casino industry. Mr. Faiss testified before the U.S. Senate on amendments to the Bank Secrecy Act, and before the National Gambling Impact Study Commission on casino credit practices and procedures.  Faiss has been an Adjunct Professor in gaming law and policy since 2001 at the William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and is an instructor in gaming law for the National Judicial College. Faiss is active in international aspects of gaming law, representing foreign-based companies for involvement in Nevada gaming and representing Nevada-based companies for involvement in gaming in foreign countries.  He has consulted with such countries as Singapore, Taiwan and Viet Nam concerning creation of gaming control systems.

Prior to joining Lionel Sawyer & Collins,  Faiss was City Editor of the Las Vegas Sun, Assistant Executive Secretary to the Nevada Gaming Commission, Executive Assistant to the Governor of Nevada and a White House Staff Assistant to President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Chambers USA describes Faiss as “a legendary man and the dean of gaming” and ranked him as a “Star Performer,” a ranking given to attorneys with exceptional recommendations in their field. Interviewed by Chambers USA, clients depicted him as “the consummate professional.”  Faiss was top-ranked as a Notable Practitioner for USA Gaming in the 2008 Chambers Global guide. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, he was again honored as a Leader in the Field by Chambers Global.

Faiss is Chair of Lionel Sawyer & Collins' Gaming and Regulatory Law Department and is a member of the Firm's Executive Committee. He has an AV rating in the Martindale-Hubbell DirectoryHis career is the subject of Gaming Regulation and Gaming Law in Nevada, published in 2006 by the University of Nevada Oral History Program. New editions of this work were published in 2008 and 2010.

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, General Practice Section, Gaming Law Committee, founding member and past chairman
  • International Association of Gaming Advisors, charter trustee and past president
  • International Masters of Gaming Law, founding member
  • Associate Editor, Gaming Law Review and Economics Journal


  • American University, Washington, D.C., B.A., 1969
  • American University School of Law, Washington, D.C., J.D., 1972
  • University of Nevada, Reno, B.A., 2000

Bar/Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Nevada
  • Bar of the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada
  • U.S. Supreme Court