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Robert D. Faiss
(1934-2014)

Bob Faiss was 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 was listed in Best Lawyers in America for Gaming Law and was 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. 

Mr. Faiss 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."

Mr. Faiss was named a "Distinguished Nevadan" in 2013, the highest award granted by the Nevada Board of Regents. Also in 2013, the International Association of Gaming Advisors honored Mr. Faiss for his long-time service on IAGA's Shannon Bybee Scholarship Awards committee and in recognition  to his extensive contributions to IAGA and gaming law over the years.

Mr. Faiss represented the gaming industry in the Nevada State Legislature for more than 30 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. Mr. Faiss took delight in his role as an Adjunct Professor in gaming law and policy for 13 years at the William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He also was an instructor in gaming law for the National Judicial College. Mr. Faiss was active in international aspects of gaming law, and represented foreign-based companies for involvement in Nevada gaming and Nevada companies involved in gaming in foreign countries.  He consulted with such countries as Singapore, Taiwan and Viet Nam concerning creation of gaming control systems.

 

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

Chambers USA described Mr. 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.

Mr. Faiss was the long-time Chair of the Lionel Sawyer & Collins Gaming and Regulatory Law Department and was a member of the Firm's Executive Committee. He attained an AV rating in Martindale-Hubbell, and his career was 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.


Mr. Faiss was a  founding member and past chairman of the ABA General Practice Section, Gaming Law Committee, a charter trustee and past president of the International Association of Gaming Advisors, a founding member of the International Masters of Gaming Law, founding member, and an associate editor of the Gaming Law Review and Economics Journal.

Mr. Faiss was a graduate of American University and the American University School of Law in Washington, D.C.,  and the University of Nevada, Reno.


 





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