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
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
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
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.