The gaming industry across the country is at a critical juncture. States are deciding whether to go all in on gaming expansion, and in some cases, the courts are deciding how far to let the states go. This program, presented by Duane Morris attorneys Christopher Soriano and Adam Berger, will address the prospective types of gaming expansion that have recently and may soon occur in various markets, taking a closer look at New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. It will review the expansion of internet gaming, sports betting, skill-based gaming and daily fantasy sports. The program will also address legal challenges surrounding expansion throughout the nation, notably the pending Supreme Court sports betting case.
Adam Berger practices in the area of gaming law, with experience in litigation and corporate law.
Mr. Berger has extensive experience representing casinos, casino holding companies, gaming equipment manufacturers as well as financial institutions including banks, private equity funds and hedge funds in connection with mergers and acquisitions, debt transactions, licensing, compliance matters and regulatory investigations. Additionally, Mr. Berger has represented clients in competitive licensing contests before various gaming agencies. Mr. Berger regularly advises clients on emerging developments and legislation affecting the brick and mortar and Internet gaming industries.
Mr. Berger is a 2010 cum laude graduate of Villanova University School of Law and a 2007 magna cum laude graduate of The George Washington University.
Christopher L. Soriano, a member of the firm's Trial Practice Group, concentrates his practice on gaming law and commercial litigation.
As a gaming lawyer, Mr. Soriano has represented a wide range of stakeholders in the gaming industry—casinos, private equity and hedge funds, lottery companies, gaming technology manufacturers and equipment suppliers, and individuals—in all aspects of the licensing and regulatory process. He also focuses on the legal implications of cutting edge issues such as internet gaming, internet lottery, sports betting, and real-money fantasy sports. He has practiced before the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, New Jersey Casino Control Commission, and numerous other gaming regulatory bodies. He has advised clients with regard to regulatory applications and compliance in many states and provinces in the United States and Canada. He has also represented gaming industry clients in administrative actions and in litigation. He is a regular contributor to the Duane Morris LLP Gaming Law Blog and is regularly featured in various mainstream and gaming industry publications commenting on developing issues in gaming law.
As a litigator, Mr. Soriano has experience handling, among other cases, complex class actions, consumer fraud cases, public contracting disputes, construction matters, administrative complaints, and special education cases.
Admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Mr. Soriano is a 2003 cum laude graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law, where he was a staff member and business editor of Temple Law Review. He is a 2000 magna cum laude graduate of George Washington University, having majored in political science. Prior to entering the practice of law, Mr. Soriano served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Thomas J. Rueter, U.S. Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Soriano is active in his community, where he serves as Chairman of the Planning Board of the Borough of Haddon Heights, as one of Haddon Heights' elected representatives to the Camden County Republican Committee, and as a member of the Order Sons of Italy in America, Lodge 2311, where he serves on the Arbitration Committee. He has been the chairman and chief strategist of several successful local political campaigns.
West Virginia also has a limited gaming facility statute for The Greenbrier, similar to what the presenters mentioned regarding Pennsylvania's Type 3 (Resort) casino license.
very interesting class.