Uber lobbyist Marc Dunbar has left white-shoe lobbying firm Pennington, Moore to open a Tallahassee office for Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrère & Denègre L.L.P, a 375-attorney national firm with one of the best gaming practices in the legal community.
“I’m excited to joining a firm with such a storied reputation” Dunbar wrote in an email to me. “Combining my practice with Louisiana and Mississippi’s largest gaming practices certainly offers clients with an interest in this area the deepest bench in the the region to serve their needs.”
For more than a decade, Dunbar has served as counsel to a host of gaming clients. His practice focuses on gaming and governmental law, as his gaming practice is Florida’s largest, encompassing both lobbying and litigation for casinos, gaming suppliers, pari-mutuels, sweepstakes and charities. Dunbar is regularly asked to appear before legislative and administrative panels to comment on changes to Florida’s various gaming laws, as well as to provide assistance in drafting changes to Florida’s gaming rules and statutes.
“Marc brings extensive industry experience as a practicing lawyer, from both the private and public sectors, that will significantly strengthen our ability to meet our gaming clients’ needs throughout the Southeast region,” remarked William H. Hines, firm managing partner. “He is a strong and valuable addition to our team.”
Dunbar is a former Assistant General Counsel and Communications Director for the Florida Department of State. During his tenure with the Department, he was recognized for his exceptional legal work by Florida TaxWatch with a Davis Productivity Award, which honors state employees for exemplary service to Florida’s taxpayers. He has been inducted into the International Masters of Gaming Law, an invitation only non-profit association of gaming attorneys, regulators, educators, executives and consultants from around the world, who are dedicated to education and the exchange of professional information concerning all aspects of gaming law.
“We are very pleased that Marc has joined our firm. Marc is widely recognized for his experience and depth of knowledge in government relations and gaming law in Florida. With Marc’s addition, our team of noted gaming professionals in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Texas positions Jones Walkeras the premier gaming law firm in the Gulf South,” said J. Kelly Duncan, Jones Walker’s Gaming Practice Group Co-Leader.
Later this month, Dunbar will moderate the closing panel during the Florida Gaming Congress being held February 25-26, 2013, in Hollywood, Florida. A panel of public officials, business leaders and gaming operators will discuss the future of gaming in the state.