Established in 1817, Hodgson Russ is one of the oldest and largest law firms in the United States, and we are proud of the firm’s rich history. Since our founding, the firm has grown to become one of the largest law firms in the United States. Our attorneys now provide services to clients in all major areas of U.S. law and facilitate transactions in every geographic and substantive area in the regions where our six offices are located (and around the world). We use multidisciplinary work teams to serve the specific, often complex, needs of our clients, which include, nonprofit institutions, school districts and related entities, governmental entities, public and privately held businesses, and individuals.
Hodgson Russ is a partnership whose approximately 200 attorneys assist clients with virtually every legal issue a business or an individual may face. Every engagement receives our full focus and the benefit of decades of collective wisdom and experience. We look beyond the books to craft sophisticated solutions to our clients’ legal and business problems with a creativity and flexibility that anticipate the marketplace, always mindful that efficiency and diligence are critical to the bottom line. Of paramount importance to us is to deliver workable, practical plans and strategies that make sense from all legal and business aspects.
The mission of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission is to create a fair, transparent, and participatory process for implementing the expanded gaming law passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor in November 2011. In creating that process, the Commission will strive to ensure that its decision-making and regulatory systems engender the confidence of the public and participants, and that they provide the greatest possible economic development benefits and revenues to the people of the Commonwealth, reduce to the maximum extent possible the potentially negative or unintended consequences of the new legislation, and allow an appropriate return on investment for gaming providers that assures the operation of casino-resorts of the highest quality.
Robert J. McLaughlin is the Leader of the Gaming Law Practice of Hodgson Russ LLP. Bob develops compliance policies and procedures in connection with federal and state regulations governing the gaming industry. He is the former Director and GC of the NY Lottery. He assists casino developers and operators negotiate purchase, host and consultant agreements, filing license applications, registrations and renewals with the State Gaming Commission. He assists municipalities with host agreements and other local gaming facility-related matters. Bob drafts rules and policies for sweepstakes, raffles, contests, charitable gaming and fantasy sports. He represents several vendors in the U.S. lottery industry.
Justin Stempeck is an Associate Counsel with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. In his role at the Commission he is responsible for developing Commission policy initiatives as well as providing guidance for legal issues that arise in the day-to-day operation of the Commission. Justin has also written and presented on daily fantasy sports, online gaming and sports betting. Prior to working at the Commission, Justin was a shareholder with a mid-sized, regional civil litigation law firm. He earned his JD from Northeastern University School of Law and his BA, summa cum laude, from Colby College. He is admitted to practice law in the state and federal courts of both Massachusetts and Rhode Island.