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Robert J. McLaughlin Joins Hodgson Russ LLP

May 13, 2009

Robert J. McLaughlin has joined Hodgson Russ as a partner in the law firm’s Real Estate & Finance Practice Group.

Mr. McLaughlin focuses his practice on gaming and lottery law, financial transactions, and government compliance. Drawing from his extensive experience in both the regulatory and the business sides of the industry, he assists gaming facilities, online gaming providers, state lotteries, and other entities in matters involving compliance with the complex federal and state regulations governing the gaming industry. He represents gaming and lottery clients before various government commissions and regulatory agencies.

Mr. McLaughlin is a former chief executive officer, director, and general counsel at the New York Lottery, where he oversaw the regulatory development of the nation's first finite-pool video lottery gaming system as well as the implementation of eight video lottery gaming facilities across the state. Mr. McLaughlin also led the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries committee on reviewing a multi-billion-dollar merger that created one of the world's leading gaming solutions providers. He recently served as a director at Grant Thornton LLP, where he advised gaming clients on matters including financial management, internal controls, privatization and securitization, and compliance with regulations that include the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Patriot Act, the Bank Secrecy Act, and anti-money-laundering statutes.

As the former counsel to both the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation and The Greater New York Savings Bank, Mr. McLaughlin also represents clients in a wide range of matters involving public finance, environmental issues, infrastructure, real estate, and banking. His experience includes public finance; administrative hearings; environmental reviews; corporate governance and compliance; workouts, loan sales, and foreclosures; and commercial finance and leasing.