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Robert J. McLaughlin

Partner, Gaming Industry Leader

Industry Groups

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

B.S., St. John's University 

J.D., St. John's University

Bob focuses his practice on gaming and lottery law, financial transactions, including public finance, and government compliance.

Bob co-leads the firm’s Gaming Law Practice. Drawing from his extensive experience in both the regulatory and the business sides of the industry, he has assisted casino developers and operators negotiate purchase and host agreements and consultant agreements, and file license applications with the State Gaming Commission. He also assists municipalities in negotiating host agreements or addressing other needs as a result of local gaming facilities.  Bob has drafted numerous rules and policies for sweepstakes, contests, and fantasy sports. He also represents several vendors in the U.S. lottery industry and one state lottery. He is experienced in developing compliance policies and procedures in connection with the complex federal and state regulations governing the gaming industry.

Bob also represents clients in a wide range of matters involving public finance, environmental issues, infrastructure, real estate, and banking. He represents, as bond and special counsel, three state public authorities. He is also the outside general counsel for a New York City charter school.  

Bob 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. Bob also led the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries committee on reviewing a multibillion-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 including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Patriot Act, the Bank Secrecy Act, and anti-money-laundering statutes. Bob is former counsel to both the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation and the Greater New York Savings Bank.




Professional Associations

  • New York State Bar Association

Community & Pro Bono

  • President, St. Catherine's Center for Children board of directors, Albany, New York