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Robert J. McLaughlin

Partner, Gaming Industry Leader, Food & Beverage Practice Leader
  • 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

St. John's University, B.S. 

St. John's University, J.D.

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


Bob leads the firm’s Gaming Practice. Drawing from his extensive experience in both the regulatory and the business sides of the industry, Bob is experienced in developing compliance policies and procedures in connection with the complex federal and state regulations governing the gaming industry. Bob is the former Director and General Counsel of the New York Lottery, the largest and most successful lottery in North America. Bob is also a former Director of Grant Thornton LLP, where he assisted state and local governments in gaming and local government issues. He has assisted casino developers and operators negotiate purchase, host and consultant agreements, and has filed license applications, registrations and renewals 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, raffles, contests, charitable gaming and fantasy sports. He also represents several vendors in the U.S. lottery industry.

Financial Transactions

Bob also focuses his practice on financial transactions, including public finance, environmental issues, infrastructure, real estate, and banking. He represents, as bond counsel and special counsel, three State public authorities. He is also the outside general counsel for a New York City charter school.

As the former Senior Vice President and General Counsel to the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC), Bob has firsthand experience with financing projects involving environmental concerns and disbursement of federal and state funds. His experience at EFC, the largest U.S. issuer of state revolving fund (SRF) bonds and loans, includes reviewing plans and developing financing strategies for innovative water and sewer projects across the State, including waste-to-energy facilities. He has worked on closing hundreds of municipal loans and grants throughout the State and has worked with Federal and State regulators on the issuance of environmental permits for a variety of projects.

Bob also assists lenders and borrowers in commercial loan transactions and represents not-for-profit entities, such as Special Acts School Districts and Charter Schools, in tax-exempt bond transactions. For more than 20 years, Bob has assisted or represented a local development corporation in the Catskill region with economic development loans.

Government Compliance & Lobbying

As a former officer and counsel of State agencies, having served in the administration of two Governors, Bob has extensive experience in representing clients before the executive branch of State government, including state agencies. His experience includes lobbying on behalf of clients, negotiating economic development awards, representing clients in administrative hearings before state agencies, defending and pursuing procurement contests and Freedom of Information Law requests as well as assisting vendors with Vendor Responsibility issues in the State and City of New York.




Professional Associations

  • New York State Bar Association