Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Getting to Know Las Vegas Attorney Jennifer Gaynor

Jennifer Gaynor is a member in Dickinson Wright’s Las Vegas office who joined the firm in January of this year. Jennifer practices government relations, gaming and regulatory law. In a nutshell, this means she acts as a conduit between clients and government regulators, at each level of government - from city councils, county commissions and local licensing and planning boards, to state-level departments and boards. Jennifer also represents clients before the Nevada state legislature when it meets every other year in the odd-numbered years for 120 days.

The 2015 Nevada Legislative session just ended at the beginning of June, and some of the laws Jennifer worked on for clients included those regulating UBER and other rideshare companies in Nevada, those dealing with HOA superpriority liens, those affecting Nevada’s business licensing and tax structure, and several dealing with Nevada’s gaming laws.

Jennifer and the other gaming attorneys in the Las Vegas office, Jeff Silver, Kate Lowenhar-Fisher and Greg Gemignani, are all now involved in assisting clients as the Nevada gaming regulatory bodies draft new regulations as directed by the new laws passed this session. Of particular interest to gaming and entertainment clients are new regulations that will:

  • adjust how Nevada’s Live Entertainment Tax (“LET”) on live event admissions is calculated;
  • create a new multi-tier licensing scheme for associated equipment manufacturers, including a requirement for some to obtain full gaming licensure for the first time;
  • bring nightclub employees under the regulatory reach of the Nevada Gaming Control Board;
  • allow “entity wagering” (the formation of business entities to place race and sports wagers) and centralized race book and sports pool operations; and
  • create a new class of “hybrid” games, which combine elements of skill and chance, as well as integration of the games with social media accounts and electronic commerce transactions.

When Jennifer is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband Paul (who is from Sydney, Australia) and her almost two-year-old son, Parker. She also volunteers as the State Chair for the international humanitarian organization, CARE; sits on the board of the Nevada Preservation Foundation; and is an active member of the Nevada State Bar CLE Committee and the Howard D. McKibben Inn of Court.