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Gaming Law

About This Practice Area

Our attorneys literally wrote the laws on amusement gaming in Georgia. We have also successfully defended gaming statutes against attacks in federal and state courts. Based on our knowledge of Georgia statutory and regulatory law, we frequently represent our clients before regulators from the Georgia Lottery Corporation and in litigation. These experiences give our attorneys a significant leg up when dealing with the highly regulated industry of coin operated amusement machines. As Georgia policymakers weigh the expanding HOPE Scholarship revenue sources opportunities through expanded gaming, we are uniquely prepared to assist the industry in this potential significant marketplace.


Representative Matters

Assisted government affairs team of Georgia Amusement and Music Operators Association by drafting statutory language and regulations promulgated pursuant to HB 487 (2013) and SB 190 (2015), the two most significant pieces of legislation regulating the coin operated amusement machine industry.

Obtained reversal of a trial court order that HB 487 invalidated all contracts between machine owners and store owners prior to April 2013. All Star, Inc. et al., v. Georgia Atlanta Amusement, 332 Ga. App. 1 (2015).

Successfully represented Georgia Amusement and Music Operators Association as amici in store owners' unsuccessful constitutional challenge to HB 487. Commoditas Georgia, LLC v. Deal, Civil Action No. 1:13-cv-02131 (N.D. Ga. June 28, 2013).

Assisted master licensees with licensure issues before the Georgia Lottery Corporation.

Filed an Amicus Brief on behalf of the Georgia Amusement and Music Operators’ Association to challenge a local ordinance that interfered with the placement of bona fide coin operated amusement machines. After also partially arguing the case, the Supreme Court of Georgia unanimously the Association’s position, reversed the trial court, and struck the local ordinance as preempted by State law. Gebrekidan v. City of Clarkston, Supreme Court of Georgia, March 21, 2016 --- S.E.2d ---- 2016 WL 1085243.