HSPRD represented minority and women investors and then the bankruptcy trustee in litigation against directors and officers of the Emerald Casino, a suburban Chicago development that was projected to be the most lucrative casino in Illinois. Our attorneys proved Emerald Casino officials failed to comply with state gaming regulations, which ultimately prompted the Illinois Gaming Board to revoke the casino’s license in 2001. Our victory resulted in a $272 million verdict which was upheld by a federal appeals court in 2017.
Our attorneys counsel casino applicants, owners and developers in all matters related to licensing, regulatory practices and regulatory authorities, including the Illinois Gaming Board card. One of our attorneys previously served as a consultant for an Illinois governor in regard to state gaming legislation. Our team has facilitated financing and licensing for “trip to nowhere” gaming boat operations in Florida and New York and has expertise in the transfer and registration of gaming boats.
We help clients capitalize on opportunities in highly competitive casino, racing and entertainment venues by providing timely advice and tenacious representation. HSPRD handles labor and employment concerns, provides intellectual property protection and advises on capital development projects and construction transactions. Our team offers tax and real estate advice and handles any litigation or arbitration involving our clients when disputes arise.
At HSPRD, we are committed to equity. Our attorneys have protected the interests of minority and female stakeholders and have extensive experience representing financial institutions and gaming companies in Indian gaming transactions. We have helped finance more than 30 Indian casinos in California, Wyoming, Minnesota, Oklahoma, New York, New Mexico and Wisconsin. Our team helps clients acquire and dedicate trust and reservation land; acquire certifications of tribes and bands with the Bureau of Indian Affairs; and procure tax-exempt Tribal Economic Development Bonds.