Welcome to CLG

Casino Law Group LLC

Cory Aronovitz represents riverboat casinos, operators of video gaming devices, licensed beverage establishments with video gaming devices, manufacturers, distributors and suppliers of video gaming devices, Indian casinos, Internet casinos and casino service industries. CLG also appears before regulatory agencies related to licensing and game approvals, litigation on behalf of the casino industry and providing creative solutions to client needs.

We successfully guide clients through the complex application, licensing or contract negotiation process by combining our understanding of client needs with our extensive experience in these highly regulated industries. Through our networks and contacts, we will assist clients in exploring all possible opportunities.

About Cory Aronovitz

Cory Aronovitz, is the founder of CLG. CLG has over 25 years of experience in highly regulated industries including gaming, liquor and cannabis. CLG is also responsible for introducing electronic sweepstakes devices to Illinois. Cory also represents professional athletes and is a Certified NBA Agent. CLG appears before regulatory agencies related to licensing and game approvals, litigation on behalf of the casino industry and provides creative solutions to client needs.

CORY ARONOVITZ

Employment

August 2001- present Managing Member, The Casino Law Group LLC, Chicago, Illinois

GENERAL:
Concentration in the area of casino and gaming law. Represent video gaming sector, riverboat casinos, Indian casinos, Internet casinos and casino service industries. Appear before regulatory agencies related to licensing and game approvals and litigate on behalf of the casino industry.

Research and Writing

Research gaming, constitutional, statutory and regulatory issues. Formulate and draft regulations and respond to proposed regulatory changes or legislative proposals. Draft legal policy memoranda. Draft position papers submitted to regulatory agencies. Draft license applications. Draft pleadings and motions.

January 2001 – August 2001 Senior Associate, Greenberg Traurig PC, Chicago, Illinois

GENERAL:
Concentration in the area of casino and gaming law.

January 1998 – January 2001 Associate, Piper Rudnick (formally Piper Marbury Rudnick & Wolfe), Chicago, Illinois

GENERAL:
Concentration in the area of casino and gaming law.

November 1994- December 1997 Associate, Cooper Levenson (formally Cooper Perskie April Niedelman Wagenheim & Levenson), Atlantic City, New Jersey

GENERAL:
Concentration in the area of casino and gaming law.

November 1993- November 1994 Legal Counsel, Illinois Gaming Board, Chicago, Illinois (State agency created in 1990 to regulate riverboat gambling)

GENERAL:
Administer regulatory scheme to license industry participants and regulate industry practices, with the goal of ensuring the integrity of the games and maximize state revenues.

Other Positions

Interim Public Information Officer, Illinois Gaming Board
Consultant to the United States Virgin Islands Casino Control Commission
Consultant to the Pennsylvania Amusement & Music Machine Association
Consultant to Oppenheimer & Co., Inc.

Expert Witness

Testimony before the Kentucky House task force on expanded gambling January 28, 2008

Testimony before The National Council of Legislators from Gaming States, Public Sector Gaming Study Commission;

O’Donnell v City of Chicago, et al., expert witness for the City of Chicago in a case involving a constitutional challenge to the ordinance banning illegal video gaming devices.

Education

Juris Doctorate June, 1993
The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois

B.A. Communications/Business May, 1990
Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania

Honors

Top Gaming Attorneys in America 2010, 2011, and 2012 America’s Best Lawyers Magazine

Consultation with Andorra delegate, Minster of Finance at request of US Dept of State, May 2006

Recipient, Distinguished Service Award, The John Marshall Law School, May 2005

Staff Editor, Software Law Journal The John Marshall Law School

“Top 40 Lawyers Under 40” Chicago Law Bulletin, August 2000

Guest Lecturer Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, February 1997

Recipient, The John Rosecrance Gambling Research Paper Competition, The Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming, University of Nevada, June 1994

Cited by:
Citation Bingo Ltd. v. Alcohol and Gaming Division of New Mexico, 121 N.M. 205, 910 P.2d 281 (S.Ct. N.M. 1985); and

State v. Department of Administration, 190 W.Va. 276, 438 S.E.2d 308 (S.Ct. W. Va. 1993).

Professional and Community Involvement

CURRENT

Founding member International Masters of Gaming Law;
Adjunct Professor of Gaming Law, The John Marshall Law School;
Member of the Board of Directors of the John Marshall Law School Alumni Association;
Member of the Editorial Board, Gaming Law Review;

PAST

International Masters of Gaming Law Chair Global Gaming Expo (“G2E”) Committee;
International Masters of Gaming Law Chair Legislative Action Committee;
Inactive Member – International Association of Gaming Attorneys;
Inactive Member – National Council on Problem Gambling; and
Inactive Member – Casino Management Association and former Regional Director of the attempted formation of the CMA Illinois Chapter.

Articles, Publications, and Lectures

  • The Status of Gaming in Illinois, Casino Lawyer Magazine, April 2012
  • The Status of Gaming in Illinois, Casino Enterprise Magazine, September 2011
  • The Status of Gaming Legislation in Illinois, ILBPA monthly newsletter, 2011
  • The Status of Video Gaming, Illinois Licensed Beverage Association Monthly Magazine, 2011
  • Gaming Law Symposium: Casenote: The Emerald Casino Fiasco, 40 J. Marshall L. Rev. 1305, Summer, 2007;
  • Internet Gambling Report, tenth edition, Chapter on United States Case Law, Trace Publications (2008);
  • Internet Gambling Report, ninth edition, Chapter on United States Case Law, Trace Publications (2006);
  • Internet Gambling Report VIII, eighth edition, Chapter on United States Case Law, Trace Publications (2005);
  • Internet Gambling Report VII, seventh edition, Chapter on United States Case Law, Trace Publications (2004);
  • Internet Gambling Report VI, sixth edition, Chapter on United States Case Law, Trace Publications (2003);
  • The Regulation of Commercial Gaming, Chapman Law Review, Symposium on International Gaming Law, 5 Chap. L. Rev. 181 (2002);
  • Internet Gambling Report V, fifth edition, Chapter on United States Case Law, Trace Publications (2002);
  • Gaming Trade Organizations Protect Our Interests, Casino Journal, April 2002;
  • Gaming 101: A Class in Gaming Law, Casino International Magazine, March 2002;
  • Riverboat Employee Injuries: Jones Act or State Workers Compensation Statute, Casino Journal, February 2002;
  • Case Briefs, Gaming Law Review, Volume 6, Number 1 (2002);
  • Case Briefs, Gaming Law Review, Volume 5, Number 3 (2001);
  • Case Briefs, Gaming Law Review, Volume 4, Number 1 (2000);
  • Gaming Industry Litigation and Legislation Summary, Gaming Law Review, Volume 3, Number 5-6 (1999);
  • The Year 2000 Software Problem, Gaming Law Review, Volume 3, Number 4 (1999);
  • International Casino Law third edition, Chapter on United States Virgin Islands, Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming, University of Nevada, summer 1999;
  • Equipment Financing Modernizes with Industry, Casino Journal, March, 1998;
  • Gambling Public Policies and Social Sciences, Gaming Device Chapter, Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming, 1997;
  • Obtaining Gaming Licenses Around the World, The Regulatory Front, International Gaming to Wagering Business Magazine, October, 1997;
  • 1997 Summary of United States Gaming Jurisdictions, 1997 Rutgers University Gaming Symposium, May, 1997 conference handout;
  • New Regulations May Have More Effect On A Gambler’s Waistline Than On His Wallet, The Regulatory Front, International Gaming & Wagering Business Magazine, May, 1997;
  • Casino Gaming: Policy, Economics and Regulation, Gaming Devices, Publisher: University of Nevada, Las Vegas Gaming Institute, and the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration, 1996;
  • Live From New York, An Interview with Donald Trump, Lake Shore Magazine (1996);
  • Hot New Casino Games, Lake Shore Drive Magazine (1996);
  • Oppenheimer’s Legislative Handbook, Quarterly Publication, (1995-1996);
  • 1994 Gaming Election Results: What Does it Mean to the Casino Industry?, Lake Shore Drive Magazine, January (1995);
  • The Illinois Riverboat Gambling Act, Lake Shore Drive Magazine May, 1994;
  • Cash Transaction Reporting Requirements, Lake Shore Drive Magazine June, 1994;
  • Riverboat Gambling Laws Face Legal Challenges, Lake Shore Drive Magazine December, 1994; and
  • To Start: Press The Flashing Button: The Legalization of Video Gambling Devices, 5 Software L.J. 4, 771 (1992).

Speeches and Lectures Presented

  • Illinois Bowling Proprietor Association Video Gaming Law Symposium, Illinois 2010-2011
  • Illinois Licensed Beverage Association Video Gaming Law Symposiums, Illinois 2010-2011
  • Video Gaming Law Symposium, John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, July 2009
  • Gaming in America’s Heartland, International Masters of Gaming Law, Spring Conference, Chicago, Illinois ¬May 24, 2007;
  • Legal Session: Legal Issues Related to igaming Advertising Global Interactive Gaming Summit & Expo, Montreal Canada, May 17, 2006
  • Policy Session: The US Legal Climate Global Interactive Gaming Summit & Expo, Montreal Canada, June 15, 2005;
  • Legal Panel, Desjardins Securities 2005 Online Gaming Conference, Montreal Canada, June 15, 2005;
  • Gaming Developments in the Americas, International Masters of Gaming Law, Annual Conference, Thomas M. Cooley Law School Detroit Michigan ¬May 12, 2005;
  • Gaming Law Issues, John Marshall Law School Alumni Association, Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, Indiana March 2005;
  • Roundtable: Public vs Private Ownership, Racino Expo Toronto Canada, November 3-5, 2004;
  • Roundtable: Transaction Processing Policy Discussion, Global Interactive Gaming Summit & Expo, Toronto Canada, May 17, 2004;
  • Payment Issues in the Gaming Industry, International Masters of Gaming Law, European Conference, Rome, Italy April 2004;
  • Gaming Law Issues, John Marshall Law School Alumni Association, Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, Indiana March 2004;
  • Cross-Border Issues in Gaming – Federal Issues, International Masters of Gaming Law and the William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV, Las Vegas, Nevada September 2003;
  • Gaming Law Issues, John Marshall Law School Alumni Association, Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, Indiana March 2003;
  • Internet Gaming Issues, International Masters of Gaming Law, Annual Conference, Napa Valley, California December 2002;
  • Redemption and the Law, American & Music Operators Association/Fun Expo, Las Vegas, Nevada September 2002;
  • Founder, Host and Moderator of The Illinois Gaming Law Symposium, John Marshall Law School, Chicago Illinois February 2002;
  • Regulatory Issues 2001, World Gaming Congress, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 2001;
  • Compulsive Gaming Issues, World Gaming Congress, Las Vegas, Nevada October 2001;
  • Customer Safety and Comfort: Ergonomics, Global Gaming Summit, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 2001;
  • Legal Issues in Internet Gaming, IGaming Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, September 2001;
  • Gaming Law as a Career; American Bar Association – Law Student Division, Board of Governors Meeting, Dallas, Texas, September 2001;
  • Developing Issues in Native American Gaming: Sovereignty Issues, The Gaming Law Masters Forum, International Gaming Institute, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2001;
  • The 1999 Amendments to the Illinois Riverboat Gambling Act, International Conference on Gambling and Risk Taking, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 2000;
  • The Rosemont Experience, Northern Gaming Summit, Detroit, Michigan October 1999;
  • The Year 2000: An Update, World Gaming Congress, Las Vegas, Nevada, September 1999;
  • Riverboat Gaming in the Midwest, Testimony before The National Council of Legislators from Gaming States, Public Sector Gaming Study Commission, Chicago, Illinois, May 1999;
  • Riverboat Revenues, Southern Gaming Summit Biloxi, Mississippi May 1999;
  • The Year 2000: What Lies Ahead, World Gaming Congress, Las Vegas, Nevada, September 1998 (two-part series translated into French, Gem1an and Spanish);
  • Casino Gaming Law, Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois September 1998;
  • Internet Gambling, National Public Radio, Chicago, Illinois, May 21, 1998;
  • Riverboats: Are They Sinking?, Southern Gaming Summit, Bi1oxi Mississippi, May 1998;
  • Equipment Financing, International Gaming Business Expo, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 1998;
  • Cost of Regulations: The Differences between New Jersey, Illinois and The U.S. Virgin Island’s, Cornell University School of Hospitality, Ithaca New York, February 10, 1997;
  • Casinos and Conventions, American Gaming Summit, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada, December 1996;
  • How to do Business with a Casino, Chamber of Commerce of Southern N.J., Cherry Hill, New Jersey, April 1996;
  • A Review of “Established” States: Illinois, Southern Gaming Summit, New Orleans, Louisiana, June 1995;
  • Waterborne Gaming Opportunities, International Gaming Business Exposition, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 1995;
  • The Freedom of Information Act and The Illinois Riverboat Gambling Act, Chicago Kent School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, October 1994;
  • Setting Up a Regulatory System, Southern Gaming Expo New Orleans Louisiana, July 1994;
  • Establishing Regulatory Objectives and Practices for Gaming Regulation in New Jurisdictions: Lessons From Older Jurisdictions, Ninth International Conference on Gambling and Risk Taking, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 1994;
  • New and Existing Gaming: Issues of Policy and Change, Ninth International Conference on Gambling and Risk Taking, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 1994; and
  • Taking Land Into Trust, World Gaming Congress, Las Vegas Nevada, September 1993.

Acknowledgements, Citations, Quotes, Interviews, and Profiles

Acknowledgements

  • In Re Mastercard International, Inc.: The Inapplicability Of The Wire Act To Traditional Casino–Style Games, Elizabeth A. Walsh, 20 J. Marshall J. Computer & Info. L. 445 (2002);
  • The Enforceability of Internet Gambling Debts: Laws, Policies, and Causes of Action, By Michael Anastasio, 6 Va. J.L. & Tech. 6 (2001);
  • Internet Gambling Law, Joseph M. Kelly, 26 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 117 (2000); and
  • A Game Of High Stakes Roulette: Credit Card Companies Cash In On Gamblers’ Bad Luck, Maya Hoffman, 32 J. Marshall L. Rev. 1197 (1999).

Citations

  • State Regulation of Casino Entertainment, Nicholas Binetti, 7 Gaming L. Rev. 1 (2003);
  • The Free Replay Feature in Pinball Machines: A Fresh Look at the Elements of Gambling and a Revised Method of Analysis, Brian Lester 41 Brandeis L.J. 297 (2002);
  • A Game Of High Stakes Roulette: Credit Card Companies Cash In On Gamblers’ Bad Luck, Maya Hoffman, 32 J. Marshall L. Rev. 1197 (1999); and
  • Note: Scope Of Gaming Under The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act Of 1988 After Rumsey V. Wilson: White Buffalo Or Brown Cow?, William E. Horwitz 14 Cardozo Arts & Ent LJ 153 (1996).

Quotes

  • Wasn’t The Gaming Law Business Supposed to be Recession Proof? Lori Tripoli, Gaming Law Review, Vol 13, No. 1, 2009
  • Casino aid opposed for tracks with slots, The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky), January 29, 2008;
  • Panel hears from casino law expert: Aronovitz urges extensive study before drafting bill, Messenger-Inquirer, January 29, 2008;
  • Ban unlikely to end Web gambling, MSNBC.com, October 17, 2006;
  • Taking a Gamble :: Despite the legal risks, Wall Street can’t resist online gaming ::, Investment Dealers Digest, June 12, 2006;
  • 10 Things …., Smart Money Magazine, May 2005 pp 102-104
  • Online gambling, offline lawsuits, The National Law Journal April 4, 2005
  • Insights The Casino City Dismissal, www.igamingnews.com , March 14, 2005
  • Loneliness of a late-night gambler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 7, 2005
  • Public Gaming International, December 2004
  • Online betting catches a rush, Las Vegas Review Journal, November 19, 2004
  • Illinois Gaming Issues Related to the Auction for the 10th License, National Public Radio, March 12, 2004;
  • Going After the Ads, Sue Schneider Global Gaming Business Magazine December 2003;
  • Stern, Other Media Outlets Pull Gambling Ads Interactive Gaming News www.igamingnews.com October 16, 2003;
  • Insights- Payment Processors and US Litigation Interactive Gaming News www.igamingnews.com July 31, 2003;
  • U.S. Net-bet Chances Shrink, Bob Shemeligian Casino Journal December 2002;
  • Insights – The DOJ and Online Casinos Interactive Gaming News www.igamingnews.com September 19, 2002;
  • Industry Reaction to Common Cause Critique Interactive Gaming News www.igamingnews.com July 2, 2002;
  • Future Unclear for U.S. Web Gaming, Bob Shemeligian Casino Journal June 2002;
  • The Feasibility of Serving Court Documents Electronically Interactive Gaming News www.igamingnews.com March 26, 2002;
  • How Will the Coeur D’Arlene Reversal Affect Internet Gambling Interactive Gaming News www.igamingnews.com March 25, 2002;
  • Controversial Choice: Who Ought to Audit (Arthur Andersen Under Scrutiny) Kristi O’Brien Post-Tribune (Indiana) March 24, 2002; and
  • Tiguas sell slots but won’t give up fight, Jennifer Shubinski, El Paso Times February 22, 2002.

Interviews and Profiles

  • Cory Aronovitz Profile, The Decisive Utterance, The John Marshall Law School Spring 2004;
  • U.S. Gaming Legal Opinions, Sharon Harris, Casino International Magazine September 2003;
  • Betting on Casinos, Robert Derocher, Cover Story The John Marshall Comment Spring 2001;
  • A Smart Career Gamble, Rebecca Luczycki Career Profile The National Jurist, Jan./Feb. 2001; and
  • Students dealt an interesting hand in John Marshall class, Mark Schauerte Chicago Lawyer, January 2000.

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Illinois
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Cannabis

Medical and Recreational
Dispensaries
Cultivation
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