Lael Echo-Hawk, Program Co-Chair, is the principal of MThirtySix PLLC in Washington, D.C. She represents tribes and tribal organizations across the United States. After serving as in-house counsel for a Washington State tribe and its economic enterprises, Lael moved to Washington, D.C. to take a position as Legislative Director for the Native American Contractors Association and then as Counselor to the Chairwoman of the National Indian Gaming Commission.
Patrick Sullivan, Program Co-Chair, is an attorney with Dickinson Wright PLLC, in Washington, D.C. His areas of practice include gaming and hospitality, Native American and Canadian indigenous law and administrative and regulatory law. His law practice spans federal litigation, Indian and commercial casino gaming regulatory matters, lobbying and legislative policy, advising tribal, state and municipal government clients in government-to-government negotiations.
Marius Adomnica is an attorney at Segev LLP in Vancouver, BC. His practice focuses on esports and video game law. He has been on the forefront of assisting the development of the esports industry in British Columbia and works closely with a wide range of esports companies, players and content creators. He is also a co-fouder of Team Discover, a content creator management agency, as well as a founding board member of the Vancouver Esports Association.
Eric D. Fisher is Senior Vice President & General Manager of Crane Payment Innovations (“CPI”), a division of Crane (CR:NYSE). Founded in 1855, Crane is a diversified manufacturer of highly engineered industrial products comprised of four segments: Aerospace & Electronics, Engineered Materials, Fluid Handling, and Payment & Merchandising Technologies. Prior to joining CPI, Eric spent more than 20 years in key executive roles in Gaming.
Robert T. Fontaine serves as Deputy General Counsel for Gaming at the Virginia Lottery, where his responsibilities include development of the regulatory structure for the Commonwealth’s sports betting and casino gambling programs. Just prior to his appointment in June 2021, Bob had a long career in the Maryland Attorney General’s Office, where he served for 12 years as Principal Counsel to the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency.
Gregory R. Gemignani is a member of Dickinson Wright PLLC. His practice focuses primarily on intellectual property law, gaming law, technology law, internet law, online gaming law, and online promotions law. He has represented many clients ranging from the largest casino companies to start-up internet ventures. He has been recognized by Nevada Business Legal Elite for Gaming Law, Information Technology Law, Internet Law (2017-2021).
Earle G. Hall is the President and CEO of AXES.ai; a blockchain based IoT Fintech. He also serves as the Gaming Standards Association Blockchain Chair and advocates for responsible gaming. His focus is on big data, information correlation, predictability, and behavior triggers. Earle is an internationally recognized entrepreneur, visionary, and innovator in several fields of technology. He is an acclaimed keynote speaker in technology and psychology.
Richard Kalm stepped down as Executive Director of the Michigan Gaming Control Board on May 17, 2021 after 14 years at the post. He was appointed by Democrat Governor Jennifer Granholm in 2007 and reappointed by Republican Governor Rick Snyder. He was responsible for the direction, execution, and coordination of all activities related to the regulation of commercial gaming, horse racing, and millionaire party charitable events in Michigan.
James Kilsby is the Vice President of VIXIO Gambling Compliance’s North America based operations in Washington DC. He has an extensive industry experience and has spoken at industry conferences in the United States, Latin America and Europe, including at the European Parliament in Brussels. A fluent Spanish and Portuguese speaker, James also takes a keen interest in emerging Latin American gambling markets including Mexico and Brazil.
Hailey Lennon is a shareholder in Anderson Kill PC’s Technology, Media and Distributed Systems Group. Prior to joining Anderson Kill, she was regulatory counsel at leading cryptocurrency platforms Coinbase and bitFlyer. At Coinbase, Hailey helped oversee regulatory relationships with the SEC, CFTC, OFAC and state regulators. She also assisted with the Crypto Rating Counsel and reviewed securities law analysis of coins considered for listing and custody.
Kate C. Lowenhar-Fisher serves as EVP, Chief Legal Officer – General Counsel for Everi Holdings, Inc. She is a leading Nevada gaming attorney who counsels many of the world’s premier gaming companies on regulatory issues in connection with mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, reorganizations and financings. She has extensive experience advising clients on issues related to Internet gaming, social gaming, fantasy sports, liquor licensing, and nightclubs.
Michael Pollock is the Managing Director of Spectrum Gaming Group LLC. He oversees all of Spectrum’s economic studies, including impact studies for governments, and feasibility studies for private-sector clients. He has testified on regulatory issues before the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Indian Gaming, has been a featured speaker at the Congressional Gaming Caucus, and has been a featured speaker at gaming conferences around the world.
Nimish Purohit is the Global Vice President of Quality for Aristocrat Technologies, Inc. He leads global technology and compliance teams to guide the understanding and management of risk, improve regulatory compliance and implement appropriate security technology and process. Nimish facilitates strategic initiatives and solutions in regulatory matters, introduces new technologies, and directs compliance activities in defined regulatory markets.
Anton Severin serves as director of research at the American Gaming Association (AGA) in Washington, DC. In this role, he oversees AGA research efforts in support of member companies’ strategic objectives, managing the production of research reports and analysis on the full spectrum of issues affecting the gaming industry, including taxation and economic issues, sports betting, responsible gaming and regulatory matters.
E. Sequoyah Simermeyer (Coharie) is the Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission. He was appointed by the President to a three-year term after the United States Senate unanimously confirmed his nomination in November 2019. As Chairman, he is responsible for the federal regulatory agency’s daily operations including its eight regional offices as well as its national and local training and technical assistance efforts.