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Former Massachusetts Gaming Chief Heads Back to Orrick

Jan. 2, 2020, 10:00 PM

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe is bringing back Massachusetts state gaming official Ed Bedrosian to lead its gaming regulatory practice.

Bedrosian, who was named as executive director of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in late 2015, rejoins as a partner in the firm’s Boston office Jan. 20.

Bedrosian heads back to Orrick at an important time for legalized gambling in the Bay State.

Two new commercial casinos—MGM Springfield and Encore Boston Harbor—opened in 2018 and 2019, respectively, and one more casino license for the southeastern part of the state also may be issued in coming years.

At the same time, state legislators are currently debating whether to legalize sports betting in Massachusetts.

“At a time when innovation is clearly outpacing regulation, compliance is a strategic issue for our clients—and increasingly so at the state level,” said Mitch Zuklie, Orrick Chairman & CEO, in a statement. “Orrick’s work on behalf of myriad stakeholders in the gaming industry exemplifies the creative approach Orrick brings to advocacy—and Ed’s return clearly augments our capabilities.”

Orrick’s gaming practice is part of the firm’s public policy group, which has helped shape sports betting legislation in several states, according to the firm, as well as new regulations that allow mobile and online wagering. Orrick clients include Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, and fantasy sports companies FanDuel and DraftKings.

Bedrosian first worked for Orrick from 2014 to 2016. Prior to joining the firm, he served for seven years as Massachusetts’ first assistant attorney general.

His arrival comes as Orrick is building out its Boston office, which opened only about a year ago.

The firm opened its doors with hires from Ropes & Gray, including litigator Doug Meal and Heather Egan Sussman, who now heads Orrick’s Boston office. The firm has since added laterals in the city from Fish & Richardson and Gunderson Dettmer.

To contact the reporter on this story: Sam Skolnik in Washington at sskolnik@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Jessie Kokrda Kamens at jkamens@bloomberglaw.com; Rebekah Mintzer at rmintzer@bloomberglaw.com