Americas Advisory Committee
The Americas Advisory Committee oversees IAGA's initiatives and progress within the region to: 

  • Help grow IAGA’s regional membership by identifying new members for each of our advisory segments (legal, advisory, financial, operational, manufacturing, regulatory)
  • Help secure annual and regional event sponsorships that support our members in the region
  • Support the region's unique interests and needs by identifying timely topics for discussion that can be discussed on webinars, in media editorial and at IAGA supported conferences 
  • Drive other initiatives and member participation in the region and advise on our support of regional trade show conferences

The Americas Advisory Committee is chaired by former IAGA Trustee Amy Elder. 

alt           AMY ELDER of Baker Donelson focuses on Mississippi and Louisiana gaming, representing all types of clients including casinos, manufacturers, distributors, lenders, lessees, landlords, shareholders, officers, directors and key employees. She helps her clients address regulatory issues and transactional matters, assisting with development, licensing, financing, registration, findings of suitability, transfers of ownership, operation, training, compliance, permits, patron disputes, investigations, disciplinary proceedings and more. 


FRANK A. DiGIACOMO is team lead of Duane Morris's Gaming Industry Group and practices in the areas of gaming, entertainment and regulatory law representing many public and private companies both within gaming and which conduct business with the gaming industry. He has significant experience representing public and privately held casino operators, gaming equipment manufacturers, technology providers engaged in interactive and social gaming, financial services companies and lottery companies in connection with licensing, regulatory investigations, compliance matters, financing approvals, equity offerings, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, technology approvals and other regulatory issues.


KATE LOWENHAR-FISHER 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, nightclubs, restaurants, sweepstakes, contests, and promotions. She regularly represents individuals and businesses before regulatory agencies, including the Nevada State Gaming Control Board, the Nevada Gaming Commission, the Clark County Liquor and Gaming Licensing Board and the Las Vegas City Council.


SEAN MCGUINNESS is a Partner with Butler Snow, practices in the firm’s Gaming Industry Team. His practice focuses primarily on commercial gaming matters in Nevada, Colorado, Iowa and Mississippi, as well tribal gaming matters. He has also experience with gaming bankruptcy matters. Prior to joining the firm, Sean practiced gaming law for 15 years at a law firm in their Reno, Las Vegas and Denver offices. Sean was Vice President and General Counsel for The Resort at Summerlin, which was owned by Swiss Casinos (1997-2001), and had a private gaming law practice in Mississippi (1994-1997) and served as Compliance Director for the Mississippi Gaming Commission (1992-1993). Sean got his start in the gaming industry as a law clerk for the Iowa Racing & Gaming Commission.

alt           GEORGE ROVER formed Rover Strategic Advisors, LLC following his retirement where he worked as a Deputy Attorney General and then as an Assistant Attorney General with the New Jersey Department of Law & Public Safety, Office of the Attorney General where he served as the Special Assistant to the Director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. Rover was appointed Deputy Director of the Division where he managed the Atlantic City office until his retirement in November 2016. 


alt           MICHAEL WEST is the Deputy Chief Compliance Officer at Penn National Gaming, Inc., aiding the compliance oversight of 41 properties in 18 jurisdictions. Michael deals primarily with state regulatory and Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering compliance. Prior to joining Penn National Gaming, Michael practiced law in Louisiana where he represented casino owners, operators, REITs, suppliers, and financiers in all areas of gaming law. Michael is a graduate of Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert School of Law and clerked for United States District Court Judge S. Maurice Hicks, Jr.

alt           EDWARD R. WINKOFSKY focuses his Greenberg Traurig practice on gaming regulatory compliance, licensure, and internal investigations. He also advises clients on transactional and general corporate matters. Since joining the firm in 2010, Ed has served as regulatory counsel to licensed gaming industry suppliers and operators, horse tracks, video gaming and on-line providers, lottery providers, tribal licensees, and social gaming operators and investors. He has also provided guidance on the gaming regulatory approval process for some of the industry’s largest transactions. With the support of the firm's Global Gaming Practice, Ed is focused on the evolving segments of the global gaming industry.