Programming Committee
The Programming Committee
plans and coordinates the Association's participation in key industry events and conferences, oversees its ongoing education initiatives including its Best Practices Webinars and identifies additional opportunities for the Association to extend its support of its members and the global gaming industry. 

          KARIN ASHFORD, Chair, is the Chief Legal Officer of Greenwood Racing, Inc., an entity that, through its subsidiaries, operates casino gaming, thoroughbred and standardbred racing, i-gaming and online sports betting in four jurisdictions.  She has spent most of her career in the gaming industry and is a generalist with significant experience in litigation, transactions, cyber, privacy, employment law, Indian law, regulatory, real estate matters, insurance coverage, wage and hour, intellectual property,  consumer protection, and election law matters


SAM BASILE previously served as legal counsel to GeoComply Solutions just after its launch in 2012 and is now GeoComply's Vice President of Business Development for North American Gaming. Previously, Sam was an executive or gaming attorney with renowned gaming industry companies, such as Aristocrat Technologies, Aruze Gaming America, Bragg Gaming Group, Gaming Arts, LVDC, Mirage Resorts, NYX Gaming, Spin Games, and Zitro Gaming.


BOB BOYLE is a Senior Manager at EY with over 15 years of professional experience leading compliance work for digital and land-based casinos and sports books globally. Bob’s work focuses on regulatory compliance topics including financial crimes, fraud and responsible gaming. Bob has led teams in performing compliance program assessments, risk assessments, transactional and regulatory filing reviews, assisting counsel for clients in responding to investigations and inquiries and has served as an expert witness on gaming compliance matters.


CARLOS COELHO is an experienced Macau SAR qualified lawyer who joined MdME in 2018 after working in another leading law firm in Macau. Carlos is also a Private Notary admitted since 2020. Carlos advises corporations and financial institutions on a broad variety of corporate matters, including financial and operational restructurings (merger, de-merger, recapitalization), regulatory compliance, and strategic advice. He has been particularly active in all kinds of M&A deals, including private company acquisitions and disposals in Macau and in other jurisdictions across the Asia Pacific Region. Carlos’s M&A expertise has been recognized in several legal directories, including IFLR 1000, Chamber and Partners, and Legal 500. He has also been recognized as Asia Future Leader 2021 by IFLR.


ALFREDO LAZCANO is Chair of Lazcano Sámano, a law firm based in Mexico City. Alfredo counsels and represents several leading technology companies of the Gaming, Fintech, and Media Industries; most of his Clients are publicly traded companies and hold various regulatory licenses in the strictest jurisdictions over the world. In 2020, he was appointed by the Federal Mexican Government to assist as an Independent Gaming Expert on matters of national and international relevance. He serves as panelist in the main international gaming conferences, as well as with articles, interviews, and studies for the prime industry publications; his contributions are primarily focused on regulatory improvement, combat against illegal operations, corporate responsibility, protection of vulnerable individuals, as well as best practices and technical standards.  


ROBERT C. KIM is a Co-Leader of the Ballard Spahr Gaming Team and the Managing Partner of the Las Vegas office. He practices in the areas of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, securities, and gaming matters. Rob represents clients in business entity formation and operation, corporate governance matters, public offerings, private placements, licensing, and energy-related agreements. He also has experience in renewable energy, public finance, public-private partnerships, and distressed real estate. For mergers and acquisitions, Rob handles asset- and stock-based transactions and roll-up transactions. He helps structure transactions and guides them through Nevada’s business laws, including compliance with fiduciary duties, anti-takeover statutes, preemptive rights, and appraisal rights. 


PAUL WIERBICKI is the General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer of Rush Street Interactive and its subsidiaries, a leading online gaming and entertainment company that focuses on online casino and online sports betting in the U.S. and Latin American markets. He is also a member of RSI’s board of directors and its nominating and governance committee. Paul has been General Counsel of LAMB Capital Advisors (the management company for the investment partnerships funded by Neil Bluhm and his family) since 6/2015. Prior to joining LAMB, he served as Senior Counsel, Business and Legal at AbbVie Inc. and as a Partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, specializing in restructuring and debt finance.