Jones Walker Expands Gaming Practice

Jan 17, 2012, 16:57 ET from Jones Walker

NEW ORLEANS and JACKSON, Miss., Jan. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Jones Walker recently announced the addition of attorneys from the Mississippi law firm of Watkins Ludlam Winter & Stennis, P.A. The transaction adds offices in Jackson, Gulfport, and Olive Branch, Mississippi. Jones Walker now has 15 offices in six states and the District of Columbia.




In particular, the combined firm expands the gaming practice and adds to the firm's vibrant and notable practice. The firm will be able to leverage its gaming experience to clients in its existing jurisdictions, as well to provide advice and counsel with respect to emerging gaming states such as Alabama, Florida, and Texas.

Jones Walker Gaming Practice partner J. Kelly Duncan said, "We are excited to welcome Tommy Shepherd and the other members of the Watkins Ludlam firm and to add them to the team of attorneys already practicing gaming law at Jones Walker. This addition has enhanced and expanded our gaming practice to serve our gaming clients across the Gulf South."

Kelly Duncan is President of the International Masters of Gaming Law and commenced a two-year term this January. He previously served as Vice President and is a Past Treasurer. He is listed among the world's top gaming attorneys in the Chambers Global Guide in the area of Gaming & Gambling, and was named "New Orleans, LA Best Lawyers Gaming Lawyer of the Year" 2011. 

Thomas B. Shepherd, III currently serves as Secretary of the International Association of Gaming Advisors. He has served on its Board of Trustees since 2001, and has held various other leadership positions in the organization. He was named "Jackson, MS Best Lawyers Gaming Lawyer of the Year" 2011 and "Mississippi 2011 Attorney of the Year" by the Mississippi Business Journal. Jones Walker sponsors a blog discussing current issues in Mississippi Gaming Law at Mississippi Gaming Law Blog: The firm plans to expand the blog to jurisdictions across the Gulf South.

Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrere & Denegre L.L.P. , with more than 375 attorneys, provides a comprehensive range of legal services to a national and international corporate client base in highly regulated industries through offices in Alabama, Arizona, the District of Columbia, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.

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