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Greenberg Traurig Gaming Practice Chair Receives Nationwide Ranking in 2014 Chambers USA Guide; Las Vegas Office Head Recognized for 5th Consecutive Time

NEW YORK (June  6, 2014) – Gaming Practice attorneys Martha A. Sabol and Michael J. Bonner  at the international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP were recognized by Chambers and Partners in the 2014 Chambers USA Guide. Firm-wide, nearly 200 attorneys and 34 practice areas are listed in the guide.

Sabol, the firm’s Global Gaming Practice Chair, was ranked in the Gaming & Licensing category Nationwide for the first time in the 2014 Edition of the Chambers USA Guide.  The commentary published in the guide states: “Martha Sabol Co-Chairs Greenberg Traurig, LLP's gaming group. Sources describe her as a ‘very steady performer who understands the issues’ when it comes to gaming regulation. She recently took a lead role advising Scientific Games on its $1.5 billion purchase of WMS Industries.”

Bonner, Managing Shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s Las Vegas office, was ranked in the Gaming & Licensing category and the Corporate/Commercial category in Nevada. This is the fifth consecutive time Bonner has been ranked in the Chambers USA Guide in both categories. The commentary published in the guide states: “Michael Bonner serves as managing shareholder of the Las Vegas office of Greenberg Traurig, LLP. He has proved an adroit performer when advising on corporate and securities matters affecting his gaming industry clients. He wins much praise from the market, with one source commenting: ‘His detail is phenomenal, he's very hard-working, and you can get hold of him 24 hours a day – he really knows what he's doing.’”

Sabol focuses her practice on Gaming law; Corporate & Securities; and Mergers & Acquisitions. She is a Trustee of the International Association of Gaming Attorneys. Sabol was formerly Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer with Hyatt Gaming Management, Inc. She is a frequent author and lecturer. Recently, she was co-author of "Massachusetts Gaming Commission Issues Final Regulations on Gaming Vendor Licensing, among others. Sabol received her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and her B.S. degree from the University of New Hampshire.

Bonner focuses his practice on Corporate & Securities, Gaming, and Mergers & Acquisitions. He is a member of the Executive Committee, Gaming Law Section of the State Bar of Nevada; a member of the Board of Trustees of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce; of the International Association of Gaming Advisors; Young Presidents Organization and World Presidents Organization; and on the Board of Trustees/Executive Committee of the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance. Bonner received his J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles and his B.S. with high distinction, from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.

Greenberg Traurig’s Global Gaming Practice Group focuses not only on casino operations, but also address lotteries, pari-mutuel wagering, charitable gaming, tribal gaming and Internet gaming, where permitted by law.

Members of the group have varied backgrounds and are located throughout the firm’s offices, allowing them to assist gaming clients in this highly regulated industry across multiple U.S. jurisdictions and internationally. The group’s focus includes the representation of casino owners, operators and executives, gaming manufacturers and suppliers, private equity firms and investment banks on gaming related matters.

According to its website, Chambers and Partners, publisher of the annual guide, selects attorneys and practices for inclusion based on thousands of interviews with practicing lawyers and clients throughout the world.