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Edward R. Winkofsky, Chair of the Gaming Practice, focuses his practice on gaming regulatory compliance, licensure, and private equity investments in the gaming industry. He also advises clients on internal investigations and charitable gaming. Since joining the firm in 2010, Ed has served as regulatory counsel to gaming industry suppliers and operators, sports wagering and iGaming platform providers and content creators, horse tracks, video gaming route operators, 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 regional and global gaming industry.



  • Former Member, Falls Management Corporation Board of Directors
  • Associate Counsel and Compliance Officer, Hyatt Gaming Management, Inc., a casino management and consulting company with responsibility for supervising all legal and compliance functions.
  • Assist with Veteran Disability appeals before the Veteran Administration Board.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Leading Lawyers, 2024
  • Listed, Chambers USA Guide, Gaming & Licensing, 2022-2024
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Gaming Law, 2012-2024
    • "Lawyer of the Year," Gaming Law, Chicago, 2023
  • Listed, Who's Who Legal
    • Thought Leaders - USA - Gaming, 2023 
    • Global Leaders - Gaming, 2020-2023
  • Listed, Global Gaming Business Magazine, "40 Under 40," 2018
  • Team Member, Corporate Board Member magazine and FTI Consulting Inc., one of "America’s Best Corporate Law Firms," 13th Annual Legal Industry Study, 2013
  • Trustee, International Association of Gaming Advisors
  • Director, Cyclones Amateur Hockey Association


  • J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2005
  • B.A., with honors, Indiana University, 2001
  • Law Clerk, Cook County Public Defender's Office
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois