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Edward R. Winkofsky, Chair of the Gaming Practice, focuses his 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.



  • Former Member, Falls Management Corporation Board of Directors
  • Associate Counsel and Compliance Officer, HGMI Gaming, Inc., a casino management and consulting company formerly known as Hyatt Gaming Management, Inc. with responsibility for supervising all legal and compliance functions as well as administrative and corporate governance activities.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Chambers USA Guide, Gaming & Licensing, 2022
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Gaming Law, 2012-2023
    • "Lawyer of the Year," Gaming Law, Chicago, 2023
  • Listed, Who's Who Legal
    • Thought Leaders - USA - Gaming, 2023 
    • Global Leaders - Gaming, 2020-2022
  • 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


  • 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