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Mark A. Clayton has wide-ranging experience in the gaming industry and focuses his practice on gaming operational and regulatory matters, including those related to land-based gaming, internet gaming and the manufacturing and distribution of gaming equipment. He also focuses on legislation and regulatory projects and represents clients with gaming matters in U.S. and international jurisdictions. Prior to joining the firm, Mark served as counsel for three casino corporations. He is a former member of the Nevada Gaming Control Board.


  • Gaming and regulation
  • Corporate law



  • Member, Nevada Gaming Control Board, 2005-2008
  • Vice President, Caesars Entertainment, Inc., Corporate Law, 2001-2005
  • Vice President and General Counsel, Aladdin Gaming Holdings, LLC and Aladdin Gaming, LLC, 1998-2001
  • Vice President, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary, Showboat, Inc., 1995-1998
  • Member, Caesars Entertainment Corporation, Compliance Committee, 2011-2015
  • Member, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Compliance Committee, 2011-2015
  • Member, Silicon Gaming, Inc., Compliance Committee, 1996-2001

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Gaming Law, 2013-2022
    • "Lawyer of the Year," Gaming Law, Las Vegas, 2020
  • Listed, Chambers Global, Gaming & Gambling (global-wide), 2013-2022
    • Global Market Leaders, 2022
    • Star Individual, 2018 and 2019
  • Listed, Chambers USA Guide, National – Leading Lawyers for Gaming & Licensing, 2014-2022
    • Nevada - Gaming & Licensing, 2022
  • Listed, Who's Who Legal- Global Thought Leaders: Gaming, 2019-2021
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, "Mountain States Super Lawyers - Gaming," 2011-2020
  • Listed, Vegas Inc., “Top Lawyers,” 2021
  • Listed, Chambers USA Guide, National – Leading Lawyers for Business, 2012
  • Listed, The International Who's Who of Sports & Entertainment Lawyers, 2013-2016
  • Listed, Nevada Business Magazine, "Legal Elite," 2012
  • Listed, Las Vegas Business Press, "Top 10 Gaming Attorneys," 2012
  • Rated, Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM, 4.4 out of 5.0.

AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM and Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.

  • Member, State Bar of Nevada
    • Vice Chair, Gaming Law Section, 2003-2010
  • Adjunct Professor, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Gaming Law
    • Board Member, Gaming Law Advisory Board for UNLV 
    • Member, Advisory Council
  • Board Member, Gaming Law Review and Economics Journal, Editorial Board
  • Charter Member, Nevada Gaming Attorneys
  • Member, International Association of Gaming Advisors
  • Member, International Masters of Gaming Law


  • J.D., with honors, Pepperdine University School of Law
    • Business Editor, Pepperdine Law Review
    • Member, International Moot Court
  • B.S.B.A., cum laude, Washington University, St. Louis
  • Nevada