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  • Florida State University, College of Law, J.D., 1994
  • Florida State University, B.A., Political Science/Communications, 1991, cum laude, Omicron Delta Kappa
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  • Florida, 1994
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  • M.D. Fla.
  • N.D. Fla.
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Marc Dunbar
Partner
215 S Monroe St
Suite 130
Tallahassee, FL 32301
850.425.7805 tel
850.425.7815 fax

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Marc Dunbar is a partner in the firm's Government Relations Practice Group. For more than two decades, Mr. Dunbar has served as counsel to a host of gaming clients. His practice focuses on gaming and governmental law, as his gaming practice is Florida’s largest, encompassing both lobbying and litigation for casinos, gaming suppliers, pari-mutuels, Native American tribes, sweepstakes, and charities. He has been very active in assisting gaming companies and private equity firms in exploring and evaluating internet and social gaming opportunities. Mr. Dunbar is regularly asked to appear before legislative and administrative panels to comment on changes to Florida’s various gaming laws, as well as to provide assistance in drafting changes to Florida’s gaming rules and statutes.

Mr. Dunbar is a former Assistant General Counsel and Communications Director for the Florida Department of State. During his tenure with the Department, he was recognized for his exceptional legal work by Florida Tax Watch with a Davis Productivity Award, which honors state employees for exemplary service to Florida's taxpayers. He has been inducted into the International Masters of Gaming Law, an invitation only non-profit association of gaming attorneys, regulators, educators, executives, and consultants from around the world who are dedicated to education and the exchange of professional information concerning all aspects of gaming law.

Mr. Dunbar, who also teaches Gambling and Pari-mutuel Law at Florida State University College of Law, has been an expert witness in gaming cases and is regularly cited as a "gaming expert" by numerous publications including Florida Trend magazine. He also has an active practice lobbying the Florida Legislature and the executive agencies of the State of Florida on behalf of a variety of clients. Mr. Dunbar is a regular media commentator on Florida gaming issues, hosts a website www.floridagamingwatch.com dedicated to Florida's gaming industry and is a periodic contributor to the regional gaming magazine Ante Up.

Mr. Dunbar is very active in campaigns, having served in paid and volunteer capacities for several local, legislative, and statewide campaigns. In addition, he has practiced before the Elections Commission and advises a host of clients on election related laws which has included writing and successfully defending before the Florida Supreme Court amendments to Florida’s Constitution.

Noteworthy

  • President's Award, 2017 International Masters of Gaming Law Conference
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018 (Copyright 2017 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC) in the area of Gaming Law 
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in Florida Trend as "Florida Legal Elite" (listed annually since 2013)
  • Gubernatorial Appointee, Northwest Florida Water Management District (2015)

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  • International Association of Gaming Advisors
  • International Masters of Gaming Law