Dan Russell is a partner in the Government Relations Practice Group. He focuses on civil and administrative litigation, government relations, and gaming law.
Dan regularly represents clients before federal and circuit courts and, with respect to regulatory matters, before the State of Florida’s Division of Administrative Hearings. He advises a number of executive branch agencies on issues ranging from challenges to proposed agency rules, up to and including complex federal class action litigation.
In the area of gaming law, Dan represents major casino companies, Native American tribes, and gaming industry manufacturers and suppliers regarding all matters related to the development, financing, licensing, and operation of gaming and resort facilities. His clients include many of the largest gaming operators and gaming equipment manufacturers and suppliers in the world. Dan is one of the youngest attorneys ever 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. He regularly serves on panels and speaks at national and international gaming conferences.
In addition, Dan represents large corporations in national and international sweepstakes, game promotions, and other marketing activities. His unique experience in the gaming industry also enables him to provide guidance to non-gaming corporations that seek to market to potential customers via nontraditional marketing strategies. He also represents casino, cardroom, and pari-mutuel personnel and other clients before the State of Florida's Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering with respect to issues and challenges pertaining to their occupational licenses.
Before rejoining Jones Walker, Dan served as general counsel of the Florida Lottery, where he managed the legal affairs of the lottery's $5.5 billion per year operation. The Florida Lottery, headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida, has more than 13,000 retail locations and is consistently one of the top-three lottery operators in the United States. As general counsel, Dan was responsible for handling bid protests, administrative, state and federal litigation, and all other legal matters. During his tenure with the Florida Lottery, Dan spearheaded the creation of the Retailer Integrity Program.
Dan is also the former general counsel for Florida's premier thoroughbred track and casino, Gulfstream Park. In this position, he was responsible for all legal, compliance, regulatory, and risk management at the 150-acre facility, which included a horse race track, two casinos, a poker room, and an outdoor shopping mall.