International Masters of Gaming Law Elects Crowe & Dunlevy Attorney as Treasurer

The International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL) recently elected Crowe & Dunlevy attorney D. Michael McBride as treasurer of the nonprofit association. IMGL consists of more than 300 gaming attorneys, regulators, educators, executives and consultants from around the world who are dedicated to the education and exchange of professional information concerning all aspects of gaming law.

“We are very proud of Mike, his nearly decade-long dedication to IMGL and now his industry recognition as an officer of IMGL,” said Kevin Gordon, president of Crowe & Dunlevy. “This is a highly respected association, and Mike will be a great asset in his new position.”

The IMGL is an elite, invitation-only professional association of private practice gaming lawyers and associate members consisting of regulators, accountants, consultants, gaming executives, government lawyers and in-house counsel from 40 countries and from 35 states within the U.S. With a total of 321 members worldwide, IMGL has 62 general members within the United States, only two of which are from Oklahoma. IMGL supports scholarship and understanding of gaming issues and is responsible for the publication and editorial support for leading gaming publications across the world.

To become an IMGL general member, candidates must be nominated by three general members, have obtained significant peer recognition within the profession, receive a super majority vote of the Membership Committee and then stand for election by all general members. Prior to his election as treasurer, McBride served four years as chair of the IMGL Membership Committee and served on the IMGL Executive Committee. IMGL has experienced significant growth since it was founded in 2001. Since May 2008, the organization has grown by 80 percent.

McBride is chair of the Indian Law & Gaming Practice Group in Crowe & Dunlevy's Tulsa office. He has practiced law for two decades and represents many tribal governments. His practice focuses on counseling tribal government leaders, their businesses, casinos, gaming companies, and those doing business for tribes regarding economic development, regulation, financing and resolving disputes.

He is a director of the Tulsa Indian Club, Inc., a trustee for the Pawnee Nation College and served for almost a decade as a Justice for the Pawnee Nation Supreme Court. He is a Commissioner of the Greater Tulsa Area Indian Affairs Commission. McBride is a past chair of the Oklahoma Bar Association's and Federal Bar Association's Indian Law Sections, as well as a former national director and general counsel to the Federal Bar Association's board of directors.

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