Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is pleased to announce that Ellen Whittemore, a venerable presence in Nevada gaming for nearly 30 years, has joined the firm as a shareholder. Whittemore will be based in Brownstein’s Las Vegas office.
“Ellen will play an integral role in further reinforcing Brownstein’s reputation as a gaming powerhouse,” said Ellen Schulhofer, co-managing partner of Brownstein and managing partner of the firm’s Las Vegas office. “She brings a wealth of experience in the areas our highly regulated clients value most—compliance, finance and licensing.”
Prior to joining Brownstein, Whittemore owned her own practice, Whittemore Gaming Group, representing some of the world’s largest gaming companies. Previously she was with Lionel Sawyer & Collins for more than 20 years. Ellen has also worked with the Nevada Attorney General’s Office, serving as a supervising deputy attorney general for the Gaming Division, which provides legal counsel to the Nevada Gaming Control Board and the Nevada Gaming Commission.
“Ellen’s strengths exactly fit our group, enhancing our marquee gaming practice to provide existing and prospective clients with even greater depth in gaming law and compliance,” said Schulhofer.
Whittemore’s clients include MGM Resorts International and Crown Resorts Limited. She is recognized in Chambers USA for gaming and licensing law as well as in Best Lawyers in America for gaming law and information technology law. She is a member of the board of trustees of the International Association of Gaming Advisors and serves on the boards of numerous civic and charitable organizations, including the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation (Trustee Emeritus).
A lifelong Nevadan, Ellen graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Reno.