Downey, William J.

Co-chair of the firm’s Gaming group, Bill Downey has built a reputation as one of the most respected attorneys in the gaming industry.

With more than 25 years of experience in the Atlantic City and Pennsylvania markets, Bill has been counseling mid-Atlantic casinos and other participants in the casino and hospitality industries on the regulatory, corporate and real estate aspects of their ventures. He has extensive experience in the prosecution of license applications before regulatory bodies, operational issues and financing transactions. His unique combination of experience in these areas is beneficial as European companies look to expand and partner with companies in the U.S.

Specifically, Bill’s practice includes guiding clients through business transactions, including regulation, acquisitions and dispositions, real estate, corporate and real estate finance, venture structure and entity formation and governance. He regularly represents a wide variety of gaming clients in front of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, New Jersey Casino Control Commission, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission. He also has experience drafting and negotiating employment and professional services agreements.

  • J.D., 1991, Rutgers University Law School
  • B.A., 1988, University of Notre Dame
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania

Recognized by Chambers USA for Gaming & Licensing Nationwide (2019)

Martindale-Hubbell “AV Preeminent” rated


International Association of Gaming Advisors, General Counsel

New Jersey State Bar Association

Atlantic County Bar Association, Casino Section

International Masters of Gaming Law

International Association of Gaming Attorneys, General Counsel