Administrative law, business regulation and government relations, with a focus on commercial gaming, public utilities, financial services institutions and eminent domain.
Dan Reaser counsels and represents clients in a variety of administrative law and regulatory matters before federal, state and local agencies or public bodies and the courts judicially reviewing governmental action. Mr. Reaser’s practice concentrates on matters involving public utilities, gaming applicants and licensees in Nevada and on Native American lands, as well as financial services institutions. His practice also includes representation of property owners in eminent domain proceedings and regulatory takings matters and taxpayers before state and local administrative bodies in real property, sales and use, gaming and other state excise taxation matters.
Mr. Reaser is recognized in Best Lawyers in America for public utilities law and gaming law, in Mountain States Super Lawyers for gaming law, and is featured in the Chambers & Partners guide of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the fields of gaming and licensing. He also has an AV rating in the Martindale-Hubbell directory. Mr. Reaser is the Vice Chairman of the Firm’s Gaming & Regulatory Law Department and serves on the Firm’s Executive Committee.
Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Reaser served in the Office of the Attorney General of Nevada for eight years, as Chief Deputy for the Gaming Division between 1986 and 1990, where he represented the Nevada Gaming Commission and the Nevada State Gaming Control Board. He also served as Chief Counsel to the Nevada Department of Transportation and during his tenure as a deputy attorney general was counsel to the Nevada Commissions on Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Protection and the State Departments of Agriculture, Corrections, Minerals and Wildlife. Mr. Reaser began his career with the Nevada Attorney General as a prosecutor.
Selected Regulatory Transactions
- Gaming: Nevada Gaming Commission approvals for ALST Casino Holdco, LLC for registration, licensing and approval to acquire and reorganize Aliante Gaming, LLC dba Aliante Casino & Hotel (2012 and 2011); International Game Technology credit facilities and notes offerings (2011 and 2010); licensing of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (1997); approval for Starwood to acquire ITT Sheraton Corporation and Caesars World, Inc. (1998); and licensure of Sierra Design Group (1999) and WMS Industries Inc. (1995).
- Utilities: Nevada Public Utilities Commission approval of utility environmental protection act permits for Armagosa Valley Solar I, LLC to construct 500 megawatt solar generation plant (2011); approval for SBC Communications, Inc. to offer long-distance service under Section 271 of the Telecommunications Act (2003), and to acquire Ameritech Corporation (1999) and Pacific Telesis Corporation (1996).
- Financial Services: Nevada Financial Institution Division approvals of merger of First Republic Bank with Merrill Lynch Bank & Trust Co., FSB (2007); for formation of Schwab Bank, N.A. (2003); and acquisition of First Interstate Bank by Wells Fargo, N.A. (1996); Nevada Division of Insurance approval of demutualization of Employers’ Insurance Group (2006).
- Government Contracts: approval of award and contract by Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County for First Transit (2010); and approval of award and contract by Nevada Public Employees Retirement System for Diversified Dental Services, Inc. (2009).
Notable Nevada Legislative Representations
- Assembly Bill 294 and Senate Bill 83 – Regulation of gaming device independent contractors for the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (2011 and 2009)
- Assembly Bill 518 – Telecommunications regulatory reform for AT&T, Inc. (2007);
- Assembly Bill 526 – State video services franchise act for AT&T, Inc. (2007);
- Senate Bill 400 – Telecommunications regulatory reform for SBC Communications, Inc. (2003);
- Senate Bill 440 – Telecommunications regulatory reform for SBC Communications, Inc. (1999);
- Assembly Bill 360 – Banking corporation and thrift company regulatory reform for First Republic Bank (1997).
Significant Reported Cases
- International Game Technology, et al. v. Second Judicial District Court, et al., 122 Nev. 132, 127 P.3d 1088 (2006)
- Attorney General v. NOS Communications, 120 Nev. Adv. Op. 11, 84 P.3d 1052 (2004)
- Sengel v. International Game Technology, 116 Nev. 565, 2 P.3d 258 (2000)
- Kraft v. Jacka, 872 F.2d 862 (9th Cir. 1989)
- Hotel Employees v. State Gaming Control Bd., 103 Nev. 588, 747 P.2d 878 (1987)
- D.R. Reaser; “Regulation of Gaming Device Software Development: Nevada’s Paradigm Shift on Independent Contractors,” 2 UNLV Gaming Law Journal 1 (2011)
- D. R. Reaser & L.K. Granier, “Nevada Lobbying, PACs and Campaign Finance” (SCGLFG 2013)
- D. Reaser, S. Elicegui, W. McKean & D. Cannon, “High and Dry in Nevada: When Water Rights Trump Development,” ABA Business Law Today, Vol. 15, No. 4 (March/April 2006)
- “Recent Developments in Communications Law,” State Bar of Nevada (April 8, 2011).
- “Land Use Planning in Nevada,” National Business Institute (June 19, 2007).
- “Status and Developments in Class II Gaming Under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act,” International Association of Gaming Attorneys (September 21, 2005).
- “Gaming Law 101,” State Bar of Nevada ( January 21, 2011 and August 14, 2003).
- “Land Use Planning & Zoning in Nevada,” National Business Institute (February 21, 2003).
- “Gaming Patron Disputes: A Nevada Primer and Case Study,” American Bar Association Fifth Annual National Institute on Gaming Enforcement (February 15, 2001)
Current Professional and Civic Affiliations
- Clark County Bar Association
- Washoe County Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- International Masters of Gaming Law
- International Association of Gaming Advisors
- Nevada State Bar Northern Disciplinary Board
- Nevada State Bar, Section on Energy, Utilities and Communications Law (Vice-Chairman)
- Audit Committee, Greater Nevada Credit Union
- Audit Committee, Washoe County School District
- Advisory Board, UNLV Gaming Law Journal, William S. Boyd School of Law
- Visiting Instructor, Judicial Studies Program on Gaming and the Law, National Judicial College
- Board of Elders, St. Luke Lutheran Church, Reno, Nevada
- California Western School of Law, J.D., 1980
- California State University at Fullerton, B.A., 1977
- State Bar of Nevada (1981)
- State Bar of California (1980)
- Supreme Court of the United States
- United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- United States District Court in Nevada