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Former Executive Director of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, Edward R. Bedrosian Jr., draws on more than 25 years of public sector experience to advise clients navigating the fast-developing sports betting market.
Ed was appointed head of the Massachusetts gaming regulatory system just a few years after the state legalized gaming. As Executive Director, Ed guided the opening of the state’s two major resort casinos which have a combined investment of over $3.4 billion. He advised Commissioners on regulatory compliance issues and worked with host and surrounding communities to address any impacts of casino openings. He also guided one of the most robust responsible gaming programs in the country. Additionally, Ed was responsible for regulating Thoroughbred and Standardbred horse racing as well as simulcasting in Massachusetts.
In addition to overseeing both civil and criminal litigation as the First Assistant Attorney General in the office of the Massachusetts Attorney General, Ed was the Attorney General’s top legal advisor. He oversaw appellate strategy, approved indictments and personally negotiated settlements. He was designated by the state’s Supreme Judicial Court as a member of Massachusetts Court Management Advisory Board where he served as an advisor on management issues to members of the Massachusetts trial court. Ed also advised the Attorney General on healthcare, environmental, energy, and antitrust law and regulatory issues. He served as the Attorney General’s point of contact on terrorism issues and was a member of the local multi-agency Anti-Terrorism Activation Committee.
At the Attorney General’s office, he managed two large bureaus plus the State Solicitor’s office, the Division of Gaming Enforcement, and the Division of Open Government, and was responsible for all Special Assistant Attorney General appointments. He was also frequently an advisor to large state agencies on litigation and regulatory matters.
Prior to his service in the Attorney General’s office, Ed was a Deputy District Attorney with the Middlesex County District Attorney’s office. He tried hundreds of cases, including white collar fraud, narcotics and homicide cases. He also managed a Special Investigations Unit that focused on organized crime and career criminals.