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 leads the firm’s gaming regulatory innovation practice. In that role, he advises clients on both regulatory and licensing matters in all legal jurisdictions. He also helps clients understand and comment on the regulatory risk in developing jurisdictions. Ed has advised clients on commercial agreements such as market access contracts and sponsorships agreements.
Ed has advised a diverse array of clients, from professional sports leagues to mature mobile operators, payment processors and start-ups looking to enter the mobile sports wagering 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.
Ed also served as the First Assistant Attorney General in Massachusetts. In that role, he served as 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.
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.