Orrick is pleased to welcome back Ed Bedrosian, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, as a partner in our Boston office. Ed, who joins us on January 20, will head Orrick’s gaming regulatory practice, which acts for the major professional sports leagues, fantasy sports industry leaders and others navigating the fast-developing sports betting market.
Ed became head of the Massachusetts gaming regulatory system after the state legalized gaming. As executive director, he shaped and supervised the State’s regulatory framework, overseeing the first casino projects to be approved in Massachusetts. Ed was a member of our Public Policy Group from 2014 to 2016.
Prior to joining Orrick, Ed served for seven years as Massachusetts’ First Assistant Attorney General, supervising the AG Office’s civil and criminal litigation, open meeting division and tobacco enforcement unit and a 500-member staff. He also advised the Legislature on the Gaming Commission’s then-developing regulatory structure, managed early litigation against the Commission and created the AG’s Division of Gaming Enforcement.
Orrick’s Public Policy Group has a unique practice helping disruptive companies promote pro-innovation policy at the state level. The team has been instrumental in shaping legislation in states around the country legalizing sports betting, including new regulations permitting mobile and online wagering. Clients include Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the PGA Tour and fantasy sports leaders FanDuel and DraftKings.
“Ed is on the cutting-edge of policy making in this area and will be an invaluable resource to our clients who are transforming this industry,” said Jeremy Kudon, head of Orrick’s Public Policy Group.
“At a time when innovation is clearly outpacing regulation, compliance is a strategic issue for our clients – and increasingly so at the state level. Orrick’s work on behalf of myriad stakeholders in the gaming industry exemplifies the creative approach Orrick brings to advocacy – and Ed’s return clearly augments our capabilities,” said Mitch Zuklie, Orrick Chairman & CEO. “We are especially excited to continue to expand our Boston team with distinctive talent for innovative companies.”
“It has been the highlight of my career to serve the State of Massachusetts and lead its public servants, who are among our nation’s finest. I’m looking forward to bringing the experience I developed at the Gaming Commission to advocating for our clients across all 50 states as we work together to modernize this industry in a way that is good for innovators, consumers and states alike,” said Ed.
Ed is the latest addition to our growing Boston office, launched in January 2019, that now includes: the Chambers Band 1 Cyber & Privacy team led by Doug Meal, Heather Sussman and Seth Harrington (formerly with Ropes & Gray); a market leading Copyright, Trademark and Media Litigation team led by Dave Hosp, Mark Puzella, Sheryl Garko and Caroline Simons (formerly with Fish & Richardson); and Gregg Griner, a leading advisor to life sciences and tech companies, to lead our Boston Corporate practice (formerly with Gunderson).