Phil Sicuso is a member of the Government and Corporate & Transactional Practice Groups where he assists private sector and government clients in a variety of matters.

After spending more than five years working in Governor Mitch Daniels’ administration as General Counsel for the Indiana Gaming Commission, Phil has substantial experience in government and regulatory affairs. He has a deep understanding of the laws and procedures critical to government operations and interactions with the private sector, including government procurement and contracts, administrative law and procedure, public records, open meetings, ethics and the legislative process.

While with the Gaming Commission, Phil oversaw the legal matters relating to the regulation of casinos, charity gaming, mixed martial arts & boxing (including Indiana’s first world wide pay-per-view broadcast of a licensed mixed martial arts event), and the investigation and administrative enforcement of criminal gambling laws. Indiana also grew into one of the top three jurisdictions nationwide both in terms of gross gaming revenues and gaming tax revenues.

Phil’s range of experience includes county, municipal and state governments. He also has extensive legislative experience, working with legislators and staff from both sides of the aisle on legislation and policy issues.

Phil’s regulatory and legal experience includes a variety of business law matters including corporate finance, governance, structure and ownership issues as they relate to closely held and to public companies. Phil has also developed expertise and provided counsel on the legal and regulatory aspects of numerous casino financing transactions ranging in value from tens of millions to billions of dollars, as well as on several complex mergers & acquisitions, and on corporate restructurings/bankruptcies.

Phil is a native of Massachusetts, and grew up in Hopkinton, Mass.

Practice Areas

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Indianapolis Bar Association

Civic and Charitable Involvement

  • St. Malachy Catholic Church, parishioner and volunteer
  • Walton Family Foundation Grant Partners Program (Public Charter Startup Grants)

Honors & Awards

  • Arthur May Award for excellence in trial advocacy and commitment to ethical standards, Notre Dame Law School, 2002
  • Varsity Monogram, University of Notre Dame, 1999 (football)

Former Employment

  • Indiana Gaming Commission, General Counsel (2005-2010)
  • Barnes & Thornburg, LLP (2003-2005)
  • Law Clerk for the Honorable Edward F. Harrington, U.S. District Judge for the District of Massachusetts (2002-2003)

Events

Presentations

  • "Gaming Law 101," 2012 Global Gaming Expo, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • "What You Need to Know When Serving on an Indiana Nonprofit Board," Indianapolis Bar Association, November 2011
  • ICLEF, Advanced Gaming Law Roundtable, 2009 and 2011
  • ICLEF, Revealing the Mysteries of Administrative Law, 2005
 
 
 
 
 
 

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