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Phil Sicuso serves as the Chair of the Economic Development Department, where he focuses his practice on helping government and private sector entities work together to create economic growth. Phil possess a deep understanding of and substantial experience in government and regulatory affairs, with particular emphasis on casino gaming and state lottery law, as well as government procurement/contracting matters ranging from standard contracts for services, to inter-governmental/local agreements, to large public-private partnerships. Phil’s extensive contract negotiation and drafting expertise, his deep knowledge of state and local government laws, and his experience working on projects in every corner of Indiana allows him to provide his clients with critical and timely counsel on a broad range of matters.

During his tenure at BGD, Phil has represented a wide array of state and local government entities, as well as private sector clients on deals ranging in value from tens of thousands to over a billion dollars. His clients turn to him to help them solve complex business law or government-related matters, including providing representation before multiple government agencies and at the Indiana General Assembly, where Phil is a registered lobbyist. In that role, he has worked collaboratively and successfully with legislators and staff from both sides of the aisle.

Prior to joining BGD, Phil spent more than five years working in Governor Mitch Daniels’ administration as General Counsel for the Indiana Gaming Commission (“IGC”). During his tenure at the IGC, Indiana grew into one of the top three jurisdictions nationwide both in terms of gross gaming revenues and gaming tax revenues. Since leaving the IGC, Phil has continued to expand his gaming expertise by providing counsel in multiple casino gaming jurisdictions and tribal gaming matters, while also representing the Hoosier Lottery in the negotiation and ongoing oversight of its comprehensive Integrated Services Agreement for the outsourcing of various functions to a private vendor.

Phil relies on his years of in-house government experience to help clients from numerous industries understand and navigate the nuances of the government and regulatory oversight structures applicable to their businesses. He also helps government and quasi-governmental clients leverage state and local resources to achieve growth objectives and to improve opportunities for progress.

Outside of work, Phil is engaged in activities at St. Malachy Catholic Church as a parishioner and volunteer, and he enjoys coaching and being involved with his children’s athletic and extracurricular activities.

Career Highlights

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)

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Indianapolis Bar Association

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)

Community Involvement

Civic and Charitable Involvement

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

Media

Contributions & Published Works

Events

Presentations

  • Business Law Skills Series: Legislative Update, IndyBar, 2016
  • "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
  • GLI University, Midwest Regional Gaming Regulators' Seminar, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2016. 

Services

University of Notre Dame, B.A., magna cum laude, 1999
Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 2002

  • Indiana, 2003
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