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David D. Waddell, Esq.

David D. Waddell


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Dave Waddell is an attorney and consultant with 34 years of experience helping clients resolve business issues in heavily regulated industries. Waddell takes pride in forming partnerships with his clients to become sensitive to their needs, goals and future plans in order to help them succeed.


  • Wayne State University Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1984)
  • University of Michigan (A.B., 1981)

Honors & Recognitions

  • Listed in Chambers USA, 2013 Gaming Law
  • Best Lawyers' 2012 Lansing Gaming Law Lawyer of the Year
  • Hermes Creative Awards (gold) Recipient, E-Newsletter category for "The Michigan Gaming Newsletter"
  • Achieved an AV© peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, Gaming
  • Member, Editorial Board of Global Gaming Business Magazine
  • Member, Editorial Board, Gaming Law Review (1998-2009)
  • Casino Management Association Visionary Award Recipient
  • Chairperson, Gaming Practice Group, Fraser Trebilcock Davis & Dunlap, P.C. (1995-2007)
  • International Legal Marketing Association, Your Honor Award 1999, First Place: Strategic Marketing for Michigan Gaming Marketing Campaign
  • Senior Associate Editor, Wayne Law Review (1983-1984)

Prior Employment & Professional Organizations

  • Fraser Trebilcock Davis & Dunlap, P.C. (1984-2007) Shareholder; Board Member (Served as Treasurer, Secretary, Vice President in various years between 1994-2006); Chairman, Gaming Practice Group; Chairman, Business Department (2006); Co-chair, Ethics Committee (2007), Co-Employee Benefits Coordinator (1990-2003)
  • International Association of Gaming Attorneys
  • Casino Management Association (1999-2004)
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Business Law Section
  • Taxation Section Corporation Law Section
  • Employee Benefits Committee
  • Ingham County Bar Association
  • Young Lawyers Section Executive Council (President, 1991-1992; Vice President, 1990-1991; Secretary, 1989-1990)


  • The Local Gaming Experts, The Greater Lansing Business Monthly (November 2011)
  • The Increasing Federal Regulation of Casinos: What a Casino Compliance Team Needs to Know, Gaming Law Review and Economics, Volume 14, Number 8 (November, 2010)
  • Webinar Series: Is Your Compliance Process Ready for 2011? Casino BSA/FinCEN/IRS Compliance Update (October 28, 2010)
  • Co-Author, "Red Flags: Protecting customer accounts from Identity Fraud, Is your casino compliant?," Global Gaming Business Magazine, (May , 2010)
  • Compliance Alert: Key Issues for 2010 Online Webinar IV Part Series: Are you Prepared for BSA, OFAC and FACTA? (2010)
  • Co-Author, "Why Doesn't Every Casino Have a Sports Book?," Global Gaming Business Magazine, (July, 2008)
  • Internet Columnist on Gaming and Horse Racing Business Matters, The Detroit News (1998-2008)
  • Creator, Co-Author and Publisher, The Michigan Gaming Law Legal Resource Book, First and Second Editions (1999)
  • Author, Casino Careers in Michigan (2000)
  • Author, "Five Years Later: Lessons Learned from Michigan's Commercial Gaming Regulatory System," Gaming Law Review (June 2002)
  • Co-Author, Captive Insurance Manual (2002)
  • Co-Author, "The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act's Dual Approval Process for Tribal Casinos on After Acquired Land," Gaming Law Review (December, 1998)
  • Co-Author, "Casino Gaming Will Bring New Opportunities for Michigan Business," Michigan Forward (June, 1997)
  • Creator, Co-Author and Publisher, The Michigan Gaming Law Newsletter (1995-present)
  • Co-Author, Overview of Gaming in Michigan, American Gaming Summit, (1994-1998)
  • Author, "Michigan Taxes that Every Businessperson Should be Aware of," Greater Lansing Business Monthly (September, 1992)
  • Co-Author, "Michigan Sales and Use Taxes," Independent Accountants Association of Michigan, Seminar (September, 1992)
  • Co-Author (with Darrell A. Lindman, Howard J. Weyers, and Jack Weyers), "Flexible Spending Arrangements, Self-Funded Health Plans, and COBRA," Lorman Business Centers (September, 1992)
  • Author, "Fiduciary Responsibility: Avoiding Substantial Penalties and Civil Liabilities," Greater Lansing Business Monthly (September, 1992)

Community Activities and Organizations

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Attorney Grievance Hearing Panelist (1993-present)
  • American Cancer Society, Eaton County Unit, President (1995-1998)
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan, Member of the Board of Directors (1990-1991)
  • Lansing Volunteer Council Chairman (1989-1990)