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Terence M. Dunleavy



As a Leading Lawyer in Gaming, Casino and Native American Law, Terence M. Dunleavy provides a wide range of regulatory, licensing, compliance, and transactional legal services to clients in Illinois, across the U.S. and throughout the world* in the highly regulated gaming industry.

Terry represents casino companies, owners, and operators; racetrack owners and operators; Native American tribes; video gaming terminal owners, operators and establishments; gaming manufactures and suppliers; sportsbook operators; game developers; and other companies in the gaming industry worldwide. Further, Terry represents private equity firms, merchant banks, investment banks, and other financial institutions relating to their investments in the gaming industry.

Terry has assisted clients in drafting and implementation of complex legislation and gaming compliance programs. He routinely represents gaming companies in all matters relating to proposed new and existing operations including financing and refinancing of gaming projects, litigation and related disciplinary matters.

Terry’s previous legal experience includes his appointment by the Governor as the first Member of the Wisconsin Gaming Commission, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Racing Board, and General Counsel at the Illinois Racing Board.  As a former regulator, Terry understands the gaming regulatory perspective and provides unique insight and advice to clients on regulation and licensing matters before gaming regulatory bodies such as the Illinois Gaming Board.

Prior to joining O’Rourke & Moody, Terry was a partner at Vedder Price, PC and DLA Piper. Before entering private law practice at DLA Piper, he was Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer for WMS Industries, Inc. (WMS Gaming). 

Lewis University - B.A., cum laude
Northern Illinois University School of Law - J.D.


Supreme Court of Illinois

Supreme Court of Wisconsin

U.S. Court of Appeals


The New Dynamics of Tribal Commercial DisputesEmerging Issues in Tribal-State Relations, Terence M. Dunleavy

An Analysis of the Illinois Gaming Expansion Bill”, Terence M. Dunleavy

Preliminary Economics of Illinois Gaming Expansion”, Terence M. Dunleavy

A Whole New Ball Game; Why Tribal Casino Restructuring are Changing Quickly”, Global Gaming Business, Terence M. Dunleavy

Dealing with Troubled Tribal CasinosPratt’s Journal of Bankruptcy Law, Terence M. Dunleavy, Michael M. Eidelman, Stephanie K. Hor-Chen

Troubled Domestic Sovereign Debt: What Every Commercial Professional Should KnowGaming Law Bulletin, Terence M. Dunleavy, Michael M. Eidelman, Stephanie K. Hor-Chen

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Terence Dunleavy


Selected by his peers as a Leading Lawyer in Gaming, Casino and Native American Law

Member of Vedder Price Gaming Practice - Ranked Tier One in Chicago by U.S. News And Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” 


Law Firm of the Year - Gaming Law/Global Law Experts Awards


Member - International Association of Gaming Attorneys

Terry has represented clients throughout the United States at the state, tribal and federal levels and internationally in Antigua, Argentina, Cambodia, China (Macao), Colombia, England, Ireland, Mexico, Mongolia, Northern Marianas Islands, Panama, Philippines, Spain and Uruguay.


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