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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


  • Lead regulatory counsel to Hawthorne Race Course in the awarding of its preliminary approval to become Illinois’s first-ever racino. (2020)

  • Lead regulatory counsel to 815 Entertainment and Hard Rock Casino Rockford in the awarding of its approval for a temporary casino license – the first casino approval since Governor JB Pritzker signed the Illinois Gaming Expansion Bill into law in 2019. (2020)

  • Regulatory counsel advising on Blue Owl Capital’s purchase of the land associated with Tribune Publishing, the soon-to-be home of Chicago’s $1.7 billion permanent casino – the City’s first. (2023)

  • Lead regulatory counsel to Walker’s Bluff Casino Resort (Walker’s Bluff, IL) which opened August 25th, and more recently as the lead transactional and regulatory attorney to the $250 million construction loan and sale-leaseback between 815 Entertainment, LLC and Gaming & Leisure Properties, Inc. for the development of Hard Rock Casino Rockford (Rockford, IL). (2023)


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

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

  • Selected by his peers as a Best Lawyer in the Midwest in Gaming, Casino and Native American Law


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