Paul T. Jenson

Partner-in-Charge / Industry Chair Chicago
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Summary

Paul is a leading gaming lawyer who has extensive experience counseling casino owners, operators, suppliers, lenders and institutional investors in all aspects of gaming regulatory law. Paul also assists businesses with corporate and securities issues, and helps high net worth individuals and families with their estate planning needs. Paul has been practicing law for over 20 years, and his practical advice and successful track record working with clients are among the reasons why he was recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in 2017 and 2018.

As co-chairperson of Taft’s Gaming Division, Paul works with clients in all areas of the gaming industry on licensing, acquisitions and dispositions, financing transactions, administrative hearings, compliance plans, internal investigations and general corporate governance. He also works closely with state and local gaming regulatory agencies, and has significant experience drafting gaming law statutes, administrative rules and policies. Paul has experience resolving gaming-related manners across a variety of jurisdictions, including the United States, Canada and Europe.

In addition to working on gaming matters, Paul assists private entities, public companies and other business clients with a wide variety of general corporate and securities matters. Businesses often turn to Paul for assistance and advice with M&A activity, corporate governance, public and private offerings of debt and equity, securities registration for national exchange trading, SEC investigations and other regulatory investigations. In addition, Paul began his legal career as an estate planning lawyer and continues to advise families and individuals regarding their estate planning needs. Paul has administered estates valued at over $100 million, and has experience implementing tax reduction techniques, overseeing tax reporting and compliance, and structuring and administering charitable giving vehicles.

Paul actively shares his knowledge about the law as a writer and a source for journalists. Paul is a go-to resource for casino and gaming issues and has been quoted in publications such as the Chicago Tribune and Gambling Compliance. Paul also co-wrote an article with Taft colleague Erin Lynch Cordier in The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Gambling 2018. Paul is the co-founder and former co-chairperson of the Chicago Bar Association’s Gaming Practice Committee, and lectures frequently on gaming law issues at Roosevelt University.

Paul received his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and received his B.S. in Business Administration from Marquette University.

Awards

  • Honoree, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business

  • Honoree, Leading Lawyers

  • "Notable Gen X Leaders in Law” Crain’s Chicago Business, 2019

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Education

  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law (1996)
  • Marquette University (B.S., Business Administration) (1993)

Admissions

  • State - Illinois
  • State - Pennsylvania

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association

    Member

  • Illinois State Bar Association

    Member

  • International Association of Gaming Attorneys

    Member

  • Chicago Bar Association

    Founder & Co-Chair, Gaming Practice Committee