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Monday, February 03, 2003

Snell & Wilmer Attorney Named President of International Masters of Gaming Law
Heidi Staudenmaier takes leadership position

PHOENIX (January 17, 2003)- Snell & Wilmer partner Heidi Staudenmaier who practices with the firm's Indian Law and Gaming Law practice group was elected to serve as president of the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL) for a one-year term.

IMGL is a non-profit association dedicated to education and the advancement of the gaming law profession, as well as the exchange of professional information regarding local and global practice in all aspects of gaming law. Membership in IMGL is be invitation only. Members include attorneys, gaming regulators and gaming industry executives. Members participate in philanthropic, charitable and educational programs related to the gaming industry. IMGL hosts annual educational conferences for its members, and provides a strong network for its members to use as resources on legal issues that may arise. Staudenmaier recently co-chaired the IMGL 2002 Gaming Law Conference in California.

Staudenmaier, a founding member of IMGL, has been practicing law with Snell & Wilmer since 1985. Her trial and litigation experience regularly involving representation of clients in gaming, financing, leasing, taxation, real property, and economic development issues involving Tribes and Tribal entities. Staudenmaier is past Chair of the Arizona State Bar Indian Law Section, and was honored as a recipient of the First American Leadership Award given by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. She is also a member of the Gaming Law Review board of editors.

Snell & Wilmer has been involved with Indian law issues for more than 60 years. The firm’s representation involves both Indian and non-Indian clients in their affairs and transactions. The Indian Law practice group has provided legal services to tribal organizations throughout the United States, including providing pro bono representation to the National Center. Each year the firm donates hundreds of hours of attorneys’ time to the National Center on matters including general contract and corporate matters, tax issues, employment law and litigation.

Staudenmaier's articles include "Tribal Gaming Management Contracts and the National Indian Gaming Commission," about the explosion of Tribal gaming in California; "Tribal Gaming Management Contracts and the NIGC" concerning management contracts and the need for approval by the National Indian Gaming Regulatory Act before they can be deemed valid and endorsable (the article explains the nuts and bolts of preparing a management contract and the NIGC approval process); and an article she co-authored titled, "No Reservations About Indian Law," about several major Arizona law firms courting tribes as clients now that potential casino profits loom large.

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