Mary B. Magnuson - Shareholder

Phone number: 
(651) 644-4710
(651) 644-5904

Ms. Magnuson has extensive legal experience in both the public and private sector.  Mary represents enterprises and tribal business entities on a wide range of matters, including governance, compliance, game classification, contracting, licensing, enforcement, and litigation.  She has negotiated Tribal-State Gaming Compacts and Compact amendments on behalf of Tribes as well as State Governments, and has extensive intergovernmental experience in other areas.  Mary also represents a number of business entities and trade associations involved in the development and operation of gaming activities throughout the United States.  She represents several companies that manufacture or supply gaming equipment to gaming facilities and operations throughout the world, and represents clients in the development of rules and regulations, administrative policy, and legislation around the country.  Her work has resulted in appearances before numerous legislative and regulatory bodies in most of the states that permit gaming.

Before joining the Firm in 1992, Mary was the managing attorney for the Gambling Division of the Minnesota Attorney General's Office.  In that capacity, she provided legal representation to all Minnesota state agencies responsible for the regulation of gambling.  She was a member of the Governor's Advisory Committee on Gambling, Chair of the Indian Gaming Committee of the North American Gaming Regulator's Association, and reporter for the Canterbury Downs Commission.

Mary is an experienced litigator in state and federal court (trial and appellate) and in administrative proceedings.  She is a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law, the Minnesota Bar Association, and a board member and past president of the Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance, the Minnesota affiliate to the National Council on Problem Gambling.  She is the author of several reports and articles on gaming issues in Minnesota and a frequent speaker on gaming-related topics at conferences throughout the country.



Areas of Practice: 
  • Gaming Law
  • Indian/Tribal Law
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Administrative Law
  • Government Relations
  • J.D. William Mitchell College of Law, St Paul, Minnesota, 1984 / Magna Cum Laude
  • B.A. College of Saint Benedict, Saint Joseph, Minnesota, 1980 / Cum Laude / Delta Epsilon Sigma
Bar Admissions: 
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • 8th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Fond du Lac Tribal Court
  • Mille Lacs Tribal Court
Honors & Awards: 
  • 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for Gaming Law and Regulatory Compliance
  • Martindale-Hubbell PREEMINENT 2020