Michael J. Bonner

Las Vegas Co-Managing Shareholder
Las Vegas,  NV  U.S.A.

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AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Corporate & Securities
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Gaming
Contact InfoTelephone: 702.599.8030
Fax: 702.792.9002
University University of Nevada, Las Vegas, B.S., 1978
Law SchoolUniversity of California at Los Angeles, School of Law, J.D., 1981
Admitted1981, Nevada

Professional & Community Involvement

•Member, Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, Executive Committee, 2010-Present
•Chairman, Board of Trustees, 2011
•Member, American Bar Association
•Member, International Association of Gaming Advisors
•Member, Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, Executive Committee and Board of Trustees
•Member, State Bar of Nevada
•Member, Gaming Law Section, Executive Committee
•Former Chairman, Business Law Committee, Corporations Sub-Committee
•Former Vice-Chairman, Southern Nevada Disciplinary Board
•Member, UNLV Boyd School of Law, Dean's Council
•Member, UNLV Foundation, Board of Trustees
•Member, World Presidents' Organization

BornLas Vegas, Nevada, 1956

Michael J. Bonner concentrates his practice in the areas of corporation finance, corporate governance, business transactions, securities and gaming.

Michael represents clients in corporate securities and other business transactions, including acting as lead counsel on initial public offerings, follow-on offerings, private placements and a variety of financing, acquisition and restructuring transactions for publicly held and privately held business entities. He counsels publicly held companies on disclosure obligations under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including the preparation of annual reports to stockholders, proxy statements, and annual and quarterly periodic reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Michael acts as outside counsel to boards of directors and special committees of boards of directors of publicly held and privately held entities. He acts as counsel to purchasers and sellers in merger and acquisition, asset purchase and sale, roll-ups and other acquisition-related transactions.

Michael represents publicly held and privately held hotel-casino resort operators, manufacturers, suppliers, lenders and officers, directors, and key employees in transactional, licensing and other approvals before the Nevada State Gaming Control Board and the Nevada Gaming Commission.

As the former Chairman of the Corporation's Sub-Committee of the State Bar of Nevada Business Law Committee, he assisted in the drafting and implementation of amendments to the Nevada corporation statutes; and participated in the complete review and revision of the Nevada corporation and business entity statutes in 1991.

Areas of Concentration

•Corporation finance
•Corporate governance
•Business transactions
•Gaming regulatory

Awards & Recognition

•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law; Gaming Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2008-2016
•Listed, Lawyer of the Year, Gaming Law, Las Vegas, 2016
•Listed, Lawyer of the Year, Corporate Law, Las Vegas, 2012
•Listed, Chambers USA Guide, Nevada, Corporate/M&A, Gaming & Licensing, 2002-2015
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Mountain States Super Lawyers, 2007-2015
• Top 75 Lawyers in the Mountain States, 2011
•Listed, VEGAS INC, Top Lawyers, Corporate and Securities, 2013
•Team Member, Corporate Board Member magazine and FTI Consulting Inc., one of America's Best Corporate Law Firms, 13th Annual Legal Industry Study, 2013
•Listed, Nevada Business magazine, Legal Elite: The Silver State's Top Attorneys, 2009-2013
•Recognized, Las Vegas Business Press, Top 10 Business Lawyers in Las Vegas, 2009
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

AV, BV, AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

Associated News & Events

Press Releases

08.18.15 24 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Listed as 2016 'Lawyers of the Year' by Best Lawyers in America
06.15.15 19 Greenberg Traurig Nevada Attorneys Listed in 2015 Mountain States Super Lawyers
06.02.15 Three Greenberg Traurig Attorneys are Among Nevada's 'Legal Elite'
05.27.15 Eight Greenberg Traurig Nevada Attorneys Included in 2015 Chambers USA Guide
05.22.15 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, Practices Included in the 2015 Chambers USA Guide
09.08.14 Greenberg Traurig Sponsoring International Gaming Summit in Philadelphia
08.25.14 Mark Clayton Joins Greenberg Traurig's Global Gaming Practice
06.06.14 Greenberg Traurig Gaming Practice Chair Receives Nationwide Ranking in 2014 Chambers USA Guide; Las Vegas Office Head Recognized for 5th Consecutive Time
06.03.14 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recognized as Nevada Legal Elite by Nevada Business
05.23.14 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, Practices Included in 2014 Chambers USA Guide


02.01.10 Institutional Investors May Now Hold a Larger Stake in Nevada Gaming Companies
09.15.09 Casino Advertising---How to Avoid Enforcement Actions and Consumer Complaints in Nevada and Beyond

Articles, Publications, & Lectures

•Speaker, Doing Business in the United States and Nevada, State of Nevada-Canada Trade Mission, Montreal and Toronto, Canada, April 15-16, 2014
•Speaker, Doing Business in the United States and Nevada, State of Nevada-Israel Trade Mission, Tel Aviv, Israel, October 21, 2013
•Panel Participant, The Evolution of the Gaming Advisor: It's No Longer Just a Regulatory Focus, 31st Annual International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) Conference, Las Vegas, NV, September 30-October 2, 2011
•Speaker, Welcoming and Opening Remarks, Nevada Captive Insurance Association, 7th Annual Captive Conference, Las Vegas, NV, September 12, 2011
•Panel Participant, Navigating Financing, International Gaming Conference, International Association of Gaming Advisors/International Association of Gaming Regulators, October 11, 2010
•Panel Moderator, 2009 Nevada Law Changes and Technology Issues, Gaming Law Conference, State Bar of Nevada, November 6, 2009
•Panel Participant, Fix it Right the First Time: Practical Consideration for Board Members of Financially and Operationally Stressed Companies, Los Angeles Business Conference: Growth Strategies - M&A - Finance, Association for Capital Growth, Los Angeles, CA, September 16, 2009
•Panel Moderator and Speaker, SEC Hot Topics for Gaming Companies-2008, Gaming Law Conference, State Bar of Nevada, November 7, 2008
•Speaker, Ethical Challenges for the Gaming Practitioner, Gaming Law Conference, State Bar of Nevada, November 3, 2006
•Speaker, Current SEC Reporting Developments, National Gaming Conference, Nevada Society of Certified Public Accountants, May 17, 2005
•Co-Moderator, Gaming Mergers and Acquisitions: The Changing Landscape, Gaming Law Conference, State Bar of Nevada, November 5, 2004
•Speaker, The Sarbanes-Oxley Act: One Year Later, Gaming Law Conference, State Bar of Nevada, November 7, 2003
•Speaker, One Year Later: The Sarbanes-Oxley Act - Annual Reports and Proxy Statements, Merrill Corporation Conference, Las Vegas, NV, November 4, 2003
•Speaker, Current Industry Accounting, Auditing and Reporting Issues, Financial Executives Gaming Forum, Nevada Society of Certified Public Accountants, May 22, 2003
•Speaker, SEC Update, National Gaming Conference, Nevada Society of Certified Public Accountants, May 24, 2002
•Speaker, Current Legal Topics Regarding Financial Disclosure for Public Companies, National Gaming Conference, Nevada Society of Certified Public Accountants, May 17, 2001

Reported CasesSignificant Representations; Represented leading nightlife industry company in multiple acquisitions of nightlife and restaurant companies. Acted as regular outside counsel to Board of Directors of publicly held gaming industry company. Represented companies in gaming regulatory compliance enforcement matters. Represented leading electronic music company in licensing matters. Acted as lead counsel to several gaming resort operators, gaming manufacturing and technology companies, and other companies in initial public offerings, follow on public offerings, and debt and equity private placements. Acted as outside counsel to public companies for annual, quarterly and periodic reporting obligations under federal securities laws. Acted as lead counsel on merger and acquisition transactions in gaming resort, gaming manufacturing and home building industries. Served as special committee counsel to independent committee of board of directors in going-private transaction. Served as special committee counsel in combination of related public companies. Acted as outside counsel to owner/operators of nightclub and restaurant operations. Acted as lead regulatory counsel for Nevada gaming licensing and transactional approvals for major hotel-casino owners, operators and executives, gaming manufacturing companies and gaming technology companies. Acted as gaming regulatory counsel to institutional investors in Nevada gaming regulatory approvals and waivers. Acted as gaming and corporate counsel in negotiation and approval of hotel-casino management agreements. Served as special Nevada corporate and gaming counsel in contested hostile takeover transaction. Served as special Nevada corporate and gaming counsel in restructuring transactions. Testified in May 2001 legislative hearings on enhancements to Nevada's corporate director liability statutes. Assisted in the drafting and review of amendments to Nevada gaming regulations concerning corporate takeover-related issues and limited liability company licensure. Some of the above representations were handled by Mr. Bonner prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

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Michael J. Bonner

3773 Howard Hughes Parkway, Suite 400 North
Las VegasNV 89169


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