Jack Godfrey, one of the best known gaming lawyers in Las Vegas, has accepted the position of senior vice president and general counsel for Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. (PNK).
The appointment, announced by newly-appointed chairman and CEO Dan Lee, previously of Mirage Resorts fame, takes effect on August 29.
For many years, Godfrey was a partner in the prestigious firm of Schreck Brignone Godfrey and represented some of the leading gaming companies in Nevada. Also, he served as counsel to the Nevada Resort Association.
"This move is sort of bittersweet for me," Godfrey told GamingToday. "But, this is going to be both an opportunity and a challenge," he said, adding that Lee "is a quality guy." He said his long-time law partner, Frank Schreck, was handling the move "very well. He has a lot of quality people in his office" and he’ll be able to make the necessary adjustment in his office.
Godfrey received his undergraduate degree in 1973 from the University of South Florida and his doctor of jurisprudence degree in 1976 from the University of San Diego, School of Law.
Before entering private practice, Godfrey held positions with the state of Nevada in the industrial area as well as in the state’s gaming supervision. He served as chief deputy attorney general, gaming division, from 1983 to 1984.
In his new role with Pinnacle Entertainment, a company he had served as outside gaming counsel, he will replace Loren Ostrow who is leaving the company to pursue other interests.
"I’m very excited," he said. "Hopefully, I’ll be able to contribute to the operation in some small way."