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Schnader Scores Big for Gaming Client in Pittsburgh

On May 30, 2007 by Schnader in Litigation

CONTACT:      Caroline M. Brobeil
                     Public Relations Manager
                     Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP


December 20, 2006 – Philadelphia, PA: Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP marked a significant victory today for its client, PITG Gaming/Majestic Star, which was awarded the sole stand-alone casino license for Pittsburgh by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. The Schnader team – which included James Eisenhower, Paul H. Titus, Deborah A. Rouse, H. Justin Park, and Mark M. Lee – represented PITG in a presentation made to the Board in November 2006, and handled every aspect of the application and evaluation process.

“We are extremely pleased with today’s result and would like to thank the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board for the careful consideration it gave PITG’s application,” said Mr. Eisenhower, one of the Schnader attorneys who worked on the matter. “With today’s decision, Mr. Barden and PITG can move forward with the plan to develop and build a first-class entertainment and gaming facility that will bring energy, excitement and a new vitality to the City of Pittsburgh.”

PITG has proposed developing a permanent $450 million entertainment and gaming facility on the North Side, between the Carnegie Science Center and the West End Bridge. In addition to the slot machines, the 400,000-square-foot casino will also have four restaurants, three lounges, several bars and a variety of shops. It is anticipated the facility will open in 2008 with 3,000 slot machines, with an expectation to increase that number eventually to about 5,000 machines. Additionally, PITG has demonstrated its commitment to Pittsburgh and its residents by pledging to invest $350 million for development in the Lower Hill district of the city.

The Schnader team was led by Mr. Eisenhower, who chairs the firm’s Government and Regulatory Affairs Practice Group and serves on its political action committee. He was the 2004 Democratic candidate for attorney general of Pennsylvania, and his practice emphasis is on government relations, criminal law, investigative services, ethics and election law and complex civil litigation.

The team also included Paul Titus, Deborah Rouse, Justin Park and Mark Lee. Mr. Titus is resident in Schnader’s Pittsburgh office, and is a well-known trial and appellate lawyer, having appeared before the United States Supreme Court, federal courts nationwide, and Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court, Superior Court, and Commonwealth Court in a broad range of litigation, especially complex business matters. His practice has included public litigation, and he has represented judicial agencies, courts, members of the judiciary and local governments. Ms. Rouse, also resident in the Pittsburgh office, concentrates her practice in real estate development, land use, zoning matters, and construction law. As a registered architect with two decades of experience in building design, urban planning and construction oversight, Ms. Rouse brings an unusually broad set of skills and insider knowledge to the practice of real estate development, and served as a deputy director of city planning during a time when several major civic projects were completed, including the PNC Park, Heinz Field and Pittsburgh Convention Center projects.  Messrs. Park and Lee are both associates in the Philadelphia office, and members of the Litigation Services Department.

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