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Longtime gaming law expert Bob Faiss dies at 79

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Updated: 6/05 10:15 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com & AP) — Highly respected Nevada gambling attorney Robert "Bob" Faiss, who represented some of the premier organizations in the industry during a decades-long career, has died. He was 79.

According to his biography on the Lionel Sawyer & Collins website, Robert D. Faiss was named as the premier gaming attorney in the United States and one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America by the National Law Journal.

“Nevada is a much better place because of the Faiss family. I’m terribly saddened at the loss of my friend, Bob,” said U.S. Sen. Harry Reid in a statement. “Bob Faiss has accomplished much for our community, and his commitment to a better Nevada has always been at the forefront of his endeavors.

“He is accomplished and was recognized not only as one of Nevada’s best lawyers, but as one of the best lawyers in the United States. He will be missed by many in Boulder City and throughout the state whose lives were touched by his presence.”

Faiss' wife, Linda, says her husband died at Boulder City Hospital Thursday of complications from cancer..

Faiss was born in Illinois and moved to Nevada in his youth before attending the University of Nevada and studying journalism. 

Faiss previously served as city editor of the Las Vegas Sun, assistant executive secretary to the Nevada Gaming Commission, executive assistant to the governor of Nevada and a White House staff assistant to President Lyndon B. Johnson.

“Bob Faiss was a pioneer in gaming law whose incredible intellect, integrity, and grace helped make Nevada the international gold standard for the industry,” said U.S. Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev.

Governor Brian Sandoval released the following statement after learning of the death of Bob Faiss.

“It is with great sorrow that I learned today of the passing of my good friend, Bob Faiss. Bob will be remembered not only for his impact on the gaming industry, but for his indelible and generational contributions statewide. A legend in Carson City and throughout the state, Bob enjoyed universal respect and admiration. Most of all, Bob was a true gentleman who loved his family and state. Nevada has lost one of its true giants today. Kathleen and I send our most sincere prayers and condolences to Linda and his family and friends at this difficult time.


Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto today issued the following statement on the passing of gaming attorney Bob Faiss:

"Paul and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Bob Faiss, a pioneer of gaming and regulatory law. Bob was a mentor and good friend. Although quiet and humble by nature, he had a keen sense of politics and compassion for helping others. He dedicated his life to improving Nevada. Bob’s legacy will go down in history as being not only one of the best attorneys in Nevada but one of the most influential lawyers in America.

This distinguished titan will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Linda, and children during this difficult time."


Sen. Harry Reid released the following statement today on the passing of esteemed Las Vegas attorney Robert Faiss.

“Nevada is a much better place because of the Faiss family. I’m terribly saddened at the loss of my friend Bob. Bob Faiss has accomplished much for our community, and his commitment to a better Nevada has always been at the forefront of his endeavors. He is accomplished and was recognized not only as one of Nevada’s best lawyers, but as one of the best lawyers in the United States. He will be missed by many in Boulder City and throughout the state whose lives were touched by his presence. The Faiss family and their friendship has meant so much to me. Wilbur, Theresa, their three sons, and their grandchildren should be proud of their more than 70 years of contributions to the growth and success of Nevada. I send my deepest condolences to his wife Linda, and to the rest of his family and friends who are mourning the loss of this truly wonderful man.”


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