Wynn Resorts on hook for $1.3m in legal fees
Tab for law firms defending Gaming Commission from Steve Wynn
THE MASSACHUSETTS GAMING COMMISSION paid about $1.25 million to five outside law firms defending the agency and one of its top employees in a lawsuit brought by Steve Wynn, but officials say the legal tab will be picked up by Wynn Resorts.
The invoices for legal work, released Friday in response to a public records request, indicated the Gaming Commission retained two law firms in Boston, two in Nevada, and one in New Jersey.
A spokeswoman for the commission said the costs will be paid by Wynn Resorts under a provision in state law that requires the state’s gaming licensees to cover the cost of any investigation by the agency. A spokesman for Wynn Resorts confirmed casino licensees pick up all the costs of the Gaming Commission.
A Gaming Commission spokesman said the agency had not tabulated the total cost of its outside legal fees. The invoices themselves are difficult to sort out, so estimates could be off somewhat.
The two Boston law firms were Anderson & Krieger ($905,000 in invoices) and Rubin and Rudman ($121,000). The commission also retained local counsel in Las Vegas, where Steve Wynn brought his suit. Smith & Shapiro ($50,000) represented the commission and Hutchinson & Steffen ($166,000) was retained to represent Wells. Michael & Carroll, a firm from Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, was also retained, but its invoice for $9,000 were blacked out so it was impossible to ascertain what work it did.