Gaming attorney Michael Alonso joins Lewis and Roca, departs Jones Vargas

Respected gaming attorney Michael Alonso has joined the Reno office of Lewis and Roca as a partner, leaving his position with the politically connected Jones Vargas firm.

At Lewis an Roca, which became one of the first out-of-state law firms to enter the Nevada market more than a decade ago, Alonso will join the gaming practice group.

"His experience, integrity and reputation before the Nevada gaming regulators helps fulfill our commitment to offer the highest quality legal services to gaming clients," attorney Tony Cabot, who heads Lewis and Roca's gaming practice, said in a statement.

Alonso has handled gaming and liquor licensing issues, land use, legislation and lobbying, and real estate transactions. He appears regularly before  Nevada gaming regulators and other state regulatory bodies. Alonso has also worked as a lobbyist in the Nevada Legislature.

Alonso graduated with both his J.D. and his B.A. from the University of Southern California.

Lewis and Roca has offices in Las Vegas, Reno, Phoenix, Tucson, Albuquerque, N.M., and California's Silicon Valley.