Staff Attorney (I)

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is responsible for the implementation of the expanded gaming law (Chapter 194 of the Acts of 2011). Under the law, the Commission is tasked with establishing a regulatory framework for the solicitation, licensing, taxation, and oversight of a maximum of three casino licenses and one slots parlor license in Massachusetts.


The Commission is seeking to hire a staff attorney. Under the direction of the General Counsel, this position is responsible for assisting the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel and participating in the development of Commission policy initiatives as well providing guidance for legal issues that arise daily and require quick research, analysis and response. The Staff Attorney assists in ensuring the legal team’s commitment to providing sound, thoughtful, and ethical legal advice.


Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Assists in developing and managing a system for ensuring compliance with the Commission’s statutory reporting requirements.
  • Advises the Executive Director and Commission staff on matters related to legal policy, compliance with the Commission’s enhanced code of ethics and with statutory mandates, and other legal
  • Assists with drafting regulations and other documents to allow the Commission to achieve its goals and
    • Acquires and maintains knowledge of particular legal issues that affect the gaming and horseracing industries.
    • Conducts and oversees research and analysis on a variety of legal issues including implementation of the Commission’s policies and procedures, and revising existing policies as
      • Provides advice regarding the Commonwealth’s public records statute and its application to specific documents in the Commission’s
    • Provides advice with respect to the Commonwealth’s open meeting laws and their application to specific meetings the Commission will hold from time to
      • Assists the Commission in interactions with other Commissions, agencies, and departments to coordinate common legal agreements, memoranda of understanding, interagency agreements, and other common operating rules or
    • Identifies and managed legal risks to the
    • Contribute actively to a work environment that embraces diversity
    • Build constructive working relationships characterized by a high level of acceptance, integrity, cooperation, and mutual regard
    • Earn the trust, respect, and confidence of co-workers and customers through honesty, forthrightness, and professionalism
      • Accept personal responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work, and for meeting expectations
    • Seek opportunities to resolve problems, achieve goals, or otherwise advance the Commission’s mission
  • Other duties as



Skills and Qualifications:

  • Comfort working independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong commitment to diversity.
  • Highest level of good character, honesty, and integrity.
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively with all levels of Commission staff and with individuals and organizations that transact business with the Commission.
  • Demonstrated capacity for sound legal analysis, legal reasoning, problem solving, and legal research skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop creative solutions to complicated and sensitive problems.
  • Intellectual and conceptual flexibility and creativity, with the ability to interpret, present, and write about complex ideas and concepts in a clear, concise fashion.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, with attention to detail, timeliness, and the consistency with the Commission’s overall mission.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills as well as the interpersonal skills necessary to build and maintain a cohesive, team-oriented working environment while leading by example.
  • A high degree of flexibility capable of supporting the evolving needs of the Commission, including the ability to work extended hours, weekends, or holidays as operational needs require.
  • Competence in computer usage and standard software including Microsoft Windows, word- processing, spreadsheet, project management, and database software.Experience, Education, and Training:
  • A J.D. Degree from an accredited law school and a license to practice law in Massachusetts.
  • At least eight years of experience working in a law firm, corporate legal department, or governmental agency.
  • Experience with the regulatory process. Salary is commensurate with experience.  protected by federal, state, or local law.
  • It is the policy of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to afford equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals, without regard to their race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic or status that is
  • The successful candidate will be required to pass an extensive background check that includes a full credit check, CORI, drug screen, and finger printing.
  • To apply, please send a cover letter as an email, including salary requirements, along with your resume, to The job title should appear as the subject of the email. Applicants who apply within the first 14 days of posting will be given priority consideration.