|The Press of Atlantic City reports that prosecuting attorneys who “convict those who commit crimes on the casino floors” are a determining factor in how much you win or lose at the slots in any casino here. There are also regulatory attorneys who ensure that the machines themselves are operating properly. And, perhaps not completely alien to those concerns, there are also lawyers who “defend the casinos and who represent disgruntled employees.” |
“In a given year there are 250 indictments for crimes on the casino floors,” said Jim Ruberton, Deputy Attorney General of the Casino Prosecutions Bureau of the Division of Criminal Justice, which responds to State Police calls for their prosecutory skills for crimes committed on the floors of the casinos.
But then there is the Atlantic City law firm of Cooper, Perskie, April, Niedelman, Wagenheim & Levenson, who defend casinos when the state hits them with fines for running allegedly faulty slots, or when they are allegedly in breach of regulations. And in the same firm of specialists, lawyer Russell Lichtenstein “... defends casinos against personal injury and employment discrimination claims...And with the area casinos employing more than 46,000 people, there are enough lawsuits to keep him working around the clock.” Lichtenstein said that casinos, though, have been hit with many claims that were either frivolous or fraudulent.
But yet another lawyer, Caren Litvin, often confronts Lichtenstein in court as her private practice specializes “... in employment discrimination and whistle-blower cases when the casino has treated its employees unfairly,” she said. Litvin said “I sue the casinos because a lot of the casino middle management and even upper management just don't seem to get it about anti-discrimination laws and their obligations to remedy unlawful harassment and discrimination.”
Anywhere you look in Atlantic City, a lawyer somewhere is part of the ambiance.