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Morden C. Lazarus



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1967 – present: founder of the law firm of LAZARUS, CHARBONNEAU.

Mr. Lazarus is the founding partner of the Canadian law firm Lazarus Charbonneau, and has practiced law on domestic and international scale for over Fifty (50) years. Mr. Lazarus has an evolved and comprehensive practice with roots in banking, commercial and entertainment and sports law. Currently Mr. Lazarus focuses his practice and skills on gaming law. Mr. Lazarus has written extensively on the subject, is a frequent keynote speaker for gaming industry trade shows and conferences, and represents the interests of many premier world-wide gaming providers within the online (“i-gaming”) and conventional (“land based gaming”) sectors. In addition to enjoying the reputation of one of the world’s leading gaming attorneys, Mr. Lazarus was named by Chambers & Partners of the UK as being in the top One Hundred (100) gaming lawyers in the world in the years 2011 – 2014 and by the UK Corporate International as one of the Fifty (50) best lawyers in Canada (2014).

Morden “Cookie” Lazarus was named one of the Leading Global Gaming Experts and Statesmen by Chambers and Partners on May 14th, 2016.


Board and Council Memberships: –

Editorial Board of “Gaming Law Review” (effective December, 2011);

International Masters of Gaming Law (“IMGL”): (2006 – present);

International Association of Gaming Attorneys (“IAGA”): Member (1992 present), Member of the Board of Trustees (1993 – 2008). President (October 1st, 2004 – September 30th, 2005) (First non-U.S.A. person to occupy the position);

Société de développement industriel du Québec (S.D.I.) (now “Investissement Québec”):  Appointed by the Quebec Cabinet to the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for approximately six (6) years;

American Bar Association (“ABA”):  Chairman of the Gaming Law Committee (2004);

Keynote speaker at the American Bar Association Conference in April, 2016 in Montreal, Quebec, with respect to the state of the First Nations’ gaming sector in Canada.


Law Review Articles: 

Published: –

“The Mohawks of Kahnawá:ke and the Case for an Aboriginal Right to Gaming under the Canada Constitution Act, 1982″ (Co-authored with Edwin D. Monzon and Richard Wodnicki), Gaming Law Review, Volume 10, Number 4, (2006);

“Games of Skill and Chance in Canada” (Co-authored with Michael D. Lipton and Kevin J. Weber), Gaming Law Review, Volume 9, Number 1 (February, 2005).

“The Need for the Creation of a Framework for Aboriginal Gaming to Legally Exist in Canada:  The Compelling Case of the Mohawks of Kahnawáke, (Co-authored with Brian Hall) Gaming Law Review and Economics, Volume 14, Number 2, (2010).

“American Indian Tribes and Canadian First Nations: The Impact of Gaming Law and Policy on the Industry” (Co-authored with Kathryn R.L. Rand, Steven Andrew Light, and Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier) Business Law Today, September, 2016.

“Canada’s First Nations and the State of the First Nations’ Gaming Sector in Canada”, Gaming Law Review, Volume 20, Number 4, (2016).


Mr. Lazarus dedicates a great of his time and resources to pursuing his many philanthropic, charitable and community aspirations.

Mr. Lazarus is the founder of the “Maxine Lazarus Endowment Fund” for “Hope and Cope” at the Jewish General Hospital and is associated with many other charitable groups and institutions;

He is the past recipient of the “Man of the Year” award for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, where he hosted for many years the annual “Special Breakfasts” for the celebrities associated with the annual “Juvenile Diabetes Foundation’s Cyclothon”;

He is the founder of the “JTL Fund” established at the Jewish General Hospital and McGill University for research into Hereditary Breast Cancers (BRCA);

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the “Cummings Foundation” and co-chairman of the Sports Celebrity Breakfast for “Seniors in Crisis” for the past eleven (11) years.


Morden C. Lazarus


  • McGill University B.A. (1962)
  • McGill University B.C.L. (1965)


  • Quebec Bar (1967)


  • English
  • French


  • Gaming Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Entertainment Law
  • Civil / Commercial Litigation
  • Quebec Civil Law

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