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The head of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office’s consumer protection bureau has been named chief counsel to the state’s Gaming Control Board. Frank Donaghue, a 38-year-old Delco native, has been with the Attorney General’s Office since 1996. “I’m looking forward to my new responsibilities as chief counsel to the Gaming Control Board, as it creates an exciting new industry in Pennsylvania,” he said in an interview yesterday. Donaghue declined to discuss the specifics of his new job, given the fact that gaming is new to Pennsylvania and there’s no telling what the future will hold. But he does believe his years of experience with government process and decision-making, along with his management skills – he currently oversees a staff of 80 – have left him well prepared for his new post. “Frank has a keen legal mind and excellent management skills, which will serve him well in his new role with the Pennsylvania Gaming Board,” Attorney General Tom Corbett said. “I am certain that Frank will be an asset to the board and to the citizens of the commonwealth.” After receiving his J.D. from Widener University’s Harrisburg campus in 1993, Donaghue clerked for state Supreme Court Justice Ronald D. Castille. He was hired as a deputy attorney general � by Corbett himself, coincidentally – in 1996, and was put in charge of the office’s legislative affairs office. As head of the consumer protection bureau, he has overseen the investigations of some 40,000 consumer complaints, and prosecution of roughly 150 resulting actions, each year. He also helped put together Pennsylvania’s Do Not Call List, and was involved in the $206 billion settlement between U.S. states’ attorneys general and the tobacco industry. In 2005, Donaghue was named by The Legal and its sister paper, Pennsylvania Law Weekly, as one of the year’s “Lawyers on the Fast Track.” Donaghue said he heard the Gaming Control Board had a chief counsel spot open and approached the board about an interview. There is currently a small legal staff working with the board, but no one has, as of yet, been filling the chief counsel’s role, Donaghue said. The board’s press office did not immediately respond to a call seeking comment. - Asher Hawkins

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