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Name and title: Donna More, vice president, general counsel and secretary. Age: 49 Company profile: Columbia Entertainment is the gambling affiliate of Columbia Sussex Corp. When pending acquisitions are completed, the company will operate 13 casinos within the United States, including the Tropicana properties in Atlantic City, N.J., and on the Las Vegas strip. Columbia Sussex is the largest licensee of full-service Marriott Hotels in the United States. The company and its affiliates own 82 hotels with approximately 27,000 rooms, operated under the Marriott, Hilton, Westin, Sheraton, Renaissance and Doubletree brands in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. The company was founded in 1972 by William J. Yung III, who is the chief executive officer, and is owned by the Yung family. Columbia Entertainment and Columbia Sussex are headquartered in Fort Mitchell, Ky., and have more than 18,000 employees worldwide. Legal team and outside counsel: More heads a three-member corporate legal department for Columbia Entertainment. The only other lawyers on the company payroll are stationed at its properties in Atlantic City and Las Vegas. “We hire a lot of [outside] lawyers,” More said. “In addition to gaming lawyers in each jurisdiction, I have lawyers doing insurance defense work, local employment and so on because we have a lot of jurisdiction-specific legal issues. We have no real in-house legal staff.” More sends corporate work to outside counsel at Katz, Teller, Brant & Hild of Cincinnati. Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy of New York oversaw the $2.7 billion acquisition of Aztar Corp. and its Tropicana casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City in 2006. Daily duties: More’s days are divided between the legions of lawyers the company retains and the gambling regulators in the varied jurisdictions where it owns casinos. Keeping Columbia Entertainment in compliance with the reporting, disclosure and due diligence required by gambling regulations affects corporate operations with little connection to the casino floor. “I get involved in some of the employment and regulatory issues. Compliance is a huge part of what I do because if I have a problem at a hotel attached to a casino, it is a casino problem,” she said. “We have all the same issues as any other company, but the difference with a gaming company is that every other substantive issue could potentially impact your gaming license. We are under a duty as a company to update any material changes, so if we switch auditors, we need to notify the gaming regulators. We have responsibilities to do due diligence checks on vendors, depending on the dollar amount of the contract and what they provide. You want to enter into a construction contract, you have certain responsibilities before you can sign off on the contract.” The complexities inherent in multibillion-dollar acquisitions are compounded by compliance with gambling regulations. “If we want to do another acquisition, in most jurisdictions we have to get prior [regulatory] approval. You have to factor that into timetables,” More said. “Whenever you make an acquisition, you have to digest it. Depending upon where the property is located, I have to figure out what the environment is, both political and regulatory, and integrate that property with the rest of our properties.” Many of the gambling regulators More deals with are colleagues from her days on the Illinois Gaming Board. “I grew up as a regulator, so among the regulators that have stuck around for the last 12 or 15 years, I was a colleague. They tease me. If you are a gaming regulator and you go to a private firm, you’ve gone to the dark side, but if you go to a casino company you’ve gone to the really dark side,” she said. More makes it a point to get to know Columbia’s regulatory overseers. “I always make sure that I meet everyone in the jurisdiction where we are doing business so they can put a name with a face and they have a number they can call,” she said. “This is a heavily regulated industry, and the regulators want someone at the company they know they can call. Sometimes they don’t want to deal with your outside lawyer, they want to deal with you. They want the company’s attention.” Route to present position: “When I was in law school I thought the only thing you should do was try cases- sort of like if you are going to be a doctor you ought to be a surgeon,” More said. Following graduation from Georgetown University Law Center in 1983 she did exactly that, taking a job prosecuting criminal cases with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in Chicago. In 1989, she was named assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, where she prosecuted white-collar crime. “I loved being a prosecutor,” More said. Nonetheless, in 1990 she accepted the offer of chief legal counsel of the newly formed Illinois Gaming Board. “I’d never even been in a casino before. It was a very whimsical move for me,” she said. “It was as creative as you can get as a lawyer, drafting the framework for the operation of a new industry. That was a lot of fun.” In July 1994, after the legal regulatory structure of Illinois’ $2 billion gambling industry was in place, More joined Chicago firm Freeborn & Peters to develop its gambling practice. In 2000, she followed in the footsteps of her father, Mordecai More, a longtime solo practitioner, and opened her own firm, the More Law Group. “I was dealing with the accountants and personnel issues and making sure the postage meter had postage in it. I felt [that] if I was back at a larger firm I could do what I liked to do, which is to practice law,” More said. In 2004, she and her entire firm, two lawyers and a secretary, moved to Greenberg Traurig, where she headed the firm’s gambling practice. Early in 2006, More began working on Columbia’s acquisition of the Casino Queen, a riverboat casino in East St. Louis, Ill. She worked closely with Yung, who named her general counsel in November 2006. “Mr. Yung and I had some discussions about the industry and what I thought the company needed, and here I am,” More said. Personal: More plays tennis and her husband, Harry “Hud” Englehart, plays golf. “We leave it at that. I tried golf and thought it was 17 holes too long,” she said. They have a daughter, Maizey, 2. Last book and movie: Suite Fran�aise, by Irene Nemirovsky, and Little Miss Sunshine.

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