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Kim Sinatra spends her Saturday nights roaming the casino at Caesar’s Palace. No, she isn’t a gambler, but she does keep her eye on the cards of Park Place Entertainment Corp. “I don’t think I’d be a good general counsel if I wasn’t in touch with the business,” says Sinatra. The Las Vegas-based Park Place owns casinos around the world, including Caesar’s, its crown jewel. As the company’s new chief legal officer and executive vice president, Sinatra, 42, manages a dozen lawyers in North America. She’s responsible for Park Place’s regulatory, compliance and security functions. Sinatra is active on the business side, too, heading up Park Place’s project development and acquisition activities. “Since we’re the largest gaming company in the world, we get deal offers on our desk every day,” she says. A former New York-based partner at Los Angeles’ Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Sinatra was introduced to the gambling industry in the mid-1990s by Gibson alum Thomas Gallagher. Then CEO of The Griffin Group Inc. (a hotel and entertainment conglomerate owned by Merv Griffin), Gallagher hired Sinatra to be Griffin’s GC and executive vice president. In 2000, when Gallagher became CEO of Park Place, he again turned to Sinatra, hiring her as a legal consultant for a $500 million casino and resort project that’s being developed with the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe in New York’s Catskill mountains. “Building a shopping center looked really easy compared to the difficulties of opening a Native American casino,” says Sinatra, adding that the initiative has faced constitutional challenges, business lawsuits and tribal court disputes. But Sinatra’s work on the difficult project paid off: She was named senior vice president and deputy GC at Park Place in June 2001. And in March 2002 she succeeded Clive Cummis, the former executive vice president for law and corporate affairs, who retired. A native of upstate New York and a 1985 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, Sinatra was initially reluctant to move west. But she wanted “to be where the action is.” So now, the GC and her husband, William Silbey (who’s relocated to Las Vegas firm Jones Vargas), are spending their weekend dates on the Strip. As for the question on everyone’s mind: Is she related to Frank? Alas, the answer is no. But in Ol’ Blue Eyes’ former stomping grounds, her last name is a hit with the locals. “They love it!” she says.

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