ROBERT FAISS Robert D. Faiss, 79, prominent Nevadan and gaming attorney, considered one of the world's foremost authorities on gaming law, passed away June 4, 2014, in Boulder City, after a long battle with cancer. A partner in Lionel Sawyer & Collins, Faiss was recognized by the National Law Journal as the premier gaming attorney in the United States and one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America. He was widely known in statewide legislative circles, having represented the gaming industry in the Nevada State Legislature for more than 30 years. He was active in national and international gaming law, representing foreign-based companies involved in Nevada gaming as well as Nevada-based companies involved in gaming in foreign countries. While best known as an attorney for the past four decades, Faiss began his career as a journalist
and served as city editor at the Las Vegas Sun in the 1950s. He went on to work for Nevada Governor Grant Sawyer as chief executive assistant from 1963 to 1967. In 1968, Faiss served as a White House staff assistant to President Lyndon Johnson. It was former Governor Sawyer, his mentor and friend, who persuaded Faiss to attend law school and join him in the practice of law. Honored as a "Distinguished Nevadan" in 2013 by the Nevada Board of Regents, Faiss took great joy in mentoring others in the legal profession. He was an adjunct professor in gaming law and policy since 2001 at the William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and an instructor in gaming law for the National Judicial College. At the 2013 Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas, Faiss was honored by his peers for his "extensive contributions to gaming law" by the International Association of Gaming Advisors. Faiss was born Sept. 19, 1934 in Centralia, Ill. His parents, the late Theresa Faiss and Nevada State Senator Wilbur Faiss, moved to North Las Vegas when he was 10 and operated a service station and motel. Faiss attended Las Vegas High School and the University of Nevada, where he majored in journalism. He received his law degree from American University in Washington, D.C. He is survived by his wife, Linda; sons, Michael, Mitch and Philip Faiss and Justin Cooper Chambers; daughter, Marcy Cooper Ayres; five grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Friday, June 13, at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St., downtown Las Vegas, where he attended elementary school. The family suggests donations to Boulder City Hospital, the UNLV Boyd School of Law or Wilbur & Theresa Faiss Middle School.