Ceasars’ Top In-House Lawyer
That’s one reason Donovan doesn’t sleep in; he starts taking calls from his own perch in Caesars Palace’s second floor Tower in Las Vegas at 5:30 am, handling incoming calls from Caesars’ law offices in Hong Kong where it is already 8:30 pm of the same day. Caesars, although a tad late to the party, wants to follow Wynn and Las Vegas Sands into the insanely lucrative Macau gaming market, and it falls to Donovan to know everything about every aspect of the deal. No pressure whatsoever, of course. Hey, we didn’t say this was a gig for the faint of heart.
In order to stay on top of every nuance of this complex market entry, Donovan has to be aware of things like labor, human resources, and gaming law: in both countries, of course. “You have to be a generalist [in this job],” says Donovan, in a bit of understatement.
“We are a conglomeration of a bunch of sub businesses,” Donovan says, oh-so-poetically. “Each one comes with their own challenges.”
And as one would expect, litigation takes up plenty of his time; Caesars currently has some 1,000 lawsuits, which Donovan says is actually way fewer than at his previous employer, a Florida-based waste company, where he handled mergers and acquisitions. He joined the Caesars law team knowing almost nothing about gaming law, but, by necessity, learned quickly. “You touch virtually every aspect of the company. You’re involved in human resources. You’re involved in gaming. You’re involved in labor. You’re involved in strategy, development, compensation plans,” said Donavan. Maybe you’re not involved in creative speech, though.
Of course, what you really want to know is how much Donovan makes annually, and he’s not spilling the beans on that figure. We’re guessing it’s generous, and of course, he has plenty of travel and business perks to go with.
And most likely, he can deduct Mylanta as a business expense on his taxes each year.