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Miller Malone & Tellefson is a boutique law firm located in Tacoma, Washington, with a satellite office just steps from the Washington State Capitol in Olympia. Our attorneys represent business clients in the areas of governmental and regulatory law and government affairs. In all our work, we are focused on the end result and believe action taken today can secure a better future for your business enterprise tomorrow.

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Consistently recognized by Top Lawyers, Seattle Business, AVVO, and U.S. News & World Report as being among the best in our legal profession.

Miller Malone & Tellefson's attorneys have extensive regulatory experience, having served in multiple Washington State agencies. We understand the inner workings of government and how to strategically guide legislative initiatives, license applications and regulatory discipline matters through the various intricate government processes. Every day, we represent businesses, trade associations, agencies and individuals. Our clients receive personalized and responsive service including results-oriented advice and representation.

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Governmental Law & Regulation

WA State & Tribal Gaming Law

"Best Lawyers," Gaming Law - U.S. News & World Report

Gaming law is constantly evolving as new types of games and new venues for gaming activity are developed. The attorneys at Miller Malone & Tellefson have been at the forefront of many of these advances. We advise and represent gaming-related companies, licensed gaming operators, and individual licensees. We apply our experience and expertise to resolve all types of gaming law issues.

Licensing

  • Initial assessment and consultation on the license procedure
  • Due diligence and review of potential obstacles to issuance of the license
  • Business formation, organization and startup issues
  • Preparation of the license application and supporting documentation
  • Follow up and negotiations with the gambling agency during application review
  • License application appeals
  • Regulatory Compliance

Product Development

We work with manufacturing companies throughout the entire gaming product development process — from the concept stage, to the preparation of the gaming application, to final approval. After the product has been successfully introduced, we continue to provide advice in compliance matters, product upgrades and enhancements.

We provide legal advice and services regarding all types of gaming products, including:

  • Machine based games
  • Card games
  • Lotteries and pull-tabs
  • Internet gambling products
  • Non-gaming amusement products such as arcade games, electronic games and others

Tribal Gaming

Our Tribal Gaming Law Services Include:

  • Class II and Class III gaming applications — Advising tribal gaming commissions, gaming manufacturers, gaming services providers, and individuals in Class II and Class III gaming applications and compliance issues.
  • Management agreements — Drafting and negotiation.
  • Licensing and disciplinary proceedings — Representing licensees in disciplinary proceedings before tribal gaming commissions.

WA State Liquor & Marijuana Law

Miller Malone & Tellefson has over 20 years of collective experience representing clients before the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB). Prior to approval of Initiative 502, which authorized state-regulated recreational marijuana, our firm represented a variety of retailers, including bars, restaurants, stadium facilities, hotels; wholesalers; and producers in regulatory and legislative liquor license matters. With the approval of I-502, our firm developed a marijuana licensing and compliance practice and now also represents retailer, processor and producer applicant/licensees before the WSLCB.

Our traditional liquor law practice includes such matters as:

  • Liquor license application assistance for retailers, distributors, importers, brewers, wineries, and distilleries
  • Regulatory compliance advice for liquor laws
  • Defense of liquor licenses in hearings before the WSLCB
  • Administrative approval of unique packaging or pricing structures

Our marijuana licensing practice includes:

  • WSLCB compliance assistance
  • Licensing assistance and advice
  • Regulatory consulting
  • Administrative hearings & appeals

*We do not provide legal advice on marijuana-related issues other than those matters governed by the State of Washington’s marijuana licensing and regulatory program.

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The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation. We invite you to contact us and welcome your calls, letters and electronic mail. Contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship. Please do not send any confidential information to us until such time as an attorney-client relationship has been established.

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Frank L. Miller

Tacoma, Washington
Managing Partner

Frank Miller has spent over twenty years of his career in the gaming industry. From 1990 through 1997, he served as the Director of the Washington State Gambling Commission. The Commission is one of the largest gambling regulatory agencies in the country; it is a law enforcement agency responsible for regulatory oversight and enforcement of gambling statutes and codes in Washington State. Mr. Miller graduated from Gonzaga Law School in Spokane, Washington. He began his career with the Washington State Attorney General's Office in 1982. In 1984, he was assigned as legal counsel to the Gambling Commission. In 1986, he became the Commission's Deputy Director and in 1988 was given the responsibility of developing the Class III gaming negotiations process in Washington.

In January of 1991, he was appointed as Director of the Gambling Commission. Mr. Miller led the Class III negotiations team for the state, which resulted in nineteen Tribal-State Compacts for Class III Gaming.

He has worked with numerous states and provinces in the development of gaming regulations and programs. In 1995, he was President of the North American Gaming Regulators Association (NAGRA). Prior to his presidency, he served as Vice President and was Chairman of NAGRA's Indian Gaming Committee. Mr. Miller has spoken throughout the U.S. and Canada on gaming regulation and control and is recognized as an expert in the area of gaming law and regulation.

On October 1, 1997, Mr. Miller ended his career with the state to enter private practice. He is the founding member of Miller, Malone & Tellefson, a premier legal and consulting firm focusing on gaming law and regulatory compliance.

Areas of Practice:
Gaming Law
Indian Gaming
Administrative Law
Beverage Laws
Bar Admissions:
Washington, 1982
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1988
Education:
Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, Washington, 1981
J.D.
Honors: Cum Laude

Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington, 1978
B.A.
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Major: History

Classes/Seminars Taught:
Indian Gaming Class, Seattle Univ. School of Law, 2005 – 2006

Over Twenty Gaming Law Seminars, 1998 – 2010


Honors and Awards:
Best Lawyers In America (Gaming), 2006 – 2015

Top Lawyers Seattle (Gaming), 2007 – 2015

Professional Associations and Memberships:
North American Gaming Association, 1995 – 1996
President

International Masters of Gaming Law
Founding Member

International Association of Gaming Attorneys Member

Past Employment Positions:
Washington State Gambling Commission, Director, 1990 – 1997

Washington State Gambling Commission, Deputy Director, 1986 – 1990

Washington State Attorneys General, Assistant Attorney General, 1982 – 1986

Carrie Tellefson

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Carrie Tellefson

Tacoma, Washington
Partner

Carrie Tellefson joined Miller, Malone & Tellefson in 2005 after spending fourteen years in state government, serving several state agencies in lobbying, legal, and executive capacities. Carrie worked as Senior Counsel to the Washington State House of Representatives, Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee, providing legal and policy analysis on insurance and banking issues, drafting bills and amendments, and assisting legislators in meeting their policy goals. Carrie also served as Deputy Commissioner for Legislative Affairs under Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler, managing the Commissioner's legislative agenda, including lobbying on Commissioner-request legislation, negotiating with stakeholder groups, and participating in the development of policy. She served as Government Relations Director as well as Assistant Director for External Relations & Management Services with the Department of Information Services, working with state and federal lawmakers on technology, telecommunications, and cyber-security issues and overseeing the agency's internal operations. Carrie also served in several roles with the Washington State Gambling Commission, finally as Director of Policy, Planning, and Support, serving as the agency's legislative director and lobbyist, negotiating tribal-state gambling compacts, representing the agency in the negotiated rule-making process, and presenting proposed rules to the Commission during its monthly meetings.

Throughout her career, Carrie has developed a reputation of credibility, trust, and responsiveness in the legislative arena. She is well known for her ability to work cooperatively with policy makers and stakeholders to find equitable solutions. She has a diverse and balanced skill set and is well-versed at providing strategic policy advice as well as nuts-and-bolts bill drafting and legal analysis.

A native of Eastern Washington (Carrie was born in Chelan), Carrie received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University and her law degree from the Seattle University School of Law (formerly University of Puget Sound School of Law).

Bar Admissions:
Washington, 1993
Education:
Seattle University, School of Law, Seattle, Washington, 1992
J.D. (formerly University of Puget Sound School of Law)


Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington, 1987
Business Administration


Ally Magnano

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Ally Magnano 

Tacoma, Washington
Government Affairs Consultant

Ally Magnano has spent the last eight years in the public relations and marketing field.  A Suma Cum Laude graduate from the University of Washington, Ally began her career in non-profit work, directing public relations for Seafair, Seattle's 60-year old summer festival and one of the top 10 largest events in the country. During that time, Ally worked closely with state and city officials to promote over 30 community events throughout the greater Seattle area, managed a volunteer base of more than 5,000 supporters, and worked with the local CBS affiliate on their live broadcasts for the annual Torchlight Parade, hydroplane race, and air show. These broadcasts reached a combined total of more than 5-million viewers annually.

In 2007, Ally joined Precept Wine Brands, Washington's largest privately owned Wine Company, as its Public Relations Manager. At Precept, Ally was responsible for building the pubic relations department from the ground up by developing all national media relations and brand development (over 30 brands) as well as managing advertising, web strategy and internal communications. She also served as Precept's community and government affairs liaison within the wine industry.
Some of Ally's greatest accomplishments at Precept Wine Brands include:

  • Three separate product endorsements on the NBC TODAY Show. Each segment garnered 16-million television viewers and was rated a $75,000 promotional value. In addition, Ally secured numerous press endorsements with all major wine trade and consumer publications including: REAL SIMPLE, Food & Wine and Better Homes & Gardens to name a few (each with a readership of 10-million+).

  • Managing a 1-million dollar Northwest advertising campaign (both concept and design) for Waterbrook Winery that encompassed all major media outlets including: television, radio, print and online. Through this campaign, Ally conducted more than 20 radio and television interviews including a guest appearance on Seattle's own Evening Magazine.

  • Serving as a-three year board member for the Auction of Washington Wines annual event that raised a record 2-million dollars for Seattle's own Children's Hospital in 2009.

During her time in both the non-profit and for-profit communities, Ally has built solid relationships based on trust, credibility, and performance. Her public relations, event planning, and strategic marketing background add tremendous value to the MMT team. Since joining Miller Malone & Tellefson, Ally has put her skills to the test in planning and overseeing, on behalf of MMT clients, numerous legislator campaign events, “day on the hill” events, and legislator dinners, auctions, and other political events. Her strategic communications, skilled writing, and creative presentation skills help position MMT clients for success in Olympia.

Education:
University of Washington, Seatle, Washington, 2002
B.A. Communications
Honors:  Summa Cum Laude


Matt Miller

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Matt Miller 

Tacoma, Washington
Government Affairs Consultant

Born and raised in Tacoma, Matt brings experience at all levels of government to Miller, Malone, & Tellefson. He has worked in the state, local, and federal levels of government in both the executive and legislative branches. Matt graduated in 2008 from Gonzaga University with a double major in History and Political Science. He then embarked on a two year stint in a developing country where he taught high school and worked on economic development and public health issues. Upon his return, Matt held a coveted White House internship.

In addition to his government service, Matt also successfully managed a contested campaign for a statewide office. In Washington State, Matt worked for the House of Representatives and served for three years as the Deputy Director for External Relations in the State Auditor's Office. In this role Matt developed and advocated for reforms in state policy and law and served as local government liaison to the over 2000 local governments in Washington State.

Wynona Owens

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Wynona Owens

Tacoma, Washington
Paralegal

Wynona Owens is an integral member of the Miller Malone & Tellefson team. As an experienced Paralegal, Wynona assists MMT attorneys with extensive legal research and report preparation. She manages licensing and regulatory needs for administrative, gaming and liquor law clients, maintains lobbyist employer records with the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission, and oversees all administrative needs at Miller Malone & Tellefson. Her strategic communication and organizational skills, combined with extraordinary legal analysis and industry knowledge helps position MMT clients for success.

Dave Malone

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Dave Malone

Tacoma, Washington
Partner

Dave Malone has been with Miller Malone & Tellefson since October of 1999. Dave's practice at MMT includes licensing and regulatory compliance matters before the Washington State Gambling Commission, Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, and Tribal Gaming Agencies. Dave's clients include privately and publicly held gaming companies; restaurants, theaters, and hotels; marijuana retailers, producers and processors; off-premise liquor retailers; and professional sports stadiums/management companies. Prior to joining MMT, Dave worked for the Office of the Attorney General, representing Washington State in a variety of environmental and endangered species projects.

Areas of Practice:
Gaming Law
Liquor Law
Marijuana Law
Gaming, Liquor and Marijuana Licensing
Bar Admissions:
Washington, 1993
U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 1997
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington, 1997
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2007
Education:
Seattle University, School of Law, Seattle, Washington, 1993
J.D. (formerly University of Puget Sound School of Law)

University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 2000
Master of Marine Affairs

University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 1990
B.A.
Honors:  With Distinction
Major:   History

Representative Cases:
Costco v. Maleng et al, 514 F.3d 915 (Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals  2008)

Dragonslayer v. Washington State Gambling Commission, 139 Wash.App 433 (WA State Court of Appeals II  2007)
Classes/Seminars Taught:
International Association of Gaming Advisors, Gaming Summit 2015
Northwest Gaming Law Summit, Law Seminar Group, 2003 - 2012, 2015

Government Affairs

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Government Affairs

Miller Malone & Tellefson is a highly respected and accomplished government affairs firm in Washington State. Believing that success in Olympia is a year-round effort, our lobbyists interact with legislators and senior government agency personnel on a regular basis, both during the legislative session and interim. Having worked as both legislative and agency staff, we have deep relationships in both the legislative and executive branches, as well as knowledge of the inner workings of government. We see the nurturing of those relationships as key to our clients' success. Further, we are committed to understanding our clients' businesses and have a proven track record of recommending effective solutions to complex issues in an ever-changing legislative environment.

Examples of Our Services

  • Assist clients in developing clear goals and a legislative and/or regulatory strategy to achieve those goals
  • Draft legislation, regulations, and/or amendments as needed
  • Work to advance, amend or stop relevant legislation and/or proposed regulations
  • Conduct policy and/or legal research
  • Build stakeholder coalitions
  • Monitor legislative and regulatory developments
  • Secure meetings with legislative committee chairs, members, leadership and key agency personnel
  • Prepare client witnesses for public testimony
  • Deliver testimony as directed
  • Count votes on priority legislation
  • Advise clients on the political landscape and any changes to it
  • Develop recommendations for campaign contributions
  • Participate in interim work groups, task forces, and legislative meetings
  • Plan special events to connect our clients with elected officials
  • Customize client bill tracking and reports
  • Ensure client compliance with Public Disclosure Commission requirements and file reports

Industry Expertise

The Miller Malone & Tellefson Government Affairs team has extensive experience lobbying on behalf of clients from a variety of industries

  • Insurance
    Health Care, Auto, Life, Mortgage, Title, Life Settlements
  • Manufacturing
    Automobile, Pharmaceuticals, Gaming
  • Pharmacy
  • IT
  • Banking
  • Beer & Wine Distributors
  • Distilled Spirits
  • Cannabis
  • Governmental Agencies
  • Education

Client Portfolio

Current clients include:

  • Regence Blue Shield
  • CVS Health
  • USAA
  • Progressive Insurance
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Fidelity National Title Group
  • Veritec Solutions
  • The Washington State Dental Association
  • TVW Capitol Classroom - pro bono

Previous Clients

  • Teva Pharmaceuticals
  • WA Beer & Wine Distributors Association
  • Cannabis Business Group
  • Coventry First
  • Symetra Financial
  • Essent Guaranty
  • Consumer Health Alliance
  • Lender Processing Services
  • Washington Food Industry Association
  • Distillery Representatives Association of WA
  • Amaya Gaming
  • IGT
  • SHFL Entertainment/Bally Gaming
  • Poker Players Alliance
  • Valley School District

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