Danielle Bush is a partner at Miller Thomson LLP, one of Canada’s largest national law firms. Danielle has decades of experience in all facets of the gaming industry. She is generally recognized as the one lawyer in Canada who has deep and extensive knowledge of the online gaming industry and applicable Canadian law. Danielle is one of only four lawyers in Canada ranked in Chambers’ Band One for gaming law. She is also ranked as one of Canada’s top gaming lawyers by Best Lawyers. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Gaming Association, a member of the CGA Executive Committee in her function as the CGA’s Secretary and legal counsel, a member of the CGA Nominating Committee, and external legal counsel to the CGA.
Danielle acts for a wide range of companies in the gaming industry as well as in sectors that intersect with gaming, including online sportsbooks, casinos, and poker rooms, companies active in the eSports vertical, daily fantasy sports providers, casino operators, provincial lottery corporations, and gaming regulators. She represents a significant number of the world’s largest online gaming companies, a number of whom are listed on the world’s largest stock exchanges. She has assisted numerous gaming companies in obtaining listings as well as with ongoing compliance issues. Danielle also provides regulatory advice on a regular basis to clients who are transferring to other jurisdictions. She has a very wide range of affiliates in law firms around the world with whom she works to ensure a smooth transition between countries.
Danielle has been the author of the Canadian chapter of the International Comparative Legal Guide (Gaming) for many years and is the author of Chambers’ Gaming Law 2020 – Canada. She regularly chairs panels on sports betting and online gaming at Canadian Gaming Summit and other large international gaming conferences. She is the author of numerous articles on issues of concern to the online gaming industry and is regularly interviewed by major media outlets (including Bloomberg, the Globe and Mail and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) for commentary on Canadian gaming developments.
Danielle has been actively engaged for well over a decade in policy development relating to gaming. Over the past year, she has been engaged in meetings with the Ontario government regarding the privatization of Ontario’s online gaming industry and with the federal government on single-event sports betting amendments to the Criminal Code.
Professional achievements & leadership
- The Best Lawyers in Canada – Intellectual Property Law, 2015 – 2021; Gaming Law, 2018 – 2021; Advertising and Marketing Law, 2021
- Chambers Canada, Gaming & Licensing, 2018 – 2021
- Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Advertising & Marketing Law, 2020
- Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Intellectual Property, 2016
- Moderator, “Sportsbetting: Recent Developments and Challenges in Canada and Elsewhere,” Canadian Gaming Summit, Vancouver, June 23, 2014
- Panellist, “Changes to Not-for-Profit Incorporation,” Canadian Gaming Summit, Vancouver, June 25, 2014
- Moderator, “The Horse-Racing Industry,” Canadian Gaming Summit, Vancouver, June 25, 2014
- Co-author, Changes to Canada’s AML law target online casinos, World Online Gambling Law Report, Volume 13 Issue 06, June, 2014
- Corporate Secretary, Canadian Gaming Association, 2018 – 2019
- Canadian Gaming Association
- International Association of Gaming Regulators
- American Bar Association’s Section of Business Law (Gaming Law Committee)
- American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Law Section and Regulatory Section
- American Bar Association’s Regulatory Section
- International Trade-mark Association
- Canadian Bar Association
Bar admissions & education
- Ontario Bar, 1990