Impact Committee Chairman
Michael Bruffey is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi (1986-1990) and the University Of Mississippi School Of Law (1991-1994). He has been practicing as an attorney for 26 years. Mike has worked for 20 years as legal counsel in Mississippi’s gaming industry. He began his career as a gaming attorney with Isle of Capri Casinos (2000-2007), he then worked as Vice President-General Counsel for IP Casino Resort (2009-2013), and today he is Vice President-General Counsel for Island View Casino Resort.
Since 2014, Mike has worked for the Mississippi Gaming & Hospitality Association (MGHA) assisting executive director, Larry Gregory, to support the gaming industry. Mike plays a vital part producing the Southern Gaming Summit, which attracts gaming industry leaders to Mississippi from around the country, and he helps to provide responsible gaming training around the state. Mike has published several articles and reports for MGHA and has given numerous presentations to audiences on the state of the industry. He also has served as Chair on the Gaming Law Section of the Mississippi Bar.
In 2014, Chairman Richard Bennett appointed him to serve on the task force committee to study Internet Gaming and Sports Betting. The committee released its report in December 2014, which paved the way for legislative and regulatory changes to bring legalized sports betting to Mississippi. In 2018, Mike did work on SB 2002, which came to be known as the Alyce G. Clarke Mississippi Lottery Law. In 2020, he has taken on important leadership roles following the COVID-19 pandemic supporting the industry’s recovery.
Mike supports several charitable and community organizations, including the Lighthouse Academy for Dyslexia, the Nativity School Foundation, the YMCA, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Biloxi Little League and Biloxi Soccer Organization. He is a Lector with Nativity BVM Cathedral and is active in the Nativity Men’s Club and Men of St. Joseph. He enjoys golf, fishing, and most of all – spending time with his family. He resides in Biloxi with his wife (Ann) and together they have three children (Jacob, Julia and Emma).