Laura A. D'Angelo

Partner
P: (859) 425-1058
F: (859) 425-1099
Leveraging an MBA and law degree, with experience representing both international and domestic clients, Laura takes a practical, measured approach to achieve business results for her clients.

Nationally recognized as a leader in equine and gaming law, Laura effectively steers clients through the myriad of evolving state and federal regulations that govern the gaming industry. She previously served as associate general counsel for the Magna Entertainment Corporation and as general counsel to Gulfstream Park, allowing her to provide clients with the benefits of her unique perspectives into the operations of racing, gaming and entertainment companies. Her work with leading gaming officials and companies across the world, enable her to not only stay abreast of new developments and legislation within the gaming industry, but also to offer proactive insight and counsel to clients to mitigate their risk as they move forward. Her past work includes experience in simulcasting, pari-mutuel wagering, online wagering, fantasy gaming, charitable gaming, sweepstakes and promotions. 

Laura guides international and domestic clients through the evolving challenges facing account wagering companies, including simulcasting and licensing, compliance and contract negotiation. She also established simulcast agreements between clients in South America, Europe and the United States, using a keen business sense to guide the negotiations through the cultural and philosophical challenges to reach a successful resolution.

Representing owners, breeders and trainers, purchasers and sellers, Laura draws on her passion for the equine industry to counsel clients in deals, securities matters and resolution of controversies. She handles a variety of matters for clients, including the structuring of racing and sport horse partnerships, syndication and sale of stallions and elite show horses and other bloodstock interests, and the acquisition and sale of commercial horse farms. Laura is a trusted advisor on hobby and passive tax loss controversies.

Working as lender’s counsel for more than 15 years, Laura has closed over one billion dollars worth of transactions for bank clients. Her leading work includes asset-based, middle market lending, work-outs and uniform commercial code matters. 

A go-to lawyer in Kentucky on LLC and partnership formation, operation and sale or winding up issues, Laura currently sits on the American Bar Association’s LLC and Partnership Committee, as well as chairing a drafting committee on LLC formation. She began her career as a mergers and acquisitions attorney and continues this work today.

Laura is a frequent author and speaker on gaming and equine law matters. She has been published in Gaming Law Review and Economics, Casino Enterprise Management, Casino Lawyer, Business Lexington and The Blood Horse, and has been quoted in The New York Times, the Toronto Globe & Mail, the Thoroughbred Times, and the Lexington Herald-Leader. She is the chair of the National Equine Law Conference hosted each year in Lexington, Ky.

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Memberships & Affiliations

  • University of Kentucky, National Equine Law Conference Planning Committee, Chair 2012-2016
  • Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Board Member, 2010-present
  • Commerce Lexington, Board Member, 2007-present
  • International Masters of Gaming Law, General
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Kentucky, Equine Law
  • University of Kentucky, College of Law, Business Association Law Institute Program Planning Committee, 2014-present
  • Kentucky Hunter Jumper Association Board of Directors, 2014-2016
  • Model LLC Organizational Checklist drafting subcommittee, ABA Section of Business Law, LLC's and Partnerships, Chair
  • Kentucky Bar Association Section of Business Law Section, Chair 2010-2011
  • Kentucky Bar Association, Section of Equine Law, Chair 2006-2007
  • IOLTA Trustee of the Fund, 2005-2011, Executive Committee Treasurer, 2010-2011
  • LEXARTS, Board Member, 2007-2013
  • Lexington Junior League, Sustaining Member, Former Board Member
  • Lexington Fayette Urban County Government, Ethics Commission, appointment of the Mayor, 2007-2009
  • National Thoroughbred Racing Association Federal Legislative HORSE PAC, Board Member, 2005-2008
  • Procter & Gamble, Brand Management, International Head Office, Toronto, 1990-1992, Summer Intern, 1989
  • United States Equestrian Federation, Member
  • United States Hunter Jumper Association, Member
  • American Horse Council, Member
  • Thoroughbred Club of America, Member

Distinctions

  • Named one of the Leading Women of Central Kentucky by Business Lexington, 2011
  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell