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.

Working as lender’s counsel for more than 17 years, Laura has closed over one billion dollars worth of transactions. Her work includes asset-based, middle market secured finance, work-outs, forbearance agreements, Uniform Commercial Code compliance, secured lending, including loan documentation, inter-creditor agreements, subordination agreements, and enforcement.

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 is also a member of the ABA’s Commercial Finance Committee.

Laura guides international and domestic clients through the evolving challenges facing domestic and global companies, including compliance, contract negotiation, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial lending.

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.

Representing owners, breeders and trainers, purchasers and sellers, Laura draws on her passion for the equine industry to counsel clients in deals, securities matters, tax, Southern Hemisphere shuttle agreements, 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 the acquisition and sale of commercial horse farms. Laura is a trusted advisor on all matters equine for national and international clients.

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
  • OperaLex, Board Member, 2014-2016
  • 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