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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. Laura guides her clients through the evolving challenges facing domestic and global companies, including gaming and corporate 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 wagering industry. She previously served as associate general counsel for the Magna Entertainment Corporation (now Stronach Group) and as general counsel to Gulfstream Racetrack, 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 (ADW), fantasy sports contests, handicapping contests, charitable gaming, sweepstakes and promotions. Laura is a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law, the International Association of Gaming, Advisors and the ABA's Gaming Law Committee.
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 chairs the University of Kentucky College of Law's Annual National Equine Law Conference and is adjunct professor of Law, teaching Equine Law.
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.
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's and Partnership Committee, having chaired the drafting committee for the ABA's Model LLC Organizational checklist.
Working as lender’s counsel for more than 17 years, Laura has closed over one billion dollars worth of transactions. Her work includes asset-backed, middle market secured finance, work-outs, forbearance agreements, and Uniform Commercial Code compliance, including loan documentation, inter-creditor agreements, subordination agreements, and enforcement. She is a member of the ABA's Commercial Finance Committee.