Jessica Feil

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Biography

Jessica is becoming increasingly known as a rising star in the area of online gaming law. She is frequently asked to present at industry events around the country and has published extensively on the firm’s blog, Ifrah on iGaming, where she provides analyses on cutting edge topics like initial coin offerings (ICOs) and skin betting.

For our gaming clients, Jessica has drafted legal opinions on regulatory issues in alternate gaming channels, such as skill-based gaming, daily fantasy sports, and eSports. Some of her recent representative matters include:

  • Advising online gaming companies on the sports betting and online gaming licensing process in various states, including New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and working with all sectors of the industry from sports books to online marketing agencies to platform providers
  • Working with a company which develops mobile games for iPhone and Android platforms to launch a mobile fan engagement app with sports leagues and teams, including reviewing the company’s product and legal compliance efforts
  • Counseling international gaming companies on requirements for money transmitter licensing and compliance with federal and state laws in relation to cryptocurrency
  • Advising a mobile P2P eSports wagering company on federal and state law compliance
  • Providing advice to international gaming companies on possible implications of key court cases, including the Supreme Court sports betting case Murphy v. NCAA, the Ninth Circuit social gaming decision in Kater v. Churchill Downs, and the Central District of California fantasy sports and horse racing decision Los Angeles Turf Club v. Horse Racing Labs, LLC

Jessica also provides litigation and regulatory advice for Ifrah Law’s White Collar Defense and Business Litigation groups. She represents clients in motions such as pleadings, motions to dismiss, sentencing submissions, and forfeiture proceedings. She has also led depositions and managed discovery in complex litigations, and she recently secured a dismissal of a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) case in the Northern District of Illinois.

Other examples of her litigation and white collar work for Ifrah Law clients include:

  • Responding to government motions and drafting a settlement proposal in a Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation
  • Drafting a sentencing memorandum for a client charged with fraud in relation to a social media advertising scheme
  • Representing an individual defendant alleging Bivens and FTCA claims against individual officers, the U.S. Government, doctors, and hospitals, including drafting a response to a motion to dismiss the FTCA claims by the Government
  • Giving a colloquy at plea and sentencing, in addition to drafting a motion to dismiss substantive International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and Arms Export Control Act counts

Prior to joining Ifrah Law, Jessica served as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the Cuyahoga County (OH) Prosecutor’s Office where she oversaw a docket of over 70 active cases, including first chair on a number of assignments. She is a member of the Video Game Bar Association and the Esports Bar Association.

Professional + Community

  • Order of the Barristers
  • Women’s Bar Association of DC
Publications + Presentations
October 18, 2018 | Publication

"The Future is ESports: Why States Should Follow New Jersey’s Lead on ESports Betting"

Public Gaming International

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August 2018 | Publication

"Will U.S. Sports Betting Go Mobile?"

Online Gambling Lawyer

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September 14, 2018 | Presentation

"Ready, set, go: The first steps for successful sports betting in the U.S."

2018 U.S. EGR Power Summit - Miami, FL

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August 13, 2018 | Presentation

"Sports Betting Legalization: How Did We Get Here and What’s Next?"

American Horse Council - Quarterly Webinar

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August 7, 2018 | Presentation

"The Overall Future of Gambling in New York"

Albany Law School - 18th Annual Saratoga Institute on Equine, Racing & Gaming Law Conference

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May 7, 2018 | Publication

"More Than Skin Deep"

iGaming Business (subscription required)

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April 4, 2018 | Presentation

"Sports Betting – A Natural Extension of Racing Regulation?"

Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) | ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON RACING INTEGRITY AND ANIMAL WELFARE - Hot Springs, Arkansas

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November 2016 (updated January 2018) | Publication

"Gaming in the United States: California: Overview"

Practical Law, Global Guides, Thomson Reuters

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December 6, 2017 | Presentation

"Is Racing Ready for Legalized Sports Betting?"

Global Symposium on Racing, University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program (RTIP), Tucson, AZ

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April 26, 2017 | Presentation

"Tracking Regulatory Updates Within Skill-Based, Social, Esports, and DFS Gaming Channels"

GiGse 2017, Marriott Marquis Marina, San Diego, CA

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February 25, 2017 | Presentation

"eSports: A New Frontier"

Sports Industry Networking & Career (SINC) Conference 2017, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

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November 2016 | Publication

"Gaming in the United States: Pennsylvania: Overview"

Practical Law, Global Guides, Thomson Reuters

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August/September 2016 | Publication

"Getting Real: What the Skin Betting Lawsuits Could Mean for Social Gaming"

iGaming Business North America

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October 25, 2016 | Presentation

"Bringing Esports to the Casino Floor"

Naruscope's Esports & Casino Resorts Conference, SLS Hotel, Las Vegas, NV

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August 2016 | Presentation

"New Jersey and Britain Take Steps Towards i-Poker Liquidity"

World Online Gaming Law Report

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July 29-31, 2016 | Presentation

"Special Committee: Session on Pari-Mutuels"

National Council of Legislators from Gaming States, 2016 Summer Conference, Boston, MA

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Blog Posts
July 25, 2018

Industry Experts Agree: Online and Mobile Wagering is Critical to the Success of Sports Betting

Industry Experts Agree: Online and Mobile Wagering is Critical to the Success of Sports Betting

The recent University of Nevada Las Vegas Institute on Gaming Regulation’s Understanding Sports Betting seminar included presentations by professors from UNLV, practicing attorneys in the field, sports book operators, and regulators from the Nevada Gaming Control Board, who provided a wide range of viewpoints on the ins-and-outs of sports betting regulation. The one topic on… Read More

October 19, 2017

Stars Group Powers Up with New Video Game-Inspired Poker Game

Stars Group Powers Up with New Video Game-Inspired Poker Game

The gaming industry – like many others – is constantly asking: what’s next? What is the next game or platform or innovation that will attract new players? To bring in new players and fans, many traditional casino operators have shifted their focus to video game-style games, which emphasize the player’s skill and utilize more engaging… Read More

January 10, 2017

Skin Gambling Plaintiffs Find Themselves Back Where They Started

Skin Gambling Plaintiffs Find Themselves Back Where They Started

The lawsuits against Valve Corporation are continuing their tortured procedural paths from various federal courts to state court and back again. After filing a complaint against Valve and several co-defendants in federal court, the case was ultimately dismissed. Not dissuaded, the plaintiffs refiled against Valve in state court, in King County, Washington. Yet, as of… Read More

October 20, 2016

An Esports Slam Dunk: What the NBA’s Investment in Esports Means

An Esports Slam Dunk: What the NBA’s Investment in Esports Means

On September 26, 2016, the Philadelphia 76ers announced that they had acquired two leading eSports teams, Team Dignitas and Team Apex. Not to be outdone, the next day Team Liquid announced they had sold a controlling share to Golden State Warriors co-owner Peter Guber and entrepreneur Ted Leonsis, who is the majority owner of the… Read More

October 13, 2016

The Blacklisting Rules Are Coming: What Federal Contractors Need to Know

The Blacklisting Rules Are Coming: What Federal Contractors Need to Know

The Federal Acquisition Regulation final rule implementing the “Fair Play and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order 13673 was issued on August 25, 2016, and the rule goes into effect on October 25, 2016. This new regulation presents a significant change – and potential challenge – for major government contractors. President Obama signed Executive Order 13673, often… Read More

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