Jessica Feil

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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 brings her prosecutorial experience to bear, supporting corporate officers and businesses through the regulatory investigations process. As gaming companies are increasingly facing scrutiny in due diligence investigations and enforcement actions, she prepares corporate officers for suitability interviews that cover each individual’s personal and professional background. Upon licensure, she works with gaming companies to ensure they are compliant with all laws and regulations and respond to inquiries from regulators and law enforcement about business activities.

Jessica advises clients during all stages of the business lifecycle, including:

  • 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
  • Counseling international gaming companies on requirements for money transmitter licensing and compliance with federal and state laws in relation to cryptocurrency
  • Managing RFP process for New York tribal casino, offering the opportunity to bid for potential partners to serve an expected $1 billion market
  • 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
  • Participating in plea and sentencing of client in federal court, 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

  • Certification, Sports Betting Regulation – UNLV International Center for Gaming Regulation
  • Order of the Barristers
  • Women’s Bar Association of DC
Publications + Presentations
November 27, 2018 | Publication

"Chapter 40: USA – California"

The International Comparative Legal Guide (ICLG) to Gambling 2019 - 5th Edition

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November 27, 2018 | Publication

"Chapter 45: USA – New Jersey"

(ICLG) The International Comparative Legal Guide to Gambling 2019 - 5th Edition

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November 27, 2018 | Publication

"Chapter 46: USA – New York"

(ICLG) The International Comparative Legal Guide to Gambling 2019 - 5th Edition

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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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Case Studies

Sports Betting Data Company Licensing and Preserving Commercial Contracts

Genius Sports contacted Ifrah Law to assist with its licensing process in New Jersey and
Mississippi in relation to its sports betting business. The company provides sports betting data
to sports books all over the world and is seeking licensure in New Jersey and Mississippi.

Ifrah Law assisted with the licensing process, including reviewing applications and disclosures,
advising on proper disclosures for corporate officers and the various business entities, and
working directly with regulators on the licensing process. We were successful in securing
approval for operations in New Jersey while the investigation was underway.

The firm also assisted with petitioning the Mississippi Gaming Commission for approval to begin
offering certain sports betting products prior to finalization of the license application, thus
preserving the company’s commercial contracts.

Advising eSports Company on ICO, Cryptocurrencies, Compliance, and Regulation

Unikrn, an international leader in eSports products and content, asked us to provide legal
advice on various new products, including its initial coin offering: we provided strategic advice
on the products and games on which the cryptocurrencies could be used, while remaining
compliant with U.S. gaming and financial services regulation on the federal and state level. We
also worked closely with Unikrn during all phases of development of their product, including
revisions to the product and games, updates to the ICO whitepaper, and various regulatory and
compliance strategies. We continue to advise Unikrn on various new gaming offerings and are
advising on licensing matters in newly opened sports betting markets.

Manging the Entire RFP Process for Tribal Gaming Company

Seneca Gaming Corporation is the largest casino in New York State in terms of revenue; it is
owned by the Seneca tribe. The company runs three casinos in Western New York.

In 2013, New York passed a law allowing retail sports betting within casinos, but the passage
of specific state regulations governing the activity was delayed; regulations are now expected
to be issued sometime in 2019. The Seneca tribe retained Ifrah Law to help find them a partner
to run this expanded operation of retail and mobile sports betting operations. We are currently
running the entire RFP process for the casino, offering the opportunity to bid for potential
partners to service this $1 billion market. Ifrah Law is advising on what the corporation should
seek in a partnership and what potential partners might ideally offer; we have reviewed over 20
applications, and will help the client cull the list down to a select group of finalists to service a
$1 billion market for sports betting in New York State.

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

July 25, 2017

ICOs: Proceed with Caution

ICOs: Proceed with Caution

Today, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued an investor bulletin and an investigative report. The investigative report found that companies involved in sales of digital assets via distributed ledger or blockchain technology may be engaged in conduct subject to federal securities laws. While this report is the first of its kind to address initial… 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

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