Jessica Feil

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Biography

Jessica A. Feil’s practice focuses on litigation and regulatory advice for Ifrah Law’s White Collar Defense, Business Litigation and Online Gaming 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.

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—topics on which she frequently presents at both legal and gaming industry events. She is also a regular contributor to the Ifrah blogs, for which she has provided analyses on cutting edge topics like initial coin offerings (ICOs) and skin betting.

Jessica comes to Ifrah Law with ample courtroom experience in her young career. Most recently, as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the Cuyahoga County (OH) Prosecutor’s Office, she oversaw a docket of over 70 active cases, including first chair on a number of assignments.  While an associate with a criminal defense boutique, Jessica had responsibility for the motions practice on state and federal criminal cases.  She appeared in court with clients at arraignments, pre-trial conferences, changes of plea, and sentencing hearings and assisted with trial preparation, including crafting direct examination and cross-examination strategies.

While in law school, Jessica served as an Extern to Senior District Judge Norma Shapiro, Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Professional + Community

  • Order of the Barristers
  • Women’s Bar Association of DC
Publications + Presentations
April 26, 2017 | Presentation

Jessica Feil, Speaker, "Tracking Regulatory Updates Within Skill-Based, Social, Esports, and DFS Gaming Channels", GiGse 2017, Marriott Marquis Marina, San Diego, CA

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November 2016 | Publication

"Gaming in the United States: California: Overview", Practical Law, Global Guides, Thomson Reuters

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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

Jessica Feil, Moderator, "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

Jessica Feil, Speaker, "Special Committee: Session on Pari-Mutuels", National Council of Legislators from Gaming States, 2016 Summer Conference, Boston, MA

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Blog Posts
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

July 14, 2016

New Concerns Over Esports Betting; Jeff Ifrah Responds

New Concerns Over Esports Betting; Jeff Ifrah Responds

*photo obtained from https://gameora.tumblr.com/ In light of unprecedented controversy over the legality of “skin betting” and eSports gambling, Jeff Ifrah and two other attorneys took to Reddit to answer questions from players, fans, and professionals. Together with Bryce Blum and Ryan Morrison, Ifrah participated in an AUA (“Ask Us Anything”) thread on July 5, 2016—just… Read More

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