Highly regarded gaming attorney with over two decades of experience. Pioneer in online gaming and sports betting. Deep expertise in regulatory compliance and new gaming markets.
A national gaming industry thought leader, Pat Agnellini helped shape the future of internet gaming nationally and was highly involved in its legalization in New Jersey. He focuses on all aspects of gaming law with an emphasis on licensing and operational regulatory compliance matters as well as various types of commercial transactional matters. Pat’s current work largely focuses on regulatory compliance and online gaming and sports betting in newer markets.
His extensive experience includes serving as in-house general counsel for a major casino company along with many years in federal, state and local regulatory compliance. He advises new and existing industry players in both emerging and established jurisdictions, with some projects spanning multiple markets. Pat also creates compliance programs and serves as legal and regulatory counsel to audit and compliance committees. He effectively guides clients through licensing and compliance matters before the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, Casino Control Commission and the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
With the emerging legal landscape for online gaming and sports wagering, Pat has worked with both online and brick-and-mortar casinos on licensing issues and regulatory approval and compliance related to this new space. He has considerable experience advising individuals and businesses on issues involving acquisitions and dispositions of physical assets and real estate, and the tax and financial implications inherent in such transactions.
The emergence of online real money and social gaming, sports betting, fantasy sports and skill-based games, while incredibly lucrative, has created a host of issues for traditional brick and mortar operators, as well as online, social and fantasy operators. Pat helps both traditional land based operators and on-line operators of these products and their ancillary service providers navigate the evolving maze of federal, state and local online gaming laws ensuring compliance.
Pat works with both large and small businesses in the gaming industry. His practice includes assisting companies in all aspects of the regulatory process. He has experience in licensing and/or regulatory compliance involving real money, social and fantasy gaming operations and now sports betting from both brick and mortar and online perspectives.
Pat’s extensive casino gaming experience includes serving as VP of Legal Affairs and Risk Management to Trump Entertainment Resorts, where he was responsible for the management of certain legal and operational areas for the billion-dollar, multi-jurisdictional casino company. His focus while with Trump, and since, has been counseling gaming clients on all aspects of business operations, including regulatory compliance, regulatory related issues concerning commercial debt restructuring and workouts, and real estate transactions.
As national thought leaders in gaming & gambling, our gaming team has been called to play a central role in one of the most significant developments for the sector of recent times. We have been providing strategic and legal counsel to multiple entities in the roll-out of both in-casino and on-line sports wagering in the state of New Jersey and in connection with its potential roll-out into other states across the US. Our team also has played a significant role in paving the way for this critical new development in US gaming law, confirming our market-leading work on this field.
Our national gaming team represented Ocean Walk and its principals in the acquisition, financing and development of the Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City. The property, formerly known as Revel Casino Hotel, consists of a hotel & casino with circa 1,400 rooms situated on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. Our team also assisted in obtaining the required licensure arrangements for the facility in readiness for its opening in summer 2018. This matter confirms how our team has the ability to provide the full range of sector-specialist corporate/M&A; financing; development; licensing and regulatory services required on such major mandates.
Our national gaming team is advising hospitality/gaming entities and acting as counsel to their compliance and audit committees in conjunction with approvals for their cyber security program. Given the huge changes sweeping the on-line gaming sector across the US over the review period, our ability to provide global-standard cyber security counsel is an increasingly critical asset for clients in this sector.
Chair, AtlantiCare Foundation
Advisory Committee, Let Us Eat…Please!
Gaming Law in the United States (New Jersey): OverviewContributor, Gaming Law Global Guide 2017, February 2017
Gambling or Not: Defining the Legal Status of Products at the Intersection of Gambling and EntertainmentPanel Moderator, World Regulatory Briefing, ICE Totally Gaming Conference, February 2, 2016
Casino and Gaming LawPresenter, National Business Institute Teleconference, March 16, 2016
iGaming Regulation in CaliforniaSpeaker, 2015 California iGaming Legislative Symposium, Sacramento, CA, February 26, 2015
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck Knows the Ins and Outs of Large Multi-jurisdictional Gaming Application TransactionsBrownstein Client Alert, July 25, 2013
East Meets West - Internet Gaming in New JerseyBrownstein Client Alert, March 4, 2013
2019 New Jersey Trailblazer, New Jersey Law Journal
New Jersey State Bar Association
Casino Law Section Chair, New Jersey Bar Association, 2010
Prior Trustee Casino Law Section, New Jersey Bar Association
American Bar Association
International Association of Gaming Advisors