Daniel Wallach is the founder of Wallach Legal LLC, a law firm devoted principally to the burgeoning field of sports wagering and gaming law in the United States. Known as “The Sports Betting Attorney,” Dan has counseled professional sports teams, sports betting operators, fantasy sports companies, sports data providers, integrity monitoring companies, casinos, racetracks, video game manufacturers, and start-up companies in navigating the complexities of U.S. gambling laws and regulations.
He also speaks regularly to lawmakers and policymakers seeking guidance on the policy aspects of sports betting legislation. He has testified before the California Legislature, the Kentucky Legislature, and the New York Senate as a subject matter expert on legal issues relating to sports betting. Dan was also a featured panelist at the 2018 Summer Meeting of the National Conference of State Legislators from the Gaming States, where he was part of a panel discussion on the nuances related to possible sports betting legislation emerging in the wake of the Murphy v. NCAA decision.
Dan is the co-founding director of the University of New Hampshire School of Law’s Sports Wagering and Integrity Program, the nation’s first law school certificate program dedicated to the regulatory and legal aspects of sports wagering. He is an adjunct professor of law at two ABA-accredited law schools: the University of New Hampshire School of Law and the University of Miami School of Law, where he designed the nation’s first law school course programs centered on sports betting law and regulation
Dan is a general member of the prestigious International Masters of Gaming Law (known as the IMGL), an invitation-only organization for attorneys who have distinguished themselves through demonstrated performance and publishing in gaming law, significant gaming clientele, and substantial participation in the gaming industry.
As one of the nation’s foremost legal authorities in the field of sports gambling, Dan has become the “go-to” attorney to discuss sports gambling in the national media. He has been cited over 1,000 times by media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Boston Globe, ESPN and Sports Illustrated. Dan has been interviewed over 300 times on radio and television, including by ESPN’s Outside The Lines, The Dan LeBatard Show, The Dan Patrick Show, and The Tony Bruno Show. He regularly appears on sports and news radio stations around the country to discuss the legalization of sports betting and the latest sports law controversies of the day.
Dan is a legal analyst and contributing writer for The Athletic, and serves on the editorial and advisory board of LawInSport. He is the host of Conduct Detrimental, a weekly sports law podcast that explores the latest sports-legal controversies with a hard-hitting look at on and off the field legal battles that are shaping professional and collegiate sports.
Dan is also a seasoned litigator and appellate attorney. He is Board Certified in Appellate Practice by The Florida Bar and is AV-Rated (the highest level attainable) by Martindale-Hubbell. He is a 1991 graduate of Hofstra University School of Law, where he graduated with distinction (top 2% of his graduating class) and was Notes and Comments Editor of the Hofstra Law Review.
Dan began his legal career as the judicial law clerk for the Honorable Jacob Mishler, the former chief judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Upon the conclusion of his one-year clerkship, Dan joined the New York office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, where he was a member of the Business and Securities Litigation Department (which, at the time, was the nation’s largest law firm practice group devoted to the practice of federal securities litigation). Prior to forming his own law firm, Dan was a shareholder at Becker & Poliakoff, where he practiced for nearly 20 years, concentrating in business and appellate litigation and representing clients in the regulated gaming industry.
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