Gaming + Sports Betting

Compliance + Licensing

As the foremost gaming law firm in Ohio, our compliance and licensing practice helps individuals and businesses navigate the legislation and guidelines created by the state agencies responsible for regulating gaming operations: Ohio Casino Control Commission, Ohio Lottery Commission, Ohio Racing Commission, and the Ohio Attorney General’s Charitable Law Section.

Our knowledge and experience in gaming compliance and licensing runs deep. Michael E. Zatezalo, the leader of our gaming practice, formerly served as chief of the Ohio Attorney General’s Charitable Law Section and is a past president of the prestigious International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL). He has also served on a number of international gaming conference panels, including appearances at the ABA Gaming Law Minefield, the ICE Totally Gaming conference in London, and International Masters of Gaming Law conferences around the world. Zatezalo and other attorneys from our gaming practice have been featured as gaming law experts in many industry articles appearing in publications like Casino Enterprise Management, Gaming Compliance, ABA GPSOLO, the Columbus Dispatch, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cincinnati Enquirer, and Columbus Business First.

Our Services

  • Gaming license applications: obtaining, completing, submitting and renewing licenses
  • Defense proceedings: denied or revoked licenses
  • Regulatory monitoring: tracking and monitoring legislation and regulations affecting licensees and potential licensees
  • Government relations: representing clients before legislative and agency committees and influencing public policy
  • Monitoring regulatory approval status: tracking and reporting on client submissions to ensure timely approval

Our Clients

We work with casinos and racinos when representing our national gaming suppliers who manufacture casino and gaming equipment. In fact, our national clients comprise some of the gaming industry's most high-profile companies, including: a leading manufacturer of gaming technology based in Las Vegas: a Nevada-based manufacturer of shuffling machines, table games, slot machines and other casino products; a worldwide developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties; and a network of global companies providing testing and evaluation services to the gaming industry. We also advise investment holders seeking to invest in a casino or racino business and guide them in becoming licensed as holding companies.

We serve our compliance and licensing clients primarily in three areas. Generally, our clients are:

  • Gaming suppliers: national or international presence; advisement with Ohio compliance
  • Gaming employees: licensing; defense
  • Investors: when “holding company” or “discretionary qualifier” licensure is required to invest in an Ohio gaming company

Contact Us

For more information on our compliance and licensing services for gaming companies, please contact Michael E. Zatezalo or Steve Tugend. You can also visit, our free resource for Ohio gaming updates and insight.