Dennis Ehling focuses on complex commercial and deal litigation and transactions, governance, blockchain and payments, and all aspects of practice in service to the gaming industry.
A Resource for the Gaming Industry
Dennis has significant experience representing clients in the highly-regulated gaming industry including both transactional and litigation matters, as well as handling complex confidential investigations and regulatory proceedings. He has particular knowledge in the area of online gaming and wagering, sports wagering and regulation, and eSports, and represents clients in, and counsels clients on the regulatory and business implications of:
- New media, markets, and technologies
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Sweepstakes and promotions
- Electronic payment facilities (including traditional and blockchain)
In addition, Dennis advocates on behalf of gaming entrepreneurs and operators in all types of civil litigation, including:
- Securities disputes
- Intellectual property disputes
- Antitrust disputes
- Contractual disputes
- Criminal investigations
His clients include well-known casino operators, gaming equipment manufacturers, racing and wagering operators, internet operators, Native American gaming interests, payment providers, vendors, investment funds, and other companies that invest in, or provide services to, the gaming or racing industry.
Keen Insight on Disruptive Technologies
Dennis has significant experience with disruptive technologies in both the gaming and payments fields, with particular understanding of the impacts of Blockchain Technologies and Digital Currencies, including as they affect regulatory priorities and challenges affecting issues ranging from integrity in sports wagering to transparency in money transmission.
A Litigator with a Mind for Business
Dennis has developed his unique litigation and corporate practice around the realities of the complex challenges faced by businesses daily. His deep experience includes:
- Corporate deal, ownership, and securities litigation
- Confidential internal investigations, including FCPA, money laundering, and other criminal and employment violations
- CERCLA, RCRA, and CEQA
- Energy (including California and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission matters)
Dennis has written various publications for magazines and online on issues ranging from Internet gambling and advertising, to fantasy sports betting, internet file sharing, use of illegal substances and player misconduct in the sports industry, and arbitration agreements. He has been published in World Sports Law Report, Transaction World Magazine, Los Angeles Daily Journal, IGamingNews, eCommerce Law Reports, and World Online Gambling Law Report, to name a few.
Outside the Firm
Dennis is an avid cyclist who rides with his wife the 525 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise money for the Arthritis Foundation every year. When not cycling, Dennis serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Arthritis Foundation and as a catechist in his local Catholic parish, cheers Notre Dame athletics, and collects wine. He is a member of the Jonathan Club in Los Angeles.
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Regulatory Compliance
- State Attorneys General
- White Collar Defense & Investigations
- Anti-Money Laundering & Economic Sanctions
- Antitrust Counseling & Litigation
- Business Litigation
- Capital Markets
- Employment Litigation
- Environmental Litigation
- Foreign Corrupt Practices Act & Anti-Corruption
- Internal Investigations
- IP Licensing & Technology Transactions