Equine and Gaming Law

Equine and Gaming

As both a former owner and breeder, James Towne has a wealth of first-hand unique experience with the various aspects of the equine industry and Equine Law.  Our legal services encompass:

  • Tax issues
  • Boarding contracts
  • Boarding facilities
  • Veterinarian malpractice
  • Syndication
  • Representation of owners and trainers before the New York State Racing and Wagering Board
  • Article 78 Proceedings arising out of Racing and Wagering Board proceedings
  • Licensing issues before the Racing and Wagering Board as well as the New York State Lottery Commission

Firm members James Towne and Michael Rhodes-Devey have played a critical role in the acquisition and reactivation of New York State’s two newest harness tracks, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs, resulting in the addition of hundreds of construction jobs in 2005 and 2006 and hundreds of new jobs of full employment to New Yorkers.  The Firm’s efforts have ranged from working towards successfully securing the facilities out of bankruptcy proceedings, to working with various legislative leaders for necessary legislative changes, to successfully defending against efforts to block the opening of both facilities to obtaining numerous local and state permits and licenses necessary for the facilities to open.

Mr. Towne is a Charter Member and active Board participant in the Racing and Wagering Law Network of the Government Law Center at Albany Law School, Union University.

In August of 2008, Mr. Towne and Mr. Rhodes-Devey lectured owners, trainers, track owners and attorneys on employment and immigration compliance issues facing the equine industry at the annual Saratoga Institute on Racing and Gaming Law hosted by the Government Law Center of Albany Law School.  In 2012 and 2013, Mr. Towne participated as a panel moderator at the event.

Mr. Towne and Mr. Rhodes-Devey have actively represented a New York State Indian Tribal Council, pursuing gaming and other legal affairs for the Tribe.  The Firm’s gaming experience has included matters in both the United States and outside, as well as in New York State.