Equine and Gaming Law

As a former owner and breeder, Principal Jim Towne has a wealth of first-hand unique experience with the various aspects of the equine industry, Gaming Law and Equine Law.

Towne, Ryan & Partners, P.C. members Jim Towne  and Michael Rhodes-Devey 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.

Our horse, gaming and racing legal services include:

  • General Equine and Horse Law
  • Equine Tax Issues and Planning
  • Equine Corporations and Partnerships
  • Breeding Contracts
  • Lease Agreements
  • Horse Boarding Contracts
  • Horse Boarding Facilities Legal Counsel
  • Veterinarian Malpractice
  • Equine Litigation Support
  • Equine Insurance Claims
  • Syndication Agreements
  • Equine Real Estate and Horse Farm Legal Issues
  • 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 and the New York State Lottery Commission

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

Reliable Experience

Mr. Towne and Mr. Rhodes-Devey have lectured owners, trainers, track owners and attorneys on various topics surrounding the equine industry at the annual Saratoga Institute on Racing and Gaming Law hosted by the Government Law Center of Albany Law School as well as at other industry conferences and meetings.

Mr. Towne and Mr. Rhodes-Devery have also 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.