J.D. 1991, Hofstra University School of Law
Daniel Wallach is the founder of Wallach Legal LLC, a law firm devoted exclusively 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 integrity firms, casinos, racetracks and service providers in navigating the complexities of U.S. gambling laws and regulations. He is a general member of the International Masters of Gaming Law (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.
Dan is one of the nation’s foremost legal authorities in the field of sports gambling. He has become the “go-to” attorney to discuss sports gambling in the national media. He has appeared numerous times on outlets such as ESPN, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News and C-SPAN to discuss the expansion of sports betting in the United States. He has appeared many times on sports talk radio shows around the country, as well as on a variety of national programs such as those hosted by Dan Patrick and Dan LeBatard. Dan is frequently quoted for his insights on sports betting legal issues in publications such as Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and Law360, among other widely-circulated publications.
Dan is also 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 study of sports wagering and integrity. Dan is an adjunct professor of law at the University of New Hampshire School of Law and the University of Miami School of Law, where designed the nation’s first law school course programs centered on sports betting law and regulation.
Dan is a frequent lecturer at gambling industry conferences, sports law symposiums and law schools nationwide. He was a featured presenter at the 2018 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, South by Southwest (2016 and 2017), the Sports Lawyers Association Annual Conference (2015), ICE Sports Betting USA (2017 and 2018), SBC’s Betting on Sports London (2017 and 2018), Global Gaming Expo (2015 and 2017), the Southern Gaming Summit (2015-2019), Saratoga Institute on Equine, Racing & Gaming Law Conference (2015, 2016 & 2018), Harvard Law School, Duke University School of Law, University of Pennsylvania School of Law, University of Virginia School of Law, University of New Hampshire School of Law, Fordham Law School, Cardozo Law School, Florida University Levin College of Law, NKU Chase College of Law, and the Charleston School of Law.
Described as a “gaming law guru” by Michael McCann, the legal analyst for Sports Illustrated, Dan can often be found sharing his sports gambling and sports law insights on Twitter (@WALLACHLEGAL), where he has nearly 20,000 followers. He was named as one of “The Top 50 Must-Follow Sports Business Twitter Accounts” by Forbes in each of 2015, 2016 and 2017 (the only private attorney to earn that designation), and was recently profiled by Law360 as one of the “20 Attorneys Killing it on Twitter.” Dan is also the co-host of “Conduct Detrimental,” a weekly podcast examining the intersection of sports, gambling and the law.
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 has handled appeals involving a broad range of subjects, including constitutional law, campaign finance, religious freedom, land use, zoning, employment law, and intellectual property rights. He played a pivotal role in the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding Florida’s ban on judges and judicial candidates personally soliciting campaign contributions. In that case, Dan represented three retired chief justices of the Florida Supreme Court (Harry Lee Anstead, Major Harding, and Stephen Grimes) and four former Florida Bar presidents.
He is a 1991 graduate of Hofstra University School of Law, where he graduated with distinction (in the top 2% of his graduating class) and was the Notes and Comments Editor of the Hofstra Law Review. Dan began his legal career as the judicial law clerk for the Honorable Jacob Mishler, a federal district court judge and 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, Mr. Wallach 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 exclusively to the practice of federal securities litigation).