Webcast: Supreme Court Strikes Down Federal Limits On Sports Gambling

May 17, 2018

“A more direct affront to state sovereignty is not easy to imagine.”
— Justice Alito, writing for the majority

On May 14, 2018, the United States Supreme Court held 7-2 striking down a federal law which prohibited States from authorizing sports betting. Gibson Dunn attorneys Theodore B. Olson and Matthew D. McGill led the successful team representing the Governor of New Jersey in this landmark case. In this webcast Mr. Olson and Mr. McGill will discuss the case, the oral argument, and the impacts of this Supreme Court decision. They will also be joined by Gibson Dunn partner Debra Wong Yang to discuss the regulatory and commercial opportunities following this decision.

Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, No. 16-476

New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, Inc. v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, No. 16-477

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Theodore B. Olson is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson Dunn, a longtime member of the firm’s Executive Committee, and Founder of the firm’s Crisis Management, Sports Law, and Appellate and Constitutional Law practice groups.

Selected by Time magazine in 2010 as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, Mr. Olson is one of the nation’s premier appellate and United States Supreme Court advocates. He has argued 63 cases in the Supreme Court and has prevailed in over 75% of those arguments. These cases include the two Bush v. Gore cases arising out of the 2000 presidential election; Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission; Hollingsworth v. Perry, the case upholding the overturning of California’s Proposition 8, banning same-sex marriages and Murphy v. NCAA, repealing PASPA. Mr. Olson’s practice is concentrated on appellate and constitutional law, federal legislation, media and commercial disputes, and assisting clients with strategies for the containment, management and resolution of major legal crises occurring at the federal/state, criminal/civil and domestic/international levels. He has handled cases at all levels of state and federal court systems throughout the United States.

Matthew D. McGill is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson Dunn.  He practices in the firm’s Litigation Department and its Appellate and Constitutional Law and Intellectual Property practice groups.

Mr. McGill is a Chambers-ranked appellate litigator, and previously was named a national Rising Star by Law360, which identified him as one of ten appellate lawyers under 40 to watch. He has participated in 20 cases before the United States Supreme Court, prevailing in 15.  Spanning a wide range of substantive areas, those representations have included several high-profile triumphs over foreign and domestic sovereigns.

Debra Wong Yang
This webcast will be moderated by Debra Wong Yang, a partner in the Los Angeles office of Gibson Dunn.

Drawing on her depth of experience and record of success, Ms. Yang focuses part of her practice on strategic counseling. She leads critical representations, both high-profile and highly confidential, involving a wide variety of industries, economic sectors, regulatory bodies, law enforcement agencies, global jurisdictions and all types of proceedings. She guides teams of attorneys and outside consultants in the development and implementation of strategies to achieve the most favorable outcomes, greatest protection of reputational interests and minimalizing of harm to the business assets.

Ms. Yang also has a strong background in addressing and resolving problems across the white collar litigation spectrum, including through corporate and individual representations, internal investigations, crisis management and compliance.