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Kevin P. Braig

Partner
Huntington Center
41 South High Street
Suite 2400
Columbus, OH 43215
Direct614.628.4433
Fax614.463.1108
kbraig@slk-law.com

Assistant

Jean Handley
Direct614.628.4423
jhandley@slk-law.com

Kevin’s eclectic Regulatory practice touches a wide variety of business sectors and is unified by a common tie: All of his clients operate businesses that are highly regulated by federal, state, and/or local government agencies. From agribusiness to sports betting and from commodity trading to exchanging and transmitting of cryptocurrency, Kevin’s clients look to him to help them stay in compliance with complex regulations and to defend them against allegations of non-compliance.

With nearly 25 years of legal experience, Kevin’s deep knowledge of his clients’ business operations, paired with his understanding of the approach regulators take to permitting those operations and enforcing compliance with their regulations, enables Kevin to confidently identify efficient solutions to almost any obstacle, problem, or issue a client faces, especially novel problems and issues that few businesses have ever encountered.  To the maximum extent possible, Kevin’s approach is to identify and address potential obstacles and problems before they become manifest so that his clients can focus their resources on maximizing opportunities that grow their businesses.

In Ohio, agribusiness clients frequently look to Kevin for his experience representing large scale agricultural operations in the area of livestock permitting and communicating and negotiating with both state and local governments, neighbors, citizens groups, and other members of the national agribusiness community. He has experience representing clients in cases involving regulatory issues relating to livestock permitting, water, wetlands, air, solid and hazardous waste, and underground storage tank compliance and closure. Kevin’s clients are involved in a broad range of businesses, including egg production, dairy production, row crop farming, manufacturing, mineral aggregate mining,  construction, real estate, and transportation.  He also is experienced in assisting clients that operate as agricultural cooperatives with specialized business counseling under the Ohio Cooperative Law.

In the technology space, Kevin’s attention is mostly focused with an emphasis on sports betting, esports gaming, daily fantasy sports, and other gaming and blockchain related legal issues. Kevin advises clients with respect to licensing, record-keeping, and compliance with state and federal law, including the Wire Act of 1961 , the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, the Bank Secrecy Act, and gambling laws, rules, and regulations in all 50 states and Australia and Europe. He also has defended governmental enforcement actions, and has drafted statutory gaming language for proposed state gaming laws. His research and knowledge of the economics of network effects and two-sided matching markets add value to his clients’ business strategies in this space. 

Kevin's passion for gaming and software development has led to a number of interesting ventures, including the invention and patenting of an electronic system and exchange that enables educational institutions to manage economic risks associated with intercollegiate athletic and educational programs. He also has authored a number of articles relating to both quantitative analysis and regulation in sports. Additionally, Kevin maintains a website (www.quantcoach.com) dedicated to objectively quantifying and analyzing NFL coaching through the prism of economic Growth Theory and he is a frequent guest on podcasts, such as the “Edward Egros Podcast” hosted by the Fox4 Weekend Sports Anchor in Dallas, Texas.

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Representative Matters

  • Provided compliance counseling to one of the nation’s largest egg producers that contributed to dramatic improvement in operational efficiency and legal compliance of facilities in Central Ohio.See Lori Kurtzman, Cleaner coops welcomed by egg farm’s neighbors, Columbus Dispatch (February 25, 2015).
  • Provided compliance counseling and defense to publicly traded company in connection with remediation of hazardous substance contamination in Terre Haute, Indiana.See Sue Laughlin, Standard Register says cleanup effort nearly complete, Terre Haute Tribune Star (May 4, 2009).
  • Provided compliance counseling to international sports data and gaming company relating to legal and regulated sports betting in the United States.See Robert Barnes, Will Supreme Court open a ‘dam burst’ of legalized sports betting? The Washington Post (November 26, 2017)
  • Provided defense to numerous clients alleged to have converted jurisdictional wetlands by the United States Army Corps of Engineers under the Clean Water Act and United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service under the Food Security Act that resulted in the minimization of liability or the maximization of retention of USDA benefits.See Kevin P. Braig, Supreme Court’s Wetlands Decision Pays Off for Business, www.slk-law.com (January 1, 2017)
  • Provided compliance counseling and corporate structuring to largest proxy service provider in the Westgate Las Vegas Resourt & Casino “Super Contest.”See CaseKeefer, Million-dollar middlemen: With sports contests booming, proxies bring betting to out-of-towners, Las Vegas Sun (December 21, 2014)

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • American Agricultural Law Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Indian Lake Watershed Project, Board Member
  • Logan County Neighborhood Outreach, Board Member
  • Logan County Education Association, Board Member

News Releases

Blogs

Publications

11.26.2018"What Every State Lawmaker Needs to Know About A Sports League’s Property Right to Sports Betting Income," Gaming Law Review, November 2018
07.26.2018Client Alert: FAQs About Sports Betting Under Ohio Law
04.12.2018Client Alert: Court Puts U.S. EPA, Lake Erie Impairment on the Clock
03.29.2018Client Alert: Why it is 100x Riskier to Pay College Athletes than it is to Pay NFL Free Agents
03.13.2018Client Alert: Skill-Based Amusement Machine Regulation: OCCC Informational Seminars
12.14.2017Client Alert:  Handicapping Christie v. NCAA: How will the Supreme Court vote on PASPA?
11.03.2017Client Alert:  Reform the Federal Sports Betting Excise Tax "Dilemma"
11.01.2017Client Alert: CAFOs: Protect Against Future Liability; Make Continuous Release Report on November 15
06.09.2017"Attorney Claims PASPA Has Loophole," GamblingCompliance
04.14.2017Client Alert: Federal Court Orders CAFOs to Report Air Emissions
01.31.2017Supreme Court's Wetlands Decision Pays Off For Business
09.07.2016"The Legal Basics of Genetically Modified Organisms and Organic Food Regulation," Trends in Agriculture: GMOs and Organics, September 2016
01.27.2016Daily Fantasy Sports Firestorm, Ohio Lawyer
11.03.2015The Hunters Become the Hunted in Daily Fantasy Sports, Part 3, OSBA News
11.02.2015Daily Fantasy Football and the “Sharks vs. Fish” Paradox, Part 2, OSBA News
10.22.2015Federal Law and the Birth of Daily Fantasy Sports, Part 1, OSBA News
10.07.2015White Paper - Why Daily Fantasy Sports Needs Regulation to Survive
06.09.2015"An Ounce of Agribusiness Prevention is Worth a Pound of Drinking Water Cure"
11.07.2013"Unsure Bet: The Future of Daily Fantasy Exchange Wagering," Gaming Law Review and Economics

Newsletters

Events and Presentations

11.16.2017"The Future of Sports Gambling in the U.S."
06.03.2016Legal Issues in the Sharing Economy
01.12.2016"The Future of Sports Betting and Fantasy Sports," Ohio State Bar Association WebCast
10.20.2015Columbus Seminar - How Will Legalized Marijuana Affect My Business?
04.08.2014 - 04.09.2014"Exploring Other Gaming Options," Mid-America Gaming Congress, Columbus, Ohio
10.23.2013 - 10.25.2013"EPCRA Is Blowing Up: How the U.S. EPA is Setting its Sights on Minimal Hazards & Minimal Risks’ in the Mineral & Coal Industries," Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, Kentucky Mineral Law Conference, Lexington, Kentucky
05.27.2013 - 05.31.2013"PASPA: An Unconstitutional Patent," 15th International Conference on Gambling & Risk Taking, Las Vegas, Nevada
02.28.2013 - 03.01.2013"Defending State-Permitted Facilities Against Public Nuisance Claims," Defense Research Institute Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Seminar, New Orleans, Louisiana

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Education

  • J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law, American Jurisprudence Prize in Constitutional Law, 1993
  • B.S., summa cum laude, Ohio University, 1989

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Ohio
  • Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio

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