Melanie laCour is an associate in Saiber LLC's Gaming Law and Administrative & Regulatory practice groups. Melanie has over 10 years’ legal experience, including 5 years of experience within the gaming industry, serving in both the public and private sectors. Melanie draws on her experience as an attorney with the New York State Gaming Commission, as the General Counsel of a non-profit pari-mutuel wagering and racing industry organization, and as a prosecutor to help guide the Firm’s clients through a range of regulatory and transactional matters.
At Saiber, Melanie represents casino operators, technology providers, gaming equipment suppliers, and financial institutions involved in the gaming and lottery industries in an array of business and regulatory matters. She provides counsel to sports-betting businesses and guides them through the licensing process in connection with their efforts to obtain approvals to operate online and land-based sportsbooks throughout the United States. As the sports-betting and online gaming markets continue to emerge, Melanie monitors legislation and advises clients of the state-specific gaming regulations and licensing requirements.
Prior to joining Saiber, Melanie served as an Assistant Counsel with the New York State Gaming Commission, the regulatory body which oversees all legalized gaming activity in New York, including horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering, Class III Indian Gaming, the state lottery, commercial casino and video lottery gaming, sports wagering, interactive fantasy sports and charitable gaming. Melanie represented the Commission at administrative proceedings in a prosecutorial role, conducting hearings regarding violations of gaming statutes and regulations. In addition, she acted as a legal advisor to all Commission divisions, offering detailed regulatory interpretation and guidance, drafted and revised regulatory language, and assisted in preparing pleadings for lawsuits filed against the Commission.
Prior to joining the New York State Gaming Commission, Melanie served as the General Counsel of CHRIMS Inc., a non-profit organization focused on providing data processing, accounting and technology solutions to the pari-mutuel gaming industry. There, Melanie negotiated vendor agreements, ensured regulatory compliance, and oversaw day-to-day legal matters and business development strategies.
In addition to her roles within the gaming industry, between 2015 and 2018 Melanie served as a prosecutor in Bismarck, North Dakota. She also served as a Staff Attorney for the 6th Judicial Circuit of Florida, and clerked for the Hon. Stockton B. Wood in the 19th Judicial Circuit of Kentucky.
Melanie received her B.A. from the University of Kentucky in 2006 and her J.D. from the University of Kentucky College Law in 2009. In 2013, Melanie earned her M.S. in Animal Sciences at the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program.