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Katherine Guarino Baker

Katherine Guarino Baker

Partner

One Financial Center
Suite 3500
Boston, MA 02111
katherine.baker@nelsonmullins.com

Katherine developed the gaming practice at the firm and represents businesses and individuals in a wide variety of complex civil litigation at the trial and appellate levels. A primary focus of her practice is assisting casino gaming, sports betting, and fantasy sports operators, vendors, and entrepreneurs to navigate the state and federal commercial and tribal gaming landscape,...

Katherine developed the gaming practice at the firm and represents businesses and individuals in a wide variety of complex civil litigation at the trial and appellate levels. A primary focus of her practice is assisting casino gaming, sports betting, and fantasy sports operators, vendors, and entrepreneurs to navigate the state and federal commercial and tribal gaming landscape, including leveraging FinTech solutions. In the employment context, Katherine represents businesses in discrimination, trade secret, and restrictive covenant disputes. In addition, she is one of a small group of attorneys with expertise in all aspects of the Massachusetts initiative petition process from drafting to campaign finance compliance to constitutional challenges before the Supreme Judicial Court. Her regulatory experience extends to drafting legislation, representing clients before state agencies including the Massachusetts Ethics Commission and Office of Political and Campaign Finance, and interpreting statutes and regulations related to gaming, education, conflicts of interest, and campaign finance. In 2021, Katherine co-founded the Women in FinTech (WinFin) affinity group at the firm and writes and speaks on the intersection between gaming regulation and FinTech.

Katherine Guarino Baker

including leveraging FinTech solutions. In the employment context, Katherine represents businesses in discrimination, trade secret, and restrictive covenant disputes. In addition, she is one of a small group of attorneys with expertise in all aspects of the Massachusetts initiative petition process from drafting to campaign finance compliance to constitutional challenges before the Supreme Judicial Court. Her regulatory experience extends to drafting legislation, representing clients before state agencies including the Massachusetts Ethics Commission and Office of Political and Campaign Finance, and interpreting statutes and regulations related to gaming, education, conflicts of interest, and campaign finance. In 2021, Katherine co-founded the Women in FinTech (WinFin) affinity group at the firm and writes and speaks on the intersection between gaming regulation and FinTech.

Katherine developed the gaming practice at the firm and represents businesses and individuals in a wide variety of complex civil litigation at the trial and appellate levels. A primary focus of her practice is assisting casino gaming, sports betting, and fantasy sports operators, vendors, and entrepreneurs to navigate the state and federal commercial and tribal gaming landscape,... including leveraging FinTech solutions. In the employment context, Katherine represents businesses in discrimination, trade secret, and restrictive covenant disputes. In addition, she is one of a small group of attorneys with expertise in all aspects of the Massachusetts initiative petition process from drafting to campaign finance compliance to constitutional challenges before the Supreme Judicial Court. Her regulatory experience extends to drafting legislation, representing clients before state agencies including the Massachusetts Ethics Commission and Office of Political and Campaign Finance, and interpreting statutes and regulations related to gaming, education, conflicts of interest, and campaign finance. In 2021, Katherine co-founded the Women in FinTech (WinFin) affinity group at the firm and writes and speaks on the intersection between gaming regulation and FinTech.

Experience

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Representative Matters

  • Serve as principal outside gaming counsel to global casino-entertainment company for Massachusetts and federal public policy matters. 
  • Represent daily fantasy sports operator in litigation and gaming regulatory advisory capacity.
  • Served as lead gaming regulatory attorney on multi-billion-dollar deal representing foreign gaming client in acquisition of division of global gaming company based in the United States.  
  • Advise casino gaming operator on tribal land-to-trust process under Indian Reorganization Act, Indian Gaming Regulatory Act and tribe-specific land claim settlement acts.
  • Represented employers in litigation involving claims of employment discrimination, theft of trade secret, and violation of restrictive covenant disputes.
  • Defended colleges and universities against breach of contract, tort, discrimination including under Title IX, and other claims in state and federal court.
  • Represent clients in all aspects of Massachusetts ballot initiative process, including drafting, certification with the Attorney General, campaign finance compliance for initiative campaigns, coordination with public relations teams and signature gathering firms, and briefing and oral argument of constitutional court challenges to the Supreme Judicial Court under Article 48.
  • Represent public employees before the Massachusetts Ethics Commission and provide counseling to avoid conflicts of interest.

Education

  • Boston College Law School, JD
  • College of the Holy Cross, BA, magna cum laude

Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire

Practice Areas

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  • Women in FinTech (WinFin), co-founder
  • International Association of Gaming Advisors
  • Global Gaming Women
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Leadership Academy Graduate (Inaugural Class)
  • USA500 Club
  • Holy Cross Alumni Association Board of Directors
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