Daniel Wallach is a shareholder at Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., in Fort Lauderdale, where he practices gaming law and as a member of the firm’s litigation practice group. Dan is Board Certified in Appellate Practice by The Florida Bar, and is AV-Rated (the highest level attainable) by Martindale-Hubbell. He has practiced before a number of appellate tribunals, including the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals, the Florida Supreme Court and the Florida district courts of appeal. Dan has handled appeals involving a broad range of subject matters, including constitutional law, campaign finance, civil rights, religious freedom, land use and 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. In addition to his burgeoning appellate practice, Dan handles complex federal litigation at the trial court level, where he has developed a niche handling cases involving the federal civil rights statutes, the First Amendment, and intellectual property laws (including copyrights, trademarks and patents).
Dan is also a nationally recognized authority on gaming law and sports law, and has counseled professional sports teams, fantasy sports operators, racetracks, racinos, equipment manufacturers, and other gaming industry participants on a wide spectrum of gaming-related matters. He is one of the leading voices in the emerging area of sports gambling law, and is frequently quoted for his insights on sports betting and daily fantasy sports legal issues in major media outlets such as such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Huffington Post, Bloomberg, Reuters and the Associated Press. His insights on the U.S. gaming industry regularly appear in GamblingCompliance, the leading provider of business intelligence to the global gaming industry. Dan is also a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL), the preeminent global gambling law networking and educational organization shaping the future of gaming law.
Dan is a frequent lecturer at gambling industry conferences, sports law symposiums and law schools nationwide. Mr. Wallach has spoken on panels at South by Southwest, the Sports Lawyers Association Annual Conference, the Global Sports Management Summit, the Southern Gaming Summit, the International Masters of Gaming Law Spring Conference, the Florida Gaming Congress, Duke University School of Law, University of New Hampshire School of Law, Florida University Levin College of Law, Albany Law School, NSU Shephard Broad Law Center, NKU Chase College of Law, and the Charleston School of Law. He has given several presentations to the National Conference of Legislators from Gaming States, and has been a guest-lecturer at the Northwestern University School of Professional Studies, St. John’s Law School, University of Miami Law School, and Fordham University School of Business. Mr. Wallach also delivered the opening remarks at the 2014 ABA Annual Meeting program entitled “Game-Changer: The States’ Big Gamble on Legalized Sports Betting,” featuring former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson and Professor Michael McCann of UNH Law School.
Prior to joining the firm in December 2000, Dan gained significant litigation and trial experience with a New York prominent litigation boutique, where his clients included Donald Trump, Carl Icahn, Bob Arum, and several professional boxers, including former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez. He was part of the legal team that successfully defended Mr. Chavez in a contractual dispute with legendary boxing promoter, Don King, who sought to enjoin Mr. Chavez from fighting Oscar De La Hoya for the world welterweight championship.
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, Dan 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). While there, Dan worked on a wide range of cases arising under the federal securities laws, including class action and derivative action lawsuits filed against issuers and underwriters of securities, and authored or co-authored several articles.