March 30, 2023

37th Annual National Conference on Equine Law

Date: May 03-04, 2023

Marriott Griffin Gate Golf Resort & Spa, 1800 Newtown Pike, Lexington KY 40511

Presented by the University of Kentucky Rosenberg College of Law

Sponsored by the American College of Equine Attorneys, Dean Dorton, KBA Equine Law Section, Robson Forensic and U.S. Equestrian.


The objective of this conference is to convey an understanding of current legal issues affecting breeding, buying, selling, ownership interests, racing, and other business operations of the horse industry. It is designed for attorneys who counsel, represent, or litigate on behalf of buyers, sellers, breeders, brokers, owners of interests in horses, and other entities involved with the industry.

This Conference is open to the public. Individuals with experience in the horse industry will find the sessions useful and informative.



  • 7:30 a.m. Registration Table Opens/Continental Breakfast - Sponsored by the KBA Equine Law Section
  • 8:20 a.m. Welcome and Announcements - W. Craig Robertson III, Conference Chair, Wyatt Tarrant & Combs LLP, Lexington, Kentucky
  • 8:30 a.m. Annual Case Law Update for the Equine Law Attorney - Krysia C. Nelson, Attorney at Law, Keswick, Virginia; Samuel W. Silver, Schnader, Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 9:30 a.m. The New HISA Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Program and Its Arbitration Process - Michelle Pujals, HISA Horseracing Integrity & Welfare Unit, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 10:20 a.m. Morning Break
  • 10:40 a.m. Group Ownership Issues in the Equine Industry - Walter S. Robertson, Stites & Harbison PLLC, Lexington, Kentucky; Alison M. Zeitlin, Stites & Harbison PLLC, Lexington, Kentucky
  • 11:40 a.m. Luncheon Sponsored by Robson Forensic - Luncheon Presentation: Why Is the FEI Worried About Equestrian Sport’s Social License to Operate? - Dr. Camie Heleski, UK Equine Programs, Lexington, Kentucky; NB: Not for CLE credit. Presentation will not be livestreamed. Presentation followed by KBA Equine Law Section Meeting, NB: Not for CLE credit.
  • 1:10 p.m. Abandoned Horses: What’s a Lawyer to Do? - Bruce R. Smith, The Law Office of Bruce R. Smith PLLC, Middleburg, Virginia
  • 1:55 p.m. Real World Tax Questions and Answers for the Equine Client - Melissa Hicks, CPA, Dean Dorton, Louisville, Kentucky; Erica Horn, CPA, JD, Dean Dorton, Lexington, Kentucky
  • 2:45 p.m. Afternoon Break
  • 3:05 p.m. Legal Ethics in Your Communications Outside of Court - Sponsored by the American College of Equine Attorneys - Amanda S. Luby, CaptiveOne, Wellington, Florida
  • 4:05 p.m. How to Effectively Engage Legislators on Equine Public Policy - Jim Ritchie, Ritchie & Associates LLC, Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • 4:55 p.m. Recess Conference
  • 5:00 p.m. Cocktail & Networking Reception Sponsored by Dean Dorton


  • 8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast Sponsored by US Equestrian
  • 8:20 a.m. Annual Federal Legislative Update for the Equine Law Attorney - Julie M. Broadway, American Horse Council, Washington, D.C.
  • 9:05 a.m. Advising Equine Clients on Risk Management - Julie I. Fershtman, Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C., Southfield, Michigan
  • 10:05 a.m. Morning Break
  • 10:25 a.m. Horse Integrity Safety Act: Litigation Update - Peter J. Sacopulos, Sacopulos, Johnson & Sacopulos, Terre Haute, Indiana
  • 11:10 a.m. The Jockey Club – Legal Issues & Administrative Update - Kristin Werner, The Jockey Club, Lexington, Kentucky
  • 11:50 a.m. Trademark Litigation in the Equine Industry - Rodman Law, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Florham Park, New Jersey; Michael A. Nicodema, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 12:35 p.m. Luncheon - Luncheon Presentation: Qualifying Horses and Riders for the Olympics - Armand Leone, Jr., M.D., J.D., MBA, Britcher, Leone & Sergio, LLC, Glen Rock, New Jersey. NB: Not for CLE credit. Presentation will not be livestreamed.
  • 2:00 p.m. Equine Law Legal Ethics: Joint Representation Issues - Margaret M. Christensen, Dentons Bingham Greenebaum LLP, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 3:00 p.m. What Every Equine Lawyer Needs to Know About Conservation Easements - Ashley Greathouse, Bluegrass Land Conservancy, Lexington, Kentucky
  • 3:45 p.m. Afternoon Break
  • 4:00 p.m. Short Takes on Hot Topics in the Equine Industry - Alison M. Zeitlin, Stites & Harbison PLLC, Lexington, Kentucky; Emily A. Daunhauer, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, Louisville, Kentucky; Thomas E. Travis, Wyatt Tarrant & Combs LLP, Lexington, Kentucky
  • 5:00 p.m. Adjourn Conference

Click here for more information (including a detailed agenda) and a printable registration form, download a PDF of the 37th Annual National Conference on Equine Law brochure.

Related Capabilities
Equine Practice