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Frank Catania
Frank Catania is president and a principal in Catania Consulting Group, Inc. of New Jersey, a consulting firm with extensive experience in gaming issues. An attorney, he is of counsel to Catania & Associates, Law Offices, L.L.C.
Mr. Catania’s expertise stems from his years of service as Assistant Attorney General, Director New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement; Vice President, Compliance Officer, Players International; Deputy Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly, partner in the law firm of Catania and Harrington and counsel to the Law Offices of Catania & Associates, LLC.

Mr. Catania serves as one of three independent directors of eCOGRA. He served as the first president of the International Masters of Gaming Law, a non-profit association dedicated to the education and advancement of gaming law, vice chair and chair, respectively, of the International Association of Gaming Regulators and past chairman of the Forum of American Casino Regulators.

Mr. Catania has been published on a wide variety of casino gaming and government-related topics in several national publications, regional newspapers, and trade publications. He was instrumental in drafting the interactive gaming regulations for the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake and also Antigua’s interactive gaming regulation revisions. Mr. Catania has been an advocate for regulation of Internet gaming and has testified before the United States Congress regarding regulation.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of Empire Resorts and has been selected by “Best Lawyers in America” for gaming Mr. Catania is a graduate of Rutgers College and received his JD from Seton Hall University Law School.

Keith Furlong
Keith Furlong serves as Vice President with the Catania Consulting Group, Inc (CCGI), a government relations and consultancy firm with extensive experience in gaming issues. He also serves as the Deputy Director of the Interactive Gaming Council (IGC), a trade association established to promote strict government regulation and fair and responsible trade guidelines in the interactive gaming industry. Prior to joining CCGI, Keith was employed by the MWW Group, where he served the firm’s Trenton, New Jersey-based clients.

In addition, Keith also served 5 years as the Public Information Officer and Legislative Liaison for the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE), the casino regulatory arm of the Attorney General’s Office. During his tenure at the DGE, he was the lead media spokesman and legislative representative for the Department of Law & Public Safety on casino-related matters. Prior to his appointment to the DGE, he served as Chief of Staff to New Jersey Assemblyman Frank Catania (R-Passaic).

Keith received his graduate degree (MA) in Corporate and Public Communication from Seton Hall University. He is a cum laude graduate of the State University of New York at Cortland (BA).

Gary Ehrlich
Gary Ehrlich, Vice President of Catania Gaming Consultants, is an attorney licensed in New Jersey and New York. His expertise with land-based gaming stems from his many years of service as an Assistant Attorney General and Deputy Director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, an internationally recognized gaming regulatory agency responsible for investigating and prosecuting all licensing, civil regulatory and criminal matters involving the New Jersey casino industry. In that capacity, he either supervised or handled personally many significant licensing and regulatory investigations, as well as important litigation and appeals before the New Jersey Casino Control Commission and state and federal courts including the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Ehrlich also has significant experience with Internet gambling issues, having served as one of the experts in New Jersey government, provided information to both the Executive and Legislative branches, and drafted Internet gambling legislation. He also served as Chair of the Internet Gambling Task Force, a working group consisting of representatives of various States, the United States government and foreign jurisdictions, focusing on Internet gambling activity and public policy. He is a past member of the International Association of Gaming Regulators, and remains a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law.

Mr. Ehrlich has authored numerous published articles on gaming-related topics, has presented testimony before legislative bodies, and is a frequent speaker at gaming conferences. He has a B.S. degree from Seton Hall University, a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law, and an LL.M. from New York University School of Law. Mr. Ehrlich served as law clerk to the Honorable Richard J. Hughes, late Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey and former Governor of New Jersey.

Joseph M. Kelly
Joseph M. Kelly, Ph.D., J.D., is a Professor of Business Law at State College at Buffalo, and an associate of the Catania Consulting Group of New Jersey, specializing in gaming matters. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois, Nevada and Wisconsin.
Professor Kelly is co-editor of the Gaming Law Review and Economics, a leading gaming law journal. He is considered an expert in the field of gaming, having lectured on various gaming topics worldwide. His law review publications have been cited as authority by federal and state courts in the United States.

Articles published by Professor Kelly regarding Internet gambling law and problem gambling were presented to the British Parliament by the Secretary of State of Culture Media and Sport .A report he co-authored entitled “Problem Gaming and Self Exclusion” was accepted by the South African Responsible Gambling Trust and cited as authority by the California Gambling Control Commission (2006).

Professor Kelly has been used as an expert witness for several gaming companies, the United States Virgin Islands Casino Control Commission, the South African Parliamentary Committee on Trade and Industry ,Antigua and Barbuda and as an expert on poker in the trial of R v Kelly (Gutshot)(2007) in Crown Court (London), UK .He was also the major speaker on poker law at the Barcelona conference of the International Association of Gaming Regulators in 2006

Bob DeLuca
Mr. DeLuca has 27 years of law enforcement experience, having retired from the New Jersey State Police as a Lieutenant. As an officer, Mr. DeLuca was the supervisor of the Applicant Investigation Unit in the EEO/AA Bureau. Prior to this assignment, he was the supervisor of the Records & ID Section for the Division of Gaming Enforcement/ Casino Gaming Bureau. In addition, Mr. DeLuca has vast experience as a detective, conducting and supervising all types of investigations.

Mr. DeLuca is a graduate of William Paterson College, with a B.A. in Criminal Justice, and Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. He is a licensed private detective in the State of New Jersey.

Toni Cowan
Toni Cowan is an attorney licensed in New Jersey, Nevada, and Pennsylvania. Her expertise is in state gaming compliance, Internet gaming issues and federal Indian gaming compliance. Her experience stems from her many years of public service as a Senior Attorney at the New Jersey Casino Control Commission, and the Nevada Attorney General’s Office, Division of Gaming, and as Staff Attorney at the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC).

In Nevada, she represented the State Gaming Control Board and the Nevada Gaming Commission, the internationally recognized gaming regulatory agencies responsible for investigating and prosecuting all licensing, and civil regulatory matters involving the Nevada casino industry. In that capacity, she was involved with Internet gaming research including communications with the United States Department of Justice on the federal position on Internet gaming law. She personally handled important regulatory matters before the Nevada Supreme Court, and the prosecution of high dollar regulatory assessments and auditing deficiencies as well as issues of commercial free speech before the Nevada Gaming Commission.

Ms. Cowan had significant experience in the adoption of coin-less gaming regulation in New Jersey and Nevada as well as hand-held gaming devices, and pari-mutuel wagering and sports wagering over closed loop networks in Nevada. She gained commercial gaming experience with Aristocrat Technologies Inc as Vice-President for Compliance for all the Americas. In her work with the NIGC, she developed innovative approaches to the sale of state lottery tickets on Indian land and the interpretation of the statutory language concerning management contractors. Her NIGC work allowed her to become familiar with tribal government organization and gaming regulation in Indian tribes, especially those in Washington State, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. She is a past member of the International Association of Gaming Regulators, and remains a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law.

Ms. Cowan has authored several published articles on gaming-related topics, has trained Nevada lawyers in the specialty of gaming law and provided training for tribal governments and regulators at regional Indian gaming law conferences. Her 2003 article on cross-border gaming, The Global Gaming Village, has been frequently cited, most notably by the World Trade Organization in its 2005 panel decision concerning the dispute between the United States and Antigua and Barbuda on the cross-border supply of gambling and betting services.

She has a B.A. degree from the Pennsylvania State University, an M.A. from New York University, and a J.D. from Villanova University School of Law. The Supreme Court of New Jersey certified Ms. Cowan as a Criminal Trial Attorney based on her early career as a New Jersey prosecutor.

GAMING EXPERTISE

The Catania Consulting Group offers a full service international gaming consultancy that is available to provide a variety of services to the gaming industry and ancillary companies. Our goal is to provide our clients with the integrity, leadership and experience necessary to develop, regulate and operate both casino and ancillary companies.

COALITION DEVELOPMENT AND GRASSROOTS MANAGEMENT

Grassroots management and coalition development are important to many lobbying campaigns. We continuously build and maintain ties with legislators and other administrative officials at federal, state and local levels of government, which provide us with a receptive audience, to which we bring innovative ideas and potential solutions that advance your issues.

The key to a successful public affairs campaign can often depend on who is aligned with you on your specific issues. Strategic coalition development is about establishing supportive relationships with others who share your same immediate legislative or regulatory goals. Effective issue-based coalition development and grassroots management can magnify political power and influence any debate in a manner you couldn’t accomplish alone.

GAMING LAW

The firm’s gaming practice includes the representation of casinos, horse racetracks, lotteries, internet companies and underwriters and encompasses all aspects of gaming law,including licensing, corporate, acquisition, development, financing, compliance policies and compliance investigations.

STRATEGIC PLANNING AND MARKETING COMMUNICATION

Our team will develop strategic planning initiatives that will guide your project forward and assist your organization in reaching high-impact results. We will work closely with you and your team to formulate a strategic plan to facilitate business, legislative and regulatory goals. We’re capable of not only developing a strategic plan with you, but providing services in assisting its successful implementation. It is our alliances that allow us to provide a full range of public relations services. Some of these services include: ad campaigns, direct response, internet advertising, branding and identity, web development, and collateral.

DIRECT CONTACT

The Catania Consulting Group can help you establish professional relationships with key government representatives. We will serve as your primary liaison on federal, state and local levels of government, and work to educate officials about the importance and relevance of your specific issues. It is our job to make your most critical issues known, and more importantly, understood by various policy makers.

Contact:
909 Belmont Avenue
North Haledon, New Jersey 07508
Phone: (973) 427-2500
Fax: (973) 423-2003

Integrity, Leadership, Experience …

Frank Catania, Esq. President, former Assistant Attorney General, Director NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement,   VP Compliance Players International.  frank@cataniaconsulting.com

Gary Ehrlich, Esq. VP, former Assistant Attorney General, Deputy Director NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement.  gary@cataniaconsulting.com

Keith Furlong, VP, former Public Information Officer & Legislative Liaison NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement. keith@cataniaconsulting.com

Joseph Kelly, Esq., Associate, Professor of Business Law, SUNY College Buffalo. jkelly@cataniaconsulting.com

Bob DeLuca. Former Lieutenant in the New Jersey State Police. Supervisor of the Applicant Investigation Unit in the EEO/AA Bureau and supervisor of the Records & ID Section for the Division of Gaming Enforcement/ Casino Gaming Bureau. BobD@cataniaconsulting.com

Toni Cowan is an attorney licensed in New Jersey, Nevada, and Pennsylvania. Her expertise is in state gaming compliance, Internet gaming issues and federal Indian gaming compliance. Her experience stems from her many years of public service as a Senior Attorney at the New Jersey Casino Control Commission, and the Nevada Attorney General’s Office, Division of Gaming, and as Staff Attorney at the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC). toni@cataniaconsulting.com

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