Linda J. Shorey

Member, Board of Managers, East Shore Branch at Harrisburg Area YMCA

Linda J. Shorey

Linda J. Shorey

Member, Board of Managers, East Shore Branch at Harrisburg Area YMCA


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Linda J. Shorey is a partner in the Harrisburg office. Her primary practice areas are betting and gaming law (with a focus on Internet gaming) and appellate, constitutional, and election law. She does regulatory work and litigation in these areas.

Related to betting and gaming law, Ms. Shorey is a general member of the International Masters of Gaming Law. She advises betting and gaming operators, suppliers, payment processors, advertisers, and others on issues concerning US federal and state law related to gaming, with a focus on Internet gaming and related activities. The issues include those, among others, concerning potential liability under federal and state criminal laws with respect to proposed gaming activities and proposed acquisitions, requirements of state licensure laws, and compliance with UIGEA, She also advises commercial and charitable organization in connection with sweepstakes and small games of chance law. Ms. Shorey speaks and is published nationally and internationally on gaming topics and issues, including the US federal and state regulatory climate. With her K&L Gates colleagues, Ms. Shorey writes alerts and reports on betting and gaming topics available on the K&L Gates website.

Related to appellate, constitutional law, and election law, Ms. Shorey represents clients in connection with cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and federal district courts, as well as the Pennsylvania Supreme and Commonwealth Courts. The issues involve, among others, PA Constitution's bill of rights and requirements for enactment of legislation, compliance of Congressional redistricting plans with the U.S. and PA Constitutions, nomination and initiative petition challenges, protection of speech or debate and legislative privilege, and constitutional propriety of line item vetoes. Ms. Shorey has extensive experience with Commonwealth Court's original jurisdiction and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's extraordinary/King's Bench jurisdiction. She has drafted petitions for allowance of appeal for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and petitions for certiorari for the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as amicus briefs for both courts.

Professional Background

Associated with K&L Gates since 1989
Administrative/Chief Law Clerk for Judge Madaline Palladino, Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, 1986 to 1989

Professional/Civic Activities


International Masters of Gaming Law
Pennsylvania State Bar Association
Maine State Bar Association
Dauphin County Bar Associations

Current Civic Activities

Board of Trustees, Maine Central Institute, Pittsfield, ME
Member, One Book One Community Book Selection Committee, Central PA

Past Civic Activities

Vestry Member and Junior Warden, Chair Christian Education and Adult Education Committees, Member Dean Discerment Committee, St. Stephen's Episcopal Cathedral
Board of Managers, East Shore Branch of Harrisburg Area YMCA
Board of Directors of Leadership Harrisburg-Area and Leadership Harrisburg-Area Alumni Association
Advisory Board of School of Christian Studies of Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania
Board of Directors, Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates

Speaking Engagements
March 8, 2012

US I-Gaming Policy Brief
iGaming North America 2012 Conference

Betting and Gaming

Online gaming entities:

General advice on US gaming-related law, including commodities exchange, IGRA, IHA, and federal criminal laws;
Advice concerning potential risk of violating US law in connection with specific business arrangements, such as advertising, sponsorships, joint ventures, and operating portions UK-licensed business in US;
Advice concerning potential risk of violating US law in connection fantasy sports games, subscription poker, and skill games;
Advice concerning pending legislation that would authorize, license, and regulate one or more forms of Internet gambling – federal and state – and associated legislative hearings;
Advice related to intellectual property, incorporation, taxation, and employment;
Advice related to gaming-related civil litigation, criminal prosecutions, and agreements resolving criminal indictments;
Advice concerning positions of the US Department of Justice, and various state attorneys general, and various state regulatory agencies;
Conduct regulatory due diligence in connection with acquisitions;
Advice in connection with documentation related to investments;
Advice concerning federal and state constitutional implications related to online wagering laws.

Land-based casinos:

Advice concerning appellate procedure in connection with litigation against gaming regulatory body.


Advice concerning UIGEA, Wire Act, IHA, and various state laws related to wagering;
Advice concerning constitutional arguments raised in litigation.


Advice concerning legality of certain forms of wagering under federal law;
Advice concerning UIGEA requirements;
Advice concerning legality of activities related to sports pools that employees might be undertaking.

Investment entities:

Advice concerning potential risks related to investments in non-US, publicly-traded entities engaged in or providing services related to online wagering;
Advice concerning laws related to gaming licenses in various US states;
Advice concerning Internet gaming developments in US.

Horseracing industry:

Advice concerning CA gaming initiative, including potential impacts related to tribal/state compacts, IGRA, US and CA constitutions;
Advice concerning forms of wagering could be considered parimutuel.

Providers of fraud detection services:

Advice to UK business concerning potential criminal risk under US law of providing services to US-facing online gaming operators.

Providers of advertising services:

Advice to various types of US and UK entities concerning the risk of advertising websites offering gambling services.

Entities transmitting sports information:

Advice to US and UK entities concerning the risk under US gambling-related law of transmitting sports-information.

Government-related entities:

Advise concerning IGRA and tribal sovereignty;
Defend challenge to constitutionality of slots legislation.


Advice concerning exposure to US criminal laws as a result of activities related to online gambling;
Advice concerning legality of operating website in US that would sell shares of lottery tickets purchased from one of more State lotteries;
Advice concerning viability of wagering with airline miles.

Entities from various industry sectors:

Advice concerning sweepstakes and contests;
Advice concerning risk associated with generating income by the sale or transfer of rights/interests in subscriber names to online gaming entities.

Video game developers:

Advice concerning risks under US law of offering pay-to-play versions of p-to-p and tournament-style video game contests.

Primary Practice

Commercial Disputes

Secondary Practices

Appellate Litigation
Betting & Gaming
Emerging Payment Systems
Indian Law (North America)
Interactive Entertainment


J.D., Duquesne University School of Law, 1986, (cum laude)
M.S., University of Pittsburgh, 1980
B.S., Pennsylvania State University, 1973, (with distinction)


Bar of Maine
Bar of Pennsylvania
Supreme Court of the United States
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

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Treasurer & Director at Leadership Harrisburg Area

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Chairman at The Cianbro Cos.

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Organization & Leadership Advisor at Maverick Natural Resources LLC

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Trustee at Maine Central Institute

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Trustee at Maine Central Institute

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Trustee at Maine Central Institute

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President at Norton Financial Services, Inc.

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Past Trustee at Maine Central Institute

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President & Chief Executive Officer at Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania

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Chief Executive Officer at The Cianbro Cos.

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Linda J. Shorey
Member, Board of Managers, East Shore Branch at Harrisburg Area YMCA
J.D., cum laude
Class of 1986
B.S., with Distinction
Class of 1973



Advance the science of jurisprudence, promote the administration of justice, encourage thorough and continuing legal education, uphold the honor and dignity of the Bar, encourage the fulfillment of the obligations of the profession among its members to the courts and to society, promote programs to provide effective, affordable legal services to all segments of society, cultivate cordial intercourse among the members of the Association and perpetuate the history of the profession and the memory of its members and such kindred purposes as the Association may from time to time determine.

Career History
Member, Board of Managers, East Shore Branch
Tenure Unconfirmed

The Harrisburg Area YMCA provides child and youth services. The firm offers programs, services and initiatives that focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, according to the unique needs of the communities it engages. It provide a place for swim, sports and play among youth, fitness and well-being among adults and social opportunities for seniors. The company was founded in 1854 and is headquartered in Harrisburg, PA.

Of Counsel

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Boards & Committees
Member, Book Selection Committee
Tenure Unconfirmed
Member, Board of Trustees
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