Laura D’Angelo grew up in Meaford, Ontario, in a decidedly non-horsey family. When she was 8 years old, she received her first pony. She spent much of her childhood riding and showing ponies. “Her path to becoming a Lexington lawyer focusing on the equine and gaming industry, however, was not linear; she got an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Guelph in Ontario and spent a year doing research in exercise physiology. Due to encouragement from a mentor who owned the stable where she kept her horses, D’Angelo went back to school to pursue a master’s degree in business, leading to a job in brand management with Proctor & Gamble. One aspect of brand management that particularly fascinated D’Angelo was the role of the legal department, which analyzed the risks of the claims the campaigns were proposing. After a couple of years, she decided to pursue a law degree, and the University of Kentucky, with its proximity to the Kentucky Horse Park that she had grown up reading about, seemed like a perfect fit.” To read more about Ms. D’Angelo, go here:

Ms. D’Angelo, who works for Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, gave our aspiring equine attorneys a true look at equine law — and left them wanting more! Ms. D’Angelo explained the nuts and bolts of law school, what it is like to work for a large law firm and also what it’s like to work in equine law in the Horse Capital of the World. She was engaging and kind and answered a zillion questions — even when we know she’s so busy!

Ms. D’Angelo mentioned she is always willing to have students shadow her as well as answer any questions students might have. We’re so thankful to her for coming, even when she’s so busy!