Executive Committee
Elizabeth D. Paulsen

Elizabeth D. Paulsen



Orchestrated first online gaming deals. Excels in structuring complex commercial arrangements. Trailblazer in the growing sports betting industry.

At the forefront of online gaming, Elizabeth Paulsen was the architect behind some of the first access arrangements in the United States. She is recognized as a top sports betting and online gaming attorney and represents the major players in the industry. Elizabeth continues to be a pioneer in the online gaming industry, becoming one the few attorneys in the United States to guide her clients through the ever-expanding sports betting industry. She advises both U.S. brick-and-mortar casinos, foreign online gaming platforms and sports teams on the various ways to expand into the sports betting industry and gain access to the emerging online gaming market.

Elizabeth’s intellectual curiosity allows her to offer a comprehensive perspective on her client’s greatest challenges. Passionate about multifaceted transactions, she also has a robust corporate legal practice where she concentrates on the areas of joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters. Throughout her career she’s played a vital role in several prominent deals in the energy industry.

An innovator in both her legal practice and at Brownstein, Elizabeth is one of the two female members on the firm’s executive committee where she helps guide the strategic direction of the firm. Passionate about professional development, she plays an active role in the cultivation of the firm’s future leadership. Elizabeth also serves on the steering committee of Brownstein’s Women’s Leadership Initiative.

Representative Matters

Recent Experience

  • Counsel to Tipico USA Technology, a leading global provider of sports betting and casino games on negotiating its strategic partnership with Gannett Media, the leading mass media holding company and the largest US newspaper publisher, whereby Tipico became the exclusive sports betting and iGaming provider for Gannett.

  • Counsel to the Arizona Diamondbacks major league baseball team on negotiating partnership with William Hill Sports Book to launch and sponsor mobile sports betting in Arizona and build a first-class sportsbook adjacent to the team’s home, Chase Field.

  • Counsel to Caesars Interactive Entertainment (k/n/a William Hill U.S. Holdco, Inc.) in various market access agreements throughout the United States.

  • Counsel to Pala Interactive, an online social casino and real money gaming provider, in negotiating its B2B license and service agreement for Pala Interactive’s proprietary platform, including with the Kindred Group.

  • Counsel to NASCAR in connection with multiyear market access partnership with Penn Interactive, which operates Barstool Sportsbook, in the state of Arizona.

  • Counsel to the Cordish Companies, owner and operator of Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia and Live! Casino Pittsburgh, with respect to market access agreement with Fubo Gaming, a subsidiary of fuboTV Inc. for a mobile Fubo Sportsbook in Pennsylvania.

  • Counsel to Boyd Gaming Corporation in connection with strategic partnership with FanDuel Group to pursue sports betting and online gaming opportunities across the United States.

Insights & Publications



  • J.D., 1998, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, with highest honors, Order of St. Ives
  • B.A., 1995, University of Colorado


  • Colorado


American Bar Association

Colorado Bar Association

Colorado Women's Bar Association

Denver Bar Association

Community Involvement


  • Board of Directors, Girls Inc.
  • Former Board of Directors, Denver Scores
  • 50 for Colorado Class 2005
  • Pro bono counsel, Gunnison/Hinsdale Confidential Center, Inc.
  • 2010 Women’s Foundation of Colorado’s Empowerment Council Steering Committee
  • Former Board of Directors, Lowry Master Community Association



"She is responsive, timely, very smart and thorough in her analysis of issues and giving advice." "She is possibly one of the most creative and best thinkers that I've worked with." – Chambers USA, 2022

Best Lawyers in America, 2018, 2020-2024

Chambers USA, 2016-2023

Sports Business Journal, Power Players: Outside Counsel, 2021

Law Week Colorado, Top Women Lawyers, 2017