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Matt Oyster is a member of Ice Miller’s Public Affairs Practice Group, where he represents clients in gaming, liquor and cannabis matters. Prior to joining the firm, Matt served as vice president of compliance at an online gaming company. In that role, he led regulatory, compliance and licensing functions related to sports betting, iGaming and ADW operations.

Previously, Matt was general counsel and chief ethics officer at the Ohio Casino Control Commission, serving as the agency’s principal legal and ethics advisor as well as legislative liaison. Further, he oversaw the legal division, which advises the commission on an array of issues, including gaming, labor and employment, criminal law and procedure, sunshine and ethics laws, conflict resolution and Ohio’s Administrative Procedures Act.

Matt joined the commission as assistant general counsel in December 2011. He then served as deputy general counsel, director of licensing & investigations and senior legal counsel, and general counsel and director of licensing & investigations. 

Matt began his legal career as an assistant attorney general in the Charitable Law Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. While there, he represented the state in matters concerning charitable trusts, solicitation, and bingo; the Liquor Control Act; and the Casino Control Act.

Matt obtained his Bachelor of Arts and juris doctor from Ohio Northern University’s Getty College of Arts and Sciences and Claude W. Pettit College of Law, respectively.
Speaking Engagements
  • “Ohio Casino Control Commission Update on Administrative Law,” Ohio State Bar Association Annual Convention (May 2013)
  • Ohio State Bar Association Gaming & Liquor Committee Presentation, The Ohio Casino Control Commission, (Jan. 2016)
  • “Skill-Based Amusement Machines or Illegal Casino Gaming?”, Ohio Casino Control Commission Inaugural Gaming-Law Symposium: The New Normal in Gaming (Mar. 2016) 
  • “Regulatory developments – State overview and has COVID fast-tracked regulation in sports betting and/or igaming?”, Sports Betting USA Investor Summit (Nov. 2020)
  • “Latest developments: Which North American jurisdictions are coming online?,” International Masters of Gaming Law Emerging Markets Conference (Nov. 2020)
  • “License Suspensions: Criteria for Determining Period of Duration,” Ohio State Bar Association 11th Annual Administrative Law Seminar (Sep. 2021)
  • “Tips from regulators as to what they expect of gaming licensees,” IAGR Disrupting the Regulator Conference (Sep. 2021)
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