Gunner R. laCour
Gunner R. laCour served as the Director of the North Dakota Racing Commission from 2013 – 2018. While at the Commission, he oversaw over $3 billion in primarily on-line pari-mutuel wagering activity as well as live racing at two facilities in the state. laCour was also responsible for the oversight and investigation of all Commission-regulated activity as well as regularly representing the Commission before the North Dakota state legislature and related administrative hearings.
As North Dakota’s top horse-racing regulator, laCour was instrumental in the adoption of modernized administrative rules governing online pari-mutuel wagering and advancing several legislative initiatives to support new and innovative wagering methods. As a result of his groundbreaking work with national and international regulatory bodies and industry partners in developing and employing strong standards that effectively balanced growth with modern methods of regulation and disclosure, North Dakota became an important player in international wagering markets. As a tireless advocate for the state’s horsemen and a natural consensus-builder, he forged multiple agreements among industry stakeholders resulting in some of the most active live racing seasons in the history of the state.
At Primacy Strategy Group, laCour draws from his extensive experience working with state lawmakers, rule-making bodies, executive branch agencies, and global regulatory agencies to effectively advocate on behalf of his clients on a variety of topics at all levels of government.
Prior to his time with the Commission, laCour served as in-house counsel for a shipbuilding company contracted with the U.S. Navy to supply vessels for over $100 million dollars in foreign military sales. His focus in this role included both transactional and contract work, maritime law, as well as regulatory compliance on a wide range of issues including export/import, Federal Acquisition Regulations, and International Traffic in Arms Regulation.
Gunner obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky College of Law with a focus in business law and his Master’s of Law in Admiralty with distinction, from the Tulane University School of Law, where he served as a member of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal and was recognized with the Edward A. Dodd Jr. Award as the outstanding candidate in the graduate Admiralty Law program.