Stephanie J. Gilliard is Vice President, Legal Affairs and General Counsel – Virginia for Colonial Downs Group, LLC. Headquartered in Richmond, Colonial Downs operates a thoroughbred racetrack in New Kent County, Virginia as well as several gaming / satellite wagering facilities throughout the Commonwealth.

Stephanie has practiced law for 20 years and has worked in the healthcare / life sciences space as a corporate attorney for the past 12. She possesses diverse legal and business experience leading high-performing teams of attorneys, contract administrators and outside counsel to achieve company goals and manage risk. Stephanie prides herself on being a “solutions-driven global leader and strategic partner” with corporate executives / senior business partners to advance business objectives by providing high-quality and timely legal advice and negotiating material contracts.

Stephanie began her legal career in New York City as a prosecutor in the Special Victims Bureau and then as an Associate at a boutique labor and education law firm. She transitioned in-house to the New York City Mayor’s Office of Contracts and Procurement, where she began her focus on transactions. Stephanie is well versed in corporate law, having taught college-level courses in Business Law, Human Resources Law and Labor Relations Law at a private institution in Brooklyn, New York. She also is a corporate governance expert with substantial experience as Corporate Secretary for a large healthcare system and other non-profit Boards of Directors.

Stephanie earned her law degree from Albany Law School of Union University and an English undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Albany. In 2017 Stephanie was named a finalist for the ACC NCR’s Outstanding In-House Counsel of the Year award.

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