Colton has made the move alongside Michelle Shapiro, another long-tenured Dentons partner. The duo said they were enticed to join the cadre of white-collar partners in Arent Fox’s New York office, including Scott Peeler and Robert Capers, the latter a former U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York who joined the firm in October as co-leader of its government enforcement and white-collar group.
“We’re excited about that bigger circle of [New York-based] white-collar investigations lawyers that Arent Fox brings to the table,” Colton said.
Colton and Shapiro first began working together in 2005, when Shapiro joined him at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati as he was building out that firm’s New York litigation practice. Colton moved to Dentons in June 2009, back when the global legal giant was known as Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal. Shapiro came aboard the following year, after Sonnenschein Nath had switched its moniker to SNR Denton. The firm, known for its frequent combinations and alliances with firms around the world, officially became known as Dentons after a three-way tie-up in 2013.
Shapiro, who serves as co-chair of the global development committee for the Women’s White Collar Defense Association, said she was also excited to join a white-collar practice in New York that features 40 percent women and 40 percent black lawyers. Shapiro previously served as co-chair of Dentons’ Women LEAD network, which supports women lawyers’ advancement at the firm. She said she would have an informal role mentoring women at Arent Fox and hopes to gain a more formal role in the firm’s diversity initiatives.
“I’m thrilled to be part of the firm’s already thriving [white-collar] practice and I’m particularly proud to be part of such a diverse team,” Shapiro said.
In addition to his own white-collar practice, Colton has for years represented the fantasy sports industry in litigation and advised it on gaming issues. In 2013, Colton was inducted into the Fantasy Sports Trade Association’s Hall of Fame. An avid fantasy sports player, Colton has long hosted his own program on SiriusXM radio and once wrote a column dispensing fantasy advice for NBC Sports’ Rotoworld website. (Colton’s fantasy sports-related musings can now be found on FantasyAlarm.com and of course via Twitter.)
On Tuesday, Colton spoke with The American Lawyer from Minneapolis, where he was attending the FSTA’s Summer Conference at U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the National Football League’s Minnesota Vikings and the site of Super Bowl LII earlier this year.
Colton said he anticipates that his sports and gaming practice will be busy in the coming months and years as a result of ramifications from last month’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing states to regulate sports betting. In late May, four large firms, including Colton’s former shop Wilson Sonsini, snagged roles on a $612 million deal that saw Dublin-based Paddy Power Betfair plc merge its U.S. operations with daily fantasy sports provider FanDuel Inc.
“We’ll work with the bigger sports law team at Arent Fox and the New York investigative team to advise sports clients or clients in the gambling space on how to develop good compliance programs and how to follow regulations as they come out,” Colton said.
As for a couple of new-to-the-scene fantasy baseball stars, Colton said he has been impressed this year by the performance of two young rookies: New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres and Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto.
“I was 100 percent confident Gleyber Torres was going to be a superstar from the moment he arrived in the Major Leagues,” said Colton, who still handles various litigation matters for clients outside the sporting realm. “Soto surprised me that at 19 years old he’s doing what he’s doing.”