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Sports Law


Sports Law - Nationwide

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Basic facts about the department 
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Remains a dominant force in sports law, with an exceptional bench of experienced and skillful sports practitioners. A go-to practice for transactions involving sports leagues, most notably in its continuing role as a key adviser and legal resource to the NFL.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The quality of the work is always top notch. They're very commercial, know how to get deals done and give excellent advice."

"Outstanding and very commercially oriented lawyers, always looking for business solutions to the inevitable issues that arise during complex negotiations."

"Their knowledge of the industry is very deep. They're very strong at knowing what the industry looks like and the main issues."

Work highlights Acted for Steve Ballmer on his purchase of the LA Clippers from the Sterling family, in a $2 billion transaction.

Advised the NHL on its negotiations with Rogers Communications for the media rights to NHL games in Canada. The deal was worth CAD5.2 billion over 12 years.

Notable practitioners  

Gregg Levy is regarded as a top sports lawyer who brings deep experience to the table, with his continuing work for the NFL being a particular highlight. He primarily undertakes sports litigation concerning antitrust.

Douglas Gibson is an "incredibly smart" sports attorney who is among the "crème de la crème" for media deals. His recent major matters include acting for the NFL in its negotiations with DIRECTV over its 'Sunday Ticket' deal.

Peter Zern is a "very smart and well-informed negotiator" who "can explain issues in terms a non-lawyer can understand." He works often in conjunction with Douglas Gibson, including for the NHL on its 12-year, CAD5.2 billion agreement with Rogers Communications for rights to screen NHL games in Canada.

Sources "think the world" of Bruce Wilson, complimenting as a "very commercial and smart" lawyer in sports matters. He is head of the firm's sports corporate practice.

Benjamin Block is a "very, very good" sports lawyer who concentrates on litigation matters. Recent representations include acting for the NFL and New Orleans Saints in a dispute with tight end Jimmy Graham concerning his salary as the designated 'franchise player'.

Jeremy Spector is an emerging practitioner in this area and is already earning respect in the market for his expertise in taxation-related matters. He recently advised the NFL on its tax exemption under the Internal Revenue Code.

Paul Tagliabue is described by sources as "a resource that nobody else can really compete with" when it comes to his experience as both a lawyer and an administrator of major league sports. As a senior counsel, he provides strategic advice to organizations on a variety of matters.

Significant clients NFL, The American Athletic Conference, US Tennis Association, MLB, NBA.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Comprehensive practice with far-reaching influence in sports, acting on some of the most important matters affecting leagues, teams and other interested parties. A group of lawyers with exceptional talent at all levels of experience.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It is an easy choice having them work on our most challenging and complex matters. Their understanding of the challenges unique to our business cannot be underestimated."

"They are the leaders in sports law and have always had great success. It's fantastic working with them - they are first in class."

"They are very well connected in addition to their great legal work." 

Work highlights Acted for the storied and much-loved NFL franchise Buffalo Bills on the team's acquisition by the Pegula family, in a $1.4 billion transaction.

Represented the Pacific-12 Conference in defense of a putative class action concerning the rights of college athletes to receive compensation for their participation in NCAA events.

Notable practitioners

The "brilliant" Howard Ganz is a "diligent and collaborative" practitioner who brings a great deal of experience to labor-related sports matters. He has represented MLB and the NBA in a number of recent labor issues.

Joseph Leccese is "the foremost corporate law expert in the US" on sports matters, according to one source, while others say he is "an absolutely brilliant commercial attorney" who "continues to go from strength to strength." He acted for the Buffalo Bills on its purchase by the Pegula Family for $1.4 billion.

Robert Batterman is well known as a highly experienced lawyer who is a particular resource for collective bargaining issues in major league sports. "He is the best labor lawyer in professional sports," say commentators.

"Very capable litigator" Bradley Ruskin is noted for his abilities in a wide variety of sports disputes. He recently represented the office of the commissioner of MLB in defense of a case concerning baseball's antitrust exemption.

Wayne Katz advises leagues and teams on a range of financing issues, including stadium financing deals. He has recently represented the Minnesota Vikings, New Jersey Devils and Washington Nationals in various matters.

Jon Oram regularly acts for clients on corporate matters involving sports teams and major leagues. Recent highlights include representing the NBA in a joint venture with Brazilian league Liga Nacional de Basquete.

The "extraordinary" Frank Saviano is a "superstar" associate, with sources already predicting a bright future for him in the sports world. He played a significant role in MLS's eight-year, $720 million media rights agreement with various TV networks.

Significant clients MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, MLS.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Regarded as one of the leading firms in the nation for sports litigation matters, with complex, high-stakes cases being a particular specialty. Often the top choice for leagues and governing bodies, thanks in part to its exceptional bench of attorneys.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Really a great firm - excellent at translating legal principles into practical advice."

"Across the board they understand our business very well - they know it as well as we do!" 

"From a litigation perspective, they're as strong as anyone out there."

Work highlights Acted for the NBA and its commissioner, Adam Silver, in connection with the league's action against Donald Sterling, former owner of the LA Clippers, and subsequent litigation brought against the league.

Represented the NCAA in defense of a class action brought by college basketball players concerning rules prohibiting athletes' compensation.

Notable practitioners  

Shepard Goldfein brings deep experience in sports and antitrust law to his work and continues to litigate on a range of matters. Recent cases include acting for the NHL in litigation concerning the long-term treatment of former players who suffered head injuries.

Jeffrey Mishkin is a "really talented and experienced" practitioner who is praised by sources for his "extremely good judgment" and advocacy skills. He was lead lawyer for the NBA in its various matters against ex-LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling following his racially insensitive remarks.

Anthony Dreyer is regarded as an "extraordinary field marshal" on sports cases. Of late, he was part of the team acting for various NFL entities in defense of a suit brought by photographers and photo agencies alleging copyright infringement and unauthorized use of their works.

Thomas Gowan is a banking lawyer who often acts for clients on sports finance issues. He recently acted for the NHL in the establishment of a secured financing facility for the entire league, worth $1.4 billion.

Significant clients NHL, NFL, PGA Tour.  

Band 2 | Arent Fox LLP

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include San Francisco and Washington, DC. 

What the team is known for Skillfully acts for a wide variety of sports teams and entities across the USA and internationally. Areas of expertise include media and sponsorship rights deals and issues relating to the building and renovation of sports facilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"An excellent firm with attorneys who are knowledgeable in their fields but also a pleasure to work with."

"They understand what we're trying to do, synthesize it and help us do the best deals we can do."

Work highlights Assisted the Brooklyn Nets with issues related to the construction of its new training facility.

Represented the Tennis Channel in various media rights negotiations.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Brand is described as an "outstanding negotiator," whom sources "would recommend without reservation" for his sports practice, which includes experience in real estate and media rights matters. He recently acted for the Miami Heat on issues pertaining to its home arena.

Maidie Oliveau is praised as a "commercial and practical" attorney with wide-ranging experience in numerous areas of sports law. She recently represented the Tennis Channel in its media rights negotiations.

Significant clients Miami Heat, United States Olympic Committee, Allstate Sugar Bowl, Legends Hospitality Management, Sky Sports.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Impresses sources with its largely litigation-based sports practice, which acts for major leagues, colleges and teams. Major areas of focus include media and intellectual property.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I was very impressed by the lawyers from Debevoise. They understand the complexity of sports law and give good advice."

Work highlights Represented the NFL in its successful case against former players concerning the use of historical game footage.

Acted for the NFL in a copyright suit concerning the design of the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Notable practitioners  

Peers "think very highly of" Bruce Keller, who is noted for his intellectual property work within the sports sphere. He has extensive experience of working in the area.

Significant clients NBA, NHL, New York Giants, Brooklyn Nets, University of Florida.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Prominent sports practice, particularly in the areas of stadium financing and construction, where it is one of the leading teams in the country. Possesses a strong bench of attorneys with decades of experience between them in the sports sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're good on a number of fronts and they've got a number of different specialties. They've got everything we need."

"It's high-quality work - they are leading lawyers." 

Work highlights Acted for US Bank and Goldman Sachs on the financing arrangements for the construction of the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium, worth $975 million.

Assisted the Atlanta Braves with various aspects of its proposed new stadium, including financing and real estate. The cost of the project is estimated at $672 million.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Whitaker is noted for his "invaluable guidance and meticulous grasp of detail," which make him a strong attorney in the financing area. He co-led the firm's representation of the Atlanta Braves in connection with the construction of its new stadium.

"Excellent practitioner" Peter White is highly rated by sources, who call him "preeminent on financing deals," and laud his "unparalleled domestic and international experience." He recently acted for AS Roma and the Raptor Group on the financing of the Italian soccer club's proposed new stadium.

Charles Baker is a "very strong practitioner" who "has tremendous experience and know-how in the sports space," particularly in corporate transactions. His work of late has included acting for AMB Group and Arthur Blank on the purchase of an Atlanta-based MLS expansion franchise.

Significant clients San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Cubs, AS Roma, ESPN, Al Jazeera Media Network.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Milwaukee. 

What the team is known for Well respected in the market for its sports work, which includes an increasing emphasis on stadium-related matters. Acts for a range of franchises as well as prospective purchasers and investors in sports teams.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"An excellent firm." 

Work highlights Acted for Syracuse University on a proposed new $300 million multifunction stadium.

Represented Herbert Kohl, the owner of the Milwaukee Bucks, in the sale of the franchise to Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens for approximately $550 million.

Notable practitioners  

Mary Braza chairs the firm's sports group. She is a seasoned practitioner with particular experience in baseball, and was recently part of the team acting for the Texas Rangers on the negotiation of its local media rights deal.

Irwin Raij is described as an "extremely smart" and "very engaging and charismatic" sports lawyer who is developing a fine reputation for his work in the area. Recent work includes assisting the state of Hawaii with analysis of its existing football stadium site and possible future development.

Significant clients MLB, Orlando City FC, Guggenheim Corporate Funding, LA Dodgers, Texas Rangers.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is Los Angeles. 

What the team is known for A transformed sports practice following recent additions, including prominent practitioner Joseph Calabrese. Offers a strong capability in media matters but undertakes a variety of corporate work for a range of sports entities.

What's new? A team of sports, media and entertainment lawyers joined the firm from O'Melveny & Myers in November 2014.

Work highlights Lawyers then at O'Melveny & Myers represented the International Olympic Committee in its $7.75 billion US broadcast deal with NBCUniversal to cover the Olympic Games until 2032.

Assisted the Anaheim Ducks with the media rights deal with Fox Sports Prime Ticket. The lawyers involved were at O'Melveny & Myers when the deal was signed.

Notable practitioners  

Joseph Calabrese joined Latham & Watkins in November 2014 from O'Melveny & Myers. He is a "terrific lawyer," particularly in sports media work, with sources noting him as a "very strong leader" on deals. While at his previous firm, he acted for the IOC on its long-term rights deal with NBCUniversal, worth $7.75 billion.

Counsel Adam Sullins is a new addition to the firm from O'Melveny & Myers. Sources call him "an excellent drafter and very smart" lawyer who is well versed in sports law.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for A high-class sports litigation practice featuring an experienced and proficient bench of attorneys. Has particular prowess in acting for individuals and players' associations in cases against major sports leagues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are thorough and comprehensive in delivering excellent legal advice." 

Work highlights Represented a class of basketball and football players in an ongoing case against the NCAA and five conferences concerning the rights of college sports players to be compensated for their appearances.

Acted for the NFL Players Association in Ray Rice's successful appeal against an indefinite suspension for assaulting his then-fiancée.

Notable practitioners  

The "terrific" Jeffrey Kessler is described as "the most outstanding antitrust lawyer in sports," due in part to his "piercing intelligence" and courtroom gravitas. He has been at the forefront of many significant recent matters, including successfully representing the NFLPA in Ray Rice's appeal against his indefinite suspension by the NFL.

David Feher cochairs the firm's sports practice and has deep experience working in litigation matters. He recently co-led the firm's representation of the NBA Players Association in its successful campaign to remove Donald Sterling as owner of the LA Clippers following racist comments.

David Greenspan is praised for his "attention to detail and to the client's needs." He has assisted on a number of recent cases, including for the NFL Players Association in defense of a suit claiming that it covered up evidence concerning traumatic head injuries in pro football.

Significant clients NBPA, LA Dodgers, American Media Productions, Oakley, FanDuel.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Occupies an important niche in sports matters, acting for all of the major sports leagues on issues relating to copyright, including representing them before the Copyright Royalties Board. Also works with other sports entities on corporate and labor matters.

Work highlights Successfully acted for MLB and the NFL as interested parties in a case concerning unlicensed online broadcasts of sporting events.

Represented a consortium of major leagues in various issues involving payment of royalties for television broadcasts of events.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Garrett has "tremendous institutional knowledge" in copyright-related matters, with sources commenting on his "hard-working and thorough" approach to cases. He continues to regularly represent a consortium of sports leagues in royalties issues.

Significant clients NBA, NHL, PGA, Oakland Raiders.

Band 3 | Bryan Cave LLP

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is Colorado Springs.

What the team is known for A leading firm in representing Olympic sport and other national governing bodies. Also regularly acts for anti-doping agencies, both in the USA and worldwide.

Work highlights Represented the US Anti-Doping Agency as outside general counsel in various recent matters.

Acted for the St Louis Cardinals on various aspects of its Ballpark Village venture.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Young is considered a top-notch lawyer in the Olympic field, particularly in the area of anti-doping. He is outside counsel to a number of national governing bodies, as well as the US Anti-Doping Agency.

Steven Smith's sports practice focuses primarily on licensing, naming rights and media rights issues. Smith co-heads the firm's sports and entertainment group.

Significant clients World Anti-Doping Agency, US Anti-Doping Agency, PGA Tour, Mountain West Conference, USA Boxing.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Highly capable sports practice representing major league franchises, investors and other sporting operations. Primarily undertakes work in media rights and transactional matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"All of your needs are met immediately. They are available at any time and always there."

"Their experience is extremely valuable when trying to work through negotiations on a timely basis." 

Work highlights Represented the New York Yankees and Yankee Global Enterprises, minority shareholders in Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network, in 21st Century Fox's purchase of a majority interest in the network. 

Acted for the Chicago Cubs on the negotiation of a new radio license with CBS Radio, worth up to $70 million.

Notable practitioners  

Dan Etna and Irwin Kishner are key contacts in the practice.

Significant clients Top Rank, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York City FC, Legends Hospitality, New York Racing Association.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is Chicago.

What the team is known for Primarily works with franchises and investors in major sports, including some of the biggest teams in baseball, basketball and hockey. Matters undertaken include corporate and commercial agreements such as sponsorship, media rights and acquisition of interests.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They did a great job - I highly recommend the firm." 

Work highlights Acted for the Philadelphia Phillies in the media rights negotiations and related issues with a Philadelphia-area regional sports network as well as other media entities.

Acted for the acquirer of a significant minority stake in the New York Islanders.

Notable practitioners  

Adam Klein "has become the go-to guy in the country for regional sports networks," according to sources. He recently acted for the Sacramento Kings on real estate issues concerning its new stadium.

Harris Eisenberg is a "very capable" associate who primarily acts alongside Adam Klein on sports-related issues, including corporate and media rights deals.

Significant clients Sacramento Kings, NYC Hockey Holdings, Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox, Golden State Warriors.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is Los Angeles.

What the team is known for Litigation-focused sports practice, with expertise and experience in boxing and more general sports-related media and entertainment. Primarily works with California-based clients.

Work highlights Represented boxer Manny Pacquiao in a number of lawsuits, including one concerning the ownership of rights to a book and movie of his life.

Acted for Anschutz Entertainment Group in a case concerning the proposed construction of a pro football stadium in Los Angeles.

Notable practitioners

Daniel Petrocelli and David Marroso are among the key partners in the practice.

Significant clients Brees Dream Foundation, HBO, LA Galaxy, Madison Square Garden, Top Rank.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Acts for a wide range of significant clients in the sports world, with labor and employment and general litigation being among its main focuses. Provides clients with extensive knowledge and experience in the sports matters.

Work highlights Acted for the NBPA in defending litigation brought against it by its former executive director, Billy Hunter.

Represented Getty Images in a suit brought against it, as well as other photo agencies and the NFL, by a number of sports photographers alleging copyright infringement.

Notable practitioners  

James Quinn is an "outstanding lawyer" who continues to be regarded as a leading litigator, with regular representations in sports matters. He recently acted for CBS in defense of a lawsuit brought by a putative class of college sportspeople alleging unauthorized use of the athletes' likenesses.

Bruce Meyer is an experienced figure in sports law, representing clients in a variety of disputes. He has recently acted for Getty Images as a co-defendant in a copyright infringement case filed by a group of sports photographers.

Significant clients NHL Players Association, NFL Players Association, DIRECTV, CBS, ESPN.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Daniel Nash of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a "really smart and savvy" practitioner who is a highly regarded name in labor matters affecting sports teams and leagues.

Charles Henn of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP advises clients on a range of intellectual property issues, particularly relating to the unauthorized use of IP by rights holders in the sports industry.

Sources describe sole practitioner Howard Jacobs as "one of the pre-eminent anti-doping lawyers in the world." His success is attributed to his expertise and knowledge of both the legal and scientific aspects of anti-doping.

Gregory Curtner of Schiff Hardin LLP is noted as a "really outstanding collegiate sports lawyer" who brings deep experience to his work in the area. Recent representations include acting for the NCAA, where he assisted trial counsel in the highly significant case concerning the rights of college athletes to receive compensation for playing in NCAA-sanctioned games.

Denis Braham of Winstead PC gains plaudits from the market for his "breadth of knowledge and understanding of the business," particularly in real estate and financing matters. Recent matters include acting for the Houston Texans on restructuring and stadium facilities upgrades. 

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Senior Statesman

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Eminent Practitioners

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Other Noted Practitioners

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