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Covington & Burling LLP - Sports Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Extremely well-respected firm with a deep bench of practitioners advising on high-profile contentious and noncontentious mandates. Represents some of the largest sporting organizations in the country, including teams, leagues, colleges and conferences. Noted for its expertise in media issues, financings and M&A, as well as tax-related matters. Skilled in handling industry-wide litigation including class actions.

Strengths One client says: "My expectations are very high and the firm delivers every single time. The lawyers are incredibly responsive and thoughtful."

One peer says: "I think the firm is fantastic. It is a major player, if not the major player. The team is responsive, reasonable and approaches problems in a calculated and calm manner."

Work highlights Represented the 32 NFL clubs in a putative class action suit brought by retired players alleging injuries stemming from improper administration of painkilling medication by team doctors and athletic trainers.

Provided counsel to A+E Television in connection with its acquisition of a 25% ownership interest in the National Women's Soccer League, as well as the formation of NWSL Media and the acquisition of telecast rights and a League-wide jersey sponsorship.

Notable practitioners

Paul Tagliabue continues to enjoy a strong reputation amongst peers, who describe him as "highly respected, very intelligent and tremendously experienced." One interviewee says: "He is an icon." He is particularly well regarded for his representation of the NFL and has significant experience in entertainment and media rights transactions.

The "exceptional" Gregg Levy draws considerable praise from clients and peers alike. One client describes him as "very responsive and diligent," adding that "he provides excellent counsel." He is noted for his experience handling disputes on behalf of leagues and sports teams, and is particularly knowledgeable about antitrust matters.

Benjamin Block demonstrates expertise in a wide-range of contentious sports matters including disputes between athletes and leagues. Peers highlight his "broad knowledge" and strong track record in sports law.

Douglas Gibson draws praise for his handling of transactional matters on behalf of sports teams and leagues, and demonstrates particular expertise in broadcast and other media agreements. Clients appreciate that he is "commercial and really understands the business."

Peter Zern is described by clients as an "amazing lawyer, who is skilled at drafting commercial contracts, especially in the sports space." He acts on a wide range of transactions including joint venture formation and financings. His clients include major sports leagues as well as companies active in the sports industry.

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Proskauer Rose LLP - Sports Law Department

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What the team is known for Maintains an imposing bench of seasoned practitioners, with enviable experience in large-scale M&A, complex financings, real estate matters and labor and employment negotiations. Acts for an outstanding portfolio of clients, with experience advising major leagues, investors into varied sports ventures and leading sports teams. Also offers broad litigation capabilities, which includes handling employment disputes.

Strengths Sources say the firm has "all sorts of resources and talent" and is "extremely knowledgeable in the sports space."

One client reports: "We are absolutely thrilled to be working with Proskauer Rose. They are top-notch attorneys and they really understand the business."

Work highlights Counsel to the Miami Marlins in its $1.2 billion sale to a group of investors led by Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter, which concluded in October 2017.

Advised Los Angeles 2028 on its successful bid before the International Olympic Committee to host the 2028 summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Notable practitioners

Howard Ganz maintains his position as a prominent figure in the sports law space, regarded by one peer as “the cream of the crop.” He has significant experience with labor and employment negotiations.

Joseph Leccese is regarded by peers as "the preeminent sports attorney in the country," with one interviewee adding that "he just gets things done and knows the answer to everything." He predominantly handles transactional matters and over the past year has been particularly active on high-profile franchise relocations and expansions.

Bradley Ruskin has significant expertise in contentious sports matters including antitrust and contractual disputes. His recent experience also includes M&A and team relocations. Clients hold him in high esteem, describing him as "excellent, thorough and very timely."

Robert Batterman maintains a particular expertise in labor litigation within the sports arena and frequently represents sports leagues in high-profile disputes. Peers say: "He is very good, knows his stuff and has good relationships."

Wayne Katz is a "fantastic lawyer and a genuinely good guy," according to one client, who adds: "He turns things around in a timely fashion and is detail-orientated, and has 25 years of experience doing this." His sports law practice encompasses a broad range of corporate matters including acquisitions and financing of teams and stadiums.

Jon Oram maintains a broad transactional practice in the sports law space. Of particular note is his experience handling entertainment and media rights agreements. He draws praise from clients who report that "he is incredibly thorough and always available. He is thoughtful and forecasts issues that are coming down the road to help us prepare and manage."

Frank Saviano is "very well regarded" by fellow practitioners, also who note that he is "very talented." His practice centers on the intersection of sports and entertainment law, and recently he has demonstrated expertise in digital distribution. Clients appreciate that "he has a good, measured demeanor and is good at distilling complex topics down to something digestible."

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates - Sports Law Department

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What the team is known for Highly renowned sports law practice with standout aptitude in a diverse range of contentious and noncontentious matters. Offers exceptional proficiency in litigious concerns, with noteworthy experience in antitrust disputes, IP and labor-related issues. Also knowledgeable about commercial transactions, licensing agreements and financings. Recognized for representing significant sports associations and prestigious national leagues as well as teams and investors in the sports sector.

Strengths Clients appreciate the "broad range of expertise" on offer, adding that the firm "has a reputation for excellence and professionalism that's well deserved."

Sources also highlight the firm's "ability to stay current in an evolving area of the law."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of the NCAA, NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB in an action against the State of New Jersey, challenging the state's attempt to repeal a prohibition on sports gambling at authorized venues, which was deemed to violate the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act.

Represented the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver against a lawsuit brought by former Clippers owner Donald Sterling seeking $1 billion in damages over the termination of his ownership of the Clippers following the release of a recording of him making racist comments.

Notable practitioners

Shepard Goldfein primarily handles contentious matters on behalf of major clients in the sports sector. His expertise includes a diverse array of issues including antitrust and personal injury. He is well regarded among practitioners in the market and according to one interviewee, "his advice is so good and so practical. He is fantastic."

Jeffrey Mishkin "understands the business of sports and is an excellent litigator," according to clients. He is also regarded as a "unique attorney and resource" due to his background working in-house at the NBA. He chiefly handles contentious sports matters and his recent experience includes antitrust, regulatory and intellectually property disputes.

Sources say Anthony Dreyer is "very client friendly and willing to do anything for a client." He typically handles contentious sports matters and has recently been engaged on antitrust and media disputes.

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Skadden has one of the leading sports law practices in the country. We have successfully handled high-stakes matters for the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the PGA TOUR, the United States Tennis Association and the Arena Football League, including litigation, antitrust, corporate, labor, league governance and intellectual property issues. We also have represented numerous individual major league teams and their owners in player disputes, mergers, acquisitions, stadium financings, venue leases, sponsorship agreements, corporate financings and project finance work.
Our attorneys have a thorough understanding of the legal challenges that can arise in the sports world and the best approaches for addressing those issues. We serve as a principal outside counsel to both the NBA and the NHL and have been involved in nearly every major legal decision affecting these leagues for more than two decades. Additionally, we have played a principal role in many of the most high-profile disputes on behalf of sports leagues, such as monopoly claims against the NFL, and labor disputes and collective bargaining agreements for the NBA, NHL, NFL and Arena Football League.

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DLA Piper LLP (US) - Sports Law Department

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What the team is known for Established practice valued for its long-standing expertise in a range of transactional and development matters. Advises an impressive portfolio of sports teams, leagues and broadcasters on a range of complex concerns, with notable expertise in stadium development, financing, employment and real estate mandates. Able to leverage the firm's impressive global network on cross-border mandates.

Notable practitioners

Mark Whitaker focuses primarily on major stadium financing transactions. Peers say: "He is very practical, very solution-oriented and very smart."

Peter White enjoys a strong reputation with regard to his expertise in stadium and arena financing transactions. Clients note that he is "reliable and knows the best way to get to an answer."

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Latham & Watkins LLP - Sports Law Department

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What the team is known for Well-regarded sports law group that acts for a stellar client base in a variety of contentious and noncontentious matters. Acknowledged for its aptitude in a broad array of issues relating to the broadcasting and media space. Offers notable expertise in new media and digital distribution within the sports sector including the exploitation of virtual reality technology. Has an impressive reputation for the diversity of its client base, including sports technology companies, major international bodies like the IOC, and leagues and teams.

Work highlights Represented Univision on its bid for the Spanish-language broadcast rights for many upcoming UEFA competitions, including the UEFA Champions League, Europa League and Super Cup competitions.

Handled a wide range of matters on behalf of the Unites States Soccer Federation including defending a discrimination lawsuit brought by the United States Women’s National Team alleging violations of Title VII and the Equal Pay Act.

Notable practitioners

Joseph Calabrese is "insightful and knowledgeable," comment clients. He handles a broad range of matters including media rights and corporate transactions. He is well known for his representation of the International Olympic Committee.

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Winston & Strawn LLP - Sports Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly regarded litigation practice also relied upon by big-name clients for ongoing corporate advisory services. Routinely represents premier athletes and players' associations in arbitrations, antitrust cases and personal conduct disputes. Experienced in representing media companies, government entities and sponsors. Also offers high-end advice on noncontentious matters, including sponsorship and marketing agreements.

Strengths The firm is well known for its representation of athletes, with peers describing it as "one of the biggest and most well-respected firms on the player side."

Work highlights Acted on behalf the United States Women's National Soccer Team in an equal pay dispute before the EEOC alleging wage discrimination by the Unites States Soccer Federation.

Represented the National Football League Players Association and Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott in arbitration and court proceedings challenging the six-game suspension imposed on Elliott by the NFL Commissioner.

Notable practitioners

Jeffrey Kessler draws praise from peers and clients alike, with one source lauding him as "the most effective advocate I have ever seen," adding that "the man thinks faster than you can breathe." His practice is focused on the resolution of contentious disputes in the sports sector, including challenges to decisions by league commissioners, significant antitrust matters and employment disputes.

David Feher acts on behalf of athletes and players associations in collective bargaining negotiations as well as contentious labor and antitrust matters. He is widely respected, with one interviewee saying: "Every time I see him, he is amazing."

David Greenspan is "a very good litigator," say peers. He specializes in contentious sports law matters, including disciplinary proceedings and antitrust matters. Clients say: "He is very bright and motivated, and does a good job on a lot of different things."

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Clients include every major U.S. players association, sports franchises and leagues, professional and amateur athletes, IP licensees and licensors, media companies, sports agents, governmental entities, coaches, sponsors, and others in the sports industry.

Litigated some of the most historic/noteworthy sports cases:

  • Representation of US Women’s National Soccer Team in fight for equal pay, including collective bargaining negotiations with US Soccer Federation and proceedings before Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • Arbitration and litigation in “Deflategate” case challenging authority of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to discipline NFL player Tom Brady
  • Representation of a historic antitrust suit against NCAA and major college conferences (Jenkins v. NCAA) challenging restrictions on compensation to players
  • Arbitration and litigation challenging the authority of the NFL’s commissioner to retroactively apply the NFL’s new Personal Conduct Policy to Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson
  • Arbitration successfully challenging the NFL commissioner’s second discipline of former NFL player Ray Rice
  • Landmark antitrust suits that led to the current free agency/salary cap systems in the NFL and NBA.

Balanced practice includes representation of leagues, franchises and other owner/operators in sports industry, including the Los Angeles Dodgers, North American Soccer League (NASL), a number of ATP Masters 1000, and a variety of tennis tournaments.

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Arent Fox LLP - Sports Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Leading force in the specialist area of naming rights and sponsorship, an area in which the firm has carved out a dominant niche. Strong track record advising on sports arena financings and construction projects. Frequently handles IP matters for sporting organizations and athletes. Additionally offers counsel on the use of innovative technologies in the sports sector.

Strengths Clients consider the firm to be "trusted confidants and allies."

Work highlights Acted as counsel to the Miami Dolphins in its 18-year stadium naming rights agreement with Hard Rock, a transaction valued at $250 million.

Advised Big Ten Media Properties on the sublicensing of media rights worth over $2 billion to ESPN, CBS and FOX.

Notable practitioners

Richard Brand is "really practical and resourceful," according to clients, who further describe his approach as "refreshing." He is regularly engaged on matters involving media rights and sponsorship agreements, and has extensive experience negotiating stadium naming rights contracts.

Maidie Oliveau maintains a focus on transactions within the sports industry and her recent experience includes negotiating media rights and sponsorship agreements. One client describes her as "absolutely fantastic," explaining that "she understands the industry well, and can educate us on the legal and practical issues." Another interviewee appreciates that "she knows our business inside and out."

About the Team (content provided by Arent Fox LLP)

Arent Fox's Sports practice is one of the most experienced in the United States, with many years of practice inside the sports industry on all types of sports related transactions. Our attorneys have served as counsel to numerous professional teams and have advised a number of purchasers and sellers of professional franchises, events, and sports properties. We have significant experience in the acquisition, development, and operation of arenas and stadiums. We have assisted our clients in financings relating to the acquisition of professional sports teams and the development of arenas and stadiums as well as the refinancing of existing venues through public and private means.


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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP - Sports Law Department

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What the team is known for Continues to act on significant antidoping mandates for antidoping agencies and sporting organizations. Respected for its work with international sporting bodies and domestic minor leagues and emerging sports. Other areas of expertise include naming rights, sponsorship agreements, stadium development and corporate transactions.

Work highlights Provided counsel to the World Anti-Doping Agency in a dispute before the American Arbitration Association concerning the length of the bans against several high-profile members of the US Postal Service/Discovery Channel Team.

Represented Pro Football Hall of Fame in connection with the naming rights agreement for Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village and various other sponsorship matters.

Notable practitioners

Richard Young is acclaimed by his peers as a force in the antidoping space, while clients appreciate his strategic thinking. He has been active representing regulatory bodies in some of the most high-profile antidoping cases of recent years.

Steven Smith maintains a specialty in naming rights and sponsorship agreements. His recent work also includes stadium development transactions and advising governing bodies.

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Foley & Lardner LLP - Sports Law Department

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What the team is known for Extensive expertise in corporate transactions, media rights deals and advising on the development of sports stadiums. Acts for clients, including universities, leagues and teams, on contentious and noncontentious antitrust, tax, IP and labor mandates. Demonstrates particular strengths in team transactions including significant franchise acquisitions.

Work highlights Provided representation to an investor involved in the purchase of the Miami Marlins baseball team.

Acted on behalf of Hi-Rez Studios in its streaming deal with Microsoft’s Mixer for a new eSports Paladins Console Series.

Notable practitioners

Mary Braza maintains a broad sports law practice, which includes financing and sponsorship agreements.

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Herrick, Feinstein LLP - Sports Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Recognized for its work with some of the most storied names in American sports, but also home to an ever-expanding client roster of teams, leagues and investors. Advises clients on sizable financing deals, complex disputes and daily advisory needs across a number of sports. Recent experience also includes entertainment and intellectual property transactions.

Strengths Herrick, Feinstein "continues to be a go-to firm" for clients.

Work highlights Counseled Ultimate Fighting Championship in connection with the August 2017 fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, which drew an estimated $700 million in revenue.

Represented Yankee Stadium in the refunding of callable tax-exempt bonds issued by the New York County Industrial Development Agency, which were originally issued to finance the lease and construction of the new Yankee Stadium.

Notable practitioners

Irwin Kishner offers strength across a broad array of transactional and corporate matters, with a particular wealth of experience in bond refinancing. Clients say: "He is engaged, responsive and there when I need him." He also draws praise for his "expertise and uncanny understanding of the work. He is up to date on the existing laws as well as what is coming down the road. He is clearly ahead of the curve."

About the Team (content provided by Herrick, Feinstein LLP)

Herrick’s sports law group focuses on the myriad of corporate, real estate, tax, litigation, intellectual property, government relations and litigation aspects of sports law. The group’s work spans league and team formation and operation, arena and stadium-financing and developments, naming rights, sponsorships and media rights' transactions, team acquisitions and investments. Herrick’s lawyers also provide pragmatic counselling on the day-to-day operations of sports businesses – advising on player and personnel issues, capital arrangements, concession agreements, advertising contracts, and prominent title sponsorships for major stadium and arena events. The group also represents team owners, executives and athletes in their outside investment activities, as well as in their tax and personal planning concerns.

The group has served as primary outside counsel to the world’s most valuable baseball franchises, the New York Yankees and Yankee Global Enterprises; and the New York Mets, advising Sterling Equities, owner of the New York Mets, Sterling Entertainment Enterprises (SNY), and the team itself. Other clients for which the group serves as outside counsel include Legends Hospitality; Q4 America; New York Racing Association in all operational aspects of its business, the Dallas Cowboys in analysing their duties as a member of the NFL, and World Surf League in obtaining approval by the International Olympic Committee to be included in the Summer Games in Tokyo in 2020.

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Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP - Sports Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong team with an enviable client base of top teams in basketball and baseball, in addition to numerous other sports. Represents a number of key players in the market with respect to sporting arena developments, media rights deals, financing and broadcasting. Also assists clients on regulatory matters such as compliance with league regulations.

Strengths Clients say: "We value the firm's guidance and partnership."

Work highlights Provided counsel to the Sacramento Kings on a variety of issues including the development of a new arena, negotiation of a new jersey sponsorship deal and various employment matters.

Acted as counsel to Keystone Sports & Entertainment on matters including stadium debt financing and acquisition and naming of a training facility.

Notable practitioners

Adam Klein maintains a broad transactional practice, which includes corporate, financings, real estate development and media transactions. He is well liked by clients, who report that "in addition to being a brilliant lawyer, he is very client oriented and measured. He is always in problem-solving mode, he is succinct and cuts to the heart of an issue." Additionally, clients note: "He is a zealous advocate for his client but also appreciates the need for a strong relationship."

Harris Eisenberg is well regarded for his transactional practice within sports law, with peers particularly noting his expertise in private equity deals. He also displays prowess in corporate and stadium development transactions.

About the Team (content provided by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP)

Katten's Sports and Sports Facilities attorneys provide legal services to a wide array of participants in the sports industry, including MLB, NBA, MLS, NHL, NBADL, ECHL and USHL teams, prospective owners, arena/stadium developers and operators, financial institutions, regional sports networks, government entities, universities, NASCAR-related parties, and corporate sponsors. For example, Katten has served as outside general counsel for the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bulls since their acquisition by Jerry Reinsdorf in the 1980s, and also serves as outside general counsel for the Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, Oakland A's, Philadelphia Union and San Jose Earthquakes.

We counsel clients on all aspects of the business of sports. Our attorneys advise on the purchase and sale of sports franchises, debt and equity financings, television and radio broadcast agreements, sponsorship agreements, naming rights deals, compliance with league rules and developments in league policies, intellectual property and Internet issues, and all aspects of arena/stadium construction, financing and operations—such as ticketing arrangements, concession deals, event agreements and suite licenses. We represent franchises (and, in certain instances, their players) in litigation and related investigative matters, including civil and criminal matters, internal investigations into patterns and practices, and player/agent arbitrations.

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP - Sports Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Excellent reputation for handling a wide range of contentious situations, including contractual, IP and media disputes. Employment litigation is a particular area of expertise. Also advises on a wide range of commercial dealings for athletes, managers, broadcasters and apparel companies, in particular representing investors and teams in M&A transactions.

Work highlights Represented Showtime Networks in multidistrict litigation brought by plaintiffs who claimed to have purchased tickets for the Mayweather vs McGregor Ultimate Fighting Championship match but were unable to view the fight through Showtime's digital application.

Advised We Stand With Oakland, a nonprofit organization seeking to challenge the NFL’s relocation of the Raiders from Oakland to Las Vegas.

Notable practitioners

Jeffrey Klein is a key contact.

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Senior Statesperson

Proskauer Rose LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Howard Ganz maintains his position as a prominent figure in the sports law space, regarded by one peer as “the cream of the crop.” He has significant experience with labor and employment negotiations.

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Senior Statesperson

Berg & Androphy

From the Chambers USA guide

James Quinn of Berg & Androphy remains a highly distinguished figure in the market, described by one peer as "the real deal." His practice focuses on disputes and he is particularly experienced in labor matters. Sources say he is "a spectacular litigator" and "very strategic."

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Senior Statesperson

Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Tagliabue continues to enjoy a strong reputation amongst peers, who describe him as "highly respected, very intelligent and tremendously experienced." One interviewee says: "He is an icon." He is particularly well regarded for his representation of the NFL and has significant experience in entertainment and media rights transactions.

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

Shepard Goldfein primarily handles contentious matters on behalf of major clients in the sports sector. His expertise includes a diverse array of issues including antitrust and personal injury. He is well regarded among practitioners in the market and according to one interviewee, "his advice is so good and so practical. He is fantastic."

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Jeffrey L Kessler

Winston & Strawn LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeffrey Kessler draws praise from peers and clients alike, with one source lauding him as "the most effective advocate I have ever seen," adding that "the man thinks faster than you can breathe." His practice is focused on the resolution of contentious disputes in the sports sector, including challenges to decisions by league commissioners, significant antitrust matters and employment disputes.

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Proskauer Rose LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joseph Leccese is regarded by peers as "the preeminent sports attorney in the country," with one interviewee adding that "he just gets things done and knows the answer to everything." He predominantly handles transactional matters and over the past year has been particularly active on high-profile franchise relocations and expansions.

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Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "exceptional" Gregg Levy draws considerable praise from clients and peers alike. One client describes him as "very responsive and diligent," adding that "he provides excellent counsel." He is noted for his experience handling disputes on behalf of leagues and sports teams, and is particularly knowledgeable about antitrust matters.

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Jeffrey A Mishkin

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeffrey Mishkin "understands the business of sports and is an excellent litigator," according to clients. He is also regarded as a "unique attorney and resource" due to his background working in-house at the NBA. He chiefly handles contentious sports matters and his recent experience includes antitrust, regulatory and intellectually property disputes.

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Proskauer Rose LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Bradley Ruskin has significant expertise in contentious sports matters including antitrust and contractual disputes. His recent experience also includes M&A and team relocations. Clients hold him in high esteem, describing him as "excellent, thorough and very timely."

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Proskauer Rose LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Batterman maintains a particular expertise in labor litigation within the sports arena and frequently represents sports leagues in high-profile disputes. Peers say: "He is very good, knows his stuff and has good relationships."

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Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Benjamin Block demonstrates expertise in a wide-range of contentious sports matters including disputes between athletes and leagues. Peers highlight his "broad knowledge" and strong track record in sports law.

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Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joseph Calabrese is "insightful and knowledgeable," comment clients. He handles a broad range of matters including media rights and corporate transactions. He is well known for his representation of the International Olympic Committee.

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Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Douglas Gibson draws praise for his handling of transactional matters on behalf of sports teams and leagues, and demonstrates particular expertise in broadcast and other media agreements. Clients appreciate that he is "commercial and really understands the business."

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Law Offices of Howard L Jacobs

From the Chambers USA guide

Howard Jacobs has a strong reputation for his representation of individual athletes and draws on a wealth of experience defending doping cases.

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Proskauer Rose LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Wayne Katz is a "fantastic lawyer and a genuinely good guy," according to one client, who adds: "He turns things around in a timely fashion and is detail-orientated, and has 25 years of experience doing this." His sports law practice encompasses a broad range of corporate matters including acquisitions and financing of teams and stadiums.

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Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Adam Klein maintains a broad transactional practice, which includes corporate, financings, real estate development and media transactions. He is well liked by clients, who report that "in addition to being a brilliant lawyer, he is very client oriented and measured. He is always in problem-solving mode, he is succinct and cuts to the heart of an issue." Additionally, clients note: "He is a zealous advocate for his client but also appreciates the need for a strong relationship."

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Daniel Nash of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP skillfully handles disciplinary challenges and other labor disputes. He frequently acts on behalf of the NFL and also has experience representing teams.

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Proskauer Rose LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jon Oram maintains a broad transactional practice in the sports law space. Of particular note is his experience handling entertainment and media rights agreements. He draws praise from clients who report that "he is incredibly thorough and always available. He is thoughtful and forecasts issues that are coming down the road to help us prepare and manage."

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Whitaker focuses primarily on major stadium financing transactions. Peers say: "He is very practical, very solution-oriented and very smart."

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

From the Chambers USA guide

Peter White enjoys a strong reputation with regard to his expertise in stadium and arena financing transactions. Clients note that he is "reliable and knows the best way to get to an answer."

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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Young is acclaimed by his peers as a force in the antidoping space, while clients appreciate his strategic thinking. He has been active representing regulatory bodies in some of the most high-profile antidoping cases of recent years.

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Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Peter Zern is described by clients as an "amazing lawyer, who is skilled at drafting commercial contracts, especially in the sports space." He acts on a wide range of transactions including joint venture formation and financings. His clients include major sports leagues as well as companies active in the sports industry.

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Jeffrey R Appelbaum

Thompson Hine LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeffrey Appelbaum of Thompson Hine LLP is particularly skilled at handling construction matters on behalf of clients in the sports industry. Clients view him as "invaluable," and also appreciate that he is "immediately responsive." He has considerable experience advising teams, real estate developers and public bodies in connection with the construction of stadiums and other sports facilities.

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O'Melveny & Myers LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Charles Baker of O'Melveny & Myers LLP is well regarded for his extensive expertise in franchise acquisitions and dispositions. He is also knowledgeable about league expansions and skilled at handling financing transactions.

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Arent Fox LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Brand is "really practical and resourceful," according to clients, who further describe his approach as "refreshing." He is regularly engaged on matters involving media rights and sponsorship agreements, and has extensive experience negotiating stadium naming rights contracts.

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Foley & Lardner LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mary Braza maintains a broad sports law practice, which includes financing and sponsorship agreements.

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Anthony J. Dreyer

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources say Anthony Dreyer is "very client friendly and willing to do anything for a client." He typically handles contentious sports matters and has recently been engaged on antitrust and media disputes.

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Winston & Strawn LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Feher acts on behalf of athletes and players associations in collective bargaining negotiations as well as contentious labor and antitrust matters. He is widely respected, with one interviewee saying: "Every time I see him, he is amazing."

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Garrett of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP has extensive experience in intellectual property litigation and is particularly knowledgeable about copyright law. He regularly represents major sports leagues and teams.

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Global Sports Advocates, LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Greene of Global Sports Advocates, LLC focuses his practice predominantly on the representation of individual athletes, and also has experience advising governing bodies in the sports sector. He has experience handling sensitive disciplinary issues including defending doping allegations. "He is enormously responsive, client-centered and extremely knowledgeable," according to one client, who adds: "I have enormous confidence in his judgment."

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Winston & Strawn LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Greenspan is "a very good litigator," say peers. He specializes in contentious sports law matters, including disciplinary proceedings and antitrust matters. Clients say: "He is very bright and motivated, and does a good job on a lot of different things."

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Herrick, Feinstein LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Irwin Kishner offers strength across a broad array of transactional and corporate matters, with a particular wealth of experience in bond refinancing. Clients say: "He is engaged, responsive and there when I need him." He also draws praise for his "expertise and uncanny understanding of the work. He is up to date on the existing laws as well as what is coming down the road. He is clearly ahead of the curve."

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Arent Fox LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Maidie Oliveau maintains a focus on transactions within the sports industry and her recent experience includes negotiating media rights and sponsorship agreements. One client describes her as "absolutely fantastic," explaining that "she understands the industry well, and can educate us on the legal and practical issues." Another interviewee appreciates that "she knows our business inside and out."

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O'Melveny & Myers LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Irwin Raij of O'Melveny & Myers LLP handles a wide range of noncontentious sports law matters on behalf of professional and amateur sports groups. His recent work includes the acquisition and financing of teams, stadium development and media rights agreements.

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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Smith maintains a specialty in naming rights and sponsorship agreements. His recent work also includes stadium development transactions and advising governing bodies.

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Up and Coming

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Harris Eisenberg is well regarded for his transactional practice within sports law, with peers particularly noting his expertise in private equity deals. He also displays prowess in corporate and stadium development transactions.

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Up and Coming

Proskauer Rose LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Frank Saviano is "very well regarded" by fellow practitioners, also who note that he is "very talented." His practice centers on the intersection of sports and entertainment law, and recently he has demonstrated expertise in digital distribution. Clients appreciate that "he has a good, measured demeanor and is good at distilling complex topics down to something digestible."

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