Erik Albright is a partner with the law firm Smith Moore Leatherwood, LLP, a full service law firm with offices in 7 Southeastern cities. Mr. Albright's diverse experience with civil litigation has included general tort and insurance coverage matters, complex commercial and antitrust litigation, employment covenants and trade secrets, securities litigation, and products liability. Mr. Albright has advised and represented clients in the sports industry over the past 25 years, including collegiate athletic conferences and universities; professional football, baseball and soccer teams; the local organizers of Greensboro's PGA TOUR golf tournament (now known as the Wyndham Championship); a national amateur sports organization; two adventure parks, and multiple other sports organizations and sports insurers. Mr. Albright previously was certified during the 1990's as an NFLPA player-agent and represented professional football players. Mr. Albright has also previously served as an adjunct professor of law — teaching the sports law courses — at both Wake Forest University School of Law and at Elon University School of Law.
Chuck Baker is a Partner in DLA Piper's New York office. His corporate practice encompasses mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate finance and restructurings, with a core focus in the sports, media and consumer sectors.
Chuck has represented buyers and sellers of sports franchises in the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, MLS and many of the European football leagues. Recent transactions include representing owners of the Atlanta Hawks in auctioned sale of NBA team; Abu Dhabi United Group in the acquisition, together with the NY Yankees, of NYCFC; Atlanta Falcons' owner in acquisition of Atlanta United FC and Rob Dyrdek's Street League Skateboarding in its Series A financing by Causeway Media Partners. Chuck has been repeatedly recognized in both Chambers USA and The Legal 500 United States for his work in mergers and acquisitions, and sports law. The Chambers directory cited clients as saying he "really understands the idiosyncrasies of sports transactions and he really knows how to get a deal done." Chambers and Partners has also described Chuck as a "very strong practitioner" who is "well connected, incredibly bright and just able to get the deal closed." He "has tremendous experience and know-how in the sports space." The Legal 500 directory has noted that he is "awesome" and a "notable" New York contact. In 2015, his work on the Atlanta Hawks sale was recognized by Global M&A Networks and awarded USA Deal of the Year at the M&A Atlas Awards. Chuck is also a New York Super Lawyer.
Brian Berger is a senior strategic communications veteran who has more than two decades of experience working in the world of sports business. Berger founded BBPR in 1998 after working in the front office of the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers. He also founded the firm Everything is on the Record (www.everythingisontherecord.com) that assists athletes, coaches, CEO's politicians and Hollywood film directors with their dealings with the media and engaging on social media. Berger is the host and founder of the nationally-syndicated radio show Sports Business Radio (www.sportsbusinessradio.com). On the show, Berger has gone one-on-one with high-ranking sports executives such as former NBA Commissioner David Stern, Los Angeles Lakers co-owner Jeanie Buss, NCAA President Mark Emmert, Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. Berger is also the Founder/CEO of the Sports PR Summit (www.sportsprsummit.com), an annual event that brings together Senior PR executives from the pro and collegiate sports ranks as well as from top sports corporations, media members and athletes for panel discussions and valuable networking opportunities. Media members and athletes share candid insight about the best ways for PR executives to work most effectively with them. The event allows for all attendees to leave with a better understanding of the evolving communications issues and challenges we are facing in the sports industry.
Berger is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Communications/Broadcasting with a minor in Psychology.
Berger was named to Forbes.com's list of Top 50 sports follows on social media (@SBRadio).
Jessica C. Berman
Jessica C. Berman is Vice President, Special Projects & Corporate Social Responsibility at the National Hockey League. In this role she participates in the design and execution of the League's strategic corporate responsibility goals, initiatives, policies and programs in the areas of importance to the League, the NHL Foundation, the NHL Clubs, the NHL's business partners and the hockey community generally, with a particular focus on ensuring the initiatives are properly aligned with the League's overall objectives and strategy. Jessica also assists on various special projects that may arise from time to time through the Commissioner and/or Deputy Commissioner. Prior to this position, she was Vice President & Deputy General Counsel for the NHL. She was a member of the collective bargaining team for the 2012 NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), which involved working on the League's labor strategy, negotiating with the NHLPA, drafting the CBA, and analyzing the impact of proposed CBA provisions. She continues to be responsible for implementing the new defined benefit plan for NHL Players, and she is responsible for League matters relating to player health and safety, NHL coaches, drug testing, employment policies, employee relations, human resources, player pension and other benefits, insurance, lobbying and immigration.
Prior to working for the NHL, Jessica was an Associate in the Labor & Employment Department at Proskauer Rose LLP. At Proskauer, she represented employers in mediations, arbitrations and litigations. She also worked on collective bargaining negotiations for clients in various unionized industries, including sports, newspaper publishing and entertainment. Notably, Jessica worked with the team of Proskauer attorneys who represented the NHL on labor and employment matters, including the 2004-2005 work stoppage. While at Proskauer, she handled a number of pro bono matters, including a domestic relations trial involving divorce, child support and visitation rights.
Jessica graduated from Fordham University School of Law where she was the Editor-in-Chief of the Fordham Sports Law Forum and an Associate Editor of the Urban Law Journal. She graduated from the University of Michigan, School of Kinesiology with an undergraduate degree in Sports Management and Communications with distinction. During her years in Ann Arbor, Michigan, she worked as the Assistant Manager for the Menï¿½s Ice Hockey team and the Menï¿½s Football team through the Sports Information Department. In 2009 the University of Michigan, School of Kinesiology awarded her the Early Career Achievement Award.
Jessica's husband Brad had a hemorrhagic stroke caused by a ruptured Arteriovenous Malformation on August 4, 2013, at the age of 37. Since then she has devoted herself to helping people with brain injuries and encouraging healthy living and brain health through physical activity. Jessica started a fundraising initiative called "Run 4 Brad" in February 2014. To date she has raised over ¾ of a million dollars to fund brain research and rehabilitation for individuals with brain injuries from strokes, and she continues to mobilize her community to exercise to benefit themselves and others. Although she has changed the original name of her organization to "Train the Brain," she continues her mission to benefit others.
Jessica has lectured on corporate social responsibility, labor law and collective bargaining in sports, immigration law in sports, sports arbitration, breaking into the sports industry, and other issues specifically related to the NHL. Jessica remains active with the University of Michigan currently serving on the Board of Advisors of the Michigan Sports Business Conference, and having served on the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology Alumni Board. In 2012, she was elected to the Board of Directors of the Sports Lawyers Association. In 2014 she was selected to receive the Sports Business Journal's 40 Under 40 Award. In 2015 she and her husband Brad were presented with the Burke Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Board of Directors of the Burke Medical Research Institute and Burke Rehabilitation Hospital. In 2015 she also delivered the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology Commencement Address.
Outside of her professional pursuits Jessica is an avid runner and has completed several marathons, half marathons and Tough Mudders. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and now resides in Westchester with her husband and two young sons who are both playing ice hockey!
Over the past 25 years, Chris Bevilacqua has established himself as a leader in the sports media business, including being at the forefront of two transformative eras in sports media history. Bevilacqua Helfant Ventures (BHV) represents a continuation and expansion of business he previously conducted as founder and CEO of Bevilacqua Media Company (BMC).
Recognizing in the late 1990's that following the Telecommunications Act of 1996 there was going to be an explosion of investment by media companies into new technology and distribution platforms (i.e., the birth of satellite TV, digital cable and a robust internet), Bevilacqua believed that there were going to be enormous opportunities for content owners, especially those with valuable under-exploited sports rights. So in the early 2000's he set about founding and creating CSTV, the first-ever 24-hour cable TV network dedicated to college and amateur sports. CSTV was then followed by the launch of Fox College Sports and ESPNU.
His vision and efforts for CSTV led to the acquisition of the digital media company OCSN (Official College Sports Network), which eventually became the industry-leading CSTV.com portal. After raising $100 million in private equity financing from blue chip investors during the period of 2002-2005, CSTV was acquired by CBS Corporation in early 2006 for $325 million and is now known as the CBS Sports Network.
Additionally, in 2006 as part of CSTV's efforts, Bevilacqua created the first-ever 24-hour collegiate conference sports network, the MountainWest Sports Network, which served as the model for the highly successful and subsequent Big Ten Network as well as the forthcoming Pac-12 Networks. Also, during the early 2000's Bevilacqua was an early investor and advisor to online ticketing company, StubHub, which was acquired by eBay in 2007 for $310 million.
Armed with the experience of successfully creating, developing and operating media businesses, Bevilacqua was able to identify yet another forthcoming transformation in sports media. Towards the end of the first decade of the 2000's, with over $200 billion of infrastructure investments by cable, satellite and telco companies and massive media industry consolidation well underway, the subscription TV business had grown to a $150billion/year industry. With new platforms built out and consumer behavior demanding content anytime, anyplace, anywhere there was dynamic change and an increasingly competitive environment within the media ecosystem. With the dominant media incumbents focused on protecting the critical subscription TV business, there were many genres of programming being distributed outside of the subscription TV business with the exception of one genre: sports. A tipping point was coming, and live sports was the glue that was going to hold the subscription TV business together.
With that in mind, Bevilacqua focused on this transition and was able to bring his past experiences into the media advisory business. His efforts began in 2008 and culminated during an 18-month period in 2010-11 whereby he led a slew of critical sports properties into agreements that broke conventional wisdom. First, the record breaking Texas Rangers deal with Fox Sports, which at the time was the largest local rights TV deal in MLB history, more than tripling what the Rangers were previously receiving and clearly setting a new benchmark for future agreements. Second, came the San Diego Padres and their new RSN with Fox Sports, which debuted in the spring of 2012.
Thirdly, Bevilacqua was the architect of the recent Pac-12 Conference media strategy, including the FOX/ESPN media rights agreements-- the largest and most comprehensive in college sports history. He also quarterbacked the groundbreaking Pac-12 Network (and its six regional sports networks and digital network) agreements with Comcast, Time Warner, Cox and Brighthouse. The Pac-12 achieved over a 500% increase in their media rights agreements, launched their own media company which it controls 100% equity in, and at the same time altered the landscape of collegiate athletics by igniting all of the recent re-alignment by other conferences.
Prior to BMC, Bevilacqua served as Chairman and CEO of Creative Artists Agency (CAA) Sports Media Ventures, an affiliate of CAA and Evolution Media Capital (EMC), where he served as a media rights advisor for several other sports and entertainment entities including the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Tennis Channel, the Big East Conference, the Big 12 Conference, Conference USA, the National Hockey League, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the ION Television Network. Earlier in his career, Bevilacqua worked at Nike as the Global Negotiations Director and also held key roles at Major League Baseball, The Baseball Network and NBC Sports, where he won a 1988 Emmy for his role in the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
Bevilacqua is a 1986 graduate of Penn State University where he was also an NCAA All-American wrestler. This spring he will be elected into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, OK. Bevilacqua resides in Larchmont, NY with his wife Kristen and their four children.
Hal Biagas is a Senior Vice President of Excel Sports Management, a leading sports agency with over 160 clients in MLB, the NBA, the NFL and the PGA Tour. Hal directs the coaching and executive representation business at Excel where he represents coaches and executives in the NBA, NFL, MLB and NCAA men's basketball, football and baseball. Prior to transitioning to client representation Hal served as General Counsel at Excel, overseeing the company's legal affairs. As GC, Hal assessed and resolved issues regarding the company's clients and advised Excel management in areas such as corporate governance, labor relations, litigation and corporate strategy. Hal played a critical role in the execution of the agency's marketing and business development strategies through his ability to direct and navigate the negotiation and drafting process with Excel's partners, agents, athletes and staff.
Prior to working at Excel, Hal worked at Wasserman Media Group as the Executive Vice President of Team Sports from 2009 to 2012. In his position at Wasserman, Hal was responsible for managing all aspects of the Team Sports division, including oversight of the sports agents, legal staff, sports marketing and public relations activities related to Wasserman's NBA, WNBA, NFL, MLB and MLS clients.
Hal served as the Deputy Counsel and later as the Assistant General Counsel of the National Basketball Players Association ("NBPA") from 1997 to 2009, where he was a key member of the team that negotiated and drafted the 1999 and 2005 NBA/NBPA Collective Bargaining Agreements ("CBA"). Hal's primary responsibilities included: developing the NBPA's labor strategy, participating in all CBA related and other matters with the NBA; providing legal advice to players and agents on individual salary negotiations, the salary cap and collective bargaining issues; managing and actively participating in all litigation matters, including the representation of players during grievance hearings (e.g. Latrell Sprewell, Pacers/Pistons brawl, Guaranteed Contract case); and coordinating and presenting the annual certified agent seminar.
While at the NBPA, Hal was also actively involved in the daily operations of the Women's National Basketball Players Association ("WNBPA") as General Counsel. He was integral in the formation of the WNBPA and the negotiation in 1999 of the first CBA in women's team sports, as well as the second CBA, negotiated in 2003. Hal served as the lead union negotiator for the 2008 WNBA CBA.
Hal graduated from Boston University with a BA in History. While at Boston University he participated in a legislative internship program in the House of Representatives for Congressman Mickey Leland of Texas. Following graduation from Boston University he worked as a financial analyst in Washington D.C. for Allstate Financial.
Hal received his JD from UCLA School of Law. While at UCLA he returned to Capitol Hill, serving as a legislative assistant for the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and Finance, chaired by Congressman Ed Markey of Massachusetts.
Charles J. Biederman
Mr. Biederman's practice focuses primarily on the representation of artists, entrepreneurs and entities in the areas of music, film, television, fashion and branding, advertising, and digital media. Clients include major writers, producers, actors, recording artists, athletes, record labels, publishing companies, designers, apparel and accessory companies, studios, and advertising agencies throughout the U.S. and internationally.
Mr. Biederman is a regular lecturer on various entertainment, branding, and media law topics and regularly teaches a class in International Entertainment Law in London. He is co-author of the casebook, Law and Business of the Entertainment Industries, Fifth Edition, 2007; Praeger Publishers.
Adolpho A. Birch III
Adolpho Birch serves as Senior Vice President of Labor Policy & League Affairs for the National Football League, which is headquartered in New York, New York. Upon joining the NFL in 1997, his primary responsibility was the enforcement of the League's Collective Bargaining Agreement, which encompassed issues including player and Club contract and injury grievances, benefits matters and salary cap disputes. In his current capacity, he oversees the development, administration and enforcement of the League's critical policies respecting the integrity of the game, including those on substances of abuse, performance-enhancing drugs, gambling and criminal misconduct. Mr. Birch also has advanced the League's legislative and political interests, working with federal, state and local officials on key league issues such as youth concussion laws, the league's tax status and the FCC's blackout rule. He also previously directed the League's player development efforts, which comprise a number of programs designed to support player and employee off-field success, focusing on continuing education, financial education, career development and clinical assistance.
Prior to joining the NFL, Mr. Birch was in private practice in Houston, Texas, initially with Fulbright & Jaworski's Antitrust/Complex Litigation and Public Law group; and later with a boutique firm specializing in labor, insurance defense and municipal finance. Preceding his firm affiliations, he served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable Thomas A. Wiseman, Jr., Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.
Mr. Birch attended Vanderbilt University Law School as a Patricia Roberts Harris Scholar, serving on the Editorial Board of the Vanderbilt Law Review and earning his juris doctorate in 1991. He did his undergraduate work at Harvard University, where he graduated with honors in Government and participated as a member of the junior varsity lacrosse and basketball teams, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. and other student organizations.
Mr. Birch was raised in Nashville and is actively involved in a number of professional and philanthropic organizations including the Sports Lawyers Association (Board Member), Partnership for Clean Competition (Board of Governors), Why Not Sports? (Board Member), New York City Business of Sports High School (Advisory Board Member) and the National Bar Association. In October 2010, Mr. Birch was chosen as one of the top 100 leaders of the African-American community by The Root, a media collaboration between scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and the Washington Post. In May 2014, he was named a Trustee to the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust.
Bryce Blum is a lawyer and avid gamer. Bryce is a co-founder of IME Law, where he maintains a full-time practice in esports law, representing teams, leagues, tournament organizers, influencers and other service providers in the esports industry. Bryce's work spans across virtually every major esports title. He counsels clients on entertainment, employment, intellectual property, business, and gaming law issues. Bryce is also the Director of Esports and In-House Counsel at Unikrn, the world's premiere esports wagering platform, where he has spearheaded Unikrn's industry-leading competitive integrity certification program.
Bryce is an active member of the esports community. He is a guest columnist for ESPN and The Daily Dot, frequently participates in discussions surrounding esports disputes on Twitter and Reddit under the handle @esportslaw, and appears on various esports talk shows.
Rich Brand is the Managing Partner of the San Francisco Office of Arent Fox LLP, and the Chair of the Sports Practice Group. Rich's sports law practice focuses on naming rights, sponsorships, media rights, acquisitions of professional sports franchises, arena/stadium licenses, executive contracts, concession agreements, suite and club seat licenses, and financings for teams and facilities. Rich has represented numerous professional teams, including the Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Cleveland Cavaliers, DC United, Inter Milan, Los Angeles Galaxy, Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Dolphins, Miami Heat, New York Jets, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trailblazers. San Francisco 49ers, Washington Capitals, and Washington Wizards. Examples of Rich's experience include representing Mercedes-Benz in its naming rights and sponsorship transaction with the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United FC in connection with Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Golden One Credit Union in its naming rights and sponsorship transaction with the Sacramento Kings in connection with Golden One Center, the San Francisco 49ers in its naming rights and sponsorship transaction with Levi Strauss & Co in connection with Levi's Stadium, the Brooklyn Nets in all aspects of its new multi-million dollar training facility in Brooklyn, the Los Angeles Lakers in its media rights agreement with Time Warner Cable, Brooklyn Events Center, LLC in the transaction which relocated the New York Islanders to the Barclays Center, the family of Abe Pollin in the sale of its interests in the Washington Wizards, the Brooklyn Nets in the Barclays Center Naming Rights transaction, the Los Angeles Galaxy in its media rights agreement with Time Warner Cable, and Lawrence Investments (Larry Ellison's personal investment company) in its efforts to acquire an NBA franchise. Rich is recognized as a leading sports attorney by Chambers USA, Legal 500 and Best Lawyers, and as a leading real estate attorney by Legal 500 and Best Lawyers. He obtained his law degree from University of Pennsylvania Law School and his undergraduate degree in finance from Georgetown University. He speaks extensively on many aspects of sports, real estate and hospitality law at major industry conferences. He has been featured on the Yes Network's Forbes SportsMoney sports talk show and on CNN, Fox News and other national video/television programs. Rich is an adjunct professor at UC Berkeley School of Law and Stanford University Law School, teaching courses in Drafting and Negotiating Sports Transactions and regularly guest lectures at prominent undergraduate and graduate Sports Administration programs.
Mary K. Braza
Mary K. Braza is a partner and litigation lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP and a former member of the firm's management committee. She is a trial lawyer by training, but since the mid-1990's has been involved in a number of transactions involving the sports industry. As co-chair of the Sports Industry Team, she divides her time between litigation and transactional matters. Ms. Braza advises stakeholders in significant sports franchise acquisitions and valuations and issues surrounding league and team operations such as broadcast television and radio deals, regional sports networks, new media, social media, mobile rights, sponsorship agreements, naming rights, concession and merchandising agreements, and revenue sharing.
Ms. Braza works with team owners and prospective buyers on transactions, including purchase and sale of ownership interests in teams and negotiation of broadcasting and media rights agreements, and litigates and counsels professional teams and universities on a range of sports issues. She has served as outside counsel to Major League Baseball on a wide variety of issues, including strategic planning, new media initiatives, franchise relocation, internal investigations, congressional hearings, trademark and antitrust litigation, employment, taxation, technology and consulting agreements, and licensing. She has worked closely with a number of professional sports teams, including the Chicago Cubs, the San Diego Padres, the Texas Rangers and the Milwaukee Brewers.
Ms. Braza has served as the lead litigator in cases of significance in sports law. Among other matters, she was lead counsel in a multi-jurisdictional dispute involving the realignment of collegiate sports conferences which includes antitrust, breach of contract and intentional interference claims. Ms. Braza represented Major League Baseball in Major League Baseball v. Crist, 331 F.3d 1177 (11th Cir. 2003) and successfully asserted the baseball antitrust exemption to block an investigation by the Florida Attorney General. She represented MLB Advanced Media in a right of publicity and First Amendment challenge to a licensing program for use of player information on fantasy sports websites in C.B.C. Distribution & Marketing, Inc. v. Major League Baseball Advanced Media, L.P., 505 F.3d 818 (8th Cir. 2007). In addition to her sports practice, Ms. Braza has extensive experience in litigating commercial disputes in federal and state courts, involving such areas as environmental law, bankruptcy, distribution, insurance coverage, reinsurance and health care.
Stoke Caldwell's vast experience primarily includes representation of professional race car drivers, teams, sponsors, sanctioning bodies and other industry entities; representation of entertainment entities in television, film and live entertainment; and representation of sponsors in major arrangements with MLB teams, NFL teams, NBA teams, and NASCAR and NASCAR teams.
He helped spearhead the legal work for several major ground-breaking joint ventures in the NASCAR space, including the Gillett Evernham and Roush Fenway transactions. Stoke has drafted and negotiated hundreds of motorsports agreements. Having worked on these transactions from all angles, he has a unique perspective and is able to provide insight regarding issues affecting all parties, along with market insight on industry terms. Stoke's practice includes the formation, purchase and sale of motorsports and other sports teams, the creation of joint venture and servicing arrangements, and the purchase and sale of various other types of entities with strategic and financial investors and sellers.
He is a frequent speaker on sports and entertainment law, including seminars forthe NCBA, the Sports Lawyers Association, TRAC, and the ABA Forum on theEntertainment and Sports Industries.
Peter A. Carfagna
Peter A. Carfagna is Chairman/CEO of Magis, LLC, a privately owned sports marketing, management and investment company, including family ownership of the Lake County Captains, Cleveland Indians Class A Affiliate.
From 1994-2005, Peter served as Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel of International Management Group (IMG), and was Senior Partner at Jones Day LLP before that,during which time he worked as outside counsel to the Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers' ownership groups.
Peter graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College, having also played Varsity Football. Peter was then a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, graduating M.A. with Honours in Jurisprudence/Law. He then graduated from Harvard Law School magna cum laude, where he studied under Professor Paul J. Weiler, the "father of Sports and the Law" at Harvard.Since being appointed by then-Dean Elena Kagan as the Covington Burling Distinguished Visitor in 2006, Peter has alternated teaching 3 Sports Law Courses at Harvard Law School, each of which has been published as a casebook: 1. Representing the Professional Athlete (2nd Ed. West 2014), which is the subject of a Coursera MOOC that was first offered in Fall 2014; 2. Examining The Legal Evolution of America's 3 'Major Leagues' (2nd Ed. West 2011); and 3) Negotiating and Drafting Sports Venue Agreements (West 2010).
Peter and his wife Rita, and their 4 adult children, reside in the Cleveland, Ohio area.
Bob practices law in Newport Beach, California.
He has served as Legal Counsel for the Big West Conference (NCAA - Division I, formerly the Pacific Coast Athletic Association) since 1982, including drafting contracts and assisting in negotiations concerning television and other media licensing rights, basketball tournament and other athletic event facility leases, event sponsorships, conference membership and realignment, and relationships with employees and independent contractors such as sports officials and supervisors; rendering advice on conference governance, membership rights, and student-athlete rights and responsibilities including eligibility, letters of intent, name and likeness, and transfers; and handling a variety of litigation including interfacing with other conference and NCAA legal counsel on cases of joint interest.
Bob recently was engaged as Legal Counsel for the Golden State Athletic Conference, a nine member conference affiliated with National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
During his 40 year legal career Bob has represented organizations and companies in sports event management and production such as collegiate bowl games (California Bowl, Freedom Bowl, Humanitarian Bowl, & Disneyland Pigskin Classic), professional golf and tennis tournaments (Orange County Sports Association), and triathlons, marathons and other running events; sports marketing companies on sponsorship contracts; collegiate administrators and coaches on employment contracts; and professional baseball, football, and volleyball players, track and field athletes and golfers on sponsorship and other contracts.
Bob has served for 3 decades on the Board of Directors of the Orange County Youth Sports Foundation, including as President, which funds college scholarships for deserving Orange County high school student-athletes who have combined classroom and athletic success, provides monetary support to youth sports organizations to prevent at-risk minors from joining gangs and enable high school graduation free from destructive activities and behavior, and with Angels Baseball provides opportunities for youth groups to attend a game at Anaheim Stadium, providing tickets, transportation, Angel caps, and refreshments.
He has been involved as a volunteer for the Toshiba Classic on the Champions Tour, serving in 1995 as a Director of the Orange County Sports Association, the golf tournament's original producer, as a Director, Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the Hoag Hospital Foundation which took over production of the event in 1998, and currently as chairman of the Tournament Starters Committee, handling the announcing of the golfers on the first tee each day.
He also served for many years as a Director of the UCI Athletic Foundation, including as President, which supports intercollegiate athletics at UCI.
Bob is a graduate of UCSB (1971) and the Santa Clara University School of Law (1975), serving as the Business Editor of the Santa Clara Law Review. He lives in Balboa Island, California with his wife Terry.
Maggy Carlyle serves as Counsel, Business & Legal Affairs for Pac-12 Enterprises, where she serves on the senior staff overseeing the business and legal affairs of all of the internal business units under the Pac-12 Conference, including Pac-12 Networks, MMR, integrated sales, digital media, programming, production, technology, engineering, and school relations. Ms. Carlyle joined the Pac-12 from the San Jose Sharks, where she served as Counsel & Corporate Secretary, working closely with the executive management team in the development and execution of business strategies, key transactions, NHL compliance, government relations, risk management, and all other legal matters. Prior to joining the Sharks, Carlyle worked with the San Francisco 49ers, Pac-12 Conference, and NFL Management Council. She began her work in sports as a legal intern with the Kansas City Chiefs while attending law school at the University of Missouri.
Helen J. Carroll
Helen J. Carroll is the Director of the National Center for Lesbian Right's Sports Project. She joined NCLR in 2001 after spending 30 years as an athlete, coach, and collegiate athletic director. Carroll is known in the sports world as A National Championship Basketball Coach from unc-Asheville. She was a NCAAAthletic Director at Mills College for twelve YEARS. Carroll works closely with major national sport organizations including the Women's Sports Foundation and the NCAA. She has been a featured speaker on panels with Nike, ESPN's ï¿½Outside the Lines', The New York Times, and many others. Her work appears in Dr. Dee Mosbacher's and Fawn Yacker's award-winning film, Training Rules, Dr. Pat Griffin's book, Strong Women, Deep Closets and The Outsports Revolution by authors Jim Buzinski and Cyd Ziegler Jr. Carroll was recently named to the of list of Most Powerful Lesbians in Sport by Curve Magazine. She currently serves a national and world expert for the inclusion of transgender athletes having co-authored the NCAA Guide for the Inclusion of Transgender Student-Athletes.
The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education. The mission of the Sports Project is to create and ensure a sports culture where individuals may fully participate, free from sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination.
Carol has spent over 12 years specializing in sports law, in relation to contentious and non-contentious matters, regulatory advice and commercial work. Carol's particular focus is on soccer and she advises professional soccer leagues, clubs, players and agents on regulatory matters (including on all aspects of player transfers, player contracts and immigration/ work permit requirements). She also represents a variety of sports clients before dispute resolution forums at a domestic and international level, including before The FA, FIFA, UEFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). She advises sports and other rights holders on commercial matters, including sponsorship, endorsement, event organization (including tours) and the exploitation of their media rights. She regularly lectures domestically and internationally on sports law issues. As a Spanish speaker, Carol often advises Spanish and Latin American clubs, players and agents.
Kenny Dorset, director of social media at Bleacher Report, leads the company's social strategy focusing on creating highly entertaining and informative content around the world of sports. Bleacher Report's social-first strategy sparked unprecedented levels of engagement with the brand's core young audience and now consistently ranks No. 1 among all publishers in driving social engagement across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Vine. As the first member of the Bleacher Report social team, Dorset helped grow the brand's followers to more than 10 million across platforms.
A graduate from Humboldt State University with a degree in journalism, Dorset joined Bleacher Report in 2012. He served as the brand's social media manager and promoted to director in 2015.
Robert DuPuy is a partner with Foley & Lardner LLP in its NY Office. He focuses his practice on the representation of buyers and sellers in sports franchise sales transactions and restructuring, including the financing of those transactions and the navigation of league requirements in connection with those sales. He is a member of the firm's Sports Industry Team.
Prior to returning to Foley & Lardner in 2011, Mr. DuPuy served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Major League Baseball from 2002 through 2010, where he was responsible for all phases of business issues facing the organization, from labor relations to broadcasting rights within traditional and emerging media, marketing, legal affairs and baseball operations. He served as the chairman of MLB Advanced Media from its inception in 2001 until his departure from MLB, after serving as its initial CEO. From 1998 to 2002, he was the Executive Vice-President and Chief Legal Officer of MLB.
Mr. DuPuy joined Foley & Lardner in 1973 as a member of the Litigation Department located in the Milwaukee office. He has served as a member of the firm's Management Committee and was a long-time chairman of its Professional Standards Committee. He has taught legal ethics and professional responsibility at Cornell University Law School, Northwestern University Law School, University of Wisconsin Law School, and Marquette University Law School. He served for over fifteen years on the faculty of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and is a pastchairman of the State Bar of Wisconsin's Professional Ethics Committee. Mr. DuPuy received his J.D. in 1973 from Cornell University, where he was editor-inchief of the Cornell Law Review. He earned his A.B. from Dartmouth College in 1968. He served in the United States Army from 1968 to 1970, including a year in Vietnam, where he received the Army Commendation Medal for his service.
Don Fehr is the Executive Director of the NHLPA. Since assuming the post in 2010, Don has focused on building active participation by players in their union, and has travelled extensively to meet and consult with players around the league. Don serves as chief negotiator in collective bargaining with the NHL.
Prior to joining the NHLPA, Don spent 33 years with the Major League Baseball Players Union (MLBPA), the last 26 as Executive Director. Over this time, Don successfully maintained unity through one lockout and two strikes; litigated the collusion cases of the 1980s which led to the owners paying $280 million in damages to the players; won the bad-faith bargaining case that ended the 1994-95 strike and subsequently negotiated an agreement; and negotiated new agreements with MLB in 2002 and 2006. These achievements resulted in an extended era of uninterrupted play, and new levels of stability in baseball labor relations.
Don helped build the strength of baseball's union by keeping the players involved and informed, and developing a strong consensus on all important issues. His goals are the same at the NHLPA.
Gabe Feldman is the Paul and Abram B. Barron Associate Professor of Law at Tulane Law School, the Director of the Tulane Sports Law Program, the Associate Provost for NCAA Compliance at Tulane University, and the co-Founder and co-Director of the Tulane Center for Sport. Professor Feldman has emerged as one of the leading voices in the country in the growing field of sports law. His extensive experience in sports law includes representing a variety of sports entities while he was in private practice, and he continues to act as a consultant for a number of clients in the sports industry.
Professor Feldman joined the Tulane Law School faculty in 2005 after nearly five years as an associate with Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C. Before that, he served as judicial clerk to Judge Susan H. Black of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Jacksonville, Fla. He is regularly quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and other newspapers throughout the country, and he has made numerous appearances on national television and radio. He also currently serves as the on-air legal analyst for the NFL Network.
Professor Feldman is editor of The Sports Lawyers Journal, a law journal devoted to the study of sports law, and The Sports Lawyer, a monthly online newsletter, and was a sports law contributor to the now-defunct Grantland.com and the Sports Law Blog. He is director of publications for the Sports Lawyers Association; co-authored of one of the leading sports law casebooks in the country, Sports Law: Cases and Materials; is one the Articles Review Board for the Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport; and has been published in a variety of journals and periodicals. Much of his writing focuses on the intersection of antitrust, labor, intellectual property law and the sports industry. Professor Feldman also serves as a mediator and arbitrator.
Professor Feldman serves on the board of directors of the Sports Lawyers Association, Walk Again Athletic Warriors and Athletes for Hope, a nonprofit organization created to harness the power of sports to impact social change. He is also the Director of Special Olympics in New Orleans. He is also a member of the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports.
Professor Feldman teaches Antitrust, Sports Law, Negotiation and Mediation and Contracts. In 2013, he received a President's Award for Graduate and Professional Teaching, a Tulane University recognition of excellence in teaching, learning and research.
Craig E. Fenech
Mr. Fenech has been an attorney since 1973. He has represented athletes and media figures since 1980. He received a BA with honors in Economics from the University of Notre Dame in 1969.
He received his law degree in 1973 from the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall School of Law). During his time at Berkeley, he served as President of the Associated Students of the University of California at Berkeley, co-founder of the National Student Lobby in Washington, DC and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Student Association in Washington, DC.Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Fenech served as staff attorney in civil litigation for IBM Corporation and went on to practice both corporate and international trade law for IBM. Upon leaving IBM, he practiced federal criminal defense work for Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. in San Diego, California.
Mr. Fenech has been a guest speaker at numerous conferences related to the Business of Sport. He has participated in panel discussions in Washington, DC regarding the Federal Regulations of Agents and in Canada regarding the Business of Sport for the Canadian Institute Sports Conference. Mr. Fenech has taught a course on the Business of Sport at the Management Institute of New York University. He has also lectured on the Art of Negotiation before the New Jersey Bar Association and at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and has guest lectured on related topics at law schools and universities across the country.
He joined the Mercantile and Sports Department of Pintó Ruiz & Del Valle in 2004, where he worked for three years advising national and foreign companies and sports clubs, players and institutions. He began a new stage in his career in 2007 as Legal Counsel with the Tribunal Arbitral du Sport - Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAS-CAS), based in Lausanne (Switzerland), where he stayed until 2011. During this time, he played an active part in over 400 sports arbitrations as advisor to the Court, drafting arbitration orders and rulings in all areas of sport (football, doping, swimming, tennis, etc.). In 2010, he took part as Counsel of the Ad Hoc Division of the TAS-CAS in Vancouver during the Winter Olympics held there. He returned to Pintó Ruiz del Valle in September 2011 as Partner and Head of the Sports Law Department, where he currently advises a number of operators in the sports market (clubs, players, leagues, associations, etc.) in contractual and statutory matters and where he acts in lawsuits and arbitrations with FIFA, TAS-CAS and other international and national institutions relating to sports or commercial sports matters. In 2012 he was appointed as arbitrator of the Spanish Sports Arbitration Court (TEAD) and in 2015 he was appointed as member of the Arbitration Panel for the 35th Edition of the America's Cup of sailing.
Buffy Filippell has been a part of many firsts in her career. And many of those firsts, including the founding of TeamWork in 1987, the first recruiting company to focus on sports executive recruiting, have created a legacy that reaches across nearly every professional sport, multiple collegiate programs and the leading live event producers in the world.
Filippell is one of the most honored and respected leaders and women in the sports world — known by many as the "Godmother of Sport Management" — having not only created TeamWork Online, as a first-of-its-kind mobile talent recruiting system focused on connecting employer to candidates in the business of sports and live events, but also having been the first female agent at IMG and one of the very first recruiters to focus on sports while at Korn/Ferry.
All of this has resulted in the expansive TeamWork network, which in Spring, 2016 will see their 100,000th community member follow their passion by accepting a position in the sports and live event world by applying for a position through TeamWork.
Lisa M. Friel
Lisa joined the NFL in April 2015 as Special Counsel for Investigations, following her role as Vice President of the Sexual Misconduct Consulting & Investigations division for T&M Protection Resources and a distinguished 28- year career as a Manhattan prosecutor. She oversees investigations related to alleged violations of the League's Personal Conduct Policy. As such, she works closely with NFL Security, Management Council and the Special Counsel for Conduct, as well as the owners' Conduct Committee. In addition, she assists in the development and delivery of educational sessions regarding domestic violence, sexual assault and other conduct-related areas to both internal and external audiences and in this role, works closely with NFL Social Responsibility, Player Engagement and Football Operations departments. Prior to coming to the League full time, Ms. Friel served seven months as Special Advisor to Commissioner Goodell on matters relating to domestic violence and sexual assault.
At T&M Protection Resources, Ms. Friel and her team developed policies and procedures, provided training workshops and conducted sensitive investigations into issues of sexual misconduct (both sexual assault and sexual harassment), domestic/dating violence, harassment, hazing and bullying for primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, athletic teams and leagues (collegiate and professional), non-profit organizations, corporations and private individuals.
Ms. Friel began her professional career at the New York County District Attorney's Office. Hired by District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau in 1983, Ms. Friel specialized in sexual assault cases for the majority of her career at the District Attorney's Office. She was the Chief of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit for nearly a decade and its Deputy Chief for 11 years. Supervising more than 40 assistant district attorneys, support staff and investigators, she typically managed 300 cases and investigations at any one time. Since her first days as a prosecutor in 1983, and continuing in her tenure at T&M Protection Resources and now the NFL, Ms. Friel has directed thousands of investigations into allegations of sexual assault, domestic/dating violence and other misconduct and has trained hundreds of law enforcement personnel throughout the world. Lawmakers in Albany and Washington repeatedly called upon her expertise to toughen laws against sexual predators, combat human trafficking, create DNA databanks and establish laws and protocols to eliminate the backlog of untested rape kits on the shelves of police departments' evidence rooms around the country.
An instructor, educator, lecturer, and former Division 1 varsity basketball and tennis player and basketball coach, Ms. Friel has connected with diverse audiences ranging from seasoned detectives to school children, doctors to volunteer sexual assault advocates, as well as athletes and athletic personnel at all levels. She has headlined legal, sports and education conferences, has provided training to all types of audiences and has participated in numerous interviews and films addressing sexual assault, stalking and domestic violence.
Ms. Friel earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from Dartmouth College, graduating cum laude. At the University of Virginia Law School, she finished in the top seven percent of her class and was awarded the Order of the Coif upon receiving her Juris Doctor.
Layth is a Partner at Lucentem Sports & Entertainment in downtown Toronto. He advises on business matters in the areas of sports and entertainment law. His practice has allowed him to serve as counsel and agent to a variety of sporting organizations, teams, elite professional athletes and artists. He also provides legal advice and representation to clients in the music, film and television industries.
His experience in the area of sports law has allowed him to become one of Canada's leading television and media legal commentators. He is called upon to cover a wide variety of national and international sports stories and analyze them from a Canadian legal framework. He regularly lectures at leading universities throughout Canada and the United States in the area of comparative American and Canadian jurisprudence as it relates to sports and entertainment matters.
Layth is the Supervising Attorney at the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law, Sport Solution Clinic. He also holds seats on the Sports Lawyers Association (SLA) Board of Directors and the York University Alumni Association Board.
Jeff Gewirtz Executive Vice President, Business Affairs & Chief Legal Officer Brooklyn Nets, Barclays Center, New York Islanders (Business Operations), Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Jeff Gewirtz is the Executive Vice President of Business Affairs and Chief Legal Officer for the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center. Gewirtz joined the Brooklyn Nets and its affiliated arena operating company in May 2007 as Senior Vice President and General Counsel and he was promoted to his current position in 2010. He also serves as Corporate Secretary for the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center.
Gewirtz oversees legal and business affairs for the Nets, Barclays Center, the business operations of the New York Islanders, and Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum through an affiliated company, Nassau Events Center, LLC. Gewirtz is also responsible for interfacing with the NBA on a wide range of transactional and compliance matters.
Prior to the Nets, Gewirtz served as the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) General Counsel and Chief Legal & Government Affairs Officer where he was responsible for all USOC legal matters, as well as the USOC's government relations activities with Congress and federal government agencies.
Before he joined the USOC, Gewirtz was Counsel - sports & entertainment transactions, marketing and media in The Coca-Cola Company's Corporate Legal Division, where he negotiated many of Coca-Cola's most significant sports marketing and media transactions, including its $500 million+ NCAA Corporate Champion marketing and media alliance with CBS Sports. In 2005, as a secondment, Gewirtz served as Counsel for Coca-Cola's Southeast and West Asia Division, based in Bangkok, Thailand. Prior to Coca-Cola, Gewirtz was Director of Legal Affairs for IOC Television & Marketing Services SA, based in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he was a primary negotiator of global Olympic sponsorship, technology, and media alliances for the International Olympic Committee and for the Salt Lake and Athens Olympic Organizing Committee, respectively. He has also served as General Counsel for the LPGA TOUR and as Manager of Tournament & Business Affairs with the WTA. Gewirtz began his legal career as an associate with the New York City law firm of Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller, LLP, where he served as the associate to the General Counsel of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and worked within the firm's Corporate and Advertising Industry legal groups. In addition, he previously served as pro bono General Counsel of the USTA's Eastern Section.
Gewirtz was named 2014 Sports Counsel of the Year by the Association of Media & Entertainment Counsel and his current legal department was named one of the top 50 in-house legal departments in the United States under the GC Powerlist for 2015, published by The Legal 500 Series. In 2009 Gewirtz was selected to the prestigious "Forty Under 40" by Sports Business Journal as one of the 40 top sports executives under the age of 40 in the United States. In addition, in 2003 he was named to the annual list of "Georgia Lawyers on the Rise" by Fulton County Daily Report, Atlanta's legal newspaper of record.
Gewirtz was formerly on the faculty of Brooklyn Law School and New York Law School, serving as an adjunct professor of sports law at both schools and he is currently on the adjunct faculty of the Madrid, Spain-based Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economia for its US-based masters program in global sports law, which is associated with Columbia University's graduate sports management program. He is the immediate-past Chair of the Sports Division and was a member of the Governing Committee of the American Bar Association's Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, he sits on the Board of Directors of both the National Sports Law Institute and the Sports Lawyers Association, and he is a Board of Editors member of both the Journal of International Media & Entertainment Law and Professional Sports and the Law. Gewirtz has lectured extensively, both in the United States and internationally, on a variety of comm ercial legal and business issues in sport, including before groups such as the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa, the Australia and New Zealand Sports Law Association, the British Association for Sport and Law, the Oceania National Olympic Committees, and at the 2003 SportAccord International Convention in Madrid, Spain. In June 2010 Gewirtz was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Jewish Vocational Services of MetroWest New Jersey and was a former Executive Committee member of the UJA-Federation of New York Sports for Youth Initiative.
A native of Baldwin Harbor, New York, Gewirtz is a graduate of Tufts University, where he was a four-year member and 1990-91 Captain of the Tufts Varsity Tennis Team, as well as a member of its 1989 New England Championship team. In 2016 he was appointed to the Tufts Athletics Board of Advisors. Gewirtz received his law degree from Brooklyn Law School, where he was the recipient of a three-year merit scholarship and from which he is a two-time recipient of its Alumni Achievement Award in Sports Law. As a junior tennis player, Gewirtz held the #1 Doubles Ranking in the USTA's Eastern Section and he also held the #1 singles ranking in the Long Island District of the Eastern Section.
Phillip Gharabegian is Senior Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs, Content & Acquisitions at Fox Sports Media Group. He is responsible for helping to structure, negotiate and oversee the drafting of media transactions primarily in connection with domestic regional and certain national sports properties. Over the last decade Phillip has handled numerous negotiations with professional sports teams and leagues such as the NBA, NHL, MLB, FIFA and others. He also manages the business and legal affairs team that supports the multi-media rights and sponsorship sales relationships with various collegiate properties such as University of Southern California, University of Florida and several others. Phillip received his J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.
Kevin is in-house counsel for Turner's sport businesses and programming, including ELEAGUE, the new eSports league formed by Turner and IMG. He has nearly a decade of experience supporting popular sports TV programs and online properties, such as Bleacher Report, the NBA on TNT and NCAA March Madness. Kevin is registered to practice before the US Patent Office and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US). Prior to working at Turner he was a member of the Technology, Privacy & IP Transactions Group of a leading Atlanta law firm.
Kevin Goering is a member of the New York law firm of Norwick, Schad & Goering which specializes in litigation and counseling for clients in the areas of intellectual property, libel and privacy, publicity rights, communications law, First Amendment, sports law and related matters. Mr. Goering represents content creators including authors, athletes, artists, actors and musicians, as well as their representative associations, agents and entities who disseminate their creative content. He has also represented many leading publishers, broadcasters and internet service providers. In addition to his sports law, media law and intellectual property practice, Mr. Golering has extensive commercial litigation experience, including pretrial, trial and appellate work in state and federal courts.
After graduating with honors from the University of Kansas and the Cornell Law School, Mr. Goering served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard J. Cardamone of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mr. Goering was then a partner and head of litigation in the New York City office of Coudert Brothers and, later, a partner with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton. Mr. Goering is an active member and former leader of a number State and Federal Bar Association committees, the Copyright Society of the USA, and the Media Law Resource Center. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.
Mr. Goering has been consistently recognized as a leader in his practice areas by Best Lawyers in America, New York Super Lawyers, and Chambers USA. He is a frequent speaker, moderator and panel member on Intellectual Property Law topics and has advised numerous foreign governments on emerging intellectual property issues in the digital age.
Brett Goodman serves as Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, for the NBC Sports Group. In this capacity, he co-manages a group of 18 lawyers and other personnel responsible for all legal matters related to each of NBCUniversal's sports-related businesses, including the NBC Television Network, NBC Olympics, NBCSN, Golf Channel, a number of regional sports networks located throughout the United States, and the digital platforms associated with each of the foregoing.
Among other things, Goodman negotiates long-term rights deals with a number of important sports organizations. He has served as lead drafter of NBC's multiple winning Olympic rights bids, and he has led NBC's legal team in groundbreaking negotiations with the National Football League, including the creation of the first-ever "flexible scheduling" concept and the recent addition of "Thursday Night Football." In addition, Goodman has negotiated agreements with the National Hockey League, Premier League, PGA Tour, PGA of America, The R&A, the University of Notre Dame, and other high-profile properties. In furtherance of NBC's Olympic broadcasts, Goodman has represented NBC in numerous foreign countries, lobbying for favorable tax treatment and immigration and labor relief before the governments of Greece, Italy, the People's Republic of China, Canada, the United Kingdom, Russia, Brazil, Korea and Japan. He also has handled talent negotiations and other contract and licensing work, along with intellectual property, regulatory, litigation and insurance matters.
Goodman also serves as Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, for NBC Olympics. In this capacity, he is among NBC's key liaisons to the International Olympic Committee, United States Olympic Committee, and many domestic Olympic-sport national governing bodies. Goodman also assists in maintaining NBC's strong relationships with Olympic athletes and agents in furtherance of NBC's production, programming, digital, marketing and promotional objectives.
Goodman first was employed by NBC after college, when he won an Emmy award as a researcher on the network's telecast of the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. Working with the network's broadcasters, producers and directors, Goodman compiled statistics and information and helped write for Bob Costas, Katie Couric, Dick Enberg and others.
Prior to re-joining NBC in 2000, Goodman was an intellectual property associate at New York's Dewey Ballantine LLP, where he handled both litigation and transactional matters in the fields of trademark, copyright, patent and internet law for the firm's international and domestic clients.
Goodman graduated from Princeton University in 1990 and is a 1995 graduate of Columbia University Law School.
Brian S. Grayson
Brian S. Grayson is the Vice President of Legal and Business Development at Hi-Rez Studios, Inc., a video-game company located just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Brian's responsibilities include forming strategic business relationships, developing new game projects, and handling all legal matters related to the company. Brian's team supports every department at Hi-Rez Studios, including product development, platforms and technology, marketing, shared creative services, and G&A. Prior to joining Hi-Rez Studios, Brian practiced law at Foley & Lardner LLP, and also collaborated with Hi-Rez Studios for two years as a commentator to build an eSports foundation for the company.
Bobby is the Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs for FOX Sports. He has been with FOX since 1998.
In his capacity as the VP of FOX Sports, he is responsible for negotiating and drafting above-the-line talent deals (on-air talent, producers and directors) as well as other agreements for all national sports programming, which include rights agreements, such as the NFL, MLB and NASCAR, as well as all production related contacts such as mobile production facilities. For 3 years he also headed the FOX Sports Music department.
Prior to coming to FOX he was in private practice. He began with two small firms, eventually moving into his own firm in 1993. He transitioned from being a commercial litigator, to a real estate litigator, to a transactional real estate attorney, specializing in construction and leasing, to production counsel for cable television movies and series. He is a graduate of the University of California (1976) and San Fernando Valley College of Law (1979), and is admitted to practice in California and before all US District Courts in California and the Ninth Circuit.
He is a member of the board of the Sports Lawyer's Association, where he serves on the conference (2010 and 2012 conference chair) and venue committees. He is a long-serving member of board of directors of the Santa Monica Rugby Club (2005 and 2006 Men's D-1 National Champions) as well as having been a long-time player and a coach for both the men's and women's teams.
Maureen Hanlon is a corporate partner in Hogan Lovells' New York office. Maureen focuses her practice on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate restructuring and commercial transactions. Maureen bridges the gap between law and business. As a lover of sports and all forms of media, keeping up with over two decades of changes in technology and the industry has not been a challenge for her. In her 25 years practicing law, Maureen has bought, sold, financed, reorganized, and brought together numerous domestic and cross-border entities primarily in the sports, media, and entertainment industry.
In addition to providing clients top-notch legal advice on acquisition, joint venture or commercial transactions, Maureen also fully appreciates the broader aspects of how these corporate transactions impact a company's operations. She doesn't leave when the deal closes.
Maureen also believes that lawyers should have a greater impact on the world around them and must invest in our future. She is actively involved in the firm's global and New York pro bono, citizenship and summer associate committees and spends time recruiting, training, and mentoring associates and summer associates.
Representing Onexim Sports and Entertainment in connection with its joint venture interests and purchase of 100% of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center
Representing Onexim Sports and Entertainment in its acquisition of a majority interest in Nassau Events Center
Large-scale reorganization and split-off of public company resulting in split of News Corporation from 21st Century Fox
Counsel to 21st Century Fox in the launch, acquisition, disposition, and creation of joint ventures for cable channels, content distribution, team and venue ownership and internet
Counsel to 21st Century Fox in respect of international film distribution rights
Acquisition, financing, and sale of fine art, rare books and other high-value collectibles
Jason Hillman joined the Cleveland Cavaliers as Company Counsel in the fall of 2005, was promoted to General Counsel in the summer of 2008 and added Vice President to his title in 2011. He has primary responsibility for the organization's legal matters, including marketing and sponsorship, lease compliance, employment, television and radio, arena matters at Quicken Loans Arena as well as select basketball operations matters. In addition, Hillman has assumed primary responsibility for legal matters relating to the Lake Erie Monsters, the AHL hockey team that began play at Quicken Loans Arena in Fall of 2007, the Canton Charge of the NBA Developmental League, and the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League. Prior to joining the Cavaliers, from 2001-2005, Jason was an attorney in the Real Estate Transactions Group at Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer & Weiss, P.C., in Southfield, Michigan, where he counseled clients on all aspects of commercial real estate acquisition, development, leasing, sales, condominium conversions, and entity formation relative to such transactions. Prior to law school and continuing through his days in private practice, Hillman was a sportscaster on television and radio in the Detroit area, including a two-year stint with Detroit regional sports network PASS, where he served as network's lead reporter of its nightly news magazine show "Live on Pass", and Detroit Pistons, Red Wings and Tigers broadcasts. His radio experience has spanned nearly 7 years, and includes update anchor and talk-show host duties for WDFN Sports Radio 1130 (The Fan), pre-game, post-game and halftime hosting duties for Detroit Pistons' radio broadcasts, Michigan State University football broadcasts as well as play-by-play for Detroit Shock (WNBA) broadcasts. Hillman has also returned to his television roots by serving as an intermission host/rinkside reporter for select television broadcasts of Lake Erie Monsters' games.
Hillman is a 1994 Cum Laude graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in broadcast journalism, and a 2001 Cum Laude graduate from the Wayne State University School of Law. He is a past co-chair of the Sports Division of the American Bar Association's Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries, and a current member of the Sports Lawyers Association, the State Bars of Michigan and Ohio and the Ohio State Bar Association. He serves on the Board of Trustees/Directors of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and University Hospitals' Partnership for Families. Hillman resides in Solon, Ohio with his wife Meredith, and daughters Caitlin, Morgan and Devin.
Lynn Holzman was named the third full-time Commissioner in the history of the West Coast Conference in June 2014. As the Commissioner, Holzman is responsible for strategically building on the historical success of the West Coast Conference within the values and philosophy of the Conference membership. Holzman works closely with the Presidents' Council and Executive Council to develop and implement strategies designed to achieve the mission and vision of the Conference and ensure long-term viability. She is responsible for development and implementation of the Conference's strategic plan, fiscal and resource management, operational leadership and partnership with Conference members, provision of essential services to the WCC membership, enhancing the national and regional exposure for the conference (including television, digital and public relations initiatives), ensuring compliance with NCAA, legal, regulatory and agreement requirements and enforcement of conference rules, appointment and management the Conference office staff who attend to the day-to-day needs of the membership, including sports administration (e.g., scheduling, officiating programs, conduct of conference championships), serving as the primary spokesperson for the conference. Holzman also actively serves on NCAA, professional organization boards and represents the Conference at a variety of events.
During Holzman's first year as Commissioner, the Conference has adopted and implemented a strategic plan that includes a vision to provide premier educational and athletic opportunities to West Coast Conference student-athletes, and to be recognized nationally for achievements in the areas of leadership, student-athlete experience, competitiveness and exposure. The Conference added women's beach volleyball as its 15th sport and enjoyed a successful Men's and Women's Basketball Championship with record attendance and all 18 games being televised nationally. The Conference instituted a student-athlete leadership summit while also increasing student-athlete engagement in campus and conference matters. Holzman serves as the West Coast Conference representative on the NCAA Division I Council, serves on the Strategic Vision and Planning Committee and chair of the Student-Athlete Health and Safety Subcommittee. She has been asked to serve, chair or speak at numerous other NCAA governance and intercollegiate athletics groups.
Prior to being appointed Commissioner, Holzman served as the Conference's Executive Senior Associate Commissioner/Chief Operating Officer. In that role, Holzman worked closely with the Conference's Presidents' Council and Executive Council on all conference matters. She was charged with overseeing all the Conference's day-to-day affairs. Holzman joined the Conference staff as the Senior Associate Commissioner for Governance and Administration in 2012 and in that role oversaw all of the conference's internal operations and facilitated all conference and NCAA governance matters. She was responsible for compliance, sport administration - including the addition of softball as the conference's 14th sport - human resources, and staffing.
Before joining the West Coast Conference staff, Holzman worked at the NCAA national office for 16 years, last serving as a Director of Academic and Membership Affairs (AMA). Holzman was involved in managing and facilitating membership engagement on numerous Division I governance issues. In that role, she also provided guidance to NCAA campus and conference leadership and various other organizations, such as coaches associations, in many areas including academic standards, amateurism, diversity, gender equity and Title IX, legislative matters, strategic planning, and student-athlete well-being. She was a member of the senior management team that oversaw AMA's resource allocation, budget and strategic planning, technology efforts and business performance management.
Holzman is a member of and served on various Boards including the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA), National Association of Athletics Compliance, Women's Basketball Coaches Association and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Center for Research in Intercollegiate Athletics (CRIA). She is also a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and the Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative (BAWSI). She was named NACWAA's Conference/Organization Administrator of the Year in 2013.
Holzman earned her Bachelor of Science degree at Kansas State University where she was captain of the women's basketball team and a three-time selection to the Academic All-Big Eight Team. She also earned a Master of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a Master of Business Administration from Purdue University. She was awarded the Big Eight Conference Postgraduate Scholarship and is recognized as a Distinguished Alumni by the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
Since 2009, Erik Huey has served as the Senior Vice President for Government Affairs at ESA, the trade association representing the business interests of interactive entertainment software publishers and console makers. In this capacity, Erik manages a team of seven employees and fifty outside consulting firms and oversees all federal and state government relations as well as strategic partnerships for the $23 billion U.S. video game industry.
During his time at ESA, Huey has helped successfully guide the videogame industry through two major challenges by orchestrating the government affairs campaign in support of its historic free speech victory in the U.S. Supreme Court, and by developing the strategy and managing the day-to-day response to numerous legislative efforts to restrict the industry's creative expression and distribution model.
For nearly two decades, Huey has been at the center of high profile and controversial policy debates affecting the technology, media and telecommunications industries, including issues like combating digital theft of copyrighted content, media ownership, expanding broadband deployment, and preserving creative freedom and First Amendment rights.
Born outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and raised in Morgantown, West Virginia, Huey graduated cum laude with a B.B.A. from the University of Miami and with a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School. Outside of work and politics, Erik pursues two creative passions as a screenwriter and as the lead singer of The Surreal McCoys, his Americana rock band, which recently put out its second, original full-length album and regularly performs live.
Howard Jacobs is solo practitioner in the Los Angeles suburb of Westlake Village, California. Mr. Jacobs has been identified by various national newspapers as one of the leading sports lawyers in the United States, and was profiled by USA Today in a feature article titled "Athletes accused of cheating find perfect advocate." His law practice focuses on the representation of athletes in all types of disputes, with a particular focus on the defense of athletes charged with doping offenses. Past clients include U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic, Olympic gold medalist Veronica Campbell Brown, basketball legend Diana Taurasi, and many others. He has also represented numerous professional athletes in salary disputes around the world.
Mr. Jacobs has represented professional athletes, Olympic athletes and amateur athletes in disputes involving doping, endorsements, unauthorized use of name and likeness, salary issues, team selection issues, and other matters. He is at the forefront of many cutting edge legal issues that affect athletes, winning cases that have set precedents that have benefited the athlete community. Because of this, Mr. Jacobs is a sought after expert on sports law issues. He is regularly quoted in major newspapers and sports magazines and appears on national and international television and radio shows.
Mr. Jacobs graduated from Florida State University in 1987 and William and Mary Law School in 1990. He ran cross country and track & field for Florida State University and competed as a professional triathlete during law school.
Further information can be obtained at Mr. Jacobs' website, www.athleteslawyer.com.
Roger Kaplan has been a full-time arbitrator since 1981. A graduate of the University of Maryland in 1965, Mr. Kaplan received his Juris Doctor Degree from the George Washington University Law Center in 1968. Prior to becoming an arbitrator in 1981, Mr. Kaplan was Chief of the Labor Law Branch of the Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service for six years. From 1971 to 1974, he served as General Counsel of the National Association of Government Employees. Mr. Kaplan is a former adjunct professor at the graduate school of the George Washington University.
Mr. Kaplan is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators. He is on the National Labor Panels of the American Arbitration Association, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and the National Mediation Board. He has substantial experience in both the public and private sectors. In the private sector, Mr. Kaplan was the Grievance Arbitrator for the National Basketball Association and the NBA Players Association from 1999-2004. He served on the arbitration panel of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association from 1996-2004. He currently serves as a permanent arbitrator on many arbitration panels in the private sector including U.S. Air and the Air Line Pilots Association; AK Steel Corporation and the International Association of Machinists; the Hotel Association of Washington, DC and UNITE HERE Local 25; Children's Hospital and the District of Columbia Nurses Association; Kaiser Permanente and OPEIU, Local 2; spirit airlines and airline pilots association, department of agriculture and afge, department of health & human services and nteu. Also, he is the Permanent Umpire for disputes arising between National Football League players and their agents. In the Federal Sector, Mr. Kaplan currently serves on numerous panels of arbitration. These include the Department of Homeland Security and the National Treasury Employees Union; Office of Personnel Management and the AFGE; and the General Services Administration and the AFGE.
Mr. Kaplan formerly served as a Member and Chair of the Personnel Appeals Board of the General Accounting Office. He previously served for two years as the Permanent Umpire for the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and the NTEU. Mr. Kaplan was a Hearing Board Member for the Office of Senate Fair Employment Practices until its abolishment in 1996. He also served as the Permanent Umpire for internal disputes for members of the Association of Flight Attendants.
He was born in 1944 in New York City and currently resides in Alexandria, Va.
John Keenan joined AEG in 2003 and serves as the organization's Senior Vice President & General Counsel. In this role, Keenan manages and directs all legal aspects pertaining to AEG's properties, business units, franchises as well as its owned, operated or managed entities in the United States, Asia, Australia, Europe and South America.
His day-to-day responsibilities include negotiating and preparing all agreements and contracts for a variety of AEG's corporate divisions and its affiliated entities including agreements relating to project financing, marketing and sponsorship, naming rights, event licensing, concessions, broadcasting, ticket sales, season ticket licenses, luxury suites, ADA accessibility, venue leaseholds and venue operations. Keenan also oversees professional sports league relationships on behalf of the Company, employment for coaches and other personnel, player agreements, player loan documents as well as various real estate transactions, land use, joint use relationships, and other agreements relating to the creation and operation of AEG-owned franchise and affiliated-venues, while participating strategic negotiations for the aforementioned entities.
Keenan is also responsible for supervising the Company's internal legal department in addition to managing relationships with outside counsel with respect to litigation and specialized issues pertaining to various AEG entities including contractual issues and government projects. Prior to joining AEG, Keenan served as an associate at the law firm of Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak and Cohen, P.C., in Boston, MA, and Pullman and Comley, LLC in Connecticut.
Keenan earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Georgetown University Law Center where he served as a member of The Tax Lawyer Law Journal. Prior to obtaining his law degree, Keenan attended Amherst College and received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with Cum Laude honors and played on the basketball and lacrosse teams.
Keenan lives in Hermosa Beach, CA, with his wife Kristen and two children, Finn (7) and Kaylee (6).
John Kiernan has been Co-Chair of the firm's Litigation Department since 2002 and Chair of its Ethics Committee since 1994. His representations have embraced a broad range of commercial disputes and internal investigations, including disputes relating to contracts, purchases and sales of businesses, corporate governance, derivative and class action claims, international treaties, securities claims, patents and other intellectual property, consumer fraud, accountant liability and mass torts.
Mr. Kiernan is recognized as a leading litigator by numerous publications. According to Chambers USA, clients praise his "great judgment," (2010) and recognize him as "technically excellent" (2009), "incredibly creative," "great when put in front of a board of directors" (2012) and a "superb litigator" (2011), with peers describing him as "an extremely bright, first-class litigator, thinker and colleague" (2008) and a "superstar" who applies a "deft touch rather than a sledgehammer" in commercially sensitive contract disputes, international treaty claims and securities actions (2007). In addition, IFLR Benchmark Litigation Guide has ranked Mr. Kiernan in its top 100 commercial litigators in the U.S. and in New York each year since 2010 and notes "his extensive experience and breadth of knowledge." He is also recognized as a leading securities litigator in The Legal 500 US (2007) and as a leading litigator for commercial litigation or alternative methods of dispute resolution in numerous other "Best Lawyers" publications.
Mr. Kiernan is the Board Chair of Prisoners' Legal Services of New York, Chair of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution ("CPR") and Co-Chair of the Inner City Scholarship Fund, Lawyers Division. He has previously chaired the Boards of Legal Services-New York City, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Volunteers of Legal Service, the Justice Resource Center and the New York City Bankruptcy Assistance Project (which he co-founded), and was the Mayor of Pelham Manor, NY from 1999-2001. He has also served as a director or trustee of the City Bar Justice Center, New York Alliance for the Public Schools, Practicing Attorneys for Law Students, United Way of Pelham, NY, the Pelham Art Center, the Federal Bar Council, the Village Board of Pelham Manor and the Point O'Woods, NY, Association. He served for 15 years as a volunteer coordinator for the AmeriCares/HomeFront home rehabilitation project, and for 28 seasons as a travel soccer coach.
Mr. Kiernan will serve from May 2016 through May 2018 as President of the New York City Bar Association, where he has previously served on the Executive Committee and chaired several other committees. He has also chaired numerous committees of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association and the Federal Bar Council. He was appointed by New York's Chief Judge to serve on a Committee on Non-Lawyers and the Justice Gap. He was a speaker at annual ALI-ABA Seminars on Accountants' Liability for 12 years, and has spoken at numerous other seminars and written numerous articles on substantive issues in litigation, approaches to resolving complex disputes, and discovery. He is the co-editor of the three-volume Litigation Manual (ABA, 3rd ed., 1999), a contributing author of New York Business Litigation (ALM 2014) and Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts (Thomson Reuters, 4th ed., 2015), and an Adjunct Professor at NYU Law School. Mr. Kiernan joined Debevoise in 1981 and became a partner in 1988. He received his B.A. in 1976 magna cum laude from Harvard and his J.D. in 1980 magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an Editor of the Harvard Law Review. From 1980-81, Mr. Kiernan served as a Law Clerk to the Hon. Walter R. Mansfield, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Nona Lee is in her 17th season with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2016 and seventh as Senior Vice President & General Counsel. Lee has served as Vice President & General Counsel since 2005, overseeing all legal issues for the organization. Before dedicating her time solely to the D-backs, she served as Associate General Counsel (2000-04) and Vice President and Associate General Counsel (2004-05) for the Phoenix Suns, D-backs, Phoenix Mercury, Arizona Rattlers, Chase Field, US Airways Center and the Dodge Theater.
Prior to joining the sports industry, Lee had a brief stint as a corporate associate at Gallagher & Kennedy, specializing in corporate transactions and securities, after having worked as a litigator for Meyer Hendricks, specializing in commercial litigation, personal injury and medical malpractice, from 1995-99. Lee received her Juris Doctor in 1995 from the Oklahoma City University School of Law, where she graduated summa cum laude.
Lee is also active in the community, serving as the founder of the Phoenix Women's Sports Association, an Arizona non-profit organization whose mission is to help girls and women find their power through sports. In addition, she also has served on the board of the Women's Sports Foundation in New York, a non-profit organization founded by Billie Jean King that is dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity and until late 2012, also served on the Board of the Phoenix Regional Sports Commission, the mission of which is to "enrich our community through sports." She currently serves on the board of the Sports Lawyers Association, a non-profit, international, professional organization whose common goal is the understanding, advancement and ethical practice of sports law, as well as on the Pepperdine Athletic Board, and the board of Florence Crittenton, a local non-profit organization designed to help at-risk girls overcome issues of abuse, neglect, teen pregnancy, teen parenting and behavioral and/or mental problems.
She is a past recipient of the YWCA of Maricopa County's Sports Leader Award, was recognized by the Phoenix Business Journal as one of the Women in Business honorees and was also an Athena Award honoree. She was a recipient of the Joyce Holsey Award of Excellence from the Black Women Lawyer's Association, and has been recognized as one of the Arizona Foothills Magazine's "Women Who Move the Valley". Since 2014, she has been recognized by Republic Media as one of the 50 Highest Ranking Women in Business in Arizona, by AZ Business Magazine as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona, and also received the Spotlight on Success Award from One Community for her commitment to diversity. Most recently, Lee was recognized by the Arizona Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel as Attorney of the Year for Private, Medium Sized Companies.
Lee played college basketball at Pepperdine, where she was a guard for the Waves and was part of a team that compiled a 103-33 record and made three appearances in the AIAW Championships. After earning her undergraduate degree in broadcasting from Pepperdine, she was a graduate assistant for the women's basketball team while working on her post-graduate studies in Broadcast Management.
Christina Lembo is a Director of Business and Legal Affairs at FOX Sports. She negotiates, drafts, and reviews a wide range of agreements for FOX's regional and national sports networks and is heavily involved in FOX's growing college multimedia rights business. Additionally, Christina manages the FOX Sports internship program. Christina started her career in sports during college where she gained experience in marketing, sponsorship activation, and event planning and promotion while working with RunTex and former Arena Football League team, the Austin Wranglers. During law school, Christina gained in-house experience working on sports sponsorship agreements and talent deals at The Coca-Cola Company. She also supervised in-game sponsorship activation and promotions for the Atlanta Falcons. Christina has undergraduate degrees in Marketing and Sport Management from The University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctorate from Emory University School of Law.
Brandon Leopoldus is the President of the Leopoldus Professional Corporation, a law firm in Los Angeles helping athletes with their individual legal needs and setting legal strategies so clients remain Protected during and after their playing careers. His clients have included Olympians, NFL stars, individuals with multiple World Series rings, sports entertainers, broadcasters, and businesses ranging from the initial start-up phase to businesses being acquired.
Prior to working as an attorney, Brandon was an umpire in Minor League Baseball. He umpired more than 600 professional games in the Appalachian, Pioneer, Midwest, California, and Pacific Coast Leagues. He was named an All-Star twice and was selected to umpire 7 playoff series including one championship series assignment. Following his umpiring career, he worked in the front office of the Mountain Collegiate Baseball League as the Director of Baseball Operations before attending Thomas Jefferson School of Law and working for Mandalay Sports Properties.
Brandon is a featured legal contributor to Referee Magazine and Legal Ink Magazine, and is a frequent speaker on business and sports law topics across the country. He holds positions as a Sports Lawyers Association Regional Captain, a founder and board member of the National Sports Law Negotiation Competition, and a member of the Los Angeles Sports Business Alliance.
Catherine Lindsey is the former Executive Vice President, Business Affairs and General Counsel of CBS Sports Network. In 2015, after twelve successful years at CBS, Cathy left to form her own consulting company, CLP Sports Media. CLP Sports Media provides advisory services in the sports and media industries, with a particular focus on the representation of talent, executives, and rightsholders in their media ventures.
In 2003, Cathy joined CSTV Networks, Inc., the first 24-hour cable network devoted exclusively to college sports, as Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs. She was promoted to EVP, Business Affairs and General Counsel in 2007, shortly after CSTV was acquired by the CBS Corporation and rebranded as the CBS Sports Network. In that role, she managed the network's business affairs/legal department staff, whose objectives were to negotiate and manage business and legal aspects of program acquisition, production, distribution, talent, operations, sponsorship and marketing, syndication and affiliate sales across all media platforms. She has negotiated agreements with conferences (including the Big East, Big Ten, AAC, Atlantic 10, C-USA, Mountain West, Ivy League and Patriot League), rightsholders (including the NFL, PBR and AVP) and networks (including ESPN, Turner, FOX and NBC). She handled major talent deals as well as carriage deals with cable and satellite companies.
Prior to CBS, Cathy served as a Vice President at IMG/TWI (now WME/IMG), a leading sports and entertainment agency and, at the time, the world's largest independent producer of sports programming. Over her eight years at IMG/TWI, her work included negotiating network talent agreements for IMG's broadcasting clients (e.g., Bob Costas, John Madden, Dick Vitale), serving as the Account Coordinator on the Muhammad Ali account and negotiating all of Ali's licensing, appearance and endorsement deals, negotiating sponsorship agreements for IMG properties (e.g., US Soccer, Stars on Ice) and negotiating licensing and endorsement agreements for athlete and celebrity clients (e.g., Venus and Serena Williams, skater Kristi Yamaguchi). In addition, Cathy negotiated various agreements for IMG's multimedia arm, TWI, including website production agreements and domestic and international television license agreements (for such properties as Wimbledon, the British Open, the Louis Vuitton Cup and America's Cup, PBR, the GQ Men of the Year Awards, US Soccer matches and numerous figure skating shows).
Before breaking into the sports and entertainment arena, Cathy practiced at two different Philadelphia law firms: Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen (as a corporate associate) and Cozen and O'Connor (as a litigation associate).
Cathy graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Finance. She received her J.D. from George Washington University Law School. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and their seven year old twins.
Kate C. Lowenhar-Fisher
Kate C. Lowenhar-Fisher is a leading Nevada gaming attorney who counsels many of the world's premier gaming companies on regulatory issues in connection with mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, reorganizations and financings. She advises clients on issues related to Internet gaming, social gaming, fantasy sports, liquor licensing, nightclubs, restaurants, sweepstakes, contests, and promotions. She regularly represents individuals and businesses before regulatory agencies, including the Nevada State Gaming Control Board, the Nevada Gaming Commission, the Clark County Liquor and Gaming Licensing Board and the Las Vegas City Council. Kate is known as a go-to source on gaming issues. She's been quoted by several major media organizations, including ESPN and Bloomberg News, most recently regarding the controversy surrounding regulation of daily fantasy sports sites and initiatives to legalize sports betting in certain states . She is a member of the International Association of Gaming Advisors and the International Masters of Gaming Law. In addition, she is active in nonprofit organizations, and she sits on the board of directors of Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada.
Oliver Luck is the NCAA's first-ever executive vice president for regulatory affairs. In this new role, Luck will bring together all the regulatory functions of the NCAA under one umbrella ï¿½ enforcement, academic and membership affairs and the eligibility center. He oversees the day-to-day operations of these three vital areas of the national office and is charged with strengthening the collaboration between those groups and increasing efficiency. Developing stronger relationships with member schools is a key part of his job.
As Director of Athletics at West Virginia University, Luck's accomplishments were impressive. In 2013-14, he successfully guided the start of construction on a new $21 million baseball park, which opened in early 2015 and provides the Mountaineers with one of the best facilities in the Big 12. Add in his tireless efforts to secure a $75 million bond, start a $25 million fundraising effort and proceed with a $6 million new football team room and Luck's efforts will show $106 million in facility improvements in the coming years to bring WVU's aging facilities into the modern times.
His work on the national level is equally impressive and equally valuable to West Virginia University. He was named in 2013 to a three-year term on the inaugural College Football Playoff committee, which will change the face of the college football national championship. He serves on the NFL Player Safety Advisory Committee, chairs the Big 12 Budget and Finance Committee, serves on the board of American Campus Community, Inc., and in May, 2014, was one of the featured speakers at the White House at the Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit through his work with the organization Practice like Pros.
Among athletic directors, Luck is also one of the most popular speakers on the national circuit. Countless seminars and conventions feature him on panels and discussion groups to tap into his knowledge of the corporate and collegiate world.
Before 2014, his previous three years at WVU were equally impressive and busy. He has hired new coaches to bolster WVU's level of success. He guided the completion of major capital projects such as the $25 million WVU basketball practice facility for men's and women's basketball and the women's soccer training complex. He led WVU into the Big 12 Conference, presided over the best fundraising year in school history (2012), implemented several safety and crowd enhancements at Mountaineer sporting events, increased overall department revenue, continued a master plan for facility upgrades and watched his football program gain its third BCS bowl victory.
In 2013, Luck oversaw the reseating of the WVU Coliseum to further increase WVU's fundraising efforts. He added an 18th varsity sport - men's golf, which will tee it up in 2015 for the first time since 1982. He outsourced WVU's media rights to secure a 12-year guaranteed annual revenue source of at least $6 million per year from IMG. However, through all his accomplishments in four years in Morgantown, it all has occurred while he has fostered an atmosphere for achievement and triumph in the classroom and on the field.
Luck, was appointed the University's 11th Director of Athletics on June 9, 2010 and he was no stranger to success. In fact, Luck's athletic and professional career has been the epitome of success, first as a record-setting quarterback for the Mountaineers from 1978-81, then as a professional quarterback for the National Football League's Houston Oilers, and later as a professional sports executive.
Luck's journey to the big chair at WVU began in his native Cleveland, where in 1977 he was named the Cleveland Touchdown Club Player of the Year at St. Ignatius High. Luck chose WVU over Ivy League schools Harvard and Yale, embarking upon a career that saw him establish school records for touchdown passes and completions during his playing days, while also leading the Mountaineers to a 26-6 upset victory over Florida in the 1981 Peach Bowl. His best season came as a senior in 1981 when he completed 216 of 394 passes for 2,448 yards and 16 touchdowns. He passed for a career-high 360 yards in a 27-24 loss to Syracuse at the Carrier Dome in the final regular-season game of his career.
Luck ended his college career with 5,765 yards and 43 touchdown passes, both figures still ranking among the best in school history. Luck was a two-time team MVP in 1980 and 1981, and also received the Louis D. Meisel Award for the WVU football student-athlete with the highest grade point average. The two-time ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American was the recipient of Today's Top Five, presented for scholastics by the NCAA and was selected by the National Football Foundation as one of its 10 scholar-athletes to make a keynote speech at its annual banquet in 1982.
Selected in the second round of the NFL draft by the Houston Oilers (44th overall pick), Luck spent four years with the Oilers from 1982-86. His most extended action came in 1983 when he started six games and finished the season completing 124-of-217 passes for 1,375 yards and eight touchdowns. After retiring from football, Luck became vice president of business development for the NFL and later was appointed general manager of the Frankfurt Galaxy of the newly created World League of American Football. He spent the '95 season as general manager of the Rhein Fire before being named President and CEO of NFL Europe in 1996. Luck totaled more than 10 years with the NFL, before becoming chief executive officer of the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority in 2001. In that role, Luck oversaw the development and management of a $1 billion professional sports and entertainment complex for the city of Houston that included Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros, Reliant Stadium, home of the Houston Texans, the Toyota Center, home of the Houston Rockets.
In 2005, Luck was appointed as the first president of Major League Soccer's Houston Dynamos, helping that organization to a pair of MLS Cup titles in his first two years at the helm. Luck secured the funding for an $80 million soccer complex to house the Dynamos when the call came to return to his alma mater. BBVA Compass Stadium was built and opened in 2012 adding to Luck's legacy with the professional soccer team, and the overall Houston sports facility complexes. He returned to Houston in May, 2012 for the opening ceremony of the soccer stadium that he fought so hard for.
Prior to his current position at WVU, Luck was appointed to a four-year term on the West Virginia University Board of Governors, a spot he relinquished to become director of athletics. The Rhodes Scholar finalist graduated Phi Beta Kappa from WVU in 1982. He also earned a law degree from Texas, graduating cum laude in 1987. In 1997, Luck was inducted into the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame, and in 2000, he was inducted into the CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame. He is married to the former Kathy Wilson. They have two sons and two daughters: Andrew, a former All-American quarterback and two-time Heisman Trophy finalist at Stanford and No. 1 overall pick of the 2012 NFL draft by the Indianapolis Colts; Mary Ellen, a standout volleyball player and graduate of Stanford; Emily, a current student at Stanford and Addison, who attends Morgantown High.
An international sports lawyer with many years of experience in arbitration, Despina is Head of research and mediation at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). In this capacity, she is responsible for all research-related activities, mediation proceedings and knowledge dissemination events at the Court. Her research focuses on the analysis of CAS jurisprudence (both procedural and substantive aspects), issues related to good governance, disciplinary and ethics proceedings, the law of international sports federations and the use of mediation in resolving sports-related disputes. Despina is the author of the critically acclaimed book "The Code of the Court of Arbitration for Sport: Commentary, Cases and Materials" (with Matthieu Reeb). She has taught sports law and arbitration as well as international arbitration at the CIES FIFA Master (University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland) and in various Swiss and European Universities. Despina is visiting scholar at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy for the academic year 2015-2016.
Kai is a shareholder at Bernstein Shur in Portland, Maine. She represents private and public institutions of higher education and advises them in the areas of student affairs, employment, and Title IX compliance. Kai regularly presents training sessions to administrators, faculty, and hearing boards on Title IX and investigations. Kai has also successfully defended academic institutions in tenure and discrimination cases brought in state and federal court. She is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and the Association of Workplace Investigators.
In addition to Kai's higher education law practice, she is an experienced Title IX investigator and specializes in investigating sexual violence complaints. Kai serves as a neutral, external investigator to colleges, universities and private secondary schools throughout New England. She also frequently speaks on the topic of sexual misconduct to schools.
Kai graduated from Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, where she now serves as an independent appeal officer in sexual misconduct cases. Kai attended law school at the University of Maine School of Law. She graduated magna cum laude and was Case Note and Comment Editor of the Maine Law Review.
Kai lives in Yarmouth, Maine and is an avid skier, runner, and devoted mom to a feisty three year old.
Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times.
Currently, McManus covers the NFLfor ESPN.com, and writes columns and features for espnW, a part of the website which covers women's sports and represents female sports fans. She also hosts a weekly radio show on ESPN Radio.
She has broken national news stories, and has appeared on ESPN's shows and numerous radio affiliates to talk sports.
McManus is an adjunct professor at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, the same program from which she received her Master's degree, where she teaches the sports journalism class.
McManus lives in the New York suburbs with her husband and their two daughters. Beginning in 2008, she embarked on a seven-year roller derby career and once scored 99 points for her Suburban Brawl against Jersey Shore.
A graduate of the University of Utah College of Law, Ms. McNulty has been involved with emerging sports for over two decades. She has extensive global experience consulting on issues ranging from sponsorships to rights management, event management to content/television production, working with national governing bodies to international federations. Among other projects, Ms. McNulty has served as Chairman of the Board of the World Snowboard Tour since 2003 and oversees international expansion for Street League Skateboarding. Ms. McNulty lives in Park City, Utah and is an avid snowboarder.
Jayma is Counsel at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, and a Visiting Scholar at Indiana University. Jayma advocates the power of sport to bring about social change. Her focus is on achieving gender equality, inclusion, safety and integrity in sports through education, activism and litigation.
Jayma received a B.S. from Indiana University in 1975, with high distinction, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1978. She began her legal career as an attorney in the Bureau of Competition, Federal Trade Commission, in Washington, D.C., and moved to private practice in 1981 when she joined Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York City. Jayma established Simpson Thacher's Los Angeles office in 1995 and returned to the New York office in the fall of 1998. She has focused her litigation practice on antitrust and Title IX. A Visiting Scholar at Indiana University, Jayma teaches sports law and public policy, consults on matters impacting student-athletes, and lectures on Title IX, amateurism and ethical issues in sports.
Jayma is on the Boards of the Women's Sports Association and National Women's Law Center, a member of the Dean's Council, School of Public and Environmental Policy, Indiana University, and on sports advocacy groups for several nonprofit advocacy groups. Jayma has been named multiple times a New York Super Lawyer in the categories of Antitrust and Top Women Lawyers, and received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Indiana University (SPEA) in 2014.
Professor Mitten is the Director of the National Sports Law Institute and the LL.M. in Sports Law program for foreign lawyers at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He served as the Law School's Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from July 2002 to June 2004. He currently teaches courses in Amateur Sports Law, Professional Sports Law, Sports Sponsorship Legal and Business Issues Workshop, and Torts, and has also taught Antitrust Law, Comparative Sports Law, International Sports Law, Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility, and a Sports Law seminar during his 25-year teaching career.
Professor Mitten earned a B.A. in Economics from The Ohio State University and his JD, magna cum laude, from the University of Toledo College of Law. He is a member of the Order of the Coif and served as a Note & Comment Editor for the University of Toledo Law Review's editorial board. He practiced antitrust and intellectual property law as well as commercial litigation with Kilpatrick Townsend in Atlanta, Georgia, and previously taught at South Texas College of Law in Houston. He has served as a visiting professor at the University of Toledo College of Law and as a visiting lecturer in sports medicine at The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine. He has taught United States Sports Law as a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne Law School in Australia (2006, 2008, 2010, and 2013) and is a member of its International Advisory Board for its Graduate Diploma in Sports Law program. He regularly lectures at Western Law School in Canada, and also has taught international and comparative sports law courses at the University of Barcelona in Spain and the University of Queensland in Australia.
Professor Mitten has authored Sports Law in the United States (Wolters Kluwer 2011, 2d. ed. 2014) and co-authored a law school textbook, Sports Law and Regulation: Cases, Materials, and Problems (Aspen/Wolters Kluwer 2005, 2d. ed. 2009, 3d. ed. 2013), and Sports Law: Governance and Regulation (Wolters Kluwer 2013, 2d. ed. 2016). A leading sports law scholar, he has published articles in several of the nation's leading law reviews as well as in medical journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine, and is a member of the editorial board for The International Sports Law Journal.
Professor Mitten is a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Lausanne, Switzerland) (serving on the ad hoc Division for the XXI Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia), the American Arbitration Association's commercial, consumer, Olympic sports, and United States Anti-doping Agency arbitration panels, and the Ladies Professional Golfers Association's drug testing arbitration panel, and the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution Sports Arbitration Panel. He is the president of the Sports Lawyers Association and serves on its Board of Directors as well as the Advisory Board for the Sports & Society Initiative of The Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences. He formerly chaired the American Association of Law Schools' Section on Law and Sports and the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports, and served on the inaugural Board of Directors of the Forum for the Scholarly Study of Intercollegiate Athletics at the invitation of former NCAA president Myles Brand.
Professor Mitten testified before a Congressional joint subcommittee regarding proposed federal regulation of ephedrine in August 2003 and the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics regarding alternative regulatory systems for college sports in May 2015. He has discussed a wide variety of sports law topics at more than 150 conferences and seminars throughout the United States as well as in Australia, Canada, China, England, the Republic of Korea, and Turkey.
Benjamin R. Mulcahy
Benjamin R. Mulcahy is the Co-Team Leader of Sheppard Mullin's Sports Industry, Digital Media and Advertising Industry Teams.
Mr. Mulcahy represents and counsels major film studios, broadcast and cable television networks, retailers, consumer brands and their agencies. His practice includes sports and entertainment marketing, interactive marketing, e-commerce and branded entertainment, which consists of preparing endorsement and sponsorship agreements, implementing and avoiding ambush marketing campaigns, preparing and negotiating joint promotion alliances, analyzing and licensing copyright, trademark, publicity rights and other intellectual property rights, reviewing and clearing long-form and short-form content in all media, structuring user-generated and professionally-produced content distribution and monetization initiatives, complying with privacy concerns, preparing advertising agency and media planning and buying agreements, and advising clients in complying with state and federal anti-lottery and anti-gambling regulations governing eSports, fantasy sports, online and mobile gaming and high-profile multi-channel promotional initiatives.
Mr. Mulcahy has been ranked as one of the country's leading attorneys by The National Law Journal, which named him at the age of 36 to its annual "40 Under 40" list. In 2014, he was named one of California's "Top Entertainment Lawyers" by The Daily Journal. Mr. Mulcahy received a prestigious Burton Award, one of the highest literary honors in law, in 2008 for his legal writing on the virtual world Second Life. He has been consistently selected for inclusion in the annual editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers, has been consistently named a "Super Lawyer" in both New York and Southern California by the editors of Law & Politics, and has been recognized by Lawdragon Magazine and by the Legal 500 as one of the leading Film, Television and Advertising lawyers in America.
James A.R. Nafziger
James A.R. Nafziger is the Thomas B. Stoel Professor of Law and Director of International Programs at Willamette University College of Law. After receiving B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Wisconsin and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, Professor Nafziger was Henry Luce Fellow and later Administrative Director of the American Society of International Law, in which he currently serves as Secretary. He is a former Fulbright lecturer at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and the National and Otgontenger Universities in Mongolia.
As a Scholar-in-Residence at the Rockefeller Foundation's Study Center in Bellagio, Italy, Professor Nafziger completed the first book specifically on international sports law, which is now in its second edition. He has authored or edited two other books on international and comparative sports law and many published articles in that field, among others. Professor Nafziger serves as Honorary President of the International Association of Sports Law (IASL), from which he received that organization's first (Aisimnitis) prize for outstanding contributions to the development of sports law. He also received the Award for Extraordinary Contributions from the American Society of Comparative Law. In 2005 he served as the co-director of The Hague Academy of International Law Centre for Studies and Research.
Brent John Nowicki
Brent John Nowicki is currently Legal Counsel at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland. He joined the CAS in 2013 after 7 years as an attorney with the law firm of Hodgson Russ LLP in Buffalo, New York. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Fairfield University, where he was a member of their Division I lacrosse program, and his Juris Doctor with Cum Laude Honours from the State University of New York, University at Buffalo.
Mr. Nowicki has extensive and unique experience in the field of sports law. He has represented various professional athletes and sports entities while in the private practice of law, and served as a consultant for a number of clients in the sports industry. While in private practice, Mr. Nowicki represented parties in all aspects of sports business contracts including endorsement, marketing, transfer, and on-field participation and employment agreements. On an international level, Mr. Nowicki has extensive experience in the anti-doping movement in Olympic sports. This summer, Mr. Nowicki will act as a Counsel to the CAS at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Prior to joining the CAS, Mr. Nowicki routinely spoke on the issues of anti-doping and sports law and acted as a political advisor in the area of sport doping. He also serves on the International Committee of the Sports Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for the Police Athletic League of Buffalo, and is the Coach of the Men's National Lacrosse Team in Switzerland.
Maidie Oliveau is counsel in the Los Angeles office of Arent Fox. Her practice focuses on sports-related transactions and arbitration. Maidie has developed a multi-faceted practice including television, new media, naming rights, sponsorships and event-related rights, including single sport and multi-sport international events; acquisitions of sports events and/or clubs; trademark protection; and US and international sports arbitration. Her clients include professional teams and leagues, event and facility owners, sponsor corporations, television and new media distributors, and Olympic sport governing bodies. Maidie is recognized as a leading sports attorney by Chambers USA. As noted in Chambers USA, "Maidie is praised as a "commercial and practical" attorney with wideranging experience in numerous areas of sports law." Since May 1997, she has served as an arbitrator on the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). In addition, Maidie is on the panel of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and the London Court of International Arbitration and has acted as an arbitrator in international AAA cases as well as cases brought under the US Anti-Doping Agency protocol and the US Olympic Committee Code of Conduct.
Jennifer Pogorelec O'Sullivan
Jennifer joined HBA as a partner and head of the firm's Sports and Entertainment Practice Group. Jennifer represents sports leagues, teams, media and technology companies, investors, sports marketing and promotions agencies, promoters and other sports related entities in a variety of matters including mergers and acquisitions, league formations and restructurings, sponsorships, sports media matters, and all forms of commercial agreements including, licensing and promotional agreements, venue, vendor and other special events agreements, marketing, PR and advertising agreements. Jennifer also provides clients with outside general counsel services.
Immediately prior to joining HBA, Jennifer was the General Counsel of RSE Ventures, a sports and entertainment venture company, where she oversaw the corporate, business and legal affairs for RSE and its portfolio companies.
Jennifer also served as the CEO & Commissioner of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) and the Vice President, Legal & Labor Affairs with the Arena Football League (AFL) where she also served as the league's acting General Counsel.
Jennifer has also held positions at the NFL, Nixon Peabody, and the Interpublic Group of Companies (IPG), where she worked with various IPG agencies including Octagon, its global sports, entertainment and lifestyle marketing agency.
Jennifer is licensed to practice in New York and before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
Jennifer is a member of the Sports Lawyers' Association and a former member of the National Board of Directors for Women in Sports and Events (WISE) and the Sports Committee of the Association of the City Bar of New York.
Jennifer received her J.D. from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law (J.D.) and a B.A in Political Science from the University of Richmond.
Jill Pilgrim's distinguished career includes decades of experience working in the sports business and corporate environments, serving as an attorney, business advisor, strategic consultant, arbitrator, entrepreneur, law professor, international consultant, speaker, and published legal author in regional and national academic and trade publications. Pilgrim, a Precise Advisory Group co-founder, and Principal Owner of Pilgrim & Associates law firm, has built a national reputation as a prominent business, sports and ADR lawyer and consultant.
As the former general counsel of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), Pilgrim rendered legal advice and handled matters ranging from corporate governance, dispute resolution, policy matters, protecting intellectual property rights, contractual relationships, and member services and eligibility. Pilgrim utilized her many years of Olympic sport drug testing expertise to assist the LPGA with the design and launch of professional golf's first player drug-testing program in 2008.
Prior to joining the LPGA, she spent 33-plus years in the Olympic sports world: eight-and-a-half years as general counsel and director of business affairs for USA Track & Field (USATF), the national governing body for track and field; 10 years as a volunteer for USATF; and more than 15 years as an athlete.
While at the USATF, she was responsible for overseeing in-house legal and business affairs departments, handling event, sponsor, supplier and other contracts as well as disciplinary and grievance procedures. She gained valuable experience as the staff liaison to a variety of United States Olympic Committee and national governing body committees, including the Anti-Doping Task Force, Age Verification Task Force, Diversity and Leadership and Committee on Sports for Disabled.
Pilgrim is a highly sought after neutral in alternative dispute resolution matters. She serves on the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Committee on Infractions; the body that presides over administrative hearings related to allegations of NCAA rules violations. In 2015 she was appointed as a hearing officer for the New York State Gaming Commission. Ms. Pilgrim served as an arbitrator for the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. for over a decade (1992-2006) and is currently a long-serving public arbitrator for the NASD's successor organization, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). She also previously served appointments as an arbitrator on the USA Track & Field Doping Hearing Board and the USATF Doping Appeals Board for athlete drug cases and was appointed to United States Olympic Committee Out-of-Competition Drug Hearing Board (1991). Ms. Pilgrim successfully represented an athlete in arbitration before the Court of Arbitration for Sport during the 1996 Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games.
Pilgrim's teaching history includes her current role as principal lecturer of the course "International & Comparative Sports Law" in the Columbia University School of Professional Studies & Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economiï¿½a (ISDE) Companion Masters in Sports Management & Masters in Sports Law Program (Spring 2016); as well as previously creating and teaching "The Olympic Games & the Law" course at the University of Miami School of Law; and teaching "Legal Issues in Sports" for the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies' Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management Program.
Pilgrim's legal career began as a tax and corporate associate at New York City law firms, including Willkie Farr & Gallagher, and Cowan Liebowitz & Latman. In 1990, she established her own law private practice, Pilgrim & Associates. During her work in private practice, she serviced clients in nonprofit, sports and entertainment industries and handled real estate, estates, guardianship, and corporate transactional legal matters.
Pilgrim is a frequent speaker and panel participant at leading academic and professional institutions, and is often requested for national media commentaries and interviews as a result of her decades-long experience in entertainment, sports and general business practice issues. Throughout the years, she has appeared on The MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour, NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, Court TV, CNN, CNBC, BCAT, and Channel 13 (NYC Public Television) among others. Pilgrim also has authored and co-authored numerous published legal articles on topics related to sports law.
Pilgrim is a current or past member of the American Bar Association, Sports Lawyers Association, Women in Sports and Events and the Black Women Lawyers' Association. She also has a long history of serving and holding leadership roles on numerous boards and committees, including: as a Princeton University Alumni School Committee member (2010); Advisory Board member, National Sports Law Institute of Marquette University Law School (2006-present); Princeton University 30th Reunion Committee, Class of 1980; Columbia University School of Law 25th Reunion Committee, Class of 1984; Board member, Jobs for Florida's Graduates (2007-2008); Board member, Central Indiana Tennis Association (2005-2006 Marketing Committee); Board member (1999-2005), Sports Lawyers Association (2002 and 2003 Conference Chair; 2003-2005 Membership and Public Relations Committee Chair); Strategic Planning Task Force (2005-2008), Women's Sports Foundation; Board member, National Junior Tennis League of Indianapolis (2001-2003); Indianapolis Bar Association Entertainment & Sports Section Executive Committee (Chair 2001); founder and president, The Center for the Protection of Athletes' Rights, Inc.; Chair, Friends of Princeton Track (1989-90;) Princeton University Alumni Council (1987-91).
Pilgrim was born in London, England. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics from Princeton University, where she also was a nationally ranked sprinter for the Princeton Track and Field Team. She studied at the Alliance Française and Sorbonne in France, prior to graduating with a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. Pilgrim works and resides in New York City.
Matthieu Reeb from Neuchâtel/Switzerland, is an attorney at law, born in 1969, married with 3 children. He obtained his law degree in 1992 (NeuchÃ¢tel). The same year he studied international private law at the University of Heidelberg/Germany. One year later, he returned to Neuchâtel where he worked for a law firm specialized in arbitration. He passed his bar exam successfully in 1995.
Matthieu Reeb joined the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in September 1995 where he exercised the function of Counsel to CAS. He was appointed as CAS Secretary General in 2000. In this position, he is responsible for the management of the Court, the public relations, the monitoring of the arbitration and mediation procedures and for the organization of the CAS ad hoc Divisions (established during the Olympic Games and other major sports events).
In 1998, Matthieu Reeb edited the first "Digest of CAS Awards" (Staempfli Editions), which in 1999 won the René Cassin Prize, awarded by the Académie française des Sciences Morales et Politiques. He edited additional CAS Digests in 2001 and in 2004 (Kluwer Law Editions) and in 2015 the Commentary of the Code of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, with D. Mavromati (Wolters Kluwer Editions). He is also the author of several articles related to the CAS and its case law.
Until 1995, Matthieu Reeb practised athletics and rugby at national level.
Allison Rich, a member of the Sports Lawyers Association Board of Directors, has over 20 years of experience as an intercollegiate athletics administrator. She has significant leadership and decision-making experience having served at the NCAA national office and at both large state and small private FBS, FCS and Division I institutions. She has been intimately involved in legal affairs, risk management, contracts, personnel, fiscal management, external affairs, and equity and diversity, giving her a wide range of perspectives and experiences. Rich is currently the Senior Associate Director of Athletics/Senior Woman Administrator at her alma mater, Princeton University.
Rich previously served as an Athletics Consultant with JMI Sports LLC, providing evaluation, planning, review, audit, strategic analysis and guidance to university athletic departments and intercollegiate conferences to help them meet their diverse and complex needs. She continues to provide college athletics consulting and speaking services on her own.
Prior to working as a consultant, Rich served as Senior Associate Director of Athletics for External Affairs/Senior Woman Administrator at Florida State University. At FSU, she was responsible for all external functions of the department including long range planning and implementation of strategies, along with day-to-day oversight, management and leadership. Rich negotiated new television contracts and worked closely with the department's corporate rights partner. During her tenure at FSU, the institution experienced unprecedented growth and success in marketing, promotions and sponsorships for all sports, created new social media avenues and website enhancements, and developed both an outbound ticket sales staff and an advance group sales program.
As at previous institutions, in her capacity as Senior Woman Administrator, Rich monitored and addressed all aspects of gender and minority equity. Also while at FSU, Rich served on the NCAA Committee on Athletics Certification and its Executive Committee, and was instrumental in discussions about revamping the certification process while ensuring a vehicle for maintaining institutional control and a level playing field.
Before moving to Florida State, Rich served as the Deputy Director of Athletics/Senior Woman Administrator at California State University, Fullerton. There she had oversight of the day-to-day operations of the Athletics program, supervised administrators, staff and coaches, developed department policy and goals, and helped shape short and long range strategic plans. In addition, Rich handled all legal, personnel and contract matters, and provided oversight of audits, reviews and NCAA certification.
Rich also served as the Associate Director of Athletics for Internal Affairs at the University of the Pacific, a Legislative Representative at the NCAA National Office, and a policy reviewer/writer and compliance assistant at Loyola University, Chicago. Rich earned her bachelor's degree at Princeton University, her Juris Doctorate at Chicago-Kent College of Law, and her Doctorate in Educational Administration at the University of the Pacific. She is a Sports Management Institute Executive Program graduate. Licensed to practice in the State of Illinois and a qualified arbitrator in the State of Florida, Rich is also a member of NACDA, NACWAA, and the American, Illinois and Chicago Bar Associations.
Ryan M. Rodenberg
Ryan M. Rodenberg is an assistant professor of sports law analytics at Florida State University. Prior to academia, he worked as associate general counsel at Octagon in McLean, Virginia. His recent scholarship has been published in the Harvard Business Law Review, Stanford Law & Policy Review, Journal of Prediction Markets, Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports, Harvard Journal of Sports & Entertainment Law, Journal of Labor Research, Journal of Sports Economics, Columbia Journal of European Law, British Journal of Sports Medicine, Gaming Law Review and Economics, and International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Legal Aspects in Sports, Journal of Sports Analytics, and Journal of Applied Sports Management. He regularly writes about gaming-related issues for ESPN. He earned a JD from University of Washington-Seattle and PhD from Indiana University-Bloomington. He played varsity tennis at Creighton University and double majored in economics and finance.
Kelli Sager is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, and has more than 30 years of litigation experience representing television and radio broadcasters, cable companies, motion picture producers and distributors, newspapers and magazines, book authors, Internet companies, videogame companies, and Web publishers, both at the trial and appellate level of federal and state courts. Her practice encompasses all areas of media and entertainment litigation, including defamation, privacy, personality rights, idea submission claims, copyright and trademark law, and Internet law. Among other recent cases, she is lead counsel in Maloney v. T3Media, a putative class action misappropriation lawsuit brought by college athletes, which was dismissed with prejudice by a federal district court, and is now on appeal. She filed an amici curiae brief on behalf of MPAA in the Sarver case, which was recently decided by the Ninth Circuit, and she was one of the lawyers representing Electronic Arts in the Brown and Keller cases, and argued both cases (twice) in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Kelli is the former Chair of the ABA Forum on Communications Law, and has served as Western Division representative since 2002. She served as the Chair of the International Bar Association's Media Committee from 2009-2011, as well as previously serving as President of the Media Law Resource Center's Defense Counsel Section. The Los Angeles Daily Journal named her among its 2015 Top Intellectual Property Litigators, as well as one of its 2015 Top Women Litigators and 2015 Top 100 Lawyers in California. Kelli has also been included in The Hollywood Reporter's Power Lawyer List since 2007, included as one of Lawdragon's 500 Leading Lawyers in America since 2005, and has been ranked by Chambers USA for five consecutive years in its top tier of media attorneys in the country.
Throughout his career as a student-athlete, professional athlete, and sports executive, Larry Scott has been an innovative leader whose vision for transformative change and firm belief that sport can be a force for positive change have been hallmarks of his career.
As Commissioner of the Pac-12 Conference, Scott has orchestrated a rebranding of the Conference, successfully added Colorado and Utah, created a Football Championship Game, transformed the basketball tournaments, and secured agreement for equal revenue sharing.
He has also delivered a landmark media rights agreement with ESPN and Fox Sports, and created Pac-12 Networks, the first-ever integrated media company owned by a college conference.
His vision for the Pac-12 is global with an initiative that has already led to athletic events and student-athlete cultural exchange programs, and in 2015 featured the first-ever pro or collegiate regular season basketball game in China.
Prior to the Pac-12, Scott served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the WTA Tour, Chief Operating Officer and President of ATP Tour, and played professional tennis on the ATP.
Among many honors, Scott was a finalist for the 2012 Sports Executive of the Year by the Sports Business Journal. In 2013, Scott was given the Americanism Award by the Anti-Defamation League in tribute to his work to affect positive change through sports. Scott also serves on the Board of the Women's Sports Foundation.
Scott's career in athletics extends back to his captaincy of Harvard University's tennis team, where he was named an All-American and earned a B.A. in History.
Steven B. Smith
Steven Smith is a partner in the Colorado Springs office. His practice focuses on sports law, including naming rights, sponsorships, licensing agreements, stadium operations, television and media contracts, and representing leagues and National Governing Bodies. Mr. Smith has been recognized as a "Leader in His Field" for Sports Law by Chambers USA 2011.
Brian Socolow focuses on the representation of players, teams, event owners, media companies, equipment manufacturers and others in the sports industry. He has successfully represented sports companies in a wide range of matters, including media negotiations and distribution agreements, naming rights, sponsorships and endorsement agreements, trademark licenses, the purchase and sale of sports properties and operational matters for events, such as venue agreements and insurance matters. He has extensive experience litigating sports-related matters including a number of copyright and trademark matters, contractual disputes and technology matters.
Mr. Socolow has successfully developed a niche helping emerging sports negotiate media deals, license deals and other agreements enabling them to grow their sport and develop their brand. He regularly comments on sports-related topics as a legal contributor on leading media outlets such as CNN, ESPN Radio, WSJ.com, and other print, radio and online media outlets. In addition to his sports practice, Mr. Socolow has extensive experience representing clients in a wide range of intellectual property, entertainment and complex commercial disputes in state and federal courts throughout the country.
Debbie is Senior Vice President of Broadcasting and Coaching for Wasserman Media Group, an athlete management, sponsorship, media rights and brand consulting company. As such she represents on-air talent, including former athletes, female sportscasters and multimedia journalists as well as NBA and NCAA basketball coaches. She specializes in helping athletes transition to postplaying media and coaching careers. Her responsibilities include securing broadcast, coaching and marketing opportunities for clients, negotiating deals and providing overall career guidance.
Her media clients include Frank Thomas, Aaron Boone, Brent Barry, Candace Parker, Alyssa Roenigk Nicole Zaloumis, Brian Scalabrine, Ric Bucher and Stewart Mandel. Her NBA coaching clients include Fred Hoiberg, Darren Erman and Mark Madsen.
Debbie started her career at Fox Sports Net, where as VP business & legal affairs, she structured, negotiated and administered telecast licenses for FSN, Fox Sports and FX. Debbie was also VP business affairs, MTV Entertainment, the digital, sports and comedy division of Viacom.
Debbie is a Director of the Sports Lawyers Association and a Director of Westcoast Sports, an LA-based charity which funds after school sports and mentoring programs for thousands of children in Southern California.
Debbie is a frequent speaker at sports business and law conferences and author of articles on sports media and broadcasting. She is a graduate of Stanford University and the UCLA School of Law. She lives in Santa Monica, California with her husband and daughter.
Kevin Sweeney is the Vice Chair of the Corporate & Transactional practice group of Polsinelli PC.
He has more than 30 years experience in handling mergers and acquisitions, and other complex financial and strategic corporate transactions for clients in a wide variety of industries, with a special emphasis in serving as a strategic advisor to the top management of collegiate and other amateur sports enterprises, including the Big 12 Conference, Conference USA, and various Collegiate Bowl and high school sports organizations.
Mr. Sweeney uses his broad contacts in the national sports communities to assist conferences, universities, and other organizations in achieving their business and financial goals, and has negotiated over $5 billion of collegiate sports media rights agreements. In managing conference composition and governance issues and leading complex finance, sponsorship, venue and media licensing transactions for his amateur sports clients, Mr. Sweeney coordinates and integrates the efforts of expert sports industry consultants, search firms, and investment bankers. He is a regular speaker on amateur sports topics at national legal and sports industry conferences, and other industry experts.
Richard M. Thigpen
Richard M. Thigpen joined the Panthers in July, 1997, following 14 years in private practice. While in private practice, Richard assisted the Richardson family as they became the first ownership group to acquire an NFL expansion franchise and build a privately funded stadium at the same time. He became General Counsel at the end of May, 1998, and is involved in all aspects of the business, including contract negotiations and drafting, governmental affairs, trademark issues and employment matters. He has served as a board member and chair of the Council for the Sports and Entertainment Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, board member and chair of the Mecklenburg Bar Foundation, board member and chair of the North Carolina Travel & Tourism Coalition, and has been an adjunct professor at Charlotte School of Law. He has also been active in his community, serving on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations. Richard received his undergraduate degree from Duke University, his law degree from Campbell University, and a Masters of Laws in Taxation from Georgetown University.
Tyrone's practice involves complex legal issues in athletics. In intercollegiate athletics, he has responded to NCAA enforcement investigations, the infractions process, and appeals. He has conducted comprehensive investigations and successfully negotiated the reduction and elimination of various penalties assessed to universities, athletics personnel, and student-athletes. In professional sports matters, he advises teams on league compliance issues. He has also counseled professional athletes on off-the-field legal matters.
With respect to higher education clients, Tyrone advises colleges on Title IX, privacy issues for student-athlete records, employment contracts, and policies for athletics personnel. He is nationally recognized for his experience in athletic matters and has served as a legal analyst for the New York Times, ESPN, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Sports Business Journal, University Business, Law360, and the Sports Litigation Alert.
Tyrone also advises boards, presidents, and other senior executives on employment and consulting agreements. He has prepared numerous deferred compensation plans, performance incentive programs, and separation agreements for universities, athletic conferences, health care systems, foundations, and trade associations. In the course of his practice, Tyrone has advised on employment arrangements involving over 200 academic institutions. He is a frequent speaker for various associations in higher education on the issue of executive compensation, including the American Council on Education, the National Association of College and University Attorneys, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and the Council of Independent Colleges.
Richard Wagenheim has been practicing workers' compensation law since 1972, the same year in which he graduated from the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University with a Juris Doctor degree. He previously obtained his undergraduate degree from Michigan State in 1968.
Rich achieved the distinction of Board Certification* in Workers' Compensation from the Florida Bar in 1989. In addition to being licensed to practice law in Florida, Rich is also licensed in Michigan and Washington, D.C . He is also licensed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
Mr. Wagenheim is a partner in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida law firm, Wagenheim & Wagner, P.A. where he has represented, consulted and advised injured workers from all walks of life, including professional football, baseball, hockey, basketball and soccer players. Additionally, he is a member of the National Football League Players' Association and Professional Hockey Players' Association Workers' Compensation Panels.
In 1998, Rich was named ATTORNEY OF THE YEAR by the NFLPA Workers' Compensation Panel.
Rich is a member of numerous legal organizations. He is on the Board of Directors of Florida Workers' Advocates and is a lobbyist during legislative sessions on behalf of the rights of injured workers. He also serves on the board of the Sports Lawyers Association. Additionally, he is a member of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, the Broward County Bar Association and the Florida Bar Workers' Compensation Section.
Rich also gives back to the community and makes a positive impact on youth. He is a board member of the Urban League of Broward County and the Coast to Coast Basketball Club. He is a national board member and Florida State Director of Biddy Basketball, a national boys and girls basketball program which Rich brought to South Florida.
Mr. Wagenheim is also a frequent lecturer on workers' compensation topics. He has lectured at the Florida Workers' Compensation Educational Conference, the Sports Lawyers' Association Annual Conference, Continuing Legal Education seminars, and at the University of Miami. He has also been quoted in numerous publications, including The Sun-Sentinel and Florida Lawyer, regarding workers' compensation issues.
*To become a board certified specialist, the Bar requires that a lawyer pass a written examination in the specialty area, complete approved legal education programs, demonstrate substantial experience in the specialty area, be favorably evaluated as to ability and experience by judges and other lawyers, and exhibit outstanding character, ethics, and a reputation for professionalism.
Maureen Weston is Professor of Law and Director of the Entertainment, Media & Sports Dispute Resolution Project at Pepperdine University School of Law, and Academic Director, Institute for Entertainment Media & Culture at Pepperdine University. J.D., University of Colorado; B.A., University of Denver. Professor Weston teaches courses on arbitration, mediation, negotiation, international dispute resolution, legal ethics, and U.S. and international sports law. She serves on the University Athletic Counsel, advises the Sports & Entertainment Law Society and Dispute Resolution Journal, coaches teams in ICC International Mediation and Sports & Entertainment Law ADR competitions. Prior to teaching, Weston practiced law with Holme Roberts & Owen, and Faegre & Benson in Colorado. Her committee service includes the ABA, Law School Division, Arbitration Competition, AALS Sports Law Executive Committee. She is a member of the Sports Lawyers Association and serves on the Boards of Directors at the University of Colorado Law Alumni Board and Center for Sports Governance, the National Sports Law Institute at Marquette University Law School, and Editorial Board of LawInSport. A frequent speaker at conferences, Weston is co-author of casebooks on sports law and arbitration and has written numerous articles in the area of sports law, arbitration, disability law, and dispute resolution.
Amy Whelan joined the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) as a Senior Staff Attorney in February 2011 and works on NCLR's full range of litigation, policy, and public education work. Amy litigates complex civil cases around the country regarding marriage equality, employment discrimination, Title IX, family law, access to healthcare, prisoners' civil rights, the First Amendment, and other constitutional matters. Before joining NCLR, Amy was an associate in the San Francisco firm of Rosen, Bien, Galvan & Grunfeld LLP (RBGG). There, she represented individuals, organizations, and classes of people in litigation before federal and state courts and administrative agencies, principally in the area of civil rights. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Princeton University and her Juris Doctorate from Northeastern University School of Law.
Hayley Wickenheiser is regarded as one of the best female hockey players in the world. As a decorated Olympian, she has led her team to four gold and one silver medal as well as being named the tournaments' most valuable player in both 2002 and 2006. For the 2014 Sochi Olympics Hayley was selected to be the flag bearer for the Canadian Olympic team in the Opening Ceremonies. During those same Olympics it was announced that she had been elected to the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Athletes Commission. As part of the Canadian Women's National Team since age 15, Hayley has won innumerable national, regional and world championships.
Off the ice, Hayley's achievements include: Sports Illustrated number 20 of 25 Toughest Athletes in the World, a two-time finalist for the Women's Sports Foundation Team Athlete of The Year, twice named among the Globe and Mail's "Power 50" influencers in sport, and named among QMI Agency's top 10 "Greatest Female Athletes in the History of Sports." In 2011, Hayley was appointed to the Order of Canada "for her achievements as an athlete and for her contributions to the growth of women's hockey." And, most recently she was inducted to Canada's Walk of Fame.
Wickenheiser's passion for sport is matched by her desire to give back to the community in her work with organizations such as JumpStart, KidSport, Project North, Right to Play, Ovarian Cancer Canada and many others. In 2007, she travelled to Rwanda with a team of Canadian Olympic athletes for Right to Play, an athlete-driven, global organization using the transformative power of play to educate and empower children and youth. In 2011, she returned to Africa on a similar goodwill mission to Ghana.
Hayley was born in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan and is a proud mom to her son Noah. She is currently working on her Masters, running a study that is researching the connection between physical activity and the neurology of autistic youth.
Gaye Lynn Wilson
Gaye Lynn Wilson has served as Vice President of National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) since 2009. In this role, Wilson manages league sponsorships, sponsor and supplier fulfillment and licensing. She also oversees management of the League's Championship Series and College Draft, - two independent events for NPF that have evolved exponentially throughout Wilson's tenure.
She has taken the lead in the development of the digital media and social media platforms, website, NPF phone app as well as the coordination of the NPF internship program. During the 2010 and 2011 seasons, Wilson also managed logistics for the league-operated Tennessee Diamonds team.
Prior to joining NPF, Wilson served nine years as business manager for Club K, the nation's largest women's fastpitch softball training facility. Wilson spent 10 years coaching college softball, first at Daytona Beach Community College and then at the University of Florida, where helped launch the softball program in Gainesville.
Wilson is actively involved in the Mount Juliet, Tennessee community and currently serves on the Mount Juliet Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Mt. Juliet Parks and Recreation Board, Co-Chairs the Mount Juliet Sports and Fitness Council, and was voted the 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award at the Mount Juliet Chamber Choice Awards. Wilson also serves on the Nashville Sports Council Women in Sports Committee. Wilson received a M.Ed. in Counselor Education from the University of Central Florida, a B.S. in Exercise Science from the University of Florida, an A.A. degree from Lake City Community College, a Mini MBA from Belmont University and is a recent graduate of Leadership Wilson.
Glenn M. Wong
Glenn M. Wong is a sports lawyer, consultant, arbitrator, and author. He is a Past President of the Sports Lawyers Association (SLA), having served from 2013-2015. Wong has been a SLA Board member since 1998. In 2015, Wong joined the faculty at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law where he is Distinguished Professor of Practice-Sports Law. He is also Professor Emeritus at the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts. Wong was a professor from 1979-2015, and he served as Department Head from 1986 to 1997. In 1992-93, he served as Interim Director of Athletics and then Acting Dean of the School of Physical Education at the University of Massachusetts. Wong served as the Faculty Athletics Representative for the University of Massachusetts to the National Collegiate Athletic Association from 1993-2013. He has taught courses in Sport Law, Sport Finance and Business, College Athletics, Amateur Sports Law and Labor Relations, Negotiations in Professional Sports and Professional Development in Sport Management. Wong is also one of the original faculty members with the Sports Management Institute (1990). He served as a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University Law School in the spring of 2014, and taught Sports Law in 2015.
Wong received the 2013 Distinguished Teaching Award at the Isenberg School of Management. In 2007, the Institute for International Sport at the University of Rhode Island named one of "The 100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America". In 2006, Wong received the Academic Achievement Award in Sport Management, presented by the International Conference on Sport and Entertainment Businesses, University of South Carolina. In 2003, he earned the Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Massachusetts. In April 2001, Wong received the Distinguished Faculty Award from the University of Massachusetts Alumni Association. In April, 1999, he gave a presentation entitled "The Impact of the Law on the Development of Sports" in the University of Massachusetts Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series, and received his second Chancellor's Medal of Honor.
A sports and entertainment lawyer, Jennifer has appeared before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland, and before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). She has represented a vast array of clients ranging from sports federations to individual athletes in a variety of disputes, including governance issues and contract disputes. Jennifer has also served as the General Counsel to a new media production company, where she also established the Business and Legal Affairs department. Jennifer received her bachelor's degree from California State University, Los Angeles, and her JD degree from Southwestern Law School in 2010. She was admitted to the California State Bar in 2011. Jennifer is active in the community, assisting law students on moot court and negotiation teams, in preparation for sports and entertainment competitions. She is also fluent in Cantonese.