International Sports Law Practice Faculty

Jodi S. Balsam

Associate Professor of Clinical Law; Director of Civil Externship Programs, Brooklyn Law School, New York, USA

Jodi S. Balsam is Associate Professor of Clinical Law and Director of Civil Externship Programs at Brooklyn Law School.  Among her teaching interests are Sports Law, Professional Responsibility, the Externship Seminar, and Negotiation and other lawyering skills.  She was previously a faculty member at New York Law School, where she taught Legal Practice, Sports Law, and the Judicial Externship Seminar, and at New York University School of Law, where she taught in the Lawyering Program.  Professor Balsam also designed and taught an innovative class in sports contracts and negotiation at NYU’s Sports Business Graduate Degree Program.

Before joining academia, Professor Balsam was the National Football League's Counsel for Operations and Litigation, where she managed litigation in all areas of law, oversaw a variety of policy and operational matters, negotiated contracts for League special events, and administered the League's internal dispute resolution processes and compliance program.  She began her practice career as a litigation attorney with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, representing primarily sports and entertainment clients in antitrust matters and complex commercial litigation.  

Professor Balsam has served as a law clerk for Chief Judge Dennis Jacobs of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Judge Charles Brieant of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.  Professor Balsam has also served as Counsel to the Clerk of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and spearheaded the court’s project to comprehensively revise its local rules and internal operating procedures.  She now sits on the Court’s Attorney Advisory Committee on Local Rules.  A graduate of Yale College, Ms. Balsam received her law degree from New York University School of Law.

Professor Balsam has appeared at many sports law conferences and symposia, including presentations on sports concussion litigation and ethical issues in representation of athletes.  She is frequently quoted in the media on legal issues in sports, and while at NYLS supervised and contributed to its sports law blog, The Official Review.

Efraim Barak

Senior Partner, D. Mirkin & Co. Advocates, Tel-Aviv, Israel

Admitted to the bar in Israel in 1987, Honorable Member, Colegio de Abogados de Buenos Aires.Education: Tel-Aviv University (LL.B.), Master (Honoris Causa) in International Sport Law (ISDE), Teaching Assistant Labour Law, Tel-Aviv University Law Faculty and Social Sciences Faculty from 1986-1988. Member of the CAS Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Professor and academic Director of the program for an M.A. Degree in International Sports Law in the ISDE (Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economia) in Madrid. Mr Barak is a Co-Author of the book "Credit Cards, Legal and Practical Aspects", August 1997. Member of the Labour Law Committee of the Israel Bar, the Sport Law Committee, the Israel Bar (Ex Chairman of Sub-Committee on Doping Matters).

Alasdair Bell

General Counsel and Director of Legal Affairs at UEFA, Nyon, Switzerland

Alasdair Bell worked in Brussels in private practice for most of the 1990s focusing on competition, trade law and single market legislation. He became a partner in Forrester Norall & Sutton in 1994, which subsequently merged with White & Case. He moved to London in 1998 and continued to advice clients on EU law generally and EU competition law in particular.

He had been the principal outside Counsel to UEFA for 15 years on all matters of European Union Law before joining UEFA in 2010 as General Counsel and Director of the Legal Affairs Division.

Jeff Benz

Attorney/Arbitrator/Mediator, Benz Law Group and BenzADR, California, USA

Jeff Benz is an accomplished sports, entertainment (film, television (scripted and reality), and music), and media attorney and executive, having served in a variety of senior management positions in those industries over the past 18+ years.

From 2011 to the present, Jeff has served as General Counsel to Hidden Empire Film Group, an independent film and television production company that specializes in producing high quality films at low cost.

From 2009 until early 2011, Jeff was COO and General Counsel of a San Francisco-based mobile commerce company, GoldenSpear, LLC, and led their entry and expansion into China (through a JV with a Chinese partner he sourced) and the creation of their Hong Kong and Shanghai offices. Jeff also led development of the company’s applications to sports and sports venues as well as its content-related licenses.

From 2007 through 2009, Jeff was Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel, and Secretary of the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, based in Los Angeles, where, among other things, he oversaw this public company’s administrative operations, negotiated substantial sponsorship and event agreements, and acquired the Australian Pro Beach Volleyball Tour.

From 2006 through 2007, Jeff was COO and head of legal and business affairs for A2 Holdings, LLC, a Los Angeles-based, venture-backed startup ($60M) led by former KingWorld CEO Michael King to promote the sport of boxing through television and other media.

From 2001 through 2006, Jeff was General Counsel, Managing Director of Legal and Government Affairs, Corporate Secretary, and Chief Ethics Officer for the United States Olympic Committee, where he oversaw all business and legal affairs. As the youngest and second-longest serving General Counsel in the company’s 100+ year history, Jeff served in this role through 3 Olympic Games.

Jeff has lectured at Harvard University, UC Berkeley, University of Michigan, University of Texas, Santa Clara University, Southwestern Law School, Pepperdine University, University of Colorado, and Chapman University, and at the annual meetings of the Sports Lawyers Association (where he serves on the Board), the National Sports Law Institute (where he serves on the Board), and the American Bar Association Forum on Entertainment and Sports Law. Jeff has been published on a variety of legal issues ranging from Internet IP issues to sports to international law to dispute resolution.

Jeff has also testified before the US Senate on sports business/legal issues. Jeff is an adjunct professor in sports law and dispute resolution at Pepperdine University Law School.

Jeff is also an accomplished commercial arbitrator and mediator with the American Arbitration Association, the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, the Beijing Arbitration Commission, the Republic of China Arbitration Association, the London Court of International Arbitration, the International Chamber of Commerce, the LA County Superior Court, and California Lawyers for the Arts, and is one of the most frequently used ADR neutrals for sports cases in the United States. Jeff is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the highest designation for international arbitrators worldwide.

Jeff has BA and MBA degrees from the University of Michigan and his JD degree from the University of Texas. Jeff is admitted to practice before all federal and state courts in California, Colorado, New York and Hawaii, and before the United States Court of Appeals for the 3rd, 9th, 10th, and Federal Circuits.

Michele Bernasconi

Partner, Bär & Karrer, Zurich, Switzerland

Michele Bernasconi advises on a broad range of sports, media, energy, telecom and IT matters, acting for both domestic and international clients. He has particular expertise in international litigation and arbitration as well as in commercial and transactional work relating to such industries.

His recent experience includes advice on outsourcing and joint venture projects, broadcasting and sponsorship agreements, ambush marketing, regulatory and antitrust work in both the telecom and sport sector, software licensing, electricity transmission and distribution, doping matters as well as international transfers of football players.

Michele Bernasconi lectures on international sports law at the University of Zurich as well as at the ISDE in Madrid. He regularly speaks and publishes articles on topics within his practice areas.

In its 2013 edition, the International Who's Who of Regulatory Communication Lawyers describes Michele Bernasconi as a “prominent figure in the field” and lists him as one of the ten most highly regarded individuals worldwide. According to Chambers Global 2012, Michele Bernasconi is lauded for his strong judgment and "sophisticated understanding of sports regulation and politics." Sources say that he is "probably one of the most experienced sports arbitrators in the country" (Chambers Global 2012). A BBC article published on 12th May 2012 confirms this by describing Michele Bernasconi as "leading Swiss sports lawyer, fluent in five languages". Furthermore, The Legal 500 2012 lists Michele Bernasconi among the leading lawyers in Switzerland in the technology, media and telecommunications sector. Chambers Europe 2010 states that Michele Bernasconi is a "very smart and well-reputed practitioner".

ISDE, Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía, Madrid: Master h.c. in International Sports Law (2009)
Partner of Bär & Karrer (since 2001)
Harvard Law School, LL.M. (1996)
Associate at Bär & Karrer (1995)
Admitted to the Zurich Bar (1992)
Teaching Assistant at the University of Zurich (1991-1994)
Trainee in a Swiss law firm (1990-1991)
Clerk and Secretary to the Zurich District Court (1989-1990)
University of Zurich: lic. iur. (1989)

Cristina A. Carvalho

Partner at Arent Fox, Washington D.C., USA

Cristina Carvalho is a partner at Arent Fox and member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Cristina focuses her practice on all aspects of intellectual property, namely, intellectual property portfolio management, acquisition, licensing, litigation and counseling, both domestically and abroad. Cristina is admitted to practice law in the United States and Brazil.

Cristina is the ABA-IPL section liaison to the Brazilian Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property and has recently served as co-chair of the International Trademark Law Committee of Intellectual Properties Owners Association (IPO).

Cristina currently holds membership in the International Trademark Association (INTA). She is also a member of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association.

David Casserly

Barrister, UK and Attorney-at-Law, New York, Switzerland and Ireland

David Casserly is a barrister specialising in the areas of sports law and international arbitration.  He is a member of the Bars of Ireland, England & Wales and New York.

Mr Casserly regularly represents a wide variety of clubs, individuals and organisations before various international tribunals, in particular the Court of Arbitration for Sport.  He has acted for some of the world's largest sporting organisations in arbitration and litigation proceedings, including FIFA, UEFA and the IRB. 

He previously acted as Legal Counsel and Head of Mediation for the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, during which time he was the CAS Legal Counsel at the Commonwealth and Olympic Games. 

He also previously practised in the international arbitration departments of Shearman & Sterling in Paris and Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler in Geneva, as well as completing an internship at the ICDR/AAA in New York.

Mr Casserly is an accredited mediator and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.  In addition to acting as counsel, he regularly sits as an arbitrator or mediator, or as chairman of anti-doping tribunals. 

He also lectures on sports law and arbitration law in Ireland, Spain and Switzerland.  Mr Casserly is an accomplished sportsman, with representative rugby honours.

Benjamin Cohen

Governance & Legal Affairs Senior Manager at FIBA (International Basketball Federation), Mies, Switzerland

Benjamin Cohen, of Swiss nationality, is currently employed by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) as Governance & Legal Affairs Senior Manager.

He holds a Bachelor degree of Law from University of Fribourg (Switzerland) and a Master of Law in European Law and International Contract Law from University of Fribourg and University of Durham (UK).

From a very early stage of his academic studies, Benjamin Cohen specialized in Sports Law at the International Centre for Sport Studies (Switzerland). His professional career in Sport began at the United Nations in New York (USA) where he assisted the UN Office of Sport for Development and Peace.

Benjamin Cohen came back to Switzerland to complete a Master of Advanced Studies in Sport Management and Technology at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). During this Master, he jointly conducted a study for the Council of Europe (“The Autonomy of Sport in Europe”) and was further appointed as an Expert by the Council of Europe for the 11th Conference of European Ministers of Sport.

In 2008, Benjamin Cohen joined the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) to conduct a study in International Football Governance before being hired at the UEFA Department of Governance and Legal Affairs. In June 2009, he moved to the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) in Geneva, Switzerland.

In 2011, Benjamin Cohen was appointed as a member of the Legal Commission of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) comprising 28 International Federations. The role of this commission is to provide legal advice to ASOIF members on legal issues of common interest.

In 2011, Benjamin Cohen was elected President of the Legal Commission of the International League Against Racism (LICRA) for Switzerland.

His personal interests include sports (!), music and photography.

Mark Conrad

Associate Professor of Law and Ethics at Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business, New York, USA

Mark Conrad is Associate Professor of Law and Ethics at Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business, where he directs its sports business program.  Professor Conrad joined the Fordham faculty in 1987 and, in addition to teaching sports law he has also taught courses covering contracts, business organizations, and media law.

Professor Conrad’s work has appeared in academic, legal and general circulation publications. His most recent book, “The Business of Sports – A Primer for Journalists, 2nd Edition” (Routledge) has been cited in leading journals. He is presently revising and updating the book, which will broaden its audience to those in the sports business. His latest article proposing a constitutional standard for the right of publicity will appear in the Northern Ohio Law Review later this year.

Professor Conrad has taught as adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Sports Management Program and New York Law School. He has also guest lectured at the University of Pittsburgh. He has appeared on numerous panels and symposia. Professor Conrad serves as President of the Sport and Recreation Law Association, a leading academic organization devoted to legal research involving issues of sports, recreation and risk management.

Professor Conrad has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today and Yahoo Sports and has been interviewed on CNN, and various local television outlets. He has blogged for Sports Law Blog.

Professor Conrad received his B.A. from City College of New York and his J.D. from New York Law School. He also received an M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He resides in New York City.

Brian M. Cooper

Director, Sports Programming, Dish Network, Colorado, USA.

Previously, Brian M. Cooper had founded 44 Autumnwood in March 2013 and served as Senior Associate Athletic Director – Finance at Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA. At Rice, Cooper served as the department’s chief financial officer, responsible for the Athletics budget and financial strategy, with administrative oversight and coordination regarding Human Resources, I.T., and Legal.

Prior to joining Rice, Cooper was President and GM of the NBA Development League Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the NBA D-League affiliate of the NBA Houston Rockets. During his tenure with the Vipers, Cooper negotiated the first-of-its-kind hybrid partnership with the Rockets, a partnership that resulted in the Vipers leading the league in numerous economic categories and winning the 2010 NBA D-League Championship.

Cooper is also an attorney licensed to practice in New York and Texas. After graduation from Columbia Law School, he worked as an attorney at Proskauer Rose LLP in New York, working on matters for the National Basketball Association, Major League Soccer and the National Hockey League. At Haynes and Boone LLP in Houston, Cooper represented companies in the negotiation of multi-million dollar sponsorship deals with professional athletes. He is also a former NFLPA and NBPA certified agent.

Cooper earned his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and masters’ degree from Harvard University.

Carol Couse

Consultant, Mills & Reeve, Manchester and London, England

Carol specializes in sports law with a particular focus on soccer. She advises professional soccer leagues, clubs, players and agents on soccer related regulatory matters (including on all aspects of player transfers, player contracts, immigration / work permit requirements). She also represents clients before sports dispute forums at a domestic and international level including before FIFA, UEFA, The FA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport. She advises sports and other rights holders on commercial matters, including sponsorship, endorsement, event organization (including tours) and the exploitation of their domestic and international television, radio, internet and mobile rights.

Carol regularly lectures domestically and internationally on sports law issues.

As a Spanish speaker, Carol often advises Spanish and Latin American clubs, players and agents on contentious and non contentious sports law matters.

Ricardo de Buen

Founding Partner, De Buen Rodriguez Abogados, Mexico D.F., Mexico

CAS Arbitrator. He was part of the ad Hoc Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport during the Olympic Games London 2012. He was the first Mexican to be part of an ad hoc Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport in the Olympic Games and the only iberoamerican arbitrator among the twelve arbitrators nominated for the ad hoc Division for London 2012.

He was also part of the ad Hoc Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport in the FIFA World Cup 2006.

Professor at Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía (ISDE) “MASTER IN INTERNATIONAL SPORTS LAW (LLM) Madrid, Spain.

Coordinator and Professor of the Course in International Sport Law with Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.

Member of Rex Sport.

Member of the American Bar and Mexican Bar

Juan de Dios Crespo

Partner, Ruiz Huerta & Crespo Sports Lawyers, Valencia, Spain

Law Degree, The University of Valencia

Master in International Sport Law, LL.M. Honoris Causa, Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economia (ISDE)

Juan de Dios Crespo Pérez is head of Ruiz Huerta & Crespo Sports Lawyers in Valencia, Spain. He has been involved in sports law since 1981, when he was a member of the Board of the Indoor Soccer Valencian Federation as well as the Single Judge of its Disciplinary Appeal Body. He is a professor in several Masters (FIFA-CIES Master, MESGO Master, ISDE ISL Master) as well a lecturer in Universities in Spain, Italy, Mexico, England, Belgium, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Argentina. He has also lectured at the European Clubs Association, the Court of Arbitration for Sport, European Professional Football Leagues, and the Spanish Olympic Committee. He has been requested by the European Parliament to deliver his legal opinion in some of the most important sports issues and was one of the four lawyers involved in the Independent Sports Review. Juan de Dios works mostly in the field of football (soccer), but he is also involved in basketball, handball, and martial arts. He is one of the most active lawyers before the CAS and he is an arbitrator of the European Court of Arbitration for Handball. He advises clubs, leagues, athletes, and agents and is also the author and co-author of several books in the sports law field as well as a huge number of articles in sports reviews.

Anthony Dreyer

Partner, Skadden Arps, New York, USA

Anthony Dreyer is a commercial litigator concentrating on all aspects of intellectual property and sports litigation.

Mr. Dreyer has handled a variety of intellectual property matters, including those involving trademark, trade dress, copyright, rights of publicity, false advertising and consumer fraud issues. Mr. Dreyer has counseled clients on the protection of their intellectual property rights in the United States and abroad. He has secured preliminary and permanent injunctive relief on behalf of Virgin Mobile USA in more than a dozen lawsuits challenging the domestic and international resale of Virgin Mobile wireless handsets. He has represented the Fresh Del Monte Group in several matters involving the protection of its trademark and copyright rights in the U.S. and abroad, including in Africa, Europe and the Middle East, and secured a preliminary injunction against the use of the Del Monte mark in those territories. He also has advised several China-based clients on issues relating to U.S. trademark and copyright law.

As part of his intellectual property practice, Mr. Dreyer counsels and represents clients in the areas of false advertising, advertising clearance and deceptive trade practice claims. He successfully represented Virgin Mobile in a false advertising lawsuit brought against competitor MetroPCS. He obtained dismissals on behalf of Virgin Mobile in four separate putative consumer class actions challenging charges and advertising for ring tones and other downloadable content. He is defending SiriusXM in two separate proposed class action lawsuits challenging the satellite radio provider’s subscription practices, and is advising a wireless carrier in connection with a state consumer class action lawsuit challenging the carrier’s early termination fees. He secured a plaintiff’s verdict for Fresh Del Monte in an S.D.N.Y. lawsuit involving claims of false advertising and breach of a license agreement.

In addition, Mr. Dreyer has extensive experience counseling professional sports leagues and teams on a variety of matters. He has litigated disputes on behalf of the NBA involving the intellectual property rights of the NBA and its teams. He has litigated player discipline and salary disputes on behalf of the NBA, the NHL and teams in both leagues. On behalf of the NBA and its member teams, Mr. Dreyer has successfully arbitrated several disputes involving disability insurance coverage for professional athletes. He has counseled both the NBA and the NHL in connection with the negotiation of league-wide disability insurance policies covering players in each league. Mr. Dreyer also has provided advice to the United States Tennis Association in connection with the United States Open and United States Open Series tennis tournaments. He is the incoming chair of the New York City Bar’s Committee on Sports Law.

Mr. Dreyer also participated in the New York City Law Department’s trial externship program, during which he defended the city of New York against a variety of civil claims. During his tenure in the program, Mr. Dreyer secured defense verdicts for the city in two separate jury trials, one of which involved claims against the city in excess of $100 million.

Mr. Dreyer is an adjunct professor of law at Fordham University Law School, where he teaches advanced trademark law, a course focusing on developments in the areas of trademark law and Lanham Act false advertising claims. Mr. Dreyer is also an adjunct professor of law at Cardozo Law School, where he teaches sports and the law. He also lectures in Madrid at the ISDE’s Master in International Sports Law.

Hymie Elhai

Vice President, Business Affairs & General Counsel at New York Jets LLC, New Jersey, USA

Hymie Elhai is entering his 15th season with the Jets and third as vice president, business affairs and general counsel. Elhai was elevated to this position in 2012 after three years as Senior counsel, business and legal affairs. Elhai was hired full time in 2002 as the manager of legal affairs and business development after beginning his career at the Jets as an intern in the summer of 2000.

In his current capacity, Elhai is responsible for team sponsorship, licensing, events, new media, production and broadcasting agreements, while also ensuring team compliance with NFL regulations and policies related to corporate sponsorship, licensing and advising on relevant corporate legal issues. Human Resources and Community Relations also reports to Hymie. Also, Elhai has been involved in strategic planning and legal affairs for MetLife Stadium.

A graduate of the Rutgers University School of Law-Newark and The John Hopkins University, where he played football and baseball, Elhai resides in Hoboken, NJ.

Jeffrey B. Fannell

Founder and President of Jeff Fannell & Associates, LLC

J.D. St. John’s School of Law

Jeff Fannell is the founder and president of Jeff Fannell & Associates, LLC, a sports consulting firm located in Bordentown, NJ. Jeff established the company in November 2010, after serving more than 10 years as Counsel and Assistant General Counsel to the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA). At the MLBPA, Jeff handled grievances on behalf of Major League players, assisted and advised players and certified player agents in salary arbitration and in individual contract negotiations, and provided guidance to players and agents on various issues arising under the collective bargaining agreement, individual player contracts and the Major League Rules. In his current practice, Jeff continues to advise baseball players and their agents in contract negotiations, salary arbitration and other baseball matters. He also handles both grievance and salary arbitration cases for the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA). In addition, Jeff represents several leading sports personalities in the areas of sports media and marketing. His current plans include expanding the practice to encompass professional basketball and professional football. Prior to his work in sports, Jeff was a Field Attorney for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in New York City. He also served as an Associate General Counsel to the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) from 1997 through 2000.

Lucas Ferrer

Partner, Head of Sports Law Department, Pinto Ruiz & Del Valle, Barcelona, Spain

Law Degree, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Master in International Sport Law, LL.M. Honoris Causa, Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economia (ISDE).

Lucas Ferrer is a Partner and the Head of the Sports Law Department at Pinto Ruiz & Del Valle in Barcelona, Spain where he serves as the legal advisor for the Spanish Sports Arbitration Tribunal, for the candidature of the Shanghai Arbitration Tribunal CAS Hearing Center, as well as for players, teams, football leagues, and international federations. He has additionally served as Legal Counsel at the Court of Arbitration for Sports and the CAS Ad Hoc Division at Vancouver Olympic Games as well as teaching international sports law at ISDE for several years.

He is a guest lecturer at ISDE in Madrid for the Master in International Sports Law Program.

Hilary Forde

Qualified Solicitor in Ireland, England and Wales, specializing in Sports Law, Limerick, Ireland

She is currently Director of Racing Governance and Compliance, Irish Greyhound Board Greenpark.

She previously worked at Kerman & Co., LLP.  Ms. Forde served as Legal Counsel at the International Rugby Board on secondment from the Sports Department at Kerman & Co. from January 2013 to August 2013. Prior to joining Kerman & Co., from Aprii 2011-January 2010, Ms. Forde was the Compliance and Anti-Doping Solicitor in the Legal and Compliance Department at the British Horseracing Authority. She has also worked with the Irish Rugby Football Union and as an Assistant Solicitor in the Dispute Resolution and Sports and Leisure sector teams of Pritchard Englefield Solicitors.

Gary Gertzog

Executive Vice President, Business Affairs, Fanatics, Jacksonville and New York, USA

Mr. Gertzog joined the NFL in 1994 as Vice President and General Counsel of NFL Properties, Inc. and assumed the role of Senior Vice President of Business Affairs and General Counsel until 2013 when he moved to his current position. Over the years, his role at the NFL has expanded to include overall legal and business affairs responsibility for the NFL’s commercial operations including media (television, radio, internet, wireless, etc.), marketing, consumer product licensing, corporate sponsorships, events and intellectual property. Mr. Gertzog has played a major role in a wide variety of complex commercial arrangements including those involving new business models and deal structures, including the NFL Master Agreement (which allocates intellectual property rights between the NFL and Member Clubs), the NFL’s unique sponsorship and internet agreements with NFL Players Association/Players Inc. and industry setting deals for apparel, video game, credit card, beverage and telecommunication products and services. He has also led the NFL’s efforts in important litigation matters including the protection of the intellectual property rights of the NFL and Member Clubs. During his career, Mr. Gertzog has served as a key NFL senior executive with responsibility for active and retired player business programs including the Pro Football Hall of Fame, NFL Alumni, NFL Player Association/Players, Inc. and the NFL Quarterback Club.

Prior to joining the NFL, Mr. Gertzog was a partner at the New York law firm of Townley & Updike where he specialized in intellectual property and sports-marketing work.

Mr. Gertzog is a 1983 graduate of George Washington University Law School where he was a member of the Law Review. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Industrial & Labor Relations from Cornell University in 1980.

Jeffrey B. Gewirtz

Executive Vice President, Business Affairs & Chief Legal Officer for the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center, New York, USA

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.

Gewirtz oversees legal and business affairs for the Nets, Barclays Center, and the New York Islanders with respect to its forthcoming relocation to Barclays Center. 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 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 LL.M. program in International and Comparative Sports Law. He is the immediate-past Chair of the Sports Division and currently sits on 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 commercial 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 he sits on the Executive Committee 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. 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.

Elayne Greenberg

Director, Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution, New York, USA

Elayne E. Greenberg became the first Director of The Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution at St. John's in 2009. She offers an unmatched breadth and depth of experience in dispute resolution. She is a mediator and conflict management consultant who has developed programs, educated, trained, written and lectured internationally on the subject of negotiations, mediation, hybrid dispute resolution processes, dispute resolution ethics and advocacy in dispute resolution.

Professor Greenberg's deep involvement in the field is evidenced by the innovative dispute resolution programs that she has developed and implemented. Professor Greenberg has mediated cases for the Department of Justice, Occupational Safety & Health Administration, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the New York Unified Court System Surrogate's Court. Professor Greenberg has also mediated cases with disputes involving the following industries: real estate; entertainment; health care; transportation; social service; education and retail.

Professor Greenberg has also influenced public policy, shaping the development of Alternative Dispute Resolution in a variety of positions, including:

  • Task Force Member, ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, Legal Education, ADT, and Problem-Solving (LEAPS) Task Force
  • Subcommittee on Education: Integrating ADR on the New York Bar Exam
  • Subcommittee on Education of NYSBA Section of Dispute Resolution
  • Chair, New York State Bar Association Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution;
  • Chair, Ethics Committee of the New York State Bar Section of Dispute Resolution;
  • Board Member, Advisory Board, Manhattan Surrogate's Court Pilot Mediation
  • Board Member, Association of Conflict Resolution of Greater New York, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) Advisory Council;
  • Editorial Board, Family Court Review;
  • Board and Founding Member, New York Chapter of AFCC;
  • Barrister, New York Family Law American Inn of Court;
  • Founding Member and Co-chair, Parenting Coordinator’s Association of New York.
  • Board Member, Association for Conflict Rresolution of New York(ACRGNY)

Prior to coming to St. John's, Professor Greenberg taught at Hofstra Law School and Hofstra’s Graduate Program in Psychology; Yeshiva University Reits Fellow Program; and CUNY School of Law.

Professor Greenberg was selected by Best Lawyers in America as among the top New York lawyers in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution for 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Paul Greene

Founder of Global Sports Advocates, LLC, Maine, USA

Paul J. Greene, the Founder of Global Sports Advocates, LLC, is recognized by Chambers USA and Super Lawyers as one of America’s leading sports lawyers.  Paul has handled sports law matters around the world, including numerous hearings before the international Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland known as the “Supreme Court for Sports Law.”

Representative matters:

Caroline Maher v. World Taekwondo Federation: successfully overturned a wrongful doping ban levied against an Egyptian athlete by her international federation;

Suzana Zoran v. MFK Ruzomberok: prevailed in contract dispute involving a FIFA transfer fee on behalf of a Bosnian agent;

Phil DeRosier v. USA Track & Field: defended the right of a track and field athlete to compete in the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in an emergency arbitration just hours before his scheduled race.

Michael Phelps Foundation v. Domains By Proxy: obtained a judgment against a cybersquatter who had illegally registered the domain name

Paul is a member of the Immigration Legal Advocacy Project, a group committed to protecting the rights of immigrants by providing pro bono representation in asylum matters.  He teaches “Law and Sports” at the University of Maine School of Law and serves on the school’s Alumni Association Board of Directors.  Paul also teaches “Legal Ethics in Business” at the University of Southern Maine’s Business School.

Paul is on the list of approved lawyers for the International Court of Arbitration for Sport, the Sports Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada and the United States Olympic Committee.

He is admitted to practice in the States of Maine, Massachusetts and New York.

Paul is a USA Soccer certified youth coach.  He coaches youth sports teams for his son and daughter in his hometown of Falmouth, Maine.

The captain of his college Cross Country and Track team at Brandeis University, Paul still runs marathons.


Brandeis University, B.A., 1993, M.A., 1994

Syracuse University, M.A., 1995 (S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications)

University of Maine School of Law, J.D., 2007 (cum laude, Managing Editor, Maine Law Review, Interned for the Honorable Kermit Lipez, United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit)


  • United States Anti-Doping Agency v. Montgomery: Paving a New Path to Conviction in Olympic Doping Cases, 59 Maine Law Review 149 (2007)
  • Boats, Baseballs and What a Repeal of the Cuban Refugee Adjustment Act Might Mean for Both, Entertainment and Sports Lawyer (2009)
  • Is the International Olympic Committee Above The Law? Entertainment and Sports Lawyer (2010)
  • NBA Lockout: Implications for Europe, World Sports Law Report (2011)
  • International Olympic Committee’s Rule 45 thrown out: Is the British Olympic Association’s Bylaw 25 the next to go? World Sports Law Report (2011)
  • Incorrect Sanctions and Impact on Anti-Doping, World Sports Law Report (2012)
  • Beyond Doping Cases: A Primer on Olympic Jurisprudence as London 2012 Approaches, Entertainment and Sports Lawyer (2012)
  • Lance Armstrong and WADA’s Statute of Limitations, World Sports Law Report (2013)
  • The International Tennis Federation’s Anti-Doping Programme is Under Attack, LawInSport (2013)
  • Doping: Alex Rodriguez’s 162 Game Suspension, World Sports Law Report (2014)
  • NCAA College Football Players:  Students or Employees, LawinSport (2014)


  • Athletes’ rights under the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act, Florida Coastal School of Law (2010)
  • Athletes’ rights and Rule 45 of the Olympic Charter, Law, Policy and the Olympic Movement, Ithaca College London(2011)
  • Law and the Olympic Movement, University of Maine School of Law (2011)
  • Sports Law 101: National Business Institute (2011)
  • “What do to when your athlete tests positive”, USA Track & Field Annual Athlete Representative Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana (2013)

William J. Heller

Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the New York Football Giants, New Jersey, USA

In his role as General Counsel for the Giants, Mr. Heller is responsible for all legal affairs of the team and its affiliates, including those that relate to the operation of MetLife Stadium.  From licensing and sponsor and marketing arrangements to labor and employment issues, his practice as in-house counsel for one of the original and storied NFL franchises spans all areas of Sports Law. 

In his role as General Counsel, Mr. Heller led the Giants’ negotiation and successful completion of the license, sponsorship and naming rights deal that designated the team’s new, state-of-the-art training center as the “Timex Performance Center,” and later served on the negotiating team for the long-term licensing and naming rights deal that designated the former New Meadowlands Stadium as “MetLife Stadium”.  Recently, Mr. Heller led a legal team in the successful conclusion of a green energy initiative for MetLife Stadium, under which a leading energy company will install a solar ring atop MetLife Stadium to generate electricity for the facility.  Coaches and Player contracts are also a part of his practice at the Giants, where Mr. Heller also helps to lead human resources, worker’s compensation and privacy issues.  Mr. Heller also handles and supervises the team’s litigation matters, including one of the largest claims in the Lehman bankruptcy and the team’s challenge of local property tax issues.  Mr. Heller also works closely with lawyers from the National Football League; for example, he was one of the team’s contact points with the NFL during the 2011 labor negotiations and lockout and in that role helped supervise the team’s actions and responses to the developing labor situation.

Prior to his tenure with the Giants, Mr. Heller’s career in private practice spanned over thirty years.  As a trial lawyer focusing primarily on complex employment discrimination, commercial, technology and intellectual property cases, his notable cases include patent infringement cases in pharmaceutical (Hatch Waxman Act), software, electronics and other sciences; trade secrets cases for leading nationwide defense contractors (one involving classified electronics technology); representation of a leading telecommunications company in its anti-spam and anti-pretexting initiatives; software copyright infringement; successful vindication of the copyright of a leading china manufacturer whose protected work appeared in an Oscar-winning motion picture without permission; and protection of brand names in trademark infringement, unfair competition, false advertising, anti-cybersquatting cases and UDRP actions to recover domain names using registered trademarks.

Mr. Heller’s experience also includes substantial transactional and counseling engagements.  For several clients he was instrumental in the negotiation of and licensing of all forms of intellectual property, including high technology and life sciences agreements, and he regularly advised clients in corporate-wide IP protection programs. 

Identity theft and data privacy are hot issues for any business.  Several major US corporations consulted with Mr. Heller to remedy data and privacy breaches, and to implement procedures to reduce the risk of further breach and the protection of personally identifiable information.  Related to this practice is significant experience working with hospitals and other healthcare institutions seeking to computerize their operations through software licensing and new computer system acquisitions, and by negotiating those deals. 

Prior to serving as General Counsel for the Giants, Mr. Heller served as the outside “General Counsel” for several substantial closely held corporations, and in that role earned the position of the trusted advisor to the business, a role that prepared him for his current job responsibilities for the Giants.

In addition to his legal experience, Mr. Heller served in several high-level management positions for his prior law firms, including board level direction of the business of the law firm.

Mark Hovell

Head of Sport, Mills & Reeve; CAS Arbitrator, Manchester, England

Mark is the Head of Sports Law at the UK Firm, Mills & Reeve. He has specialized in sports law for over 20 years, advising a wide range of clients including individual sportsmen and women, numerous Player Associations and Unions, clubs and sponsors across the UK. Mark sits as an arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland. Since his appointment in 2002 he has heard over 100 cases, including some of the leading cases in football, financial fair play and many doping cases. Mark is also an Insolvency Practitioner and has worked on the restructuring of over 50 professional clubs in football, rugby and rugby league in the UK. He is a director of the Manchester Football Association too.

Jorge Ibarrola

Founding Partner at Libra Law, Ibarrola & Ramoni Avocats, Lausanne, Switzerland

After graduating in law at the University of Lausanne, completing a Master of Laws programme at McGill University (1994) and obtaining his Swiss bar certificate (1996), Jorge Ibarrola worked for five years as a tax lawyer. In 2003, he joined the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) as Counsel and supervised more than 400 arbitrations, including those of the CAS Ad Hoc Division at the Olympic Games in Athens (2004) and in Turin (2006). In 2010, the Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economia (ISDE, Madrid, Spain) granted him a Master Honoris Causa in Sports Law.

Since June 2007, he practices as an attorney-at-law dedicated to Sports, Business and Tax Law. He advises and represents a broad range of clients from the world of sport, such as international and national sports federation, including Olympic Federations whose sport is comprised in the Olympic program, football clubs, athletes and players, coaches and agents. As an advocate, he has handled more than 100 cases before the CAS and before International Federations (FIFA, FIBA, FILA, etc.). He also acts regularly in front of the Swiss Federal Tribunal.

In addition to his expertise in national and international litigation, Jorge Ibarrola advises his clients on contractual, disciplinary, doping or corporate matters. His activities further comprise the counselling of medium and large companies based in Switzerland or abroad. Jorge Ibarrola regularly teaches at the ISDE Master’s program in International Sports law, both in English and Spanish and at AISTS (Académie Internationale des Sciences et Techniques du Sport, Lausanne, Switzerland). He is also frequently invited as speaker in international sports law congresses and seminars, as well as in universities, such as the Fribourg University, Switzerland (upon invitation of Prof. Pierre Tercier), ITAM (Mexico), University of Cambridge (United Kingdom), INEFEC (Instituto Nacional d’Ecucació Fisica de Catalunya, Spain), Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal), IDEAP (Institut de hautes études en administration publique, Lausanne, Switzerland), University of Warsaw, Universidad Austral (Buenos Aires, Argentina), etc.

Howard Jacobs

Principal, Law Offices of Howard L. Jacobs, California, USA

Howard Jacobs is a lawyer in the Los Angeles suburb of Westlake Village, California, in the United States. Mr. Jacobs has been identified by various 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.  He has represented over 90 professional and Olympic sport athletes, including numerous world record holders and Olympic gold medalists. 

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,, and at his blog,

Josh Kane

Assistant General Counsel, Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), Florida, USA

Josh Kane serves as Assistant General Counsel for LPGA in Daytona Beach, FL.  He joined the LPGA in 2007.  Primary responsibilities include the negotiating, structuring, and drafting of commercial agreements involving golf tournaments, sponsorship, facility, advertising, sales, consulting, technology, software, confidentiality, and licensing agreements across 4 continents.  Josh also manages the LPGA TV and new media legal affairs, including business development, negotiation and drafting of TV and new media agreements with international distribution in over 175 countries.  Over the last 7 years, he has gained significant experience in providing business and legal guidance to the LPGA’s new media and marketing departments, corporate operations and event management, insurance and risk management, and global IP strategy, development and enforcement.  Since 2009, he has administered the LPGA’s anti-doping program and is a member of the International Golf Federation’s anti-doping committee. 

Josh was born in Orlando, FL.  He attended University of Florida, where he received a B.A. in Criminology and Law with a minor in Business Administration.  After graduating from the University of Florida, Josh attended law school at Florida Coastal School of law in Jacksonville, FL, graduating in 2007 with a sports law certification.  He is a member of the Florida bar, serves on the Sports Lawyers Association membership committee and, since 2010, has guest lectured at Florida Coastal School of Law

J. Carlos Kuri

Vice President & General Counsel, Red Bull North America Inc., California, USA

As Vice President and General Counsel, Kuri oversees an extremely diverse practice portfolio, including, athlete endorsements, event sponsorships and event productions, and projects in such disciplines as real estate, merchandising, competition and beverage distribution.

From 2012-2013, Kuri served as the Vice President & General Counsel of the New York Red Bulls. In this role he oversaw all legal affairs and risk management for the team, Red Bull Arena and RBNY Academy and Training Camps. Previously, he was the Director of Legal Affairs for Red Bull North America, Inc.

Prior to joining Red Bull, Kuri was an Associate at O’Melveny & Myers LLP in their Entertainment, Media and Sports Group, where he represented film funds, borrowers and lenders in various co-production agreements and film slate securitizations and financings. Kuri began his career as an Associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in their Banking & Institutional Investing Group, where he represented international borrowers and financial institutions in infrastructure and energy project financings.

Kuri received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and a B.S. from The University of Texas at Austin, High Honors.

Andrew Latack

Business Affairs Executive at CAA Sports, New York, USA

Andrew B. Latack is a Business Affairs Executive at CAA Sports, a division of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), which represents more than 800 of the world’s best athletes in football, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, tennis, and golf, in addition to icons in individual sports, on-air broadcasters, coaches, and other preeminent personalities. Latack is based in the New York office and works on behalf of many of the world’s leading athletes and properties, including Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Sidney Crosby, Cristiano Ronaldo, Madison Square Garden, and FC Barcelona, among others.

Prior to joining CAA in 2008, Latack was a Corporate Associate in the Sports Practice Group at Proskauer Rose, where he received a Cornerstone Award from the Lawyer’s Alliance of New York in recognition of his pro bono work for Forestdale, a non-profit child welfare agency in Queens, NY.

Latack graduated from the University of Michigan and the University of Michigan Law School. Prior to attending law school, he was a baseball writer for ESPN The Magazine.

Benjamin Levine

Attorney at Law at Gordon & Rees LLP, New York, USA

Benjamin Levine’s practice primarily focuses on assisting clients in navigating the maze of complex business and legal issues that arise in the sports industry.  His clients include professional athletes, sports agencies, and coaches.  Mentored by the premier sports attorney in the country, David Cornwell, Mr. Levine has experience involving some of the most high profile sports law matters of the recent past.

Notable Experience:

Represented Alex Rodriguez in appealing Major League Baseball’s 211-game suspension of him for alleged use of performance enhancing drugs

Served as counsel to Jonathan Martin during the “Miami Dolphins bullying scandal”

Advisor to Jameis Winston’s family in regards to sexual assault allegations being levied against Jameis Winston

Represents PGA Tour golfer Dustin Johnson in various matters

Various cases with the Legacy Agency and Relativity Sports Agency

Further, Mr. Levine’s practice includes complex litigation in the areas of employment, professional liability, and commercial law in state, federal and administrative courts.  Mr. Levine zealously advocates on behalf of a wide range of clients including employers, professionals, municipalities, and businesses.

Mireia Lizandra

International Sports Consultant; Pennsylvania, USA

Mireia Lizandra is a native of Barcelona, Spain.She attended the University of Barcelona where she earned both her B.S. in Physical Education and her Law degree.She was awarded a full scholarship by a Spanish private savings bank to study her Master and Doctorate degrees in Sport Administration at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.

She worked for the United States Olympic Committee serving as the USOC’s International Relations coordinator and with key assignments in the Winter Olympic Games in Albertville and the Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, 1992.

Recruited by the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG) in 1993, Mireia served as the organization's Program Director for the National Olympic Committee Relations Department until the completion of the '96 Olympic Games. 

In 1998 Mireia joined The Marquee Group in New York City as Managing Director of Olympic and Pan American Projects - a new venture.She assumed the task for the start-up and leadership of the new division.

In 2000 she joined iLeon, a start-up Internet company dedicated to sell Spanish books online.In 2001, she left the company and went back to independent consultancy for several international clients.She worked for the International Visitors Council of Philadelphia for an international project that developed multi-lingual signage and interpretative materials for Philadelphia cultural institutions.In association with ChampionsWorld, she was responsible for the overall operations of international soccer events at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia for the summers of 2002 and 2003.

In 2004 she became part of the international relations team for the Madrid 2012 Olympic bid working on its international strategic plan, advising the Mayor of Madrid in his international speeches and traveled around the world lobbying the International Olympic Committee.She also worked for the Philadelphia 2016 Olympic bid project as a consultant developing their international strategy.In 2007 she was hired by the Madrid 2016 bid to assist in the development of its international strategy and lobbying, positioning Madrid in the final round against Rio de Janeiro. In January 2012, Mireia joined the Madrid 2020 Olympic bid as part of its international relations team.She continues to consult for other projects related to sports.

Mireia has combined her professional career with her educational vocation currently advising and teaching graduate students at the Lauder Institute, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and has taught at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France; Georgia State University and Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia; and Temple University and Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has been a guest speaker in numerous national and international conferences.She has also written several sport management articles and coauthored two sport management textbooks used today in many universities in the United States and overseas.

Oliver Luck

Executive Vice-President of Regulatory Affairs, NCAA, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

J.D. University of Texas School of Law

Oliver Luck is a former star college quarterback at West Virginia University and played professionally as quarterback for the NFL’s Houston Oilers. His extensive experience in the sports law and management field includes serving as vice president of business development for the National Football League, general manager of the Frankfurt Galaxy of the World League of American Football, general manager of the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe, CEO of NFL Europe, CEO of the Harrison County-Houston Sports Authority, and President of the MLS Houston Dynamo. He also served as the Athletic Director of his undergraduate Alma Mater, West Virginia University. He recently joined the NCAA.

Dan Malasky

General Counsel of USTA Player Development and Senior Counsel, Professional Tennis for the United States Tennis Association, New York, USA

Dan Malasky is General Counsel of USTA Player Development and Senior Counsel, Professional Tennis for the United States Tennis Association. Malasky joined the USTA in 2006 and works out of its White Plains, NY headquarters.

Malasky manages the USTA’s day-to-day legal affairs for the largest annually attended sporting event in the world, the US Open, as well as the U.S. Davis and Fed Cup teams, USTA’s participation in the Olympic Games, Pan Am Games, and World Team Cup. Additionally, Malasky is responsible for all legal matters for the USTA’s elite player development program including its three National Training Centers around the country.

A corporate generalist, Malasky’s responsibilities include the negotiation and drafting of multi-million dollar US Open broadcast licenses and sponsorship agreements, management of USTA’s intellectual property portfolio and litigation matters, and oversight of USTA’s sweepstakes/contests, social media, SafePlay initiative, and enforcement efforts against video online piracy.

Prior to joining the USTA, Malasky served as Senior Vice President & General Counsel of DIRT MotorSports, the largest sanctioning body for dirt track auto racing and owner of the World of Outlaws. He went to DIRT MotorSports following several years as a commercial litigator at Piper Rudnick LLP (now DLA Piper) in his hometown of Washington, D.C. A lifelong athlete, Malasky also worked for Washington Sports & Entertainment, Aspen Skiing Company, and SportsPro Management prior to attending law school.

Malasky graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997 with a major in Political Science and a concentration in Management from the Wharton School of Business. He subsequently attained his J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 2001 where Malasky was honored as an Edward F. Hennessey Scholar.

In 2012, Malasky was honored with the prestigious “Rising Stars – Forty Under Forty” award from The Business Counsel of Westchester, NY. Malasky is a member of the New York, Maryland and D.C. Bars and is active with the Association of Corporate Counsel and Sports Lawyers Association.

Dr. Reiner Martens

Principal at Martens Rechtsanwälte, Munich, Germany

Dr. Reiner Martens is a German Law Society (DAA) certified mediator and arbitrator since 2009. Reiner Marten’s dispute resolution experience includes sports and commercial law, among others, both nationally and internationally. He was Partner of a large commercial law firm (Beiten Burkhardt) from 1971 to June 2009. Reiner Martens speaks German, English, French, Italian, and Spanish.

Legal advisor to the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) for a long time and Member of the CAS ad hoc Division at the Summer Olympic Games, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and at the Winter Olympic Games, Salt Lake City 2002 and Turin 2006. He is also an arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

He studied at the Munich and Paris Universities (1961-1965) , Law Degree (1966), Admitted to the Bar (1969), Dr. jur. (1971, University of Hamburg), Mediator (Deutsche Anwalt Akademie), 2011

He is member of the Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit (DIS) (2004), International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) (1990), Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) (1986), JAMS International (Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services) (2011), Arbitration Tribunal of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) (2010), Deutsches Sportschiedsgericht (DIS-Sport) (2008), International Bar Association (IBA) (1989), Arbitration Tribunal of the German Ice Hockey Federation (DEB) (2010).

He was (Co-) Counsel for the Federal Republic of Germany in arbitration proceedings regarding compensation claims because of lost toll collection revenues, claims for contractual penalties due to the late start of a toll collect system, transfer of industrial property rights, enforcement of information and disclosure claims (total value of claims in excess of EUR 6 bn), Counsel for Adidas AG in arbitration proceedings against the DFB Deutscher Fussballbund e.V. regarding the exclusive equipment of the German national team (total value in excess of EUR 100 million) and many others.

His experience as an Arbitrator includes acting as chairman, party-appointed arbitrator and sole arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) (more than 130 cases (sport and commercial) since 2000), Party-appointed arbitrator in AAA (American Arbitration Association) proceedings and Party-appointed arbitrator in proceedings before the European Court for Arbitration.

Creation of a new Court of Arbitration, the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (BAT)

Creation, implementation and management of a court of arbitration on behalf of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) for the resolution of disputes between clubs and players: the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (BAT) (more than 370 cases in less than 6 years)

Lecturer (Lehrbeauftragter) in International Arbitration (Moot Arbitration) at Bucerius Law School, Hamburg (since 2009), (Lehrbeauftragter) in Sports Law at Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany (since 2007) Lebenslauf

International Master in Management, Law and Humanities of Sport, Neuchâtel (Programme of CIES and FIFA: 2002 - 2008), Master in International Sport Law LLM (ISDE Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía, Madrid; since 2007). He has also several publications: Erfahrungen mit Rechtshilfeersuchen aus den USA nach dem Haager Beweisaufnahme- übereinkommen, RIW/AWD- Recht der Internationalen Wirtschaft November 1981, Heft 11, ARD-Ratgeber Recht: Sport, dtv nomos, 2004, Der Fall Roberts, SchiedsVZ 2007, Basketball Arbitral Tribunal – An Innovative System for Resolving Disputes in Sport (only in Sport?), SchiedsVZ 6/2010, "Basketball Arbitral Tribunal - An Innovative System for Resolving Disputes in Sport (only in Sport?)", The International Sports Law Journal, 2011/1-2, Sportrecht – Eine Einführung in die Praxis, series Causa Sport, Co-Author Prof. Dr. UlrichHaas, published by Boorberg, Jan Sramek Verlag, Schulthess, 2011.

Ettore Mazzilli

Advocato at Studio Legale Mazzilli and Legal Director for the Qatar Football Association, Doha, Qatar

Ettore Mazzilli is a qualified attorney registered with the Bar Association of the City of Bari in Italy and entitled to practice as a registered European lawyer in England and Wales by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, with his offices in Bari and London.

He specializes in the field of sports and entertainment law and has extensive expertise in international football regulations, with particular reference to all disputes before the competent Judicial Bodies of Federation International de Football Association (FIFA) and the Court of Arbitration for Sports.

Legal advisor of several sports organizations, football clubs, professional football players and licensed players’ agents all around the world, he has been working as Legal Director for the Qatar Football Association since 2005.

Dr. Johan-Michel Menke   

Partner, Heuking, Kühn, Lüer, Wotjek, Hamburg, Germany

Dr Menke studied law at the University of Hamburg with a study visit in Madrid. After his master thesis (“Lawfulness of long-term employment contracts in professional football”) and his first state examination he gained his doctorate at University of Hamburg in the field of Sports law (thesis: “Professional athletes between labour law and entrepreneurship“; doctoral viva. “Referees, foul play, damages”). At the same time he completed his extension studies “Sports law“ at FernUniversität Hagen. During his legal traineeship Dr Menke worked (among others) for CAS arbitrator Martin Schimke (“Bird & Bird”) and the German Football League (DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH). Since 2009 Dr Menke is Certified Employment Lawyer at Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek in Hamburg. Within the scope of his legal practice Dr Menke advises sports clubs, national associations, investment funds, marketing agencies as well as professional athletes (handball players, boxers etc.) and their agents. Dr Menke is General Secretary of the International Sport Lawyers Association (ISLA), Zurich, and lecturer in Sports law at Bucerius Law School, Hamburg, and at FernUniversität Hagen. He is also arbitrator at the German Court of Arbitration for Sports (DIS) and publishes regularly in the field of Sports law.

Riche McKnight

Partner, Winston & Shawn, LLP, New York, USA

Riche McKnight is a partner in the litigation department of Winston & Strawn, LLP (NY) and focuses his practice on securities litigation, mergers and acquisitions,corporate governance litigation, white collar and internal investigations, and sports litigation.

Mr. McKnight has both firm and in-house experience in securities and shareholder litigation, corporate internal investigations, regulatory inquiries and complex commercial disputes. As an executive director in the litigation department at Morgan Stanley, he was extensively involved in handling litigations arising out of the financial crisis, including those pertaining to subprime mortgages, real estate securitizations, CDOs, derivatives, and other structured products. Mr. McKnight also conducted internal investigations and handled regulatory inquiries by the SEC, FINRA, the CFTC, and the New York State Attorney General’s Office; these actions involved allegations of insider trading, bribery, wire fraud, tax fraud, and money laundering.

Mr. McKnight has also handled matters under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Sherman Antitrust Act, the Clayton Antitrust Act, and various state deceptive and unfair trade practices acts.

Representative Matters

  • Representation of multinational corporations and executives in parallel FCPA investigations by the DOJ and SEC.
  • Representation of potential acquirers in connection with anti-corruption diligence and compliance issues inherent in their anticipated transactions.
  • Representation of Career Education Corporation, a leading for-profit education company, in connection with an investigation into the accuracy of the Company's placement rates by the New York Attorney General.
  • Participated as part of a team advising the Los Angeles Dodgers in their Chapter 11 case, which sought to protect the franchise financially and provide a path that would enable the club to consummate a media transaction and capitalize the team.
  • Representation as in-house counsel to Morgan Stanley in connection with class action securities claims pertaining to the issuance of the Libertas CDO.
  • Representation as in-house counsel to Morgan Stanley in connection with fraud and deepening of insolvency claims arising out of the bankruptcy filing of subprime mortgage originator American Business Financial Services.
  • Representation of Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers, UBS Securities, CS First Boston (now Credit Suisse), CIBC World Markets, Goldman Sachs, and Salomon Smith Barney (now Citigroup) in a federal securities law class action asserting claims under Sections 11 and 12(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933 against the underwriters of three securities offerings, aggregating in excess of $3 billion, issued by The Williams Companies.
  • Representation of a leading diversified financial institution in federal securities class actions arising out of transactions with Enron.
  • Representation of Bear Stearns in connection with regulatory investigations arising out of allegations of alleged conflicts of interest between investment banking and research departments.
  • Representation of directors of Telecorp PCS, a regional cellular company, in a class action brought in the Delaware Court of Chancery on behalf of Telecorp shareholders asserting that the directors (including a designee of JP Morgan Partners) breached their fiduciary duties of care and loyalty in connection with the acquisition of Telecorp by AT&T Wireless.
  • Representation of Global Mineral and Metals Corporation in the multistate, multidistrict In re Sumitomo/Global Minerals and Metals Corporation antitrust litigation, involving an alleged worldwide conspiracy to manipulate the price of copper. These related litigations included numerous antitrust class actions filed in federal and state court, as well as enforcement proceedings brought by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.


Mr. McKnight received a B.A. in Public Policy from Duke University in 1994. He received a J.D. in 1997 from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was named Best Oral Advocate in the First Year Moot Court Competition and also named Best Oral Advocate as a Semifinalist in the William Minor Lile Moot Court Competition.


"Buyer Beware: Understanding and Mitigating Parent Company FCPA Liability in the Context of Private Equity Acquisitions," The FCPA Report, Vol. 2, No. 9, May 1

Lou Melendez

Senior Advisor, International Baseball Operations Department, MLB, New York, USA

Lou Melendez is presently Senior Advisor to the International Baseball Operations Department in the Office of the Commissioner for Major League Baseball. He has held this position since January 2012. Prior to assuming this role Lou was Vice-President of International Operations for MLB. In this position, Lou was responsible for oversight of Major League Baseball’s satellite office in the Dominican Republic, which he established in December of 2000, he also administered the Winter League Agreement between Major League Baseball and four countries that make up the professional winter baseball leagues, regulated Major League Baseball teams’ activities outside the United States and assisted in assembling teams comprised of Major League Baseball players that participated in international events including the Olympics. In 2006, 2009 and 2013 Lou was the General Manager of Team Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic. In March 2013 Team Puerto Rico lost to Team Dominican Republic in the championship game played in San Francisco’s ATT Park.

Prior to moving into his Vice-President’s role in 1999, Lou spent 16 years in Baseball’s Labor Department where he assisted in the negotiation, administration and enforcement of the collective bargaining agreement between the Major League Clubs and the Major League Baseball Players Association.

Before joining the Commissioner’s Office, Lou spent 3 ½ years with the National Labor Relations Board and 1 ½ years with the New York State Attorney General’s Office. Lou did his undergraduate study at the City College of New York and received a law degree from Rutgers University of Law in 1978. He lives in northern New Jersey with his wife Yolanda.

Jeffrey S. Miller

Senior Counsel at ConocoPhillips

Jeffrey Miller spent ten years with Foster Pepper PLLC as outside counsel for the Seattle Supersonics, Seattle Seahawks, and Portland Trailblazers, where he was substantially involved in a wide variety of legal and business issues impacting team ownership, representation of professional teams on multiple litigation matters, and working with NFL and NBA league offices. He has taught sports law at Seattle University School of Law and University of Washington School of Law for nearly ten years and is currently Senior Counsel at ConocoPhillips.

Dr. Laila Mintas

Director of Sports Integrity at CONCACAF, Cayman Islands, UK

Since November 2013, Dr. Laila Mintas serves as Director of Sports Integrity at CONCACAF. She previously worked as Head of Legal and International Development for FIFA's Early Warning System (FIFA EWS) in Zurich, where she worked in close collaboration with the FIFA Security and Legal Divisions in all matters related to match manipulation and sports integrity. Earlier, she worked several years as a lawyer at the international New York-based law firm White & Case LLP, in the German Office where she specialized in Sports Law and White Collar Crime/Compliance. She made her PhD in Sports Law which became a recognized book in this field, has published a number of articles on sports and gambling law and has lectured law at the Humboldt University of Berlin.  Dr. Mintas is Co-Editor on some of the most well-known law journals for Sports Law, e.g. ‘World Sports Law Report’ and ‘Causa Sport.’

As Director of Sports Integrity, Dr. Mintas oversees the design and implementation of systems and processes to prevent, detect, investigate, and respond to match-fixing issues within the CONCACAF region to enhance good governance within CONCACAF and its members. To safeguard the sports integrity within CONCACAF, a comprehensive and integrated holistic approach including several different measures is essential, for instance consisting of developing efficient legal regulations with regard to Sports Integrity, education and prevention programs for players, referees and officials of CONCACAF and its member associations.

Main partners of the Integrity Departments in the fight against match fixing are INTERPOL and FIFA.

Jeffrey A. Mishkin

Partner, Skadden Arps, New York, USA

Jeffrey A. Mishkin joined the New York office of Skadden Arps on January 1, 2000, after serving as executive vice president and chief legal officer of the National Basketball Association for seven years. His practice centers on all aspects of sports law and includes antitrust, intellectual property, labor and a wide range of trial and appellate business litigation. For many years, he has represented the NBA as its chief outside counsel.

Mr. Mishkin has participated in every major legal decision that has affected the NBA in the past 30 years — first as an associate and then a partner in private practice with a large New York firm, and later as the head of the NBA’s in-house legal staff. He has been involved in every round of collective bargaining negotiations between the NBA and the NBA Players Association, and he directed the NBA’s legal effort in its 1998-1999 labor dispute with NBA players.

As executive vice president and chief legal officer, Mr. Mishkin oversaw every aspect of the NBA’s legal affairs, including all litigation, labor relations, commercial transactions, legislation and enforcement of the league’s intellectual property rights and its anti-drug program, personally trying and arguing the NBA’s most important cases, including NBA v. Williams (an antitrust and labor law case regarding the NBA’s salary cap); Chicago Professional Sports and WGN v. NBA (an antitrust case involving the league’s national television rights); and NBA v. Motorola (an intellectual property case closely watched across the country concerning the unauthorized transmission via pagers and the Internet of real-time scores and statistics of NBA games).

Since coming to Skadden, his sports practice has expanded to include the representation of the PGA TOUR, National Football League, National Hockey League, United States Tennis Association, Major League Baseball Advanced Media, Arena Football League, Madison Square Garden, the football-playing universities of The Big East Conference, Collegiate Licensing Association, New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors, Toronto Maple Leafs, Denver Nuggets, Miami Heat and other sports organizations. Among other notable matters, Mr. Mishkin has successfully represented the PGA TOUR in Morris Communications v. PGA TOUR, an antitrust case in which the Eleventh Circuit upheld the right of the PGA TOUR to prohibit the unauthorized sale of real-time golf scores.

Mr. Mishkin repeatedly has been listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and The Best Lawyers in America for sports law.

Marcos Motta

Founding Partner Bichara e Motta Advogados, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Contemporary Business Law Degree, The University of Warwick

Master in International Economic Law, LL.M, The University of Warwick

Master in International Sport Law, LL.M. Honoris Causa, Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economia (ISDE)

Marcos Motta is a professor of the Masters Degree in International Sports Law at ISDE, and at the Escola Brasileira Futebol of the Brazilian Football Confederation. He is a REX Sports Member, a Member of the Board of the European Football Agents Association-EFAA, and served as the Director and International Representative for C.R. Flamengo. Marcos is a founding partner of B&M Law and has served as legal counsel in over three hundred high-stakes cases and arbitrations before FIFA and CAS|TAS in contractual, disciplinary, regulatory, and doping related issues. In addition, Marcos has advised several football clubs, governing bodies, investment funds, media and marketing agencies, and global football starlets and their agents on contracts with clubs and sponsors, including image rights agreements, endorsements and transfer deals. Marcos has also participated in the working group for the revision of the Brazilian sports legal system and is a regular contributor to various sports business conferences, seminars, and publications.

Omar Ongaro

Head of the Players’ Status and Governance Department at FIFA, Zurich, Switzerland

Omar Ongaro is Head of the Players’ Status and Governance Department, which apart from being responsible for all players’ status matters also forms the liaison between the Players’ Status Department and the Transfer Matching System GmbH (TMS) as far as legal, regulations-related issues are concerned. In his role, Omar Ongaro leads a team of international lawyers in charge of investigating employment- and transfer-related commercial and contractual disputes involving, in particular, clubs and players, but also players’ agents and member associations of FIFA.

Bill Ordower

Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Major League Soccer (MLS) and Soccer United Marketing (SUM), New York, USA

Bill Ordower serves as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Major League Soccer (MLS) and Soccer United Marketing (SUM) overseeing all legal matters for the two companies.

Ordower approaches issues with a strong business focus which has helped SUM become the preeminent soccer business company in North America. He has negotiated and drafted scores of national and local sponsorship and licensing agreements for MLS, U.S. Soccer, FMF, CONCACAF, and MLS clubs, including 16 jersey front sponsorships.

Ordower has significant experience in the areas of broadcast and new media. He has been involved in every national and local broadcast agreement and has supported all MLS and SUM digital initiatives, including the re-launch of in 2010. His responsibilities also include developing and managing the trademark strategy for the League and its 19 clubs.

Recently, Ordower has been actively involved in a flurry of expansion activity, with the League expanding to Philadelphia in 2010, Portland and Vancouver in 2011 and Montreal in 2012. He also played a leading role in the finalization of a new five-year collective bargaining agreement in 2010.

Ordower has spent the majority of his professional career with MLS and SUM. He has been working at the League office since 1997, its second season. In previous roles within the company he worked in the Operations Department and the Player Department, where he negotiated hundreds of MLS player contracts.

Ordower created, and continues to manage, the League’s Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program, one of the most comprehensive and forward-thinking programs in professional sports.

Prior to joining MLS, Ordower worked with tennis and basketball agents at ProServ, Inc. in Arlington, Virginia.

Ordower earned his law degree in 1996 from The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. He is admitted to practice in New York and Massachusetts. Ordower graduated from Boston University, magna cum laude, in 1993, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

Katarina Pijetlovic

Associate Professor of EU law and sports law at Tallinn Law School and a researcher at the University of Helsinki, Tallinn, Estonia

She is the author of EU Sports Law and Breakaway Leagues in Football (2013), regularly contributes to academic journals and presents at conferences on the topic of sports law. Katarina’s interests also include match-fixing and corruption in sports with emphasis on tennis. She occasionally acts as a legal representative for professional athletes and clubs.

Jill Pilgrim

Principal & Owner, Pilgrim & Associates; Principal & Business Counsel, Precise Advisor Group; President, CPAR, Florida, USA

Pilgrim, a co-founder of Precise Advisory Group, a consulting company, has built a national reputation as a prominent sports and entertainment lawyer. 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 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.

Pilgrim’s distinguished career includes decades of experience working in the sports business and corporate environments, serving as an attorney, arbitrator, entrepreneur, international consultant, speaker, and published author of several legal articles in national academic and trade publications.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 its in-house legal and business affairs departments, and 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 Committees 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 expert in dispute resolution cases. She has served as an arbitrator for the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (1992-2006), was appointed arbitrator on the USA Track & Field Doping Hearing Board and Doping Appeals Board for athlete drug cases (1991-1998) and was appointed to the United States Olympic Committee Out-of-Competition Drug Hearing Board (1991). Pilgrim also successfully represented an athlete before the Court of Arbitration for Sport during the 1996 Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games.

Pilgrim’s legal career in the sports and entertainment industry 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 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 legal matters.

Pilgrim was born in London, England. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics from Princeton University in 1980, where she also was a nationally ranked sprinter for the Princeton Track and Field Team, and studied at the Alliance Francaise and Sorbonne in France prior to graduating with a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1984. Pilgrim resides in Miramar, Fla., and New York City.

Mikhail Prokopets

Head of Sports Law Practice at YUST Law firm, Moscow, Russia

Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the specialized edition «Sports Law: scientific magazine», Member of the Russian Bar Association

Since 2005 until 2008, he was legal adviser and senior legal adviser to the Russian Football Union (RFU). He took part in the preparation of the law on physical culture and sports and of the amendments to the Labor Code of Russia regarding the labor of sportsmen.

Since 2006 until Spring of 2008 he was Senior Secretary of the RFU Committee of Discipline and Control (football discipline authority) with voting rights

Member of the RFU Football Agents Licensing Committee (2006–2008)

Since 2006 – Judge of the Court of Sports Arbitration (Moscow)

Since 2007 – expert of the RFU Football Clubs Licensing and Stadiums Licensing Committees. A member and an organizer of international scientific conferences on sports law on the base of the MSLA. Author of the book « Football Fair» (with D.Rogachev) and a number of articles on sports law. Author of the sports law conference «LEX SPORTIVA»

Author of the book «Football disputes settlement» (with D. Rogachev and F. de Veger);

Author of the sports law blog

Graduate of the Russian State Humanities’ University

Jay K. Reisinger

Partner, Farrell & Reisinger, LLC.,  Pennsylvania, USA

Mr. Reisinger's practice focuses primarily on sports law, white-collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation.

His sports law practice includes representation of professional athletes and certified agents in salary arbitration proceedings, contract analysis and negotiation strategy. Mr. Reisinger has also represented numerous athletes in performance enhancing substance/drug appeals and other disciplinary matters in MLB, the NFL, the NHL, and the NBA. Additionally, he represents both players and agents in fee dispute matters. Mr. Reisinger also represents NCAA and other amateur athletes in eligibility and related matters.

In 2009, Mr. Reisinger represented New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez in Major League Baseball's investigation into his use of performance enhancing substances and other related legal matters. He continues to represent Mr. Rodriguez on other legal issues. In 2008, he, along with partner Thomas J. Farrell, represented New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee's investigation of Roger Clemens and Brian McNamee, and continue to represent Mr. Pettitte in related legal proceedings. In 2006-2007, he and Mr. Farrell provided legal services to numerous current and former Major League Baseball players and team employees targeted in Senator George Mitchell's investigation regarding the use of performance-enhancing drugs. In 2005, he, along with Mr. Farrell, advised Sammy Sosa during the U.S. House of Representatives Committee's Congressional Hearings on steroid use in Major League Baseball.

His criminal practice ranges from pre-indictment investigations and negotiations and representation of witnesses and victims with respect to drug matters, tax evasion and other criminal issues. He has represented numerous professional athletes in various criminal matters, including grand jury appearances, tax matters, and illegal substance related proceedings.

His civil litigation practice includes representation of individuals and companies, including sports-related entities, with respect to mergers and acquisitions, drafting of, enforcement of, and defense of employment agreements in the sports industry, and other civil litigation matters. Mr. Reisinger, along with the other attorneys at Farrell & Reisinger, LLC also provide litigation management services for professional athletes and sports-related entities, utilizing our unique understanding of the sports industry in conjunction with our wide-ranging civil litigation experience.

Mr. Reisinger currently advises a number of sports agencies in every major professional sport. He formerly served as outside counsel to the Reich, Katz & Landis Baseball Group. He has also provided legal services to Thomas M. Reich & Associates, whose clients included NHL stars Mario Lemieux, Chris Chelios, Tom Barrasso, Kevin Stevens, Luc Robataille and many other NHL players. He is a member of the Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He is a member of the Sports Lawyers Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Sports and Entertainment Law Committee, the American Bar Association, and is a Certified Player Agent with the Major League Baseball Players Association.

He received his J.D. from Ohio Northern University School of Law in 1996, where he was a member of the Order of the Barristers and his B.A. from Allegheny College in 1991.

Allison Rich 

Senior Associate Director of Athletics/SWA, Princeton University, New Jersey, USA

With 19 years of experience in intercollegiate athletics administration, Allison Rich has significant leadership and decision-making experience having served at the NCAA national office and at both large state and small private Division I institutions. She has been intimately involved with legal issues, internal and external affairs, fiscal management, equity and diversity, risk management, academic support, compliance, and sport oversight, 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. In her role, she works with coaches and student-athletes from all 38 of the institution’s varsity athletics programs. She also serves as the Athletics liaison to many offices and committees across campus. 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.

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 holder and booster organization. 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 completed a four year term 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 across the wide range of Division I institutions.

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 Athletics Certification.

Rich has served as the Associate Director of Athletics for Internal Affairs at the University of the Pacific, as a Legislative Representative at the NCAA National Office, and as a policy reviewer/writer and compliance/marketing 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 longtime member and serves on the board of the Sports Lawyers Association, and 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.                                        

Julien Sieveking

Senior Manager of Legal Affairs for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Montreal (Quebec), Canada

Multilingual Swiss lawyer with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Lausanne; he is specialized in sports law, in particular in sports litigation, whether before the internal bodies of the sports organizations or before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

He also holds a Master’s degree in sports organizations management from the University Claude Bernard in Lyon.

Since 2005, he is acting as Senior Manager of Legal Affairs for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Before joining WADA, Julien Sieveking worked for seven years for the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) as Secretary of the disciplinary bodies.

He has also worked in major sports or sports-related events such as the European Football Championship (EURO), the Tour de France (cycling), the FINA World Championships (swimming), the World Conference on doping in Sport or Sportaccord.

He has also been General Secretary of the Swiss Sport Managers Association (ASMS) for three years.

Mark Stefanacci

General Counsel, MetLife Stadium, New Jersey, USA

Mark Stefanacci became Vice President and General Counsel for MetLife Stadium in 2012 after 14 years with the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority.  Mark held several positions while at the NJSEA including Chief Operating Officer and Legal Counsel.  While at the NJSEA Mark oversaw all legal matters and agreements for Giants Stadium, the IZOD Center and two Racetracks.  He was also involved in the negotiations and drafting of the Ground Lease for MetLife Stadium.

In his current capacity, Mark is responsible for major events, special events, and stadium advertising/sponsorship agreements, collective bargaining agreements, suite licensing agreements, stadium operations agreements, and all services agreements.  He oversees human resources, outside counsel and all insurance related matters for the stadium.  Mark was also a member of the Working Group  Executive Committee in preparation for Super Bowl XLVIII where he Chaired the Government Relations section.

Mark is a graduate of Seton Hall Law School and Providence College, where he played soccer.

Carla Varriale

Partner, Havkins Rosenfeld Ritzert & Varriale, LLP, New York, USA

Carla Varriale is a litigator who has represented Major League Baseball teams and players, minor league teams and clients in the recreation and sports industries. Carla writes and lectures on various issues of interest to sports, recreation and entertainment venues, including water parks and amusement parks. She has appeared as a legal commentator on Court TV Radio and FoxNews’ Cases and Cops.

Carla counsels entities with self-insured retentions regarding methods to minimize exposure and to develop successful risk management and litigation strategies, particularly those related to promotional activities and security issues.

She received her undergraduate degree from Boston University in 1988 and her Juris Doctor from New York Law School in 1992. At New York Law School, Carla was a member of the Moot Court Executive Board and the Order of the Barristers. Carla is a member of the faculty at Columbia University's School of Continuing Education (“SCE”), Sports Management Program, where she teaches a “Sports Law and Ethics” class and, in 2014, she created SCE’s “The MMA Project.” The MMA Project was a unique class that focused on the legal issues facing the emerging sport of Mixed Martial Arts. Professional MMA is banned in New York. However, due to a loophole in the ban, amateur MMA is permitted but not regulated and presents enhanced risks to MMA athletes.

Carla, who is a member of the Sports Lawyers Association and the International Amusement & Leisure Defense Association, is admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut, and before United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits.

Recent Selected Publications

  • MMA Gets Off the Mat as New York State Senate Approves Bill Allowing Contests
    Sports Litigation Alert (2013)
  • Court Dismisses Spectator’s Lawsuit Regarding the Supposed Enhanced Dangers Presented by Maple Bats
    Sports Litigation Alert (2011)
  • New York: A Second Look at MMA? Promoters and Fans Hope So
    Sports Litigation Alert (2011)
  • Can Patrons Be Forced to Stand for "God Bless America?"
    Facility Manager (2010)

Recent Selected Presentations and Media Appearances

  • Power in Mentoring event
    (Young Risk Practitioners Advisory Committee of the New York Chapter of the Risk and Insurance Management Society, May 2014)
  • If You Build It, They Will Come
    (Entertainment Arts & Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, panel discussion, September 2013)
  • Blood, Sweat and ... Broken Bones: Litigating Sports Injuries
    (American Bar Association Webinar and Teleconference, April 2013)
  • Protect the Pocket: Risk Management and Insurance Issues in the Sports and Entertainment Industries
    (ABA Section of Litigation, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee 25th Annual CLE Semina, March 2013)
  • Rising Spectator Injuries and Deaths Raise Safety Concerns
    (National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition, August 2012)
  • The Long-Term Tort Implications of Professional Sports
    (Texas Review of Entertainment and Sports Law Symposium, September 2012)
  • Bats, Balls and Rock 'n Roll: Liability basics for the sports, recreation, live entertainment and hospitality industries
    (North American Contingency Association Annual Conference, May 2012)

Norman Wain

General Counsel, Chief of Business Affairs at USA Track & Field, Inc., Indiana, USA

Norman Wain is presently employed as General Counsel, Chief of Business Affairs at USA Track & Field, Inc., the national governing body for the sport of track and field, long distance running, and race walking in the United States.  His responsibilities include managing all business and legal matters for the organization (e.g. negotiating all contracts, managing corporate governance, handling anti-doping matters, litigation oversight, etc).

Prior to Norm joining USA Track & Field, he was the Vice President – Corporate Legal Affairs at The Finish Line, Inc., a billion dollar publicly traded athletic specialty retailer in the United States, where he was responsible for the management and administration of the legal department.  He also worked in the Business & Legal Affairs Department at Writers & Artists Agency, Inc., a prestigious Los Angeles talent agency (later purchased by Paradigm) and spent some time in private practice (litigation). 

In addition to serving on the Advisory Committee for Law In Sport, Norm is currently serving on the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) National Board of Directors.  He founded and chaired the newly-formed ACC Sports & Entertainment Committee, and served as Chair of the ACC National Small Law Department Committee in 2007.  He is a member of the Sports Lawyers Association and the American Bar Association.  Norm is also an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University where he teaches a graduate sports law course.  He has spoken at both domestic and international conferences and seminars on many sports law related topics.

Norm received his B.A. Degree from the University of California at Berkeley, along with Phi Beta Kappa Honors, and his J.D. Degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law.

Jeffrey K. Walker

Assistant Dean for Transnational Programs and Adjunct Professor of Law, St. John’s University School of Law, New York, USA

B.A., Tulane University
M.S.Sc., Syracuse University
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
LL.M., Harvard Law School

Prior to coming to St. John’s, he served for eight years as founding and managing partner of BlueLaw International LLP, an international law and development firm. His international development practice spanned civil society, human rights, rule of law, security sector reform, and anticorruption projects in over 35 countries, including serving for one year in Baghdad as chief of party for the largest rule of law project ever funded by the U.S. Government.

Professor Walker is also a retired Air Force officer, navigator, and judge advocate who worked most of his career in the areas of criminal law and public international law. His practice included air and space law, foreign criminal and civil litigation, international agreements, law of war, peacekeeping operations, cyber law, and anti-terrorism. During his military career, he flew over 1,200 hours as a navigator/bombardier on B-52 bombers, served as legal advisor to NATO’s air operations center for the Balkans, deployed to Bosnia after the Dayton Accords in 1995, practiced as a US Government lawyer in Italy, and served as chief prosecutor and a Special Assistant US Attorney for the federal district of Wyoming.

Professor Walker has served on the Executive Council and Executive Board of the American Society of International Law and on the editorial board of International Legal Materials. He has published extensively on international, comparative, and legal historical topics and has taught European legal history and international criminal law at Georgetown and law and ethics of war at William & Mary. He has been married to Kathy Ann Keppler for 29 years; they have three children.

Ettie Ward

Professor of Law, St. John’s University School of Law; Director, LL.M. in International Sports Law Practice, New York, USA

B.A., Barnard College
J.D., Columbia University

Before joining the law faculty at St. John’s, Professor Ward was a litigator in a major New York law firm.  While in private practice, she litigated complex securities, labor, fraud, contract, and other commercial cases in state and federal courts.

Professor Ward received her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar each year and a member of the Columbia Law Review.  She received her B.A, cum laude from Barnard College in three years and was on the Dean’s List for all three years.

Professor Ward has been active in the Federal Bar Council, the American Bar Association, the City Bar of New York, and the New York State Bar Association, and the Sports Lawyers Association.  She is a currently a member of the Program Committee of the Federal Bar Council and has served as a Director of the Federal Bar Foundation.  She currently is a Vice-Chair of the Dispute Resolution Committee of the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section.  She is on the Executive Boards of several AALS sections, including the Sports Law and Dispute Resolution sections.

Other professional activities have included participation as a member of the Advisory Group to the United States Delegation to the Hague Convention on Jurisdiction and Enforcement of Judgments and membership on various Second Circuit Committees. 

In addition to her bar and professional association activities, Professor Ward is a practicing mediator who currently serves as a pro bono mediator in federal district court.  She has previously done pro bono state court mediations as well.

She teaches and writes primarily in the areas of federal civil procedure and court process.  Professor Ward teaches in the Sports LL.M. program and also teaches Civil Procedure, Federal Courts, International Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Negotiation, Federal Practice, Torts, and Introduction to Law and the Legal Profession at the Law School.

M. Quentin Williams

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, The Butler Lappert Williams Firm PC, New York, USA

Quentin Williams has known for a long time that he wanted to practice law in the sports and entertainment industries. His road to that goal has taken him through St. John’s School of Law, the FBI, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the National Football League and the National Basketball Association.

“It’s a dream come true to have that goal become my reality. Through all of my experiences, I learned that one could achieve a true sense of business independence by pursuing entrepreneurial interests. When I founded Williams Media, and later Butler Lappert & Williams PC, I most wanted to enjoy the autonomy of running my own enterprise.”

In 1996, he started to develop independent film projects while working in the sports industry. From there, he founded Williams Media and Marketing Group LLC, which is dedicated to the development of independent film and television projects, children’s publishing ventures, and the importation and marketing of products manufactured internationally.

Quentin also had been serving as a legal consultant and advisor to celebrities and executives in the sports and entertainment industries. And in 2006, his career evolved once again.

“I founded Butler Lappert & Williams PC, a full-service law firm in New York City that specializes in sports and entertainment law. As Chairman and CEO of the firm, I am responsible for all of the firm's operations, on both a big-picture and micro level.”

Whether he is working on a project within the field of law or outside the field, the preparation he received at the School of Law has equipped him for success and continued professional growth.

Will Wilson

Executive Vice President, Football, Wasserman Media Group, North Carolina, USA

William Wilson is a sports business executive with over 22 years of international and domestic experience, who joined Wasserman in January, 2012. He has worked at the agency, league and team levels in the disciplines of athlete representation, sponsorship acquisition, media rights negotiation, event management, new asset development, ticket & hospitality sales, marketing/PR and retail licensing.

As Executive Vice President of Wasserman’s Football Group, Wilson manages the recently formed Football Division within Team Sports which represents Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and Cincinnati Bengals TE/FB Ryan Hewitt.

Prior to joining Wasserman, he served as Executive Vice President of International Business & Special Events for Major League Soccer (MLS) and Soccer United Marketing (SUM) from 2008-2012. In that role he managed the league’s international property relationships including Spanish giants FC Barcelona, the CONCACAF Gold Cup™ and the partnership with the Mexican Football Federation. Wilson also oversaw Major League Soccer’s marquee events, the annual MLS All-Star Game and the MLS Cup as well as managed international media distribution.

Prior to joining MLS, Wilson was the Executive Vice President of Sales for the Arena Football League (AFL). In this role he oversaw the growth of the AFL’s sales efforts including national, regional and special events sponsorships as well as media sales. Before joining the AFL, Wilson was the Executive Vice President of Sales for the Champ Car World Series (né CART), where he oversaw the sponsorship, broadcast media, licensing, and marketing/PR functions of the international open wheel racing sanctioning body.

From 2001-2005 Wilson served as Managing Director of NFL Mexico. Based in Mexico City he oversaw all aspects of the league business in Latin America including sponsorship, media rights, licensing and special events. He represented the NFL in Mexico in the development and negotiation of the first-ever international regular season NFL game; the San Francisco 49ers vs. the Arizona Cardinals in Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca. The 103,000 spectators for the event stand as an NFL regular season record.

Prior to Mexico, Wilson served as General Manager of the NFL Europe League Scottish Claymores based in Glasgow, Scotland. In this role, Wilson, along with head coach Jim Criner, led the organization to a championship World Bowl appearance in Frankfurt, Germany in 2000.

Born in London, England, Wilson graduated with a degree in English Literature from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Additionally, he holds an MBA from the Tecnologico de Monterrey Graduate School of Business (EGADE) in Monterrey, Mexico. He currently resides in North Carolina with his wife and three children.

Glenn M. Wong

Department Head of the Sport Management program, University of Massachusetts, Massachusetts, USA

Wong has had extensive administrative experience, primarily as Department Head of the Sport Management program for 14 years as well as short stints as Athletic Director and Dean at the University of Massachusetts, USA.  He has also been very active in professional organizations, both in sports law and the sports industry. Wong has been a consultant, outside counsel, arbitrator, and/or expert witness in many areas including drug testing, Title IX, salary arbitration in Major League Baseball, contracts, torts, insurance, intellectual property, and contracts.

Professor Wong was President of the Sports Lawyers Association 2013-14.

Vered N. Yakovee

Associate Team Counsel, Boston Celtics, Massachusetts, USA

J.D. University of Southern California Law School

Vered Yakovee is Associate Team Counsel for the Boston Celtics. Prior to joining the Celtics in 2013, she ran her own Los Angeles-based law firm for over five years where she represented clients ranging from another NBA team, to a BCS Bowl, to a minor league baseball league. Prior to that, she was an Associate in the Los Angeles office of a national law firm, where she co-founded the firm’s Sports Insurance Initiative. From 2008 until 2013, she taught several different Sports Law courses at the USC Gould School of Law and served as the founding faculty advisor for the USC Sports Law Society. During the Fall 2009 semester, she lived on campus at Dimitris Perrotis College in Thessaloniki, Greece where she taught International Business Law and coached the men’s basketball team. Ms. Yakovee is a Governor of the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries (the “Forum”), and is Co-Chair of the Forum’s Sports Division. From 2007 until 2012, she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Forum’s journal, Entertainment & Sports Lawyer. She is an active member of the Sports Lawyers Association and serves on several of its committees. Her 12 legal articles are published in Los Angeles Lawyer, Sports Litigation Alert, The Hollywood Reporter, Esq., and Entertainment & Sports Lawyer. She was named one of Southern California's Super Lawyers Rising Stars by the publishers of Law & Politics and Los Angeles Magazine in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Don Zavelo

General Counsel, National Hockey League Players Association, USA

Want to make a baseball fan shudder? Mention the years 1994 and ’95. That’s when a Major League Baseball strike resulted in the cancellation of more than 900 games and the 1994 World Series, as management and the players’ union duked it out.

Somewhere near the core of that maelstrom was Don Zavelo. As deputy regional attorney at the New York office of the National Labor Relations Board, Zavelo had a hand in helping the two sides break the impasse.

Now Zavelo is part of one of the industries he once policed. In October 2011, he became general counsel of the National Hockey League Players’ Association, a role that combines his love of sports with his interest in labor law. Zavelo’s journey to his dream job – with an office in Toronto, the hockey capital of the world – started at the University of Kansas and illustrates the important role that labor law plays in professional sports.

Zavelo focused on labor law at Green Hall, and he went to work for the NLRB in Kansas City right out of law school in 1978, eventually ending up in the New York office. Although Zavelo never heard the term “sports law” until well after he graduated, he worked on plenty of high-profile sports cases during his more than 30 years with the NLRB.

“Because most of the national media and entertainment and professional sports leagues had their corporate headquarters in Manhattan,” he said, “whenever there was a national labor dispute that involved one of the industries, it ended up on my desk – or at least in my office.”

During his time at the NLRB, Zavelo was in charge of directing unfair labor practice investigations as well as the trial work performed by the NLRB’s New York attorneys and investigators.

Adam Zissman

General Counsel for the Miami Dolphins and Sun Life Stadium, Florida, USA

He is entering his third season with the Dolphins and his eighth season with an NFL franchise. He joined the organization on August 27, 2012 and is responsible for all legal matters across the company. In this role, he is primarily focused on team and stadium sponsorship, marketing, media, intellectual property, litigation, risk management, sales, events, operations, employment, and non-profit activities. He is also responsible for compliance with the League rules and assists with strategic and business planning.

Prior to joining the Dolphins, Zissman was Senior Counsel, Business & Legal Affairs for the NBC Sports Group and NBC Sports Regional Networks (formerly, ComcastSports Group). In that role, he was primarily responsible for counseling NBC’s national and regional sports media properties on league and team matters, rights negotiations, content acquisition, talent negotiations, advertising, and sponsorship issues. In addition, he advised on due diligence matters and strategic planning relating to acquisitions and special projects, including the Comcast-NBC Universal merger. Zissman began his career with the Washington Redskins, where he served as Assistant General Counsel and Director of Human Resources. While there, he drafted and negotiated all commercial agreements for Washington Redskins and its affiliated companies, including Red Zebra Broadcasting. In addition, he had primary responsibility for marketing, sponsorship, hospitality, stadium, employment and operations agreements across the organization, as well as enforcement of team intellectual property and management of all employee matters.

Adam received dual undergraduate degrees in History and Media Studies from the University of Virginia and his law degree from the George Washington University Law School. He and his wife, Sandy Marks, have two children, Cooper and Emmett, and currently reside in Cooper City, Florida.

Claire Zovko

Of-Counsel, Buckner Sports Law, Florida, USA

Claire M. Zovko serves as of-counsel to Buckner Sports Law on issues relating to intercollegiate athletics, Olympic sports, and sports law.  Ms. Zovko teaches the Globalization of Sport course at the University of Miami, co-teaches the Olympic Games & the Law course at the University of Miami School of Law and Advanced Essay Writing at Ave Maria School of Law.  Additionally, she is the founder of Sports Law Chat, which is a Twitter chat and blog dedicated to informed discussions on relevant topics of sports law.

Ms. Zovko has worked with the NBA’s Seattle Supersonics/Oklahoma City Thunder, the WNBA’s Seattle Storm and the University of Miami athletics compliance office.  Ms. Zovko also has traveled abroad as a teaching assistant for international sports law programs in Florence, Italy; Lausanne, Switzerland; and London, England during the 2012 London Olympic Games. She has assisted with sports law appeals and contractual matters for FIBA and WNBA players/agents/coaches, a sport federation (before the Court of Arbitration for Sport), Olympic athletes and NCAA student-athletes.

Ms. Zovko serves as a board member of Sports Leadership. She is an active member of the Sports Lawyers Association.

Ms. Zovko received a B.A. in Business Administration and a Mathematics minor from Pacific Lutheran University, where she played collegiate basketball, and a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law.  A native of Seattle, Ms. Zovko is licensed to practice law in Florida and based in Miami.