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Several Bryan Cave attorneys will play key roles in the SportsTravel Magazine TEAMS ’16 Conference & Expo – the world’s largest conference for the sports event industry. Scheduled for Sept. 26-29 in Atlantic City, Bryan Cave is lead presenter of the multiday, four-panel “Law & Ethics Track.” 

Each of the panels in this track will be moderated by Colorado Springs Partner Steve Smith, recognized by Chambers as a "Leader in His Field" for sports law. Smith’s sports law practice includes naming rights, sponsorships, licensing agreements, stadium operations, television and media contracts, and representing leagues and National Governing Bodies (NGBs).

Colorado Springs Partner Richard Young will join the panel discussion “The Dope on Doping in Sports,” which will outline how to protect your organization from performance enhancing drugs. Young is known for his representation of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in cases against Tour de France winners Lance Armstrong and Floyd Landis, track and field champion Marion Jones, and other gold medal winners involved in doping scandals. Young helped draft the original World Anti-Doping Agency code and subsequent amendments.

New York Partner Erik Kahn will take part in the panel discussion “Intellectual Property 101,” a fast-paced point-counter-point session designed to help businesses develop both creative and defensible brand marks. Co-leader of Bryan Cave’s global Intellectual Property Practice, Kahn has broad experience in complex technology deals and intellectual property protection, transactions and litigation.

Denver Associate Sarah Hartley will join the panel “Liability and Risk Management in a World of Athletes, Coaches and Parents,” which will explore these complicated relationships and how an organization can better formulate its policies and procedures, as well as train and educate coaches and administrators, to avoid risk. Hartley has handled sports litigation and Safe Sport matters within the Olympic Sport movement, including representing NGBs in connection with disciplinary proceedings involving allegations of sexual misconduct and physical abuse.

Colorado Springs Associate Suzanne Crespo will join the discussion of “The Legalities of Working with Athletes,” a session in which both the athletes' and the organizations' points of view will be presented. Panelists will outline what terms should be deal breakers, which are most important to the athlete, and how to create an outcome where everybody wins. Crespo concentrates her practice on sports litigation and has experience working with NGBs and other sports organizations in a wide variety of matters including Safe Sport initiatives and arbitration in the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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This document provides a general summary and is for information/educational purposes only. It is not intended to be comprehensive, nor does it constitute legal advice. Specific legal advice should always be sought before taking or refraining from taking any action.