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Suzanne Crespo is an Associate in the Colorado Springs office. She is a member of the firm’s Sports and Entertainment group, the Commercial Litigation group, and a leading member of the firm’s Contests and Sweepstakes practice area.

Ms. Crespo’s practice includes advising nearly two dozen National Governing Bodies and International Federations in proceedings with respect to governance disputes, safe sport violations, opportunity to compete challenges, and a wide array of claims arising under the U.S. Olympic Committee Bylaws and the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act.

Ms. Crespo is well known for her work on behalf of both professional and amateur sports organizations to design and implement safe sport initiatives and selection procedures, as well as developing and effecting board governance policies, compliance protocols, and bylaw revisions. Ms. Crespo has also played a pivotal role in obtaining Olympic Committee recognition and sanctioning for new and emerging sports, as well as maintaining the good standing of existing sports in the Olympic movement.

Ms. Crespo advises clients on federal, state, and local laws and regulations related to sweepstakes, contests, and raffles. Her work has included advising clients on how to structure a legal promotion, writing official rules and other language around sweepstakes, contests, and raffles, and advising clients on the administration of their promotion, including issues around social media.

Ms. Crespo also regularly advises clients on nonprofit formation, governance, board disputes, and other issues unique to nonprofit organizations.

Prior to joining Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Ms. Crespo served as a judicial clerk for Judges Richard Gabriel and Russell Carparelli on the Colorado Court of Appeals. Ms. Crespo received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she served as a Moot Court Editor, and her B.A. in psychology from Cornell University, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Outside of work, Ms. Crespo is an avid runner and an elite-level road cyclist. She is a former course record holder on the Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb Ascent (1:28:46, 8/9/2015) and the Professional Women’s New York State Road Race champion (2012), having also medaled in more than 30 other professional or elite amateur road cycling events. After work, she can often be found biking, running or hiking on the many trails around Colorado Springs.

Practices

Professional Affiliations

    • American Bar Association
    • Colorado Bar Association
    • El Paso County Bar Association
    • Colorado Bar Association
    • El Paso County Bar Association
    • El Paso County Bar Association
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Representative Experience

  • Obtained dismissal of two grievances against a National Governing Body over its World Championships selection procedures
  • Represented National Governing Bodies in numerous internal hearings to successfully ban or suspend members on the basis of misconduct
  • Second-chaired an anti-doping rule violation hearing before the Court of Arbitration for Sport
  • Advised a sports client in negotiations to livestream its event for the first time in history