Our litigation team is comprised of trial lawyers successfully advocating for our clients in the courtroom, as well as lawyers skilled at managing complicated cases. Among our over 600 business litigators across the Firm, our litigation team includes full-time, dedicated sports and entertainment industry litigators who try (and win) jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations and administrative/regulatory proceedings in all manner of complex business disputes around the globe and who regularly advise clients with respect to reputation management and crisis management and prevention issues.
We regularly handle sports and entertainment industry class action litigation; high profile depositions of presidents, GMs, owners and former players of professional sports clubs; arbitrations of ownership disputes and executive disputes and player arbitrations; anti-doping disputes; Olympic movement-related litigation; Safe Sport disputes; contractual and other commercial disputes, including with respect to recovery of unpaid sponsorship, suite license and other fees; defamation matters; privacy matters (including specific privacy advice, as well as intervention both pre-publication and post publication, while also acting on data related issues, reputation management and protection for corporate organizations in this sector); internal investigation matters; player injury insurance claims; enforcement of terms of financing related to international football (soccer) club player transfers; third party rights in international football (soccer) club players; planning permission appeals; and various communications matters, including phone hacking, social media management and player anonymity matters. We have extensive experience in advising and/or appearing before Commissioners of professional sports leagues, major regulatory bodies such as FIFA and The Premier League and numerous international tribunals, including Rule K arbitrations (contractual disputes and regulatory requirements under the Football Association’s regulations), CAS arbitrations, FIFA hearings and High Court disputes in England and Wales, among others.
We have an international reputation for dealing with some of the most significant sports related regulatory issues and a strong record of resolving disputes through dispositive motion practice, mediation and other pre-trial strategies. And since litigators often are a key resource for avoiding actual lawsuits, we also counsel clients on how to resolve business issues without litigation. Our experience, combined with the use of cutting-edge technology and an understanding of large-scale data, translate to favorable, cost-effective, speedy results for our clients.
Our Sports and Entertainment Litigation team includes full-time, dedicated sports and entertainment industry litigators with significant handling of all types of sports and entertainment litigation matters. For additional information, please contact our team leaders:
Ryan Davis: 314-259-2818 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Rob Ebert: 314-259-2633 or email@example.com
Chris Schmidt: 314-259-2616 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Graham Shear: +44 (0) 20 3400 4191 or email@example.com
Steve Smith: 719-381-8457 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Rich Young: 719-381-8431 or email@example.com