Sports Law Matters provides insight and perspective on legal issues and recent developments relating to sports law. The blog serves as a resource for decision makers—including owners, senior executives, and athletes—from across the field of professional and college sports, including professional sports teams, leagues, universities, athletic conferences, apparel companies, athletic facilities, and governing bodies.
The blog’s editor and contributors, attorneys from Mintz Levin’s Sports Law Practice, have significant experience representing and counseling clients on issues ranging from complex financing transactions to investigations, litigation, player contracts, league governance, and compliance. The practice also represents several global sports apparel companies in matters involving intellectual property protection and disputes, licensing and sponsorship transactions, and commercial litigation. In addition, professional teams and athletes rely on the Mintz Levin Sports Law team to solve foreign visa and immigration issues and to advise them on personal business, branding, and licensing transactions.
Tyrone Thomas is a Member in the firm’s Washington, DC office. He advises boards, presidents, and senior executives of academic institutions on employment and consulting agreements. He is experienced with NCAA bylaws and procedures and has advised colleges and universities on Title IX, employment contracts and policies for athletics personnel, and privacy issues related to student-athlete records. Tyrone counsels clients on best practices for compensation, benefits, and post-employment covenants for executive contracts, He also advises nonprofits on deferred compensation plans, performance incentive programs, and separation agreements.
Joshua Briones is Managing Member of the firm’s LA office. Josh is a highly experienced trial lawyer with a national practice focused on bet-the-company class actions. He has participated in the defense of dozens of complex class actions in state and federal courts across the country involving all stages of the litigation and appellate processes. He has represented scores of clients in consumer protection matters, including the Los Angeles Lakers, the Cleveland Cavaliers, eBay, Inc., Pay Pal, Inc. and H&R Block, Inc, among others, spanning numerous industries, including consumer finance, insurance, telecommunications, manufacturing, environmental and pharmaceuticals.
Meghan is the head of the Public Finance Section and Chair of the Education Practice at the firm. She has extensive experience in public finance and public agency representation, serving as bond counsel and as counsel to underwriters, borrowers, trustees, and purchasers in connection with tax-exempt and taxable general obligation and revenue financings related to transportation, education, health care, economic development, project finance and environmental.
Keith is a Member in the firm’s Boston office and is Chair of the Sports Law Practice Group. His practice focuses on complex commercial and business litigation and dispute resolution. Keith has advised clients and litigated cases involving corporate governance matters, closely held business disputes, antitrust claims, class action claims, health care–related business disputes, professional malpractice, and probate matters. He has represented public companies, private and closely held corporations, and individuals in a variety of litigation and prelitigation matters.
James is a Member in the firm’s San Diego office He represents top clients in the surfing, skateboarding, kite surfing, and fitness industries. James focuses on patent law, including preparation and prosecution of patent applications, rendering of opinions on infringement and validity, licensing, due diligence investigations, and client counseling, with an emphasis on electrical, telecommunications, software, and mechanical technologies.
Brent Douglas is an Associate in the Employment, Labor & Benefits Practice, and is based in the firm’s San Diego office. He counsels employers and corporate executives on employment law issues, including class action claims. Brent also advises clients on avoiding or mitigating workplace issues, conducts workplace investigations, and trainings for management personnel on nondiscrimination, non-harassment, and anti-bullying.
Kelly is an Associate in the firm’s Boston office and is also a member of the firm’s Sports Law Practice. He focuses his practice on complex civil litigation, including jury trials in state and federal courts, with an emphasis on real estate and sports litigation. Kelly’s work in sports law includes representing an international fitness company in a suit against its competitor for false advertising and trade libel, representing former professional athletes in connection with trademark disputes, and providing general advice and support to in-house attorneys for professional sports franchises.
Dan Gaquin is Co-chair of the Firm’s Real Estate Section and is based in the Boston office. His experience covers all aspects of commercial real estate, including acquisitions and sales, development, permitting, leasing, and financing. He has extensive experience acquiring and selling commercial properties of all types, and has represented developers, owners, and operators of real estate.
Seth Goldman is the Division Head for the Litigation and Employment, Labor & Benefits Sections, and a Member in the firm’s New York office. He also serves as Co-chair of the New York office’s Hiring Committee. Seth’s practice focuses on commercial, corporate, and securities litigation matters in federal and state court as well as in various arbitration venues. Seth’s practice also involves complex contract, partnership, securities, employment, and real estate disputes. He has served as counsel on a number of class actions, and represented many high-net-worth individuals and hedge funds involved in a variety of litigations.
Dan Herling is a Member in the firm and practices in the San Francisco office. His practice is focused on product liability issues relating to pharmaceuticals and medical devices, commercial litigation, and antitrust matters. His trial work also encompasses class actions, intellectual property litigation, patent infringement, and professional liability. He advises international companies in the pharmaceutical, medical device, food, over-the-counter drugs, homeopathic remedies, and dietary supplement industries. He has served as defense counsel in over 3,000 product liability cases and represented companies in both state and federal courts in California and the US.
Randy is a Member in the firm’s San Diego office. He represents clients in a wide range of complex commercial litigation matters requiring top-caliber trial counsel, with an emphasis on high stakes business disputes, government investigations, corporate compliance, fraud and white collar criminal defense. He also practices in sports law and health care enforcement defense. Randy has tried federal cases before juries involving white-collar fraud schemes, financial crimes, complex criminal conspiracy cases, immigration and violent crime matters; authored and argued numerous appellate briefs; and successfully negotiated guilty pleas in hundreds of other federal criminal cases.
Crystal Lopez is an Associate in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Her practice is focused on class action defense, with an emphasis on consumer fraud, data privacy, marketing and compliance issues claims. Crystal has defended corporate clients against class actions at all stages of litigation, including through class certification, preliminary, and final approval of settlements. She’s counseled corporate clients to ensure compliance with telemarketing laws, and also has a track record for early and efficient dispute resolution and saving costs associated with discovery through early informal negotiations, mediation and class action settlements.
Joseph is a Member in the firm’s Corporate and Securities Section and a member of the firm’s Sports Law Practice. He is based in New York, and concentrates his practice on debt financing transactions with special emphasis on both the private equity sector and restructuring matters. Joseph represented an owner of an NHL franchise in connection with $100 million senior secured credit facilities for a team buyout, and represented the franchise in subsequent refinancing. He also represented an owner of an NBA franchise in connection with $15 million unsecured senior credit facility for team buyout and represented the franchise in subsequent refinancing as well.
Mark Robinson is a Member in the firm’s Boston office and Co-chair of our national White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice. He represents, advises, and defends public and private sector clients in connection with internal investigations, regulatory enforcement actions, commercial litigation, and large-scale data breaches. A former deputy chief of the Criminal Division of the US Department of Justice, Mark is a nationally recognized authority in government investigations and enforcement and cybersecurity defense.