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UNDERSTAND THE RULES OF THE GAME

Sean Cottrell
Sean Cottrell

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Sean is the founder and CEO of LawInSport. Founded in 2010, LawInSport has become the "go to sports law website" for sports lawyers and sports executives across the world.

Christopher Bond
Chris Bond

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Chris is the Editor, and takes responsibility for the review of content in conjunction with the Editorial Board. Prior to joining LawInSport, Chris graduated from Nottingham University, and trained and worked as a litigation lawyer at King & Wood & Mallesons SJ Berwin.

Kevin Carpenter
Kevin Carpenter

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Kevin is a consultant and member of the editorial board for LawInSport, having previously acted as editor. He is a Independent Legal and Sports Consultant advising on commercial and regulatory issues. Kevin has become renowned in the fields of sports integrity, match-fixing and sports betting.

Alfonso Valero
Alfonso Valero

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Alfonso Valero is co-founder and now consultant of LawInSport.com. He is a dually qualified Abogado (Spanish Lawyer) and Solicitor (England and Wales). He is also a qualified International Arbitrator. He is a Principal Lecturer in Nottingham Trent University.

Alex Haffner
Alex Haffner

Alex is a Partner in the Commercial, Sports and IP Team at Fladgate LLP, specialising in the sports, technology and media sectors.

Alex Kelham
Alex Kelham

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Alex Kelham is a managing associate and head of the Sports Group at Lewis Silkin LLP. Previously, she spent seven years as Senior Lawyer with LOCOG working on brand protection matters related to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. She has also been a world-class swimmer, winning relay medals at the 1994 Commonwealth Games and the 1995 European Championships.

Andrew Nixon Sheridans
Andrew Nixon

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Andrew Nixon is a Partner in the Sport Group at Sheridans. Referred to in this year's Legal 500 as a “very bright and talented sports lawyer” Andrew's practice focuses principally on regulatory, governance, disciplinary, arbitration and dispute resolution within the sport sector. Andrew's clients include governing bodies, sports clubs, sports agencies and individual athletes. 

Andrew Smith
Andrew Smith

Andrew is a barrister practising from Matrix Chambers in London. He is an employment law specialist, and has a keen interest in sports law and sport generally. His Matrix profile (including Directory recommendations) may be viewed here.

Andy Gray
Andy Gray

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Andy is the Head of Sports Law at BHW Solicitors and the Head of Sports Law Unit, Leicester De Montfort Law School. Andy acts as Judicial Commissioner for the Amateur Swimming Association with responsibility for determining cases under the ASA Disciplinary and Dispute Resolution systems.

Ariel Reck
Ariel Reck

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Ariel is a lawyer in Argentina focused exclusively on the sports sector, mainly the football industry. He has particular experience advising on third party player ownership issues, player´s transfers and international sports disputes before FIFA and CAS. He has also spoken at conferences on these issues in Argentina and at international level.

Benoît Keane
Benoît Keane

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Benoît Keane is a leading European lawyer. He specialises in European law and European competition law in particular relating to the media and sports sectors. Benoît represents clients before the European Commission and European Courts.

Brianna Quinn
Brianna Quinn

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Brianna Quinn is an Australian-qualified lawyer specialising in international sports arbitration and international sports law.

She has acted as counsel in numerous arbitration proceedings before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (BAT) and regularly advises a wide range of clients on sports-related disputes.

Christian Keidel
Christian Keidel

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Christian Keidel is a salary partner at Martens Lawyers in Munich, Germany. He joined Martens Lawyers as part of the initial spin-off team from Beiten Burkhardt, an international commercial law practice. Christian holds a legal degree from the University of Munich and has also studied at the University of Seville.

Christian is a specialist sports dispute resolution lawyer having advised inter alia the International Skating Union, Fenerbahçe Istanbul, the Helenic Football Federation, Franz Beckenbauer as counsel before dispute resolution bodies of international federations, the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne and state courts. Christian further has particular expertise in contracts, intellectual property and rights management related to sports. He teaches sports law at the TUM University of Munich.

Martens Lawyers is one of Europe's preeminent firms for dispute resolution and sport.

Daniel Geey
Daniel Geey

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Daniel advises clients in the football industry. Such guidance has included advice on the Fit and Proper Person Test, parachute payments and the football creditors rule, disclosure obligations under the relevant football authority's rules, conflicts of interest and third party player ownership contracts.

Daniel L. Wallach
Daniel L. Wallach

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Daniel Wallach is Board Certified in Appellate Practice by The Florida Bar, and is AV-Rated (the highest level attainable) by Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Wallach is a nationally recognized authority on gaming law and sports law, and has counseled professional sports teams, fantasy sports operators, casinos, racetracks, equipment manufacturers and suppliers, and other industry participants on a wide spectrum of gaming-related matters. He is one of the leading voices in the emerging area of sports gambling law, and, in particular, the laws and rules governing sports betting and fantasy sports.

Katarina Pijetlovic
Dr. Katarina Pijetlovic

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Katarina is a Senior Lecturer in sports law and EU law at Liverpool Hope University. She is the author of EU Sports Law and Breakaway Leagues in Football (2015), regularly contributes to academic journals and presents at conferences on the topic of sports law. 

Genevieve Gordon
Genevieve Gordon

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Genevieve works within Sports Sponsorship and Legal Affairs for player initiatives at Major League Baseball Europe. She has worked on projects such as The World Baseball Classic, European Big League Tour, MLB Sponsorship Academies and the British Polo Masters.

Jack Anderson
Jack Anderson

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Jack Anderson is Professor and Director of Sports Law Studies at the University of Melbourne. He has published widely in the area of sports law including The Legality of Boxing (2007),Textbook on Sports Law (2010), Leading Cases in Sports Law (2013) and EU Sports Law (2017). He is a Chartered Arbitrator and, having previously been an arbitrator with the GAA, FAI and Just Sport Ireland, he is currently a mediator/arbitrator for Sports Resolutions UK and the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

He supports Doon, Limerick, Munster, Ireland and Watford FC and, yes, he looks like Paul Scholes.

@sportslawMELB 

James Bunting
James Bunting

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Jim Bunting is a partner in the litigation group of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP.  He has extensive experience in sports-related disputes.  Jim has acted for athletes, coaches and agents in a variety of different matters, including contractual claims, doping infractions, carding disputes, gender equity complaints, team selection appeals and disciplinary appeals.  He has appeared before International Court of Arbitration for Sport, the SDRCC (Canada's National Arbitral body for sports-related disputes) and National and International Sports Federations.  Jim has also acted as an athlete agent and, in 2002, he clerked with the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.  

Jeffrey Benz
Jeffrey Benz

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Jeff is a Door Tenant at 4 New Square Chambers, London and accomplished arbitrator and mediator. As a former General Counsel of the United States Olympic Committee, and former athlete, Jeff's sports credentials are without compare. Jeff has acted as a neutral or counsel in a wide variety of sports, including, among others, ice hockey, gymnastics, speedskating, figure skating, football and soccer, rugby, track and field, team handball, equestrian, table tennis, triathlon, wrestling, tennis, taekwondo, volleyball, boxing, cycling, sailing, and complex disputes and transactions involving sponsorships, film financings and production, technology, licensing, and live events.

John Wolohan
John Wolohan

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John is an Attorney and Professor of Sports Law in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. In addition to being one of the lead editors of the book "Law for Recreation and Sport Managers" by Cotten and Wolohan, John also writes the "Sports Law Report" a blog and monthly article that appears in Athletic Business. John's areas of interest include intellectual property, doping in sport, and antitrust issues.

Jon Walters
Jon Walters

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Jon is a partner at Charles Russell Speechlys, specialising in commercial and regulatory work within the sports and media sector. He has particular expertise in sports marketing work acting for rights holders and sponsors on sponsorship and merchandising deals.

Kendrah Potts
Kendrah Potts

Kendrah is a Legal Director in the Sports Group at Mishcon de Reya. Kendrah regularly advises sports governing bodies, clubs, agents and athletes on regulatory issues and disciplinary cases (particularly in the fields of anti-doping, sports corruption and governance), as well as on commercial disputes. Kendrah was Legal Counsel to the Commission established by the Union Cycliste Internationale to investigate doping and allegations of corruption and mismanagement in cycling and was the lead lawyer on integrity and anti-doping for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Marjolaine Viret
Marjolaine Viret

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Dr Marjolaine Viret is an attorney admitted to the Geneva bar (Switzerland) who specialises in sports and life sciences. Her interests focus on interdisciplinary approaches as a way of designing effective solutions in the field of anti-doping and other science-based domains. Her book “Evidence in Anti-Doping at the Intersection of Science & Law” was published through T.M.C Asser Press / Springer in late 2015.

Mark Hovell
Mark Hovell

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Mark is a partner and the Head of Sports at Mills & Reeve LLP. Mark has advised hundreds of athletes on their sporting contracts, image rights, and endorsement deals. As a noted insolvency expert, he has also worked on over sixty football and/or rugby clubs’ insolvencies and restructurings. He is also an arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), where he has been selected to hear over two hundred cases since 2002 to date. As a result of his experience and reputation as an arbitrator, he was selected to the CAS ad-hoc committee for the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games and as one of twelve arbitrators to the ad-hoc panel for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

 

Maureen Weston
Maureen Weston

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Maureen Weston is Professor of Law at Pepperdine University School of Law and Director of the Entertainment, Media & Sports Dispute Resolution Project.  She received her J.D. from the University of Colorado, and B.A. in Economics/Political Science at the University of Denver.  

Nandan Kamath
Nandan Kamath

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Nandan is Principal Lawyer at LawNK, based in Bangalore, India. His practice specialises in sports, technology and media laws, with clients ranging from international and national sports federations, to leagues, teams, sponsors and athletes.

Nandan graduated with a B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) from the National Law School of India University, B.C.L. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Oxford (on a Rhodes Scholarship) and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School.

Nick De Marco
Nick De Marco

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Nick is rated the leading junior barrister in Sports Law and is a member of Blackstone Chambers.

He has advised and acted for a number of sports governing bodies, athletes, most Premier League football clubs and many world-class football players in commercial and regulatory disputes.

Nikki Dryden
Nikki Dryden

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Nikki is a two-time Olympic swimmer from Canada and a human-rights and immigration attorney in New York. She competed at the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games, with a top finish of 6th place, and covered the 2004 and 2008 Olympics for SwimNews Magazine. She has a BA in International Relations from Brown University and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.

Nina Goolamali
Nina Goolamali QC

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SILK: 2017 CALL: 1995

Acknowledged in the legal directories as“one of the most knowledgeable and personable barristers around”, who “"just keeps getting better", Nina has a very well established practice in sports-related litigation. 

Nina leads the 2TG Sports Law Team and has been described in Chambers UK as a "sports expert".She is recognised for her expertise in sports related litigation by The Legal 500 2016 and is praised for having “unwavering tenacity and determination to get the right result for the client”.

Paul Greene
Paul J. Greene

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Paul J. Greene, Esq. is a U.S. based sports lawyer who protects the rights of athletes in disputes, including those charged in anti-doping proceedings. Paul has been recognized by Chambers USA and Super Lawyers as one of America’s top sports lawyers.

Prof Mark James
Prof Mark James

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Professor Mark James re-joined Manchester Law School in January 2016. He began his academic career at Anglia Polytechnic University on a research scholarship, examining the scope of the consent given by participants in contact sports to injury-causing challenges. His first appointment at Manchester Metropolitan University was in 1997 to lecture in criminal law and sports law and to develop its innovative MA (Sport and the Law).

Rick Liddell
Richard Liddell

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Rick has a very strong sports practice and is highly regarded for offering expertise in the field of sports law. He is recommended by the legal directories as a leading junior barrister in the sports law arena and is described as “a talented performer in the courtroom”, “highly skilled, knows his brief and is not aggressive, but is certainly highly effective”, “proving himself to be a rising star at the Bar for horseracing cases” and “passionate about sport”.

Steve Bainbridge
Steve Bainbridge

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Steve has almost 20 years experience in his field of expertise; and, he has significant experience advising on a wide array of the transactional elements underpinning the sports and events management sector from sponsorship agreements and packages of all types to athlete endorsement agreements; anti-ambush marketing strategies and enforcement; player contracts; broadcasting agreements and IP registration and enforcement; merchandising and licensing agreements; player disciplinary issues; event security; ticketing arrangements and varied venue/facilities management arrangements.

Takuya Yamazaki
Takuya Yamazaki

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Takuya, a Japanese Attorney-at-Law, is the founder and Managing Partner of Field-R Law Offices, a niche sports and entertainment legal practice based in Tokyo.

Takuya has vast legal and business experience in sports both in Japan and internationally. He is a member of the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber, a position held since 2009. In 2011 he became the Deputy Chairman of FIFPro Division Asia/Oceania.

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