WEBINAR - How does the USA influence global sports law?

This interactive webinar will be looking into how developments in sports law in the United States of America influences in international sports law.

The speakers:

Richard M. Thigpen - Former General Counsel, Carolina Panthers
Allison Rich - Senior Assoc. Director of Athletics/SWA, Princeton University
Jeff Benz - Barrister, Arbitrator, Mediator, JAMS, Court of Arbitration for Sport
Norman Wain - General Counsel, Chief of Business Affairs USA Track & Field

Host: Sean Cottrell, Founder & CEO, LawInSport

The webinar is being held as part of build up to the Sports Lawyers Association 45th Annual Conference in Phoenix on the 15-18th May 2019.

Speaker Profiles

Allison Rich

Allison Rich, a member of the Sports Lawyers Association Board of Directors, has over 20 years of experience as an intercollegiate athletics administrator. She has significant leadership and decision-making experience having served at the NCAA national office and at both large state and small private FBS, FCS and Division I institutions, in all areas of college athletics. Rich is currently the Senior Associate Director of Athletics/Senior Woman Administrator (SWA) at her alma mater, Princeton University. She also speaks regularly on college athletics and related legal and sports law issues and teaches various law classes.

Rich previously served as an Athletics Consultant with JMI Sports LLC, providing evaluation, planning, review, audit, strategic analysis and guidance to university athletic departments and intercollegiate conferences to help them meet their diverse and complex needs. She continues to provide college athletics consulting and speaking services independently.

Prior to working as a consultant, Rich was the Senior Associate Director of Athletics for External Affairs/SWA at Florida State University where she was responsible for all external functions of the department. During her tenure at FSU, the institution experienced unprecedented growth and success in marketing, promotions, sponsorships and ticket sales, created a comprehensive social media presence, and developed both an outbound ticket sales staff and an advance group sales program.

Rich served as Deputy Director of Athletics/SWA at California State University, Fullerton, and held senior administrative positions at the University of the Pacific and the NCAA National Office. She earned her bachelor's degree at Princeton University, her Juris Doctorate at Chicago-Kent College of Law, and her Doctorate in Educational Administration at the University of the Pacific. She is a Sports Management Institute Executive Program graduate. Licensed to practice in the State of Illinois and a qualified arbitrator in the State of Florida, Rich is also a member of NACDA, NACWAA, and the American, Illinois and Chicago Bar Associations.


Richard M. Thigpen

Richard M. Thigpen has returned to private practice after serving as General Counsel for the Carolina Panthers for 21 years. Prior to joining the Panthers, Richard spent 14 years in private practice providing business and tax advice to closely held businesses and medical practices. His practice also included estate planning and administration, real estate transactions and tax controversy work. While working with the Panthers, Richard was involved in all aspects of the business, including contract negotiations and drafting, governmental affairs, trademark issues and employment matters. He has served as a board member and chair of the Council for the Sports and Entertainment Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, board member and chair of the Mecklenburg Bar Foundation, board member and chair of the North Carolina Travel & Tourism Coalition, and was an adjunct professor at Charlotte School of Law. He has also been active in his community, serving on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations. Richard received his undergraduate degree from Duke University, his law degree from Campbell University, and a Masters of Laws in Taxation from Georgetown University


Jeff Benz

Jeff Benz is an accomplished commercial arbitrator and mediator with JAMS, focused on entertainment, sports (including esports) and technology. He is former General Counsel of the US Olympic Committee and is a Court of Arb. for Sport (CAS) arbitrator and mediator (since 2000). Jeff has served as a neutral in several hundred large, complex arbitrations and mediations before the major institutions worldwide, including BAC, CIETAC, SCIA, HKIAC, LCIA, AAA, JAMS, ICDR, ICC-USCIB, CAS, Sport Resolutions UK, Rugby Football Union, IAAF Disciplinary Tribunal, PGA Tour and LPGA Tour, and others. He is a member of the JAMS SCIA Sino US Cross Border Disputes Joint Arb. Tribunal. He is both a US lawyer (CA, CO, HI, NY) and a barrister in England and Wales (with 4 New Square barristers chambers). In 2016, the BBC noted he is “widely regarded as amongst the most experienced judges” in world sport and according to Who’s Who Legal 2018 UK Bar, he is “’widely recognised for his first-rate arbitration practice’ and clients note he is ‘in a class of his own’ [in] complex sports discipline disputes.” He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and of the College of Commercial Arbitrators, and he is a Certified Electronic Discovery Specialist. He is a founding board member of the Cal. Int'l Arb. Council. He is a board member of the Sports Lawyers Association and the National Sports Law Institute. He is adjunct professor of sports law and dispute resolution at Pepperdine University Law School's world leading Straus INSTITUTE. He is a sought after speaker worldwide and writes on topics related to sports law, dispute resolution, ethics in dispute resolution, and esports dispute resolution. Jeff lives in London.


Norman Wain

General Counsel, Chief of Business Affairs at USA Track & Field. Norman arrived at USA Track & Field in July of 2010. Wain oversees the USATF legal department (negotiating all contracts, managing corporate governance, handling anti-doping matters, overseeing litigation and intellectual property, managing the Agent program, etc). The legal department works with USATF staff and Board of Directors, the Law and Legislation Committee, the Ethics Committee and various other committees and constituencies to advance the goals and initiatives of the organization and protect its general legal interests.

Before arriving at USATF, Wain worked as the Vice President – Corporate Legal Affairs at The Finish Line, Inc., a publicly traded, billion dollar, mall-based specialty retailer operating nearly 700 stores in 47 states across the country and online. Prior to Finish Line, he spent time in the business and legal affairs department at Writers & Artists Agency, Inc., a Los Angeles talent agency (subsequently acquired by Paradigm), and held stints at Fox Sports World and BigShot Films International. He also worked in private practice as a litigator in Santa Monica, Calif.
Wain has been an expert presenter at many national and international conferences and symposiums and serves on the board of directors of several organizations. He recently served two terms on the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) national board of directors. ACC is an international professional organization for in-house attorneys with 30,000+ members employed by over 10,000 organizations in more than 75 countries. Wain co-founded and served as the inaugural chair for the newly-formed ACC Sports & Entertainment Committee. He also works as an adjunct professor teaching sports law at Indiana University, and he has been published on various sports law and corporate law topics.

Wain graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California-Berkeley in 1992 and received his J.D. degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law in 1996.

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Event Date 07-05-2019 18:00
Event End Date 07-05-2019 19:00

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