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Volume 22 No. 14
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Power Players: Outside Counsel

They are in the middle of the biggest deals in sports, have access to the top executives and offer some of the sharpest, brightest minds in the business. The attorneys providing outside counsel to the sports industry not only help shape the current landscape but also will be the leaders of tomorrow — look no further than Paul Tagliabue, David Stern and Gary Bettman. We set out to look at the power firms and lawyers shaping today’s deals, those who are deeply involved in the sports business to those serving a more niche, focused speciality.

Over the last few months, we have talked to hundreds of industry executives for their viewpoints on the power players in outside counsel who are doing meaningful work and playing significant roles in sports business. League, team, media or any form of in-house counsel was not considered for our list.

We ended up with a list of 59 attorneys representing 33 firms, covering such key areas as mergers and acquisitions, finance, media, labor, litigation, sponsorship, compliance and governance.

We have separated the lawyers into four distinct groups to demonstrate the breadth and depth of their representation: Chairman’s Club, Elite, Premier and Executive.

Premier

Akin Gump
Daniel Nash

Choate
Lyman Bullard Jr.

Barnes & Thornburg
David Cornwell

Foley & Lardner

Irwin Raij
Mary Kay Braza

Winstead
Denis Braham

Katten Muchin Rosenman
Adam Klein

Bryan Cave
Steven Smith
Richard Young


Hogan Lovells

Craig Umbaugh
Maureen Hanlon

Smith Moore Leatherwood
Erik Albright

Williams & Connolly
Mark Levinstein

Gibson Dunn
Ted Olson
Drew Tulumello
Richard Birns

Executive

Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz

Beth Wilkinson

Bond, Schoeneck & King

Rick Evrard
Mike Glazier

Morgan Lewis
Jonathan Bernstein

Blackstone Chambers
Adam Lewis

Arnold & Porter

Bob Garrett

Faegre Baker Daniels

Amie Peele Carter

Barrett Law
Jon Barrett

Ropes & Gray

Dennis Coleman

McGuireWoods
Kevin McGinnis

Cooley
Mike Sheetz
Adam Chase