Gibson Dunn Launches Sports Law Practice Group

June 9, 2015

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce the formation of its new Sports Law Practice Group.  

“The firm has significant experience in the sports industry, and forming a practice group will allow us to coordinate the efforts of our lawyers into a single, multidisciplinary practice group across our offices and to better communicate our experience and capability to the market,” said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn. 

Lawyers in the Sports Law Group represents a broad range of clients, including teams, individual athletes, sports facilities, athletic associations, financial institutions, television networks, sponsors and municipalities, in a broad range of sports law matters, relating to professional and amateur sports. 

The group is led by Washington, D.C. partner Andrew Tulumello, Los Angeles partner Maurice Suh, New York partner Richard Birns and Dallas Senior Of Counsel Ronald Kirk. 

“Formalizing the practice group will allow us to collaborate more closely to advise our clients on a variety of legal challenges that, given the nature of the industry, are often high-profile in nature,” said Suh.  “Although the practice is newly formed, the firm’s attorneys are industry veterans who’ve handled numerous, significant matters for athletes, teams and corporations.”

“We are delighted to formalize our efforts,” said Kirk. “Together, our lawyers are uniquely qualified in our collective experience and skillset to meet any challenge in the sports industry, whether the forum is the boardroom, courthouse or government agency.”

“Transactional work in the sports industry is increasingly complex involving an array of expertise, including attorneys with a deep understanding of the corporate, intellectual property, labor, real estate and tax law issues specific to the sports industry,” said Birns.  “Formalizing the group highlights our ability to bring to bear the necessary skills and experience to advise sports-industry participants on their most important transactions.” 

The group’s lawyers have significant experience in sports-related work and understand the often nuanced and complex issues facing the industry, including: 

  • Acquisitions and dispositions of professional franchises and venues
  • Venue development (including public/private partnerships)
  • Media rights representations, including regional sports network launches
  • Sponsorship transactions, including naming rights
  • Arbitrations before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and other Olympic movement international and U.S. governing bodies
  • Arbitrations arising pursuant to dispute resolution provisions in professional sports contracts
  • Litigation of sports disputes in U.S. federal and state courts
  • Collective bargaining and other labor matters
  • Crisis management
  • Development, negotiation and enforcement of association rules and regulations
  • Intellectual property and licensing