Our Sports and Entertainment Services
Our multi-disciplinary team includes a former NFL player who currently serves on the board of directors for the Charlotte chapter of the NFLPA’s retired players division.
Our specific services to sports and entertainment clients include:
Working with athletes, entertainers, teams and other sports and entertainment clients on a wide range of contracts and agreements needed to conduct their current and future business ventures. Our experience includes representing clients in negotiating and drafting entertainment performance, endorsement, marketing, production, guest feature, licensing, collaboration, non-disclosure, employment and other types of agreements.
Providing guidance and assistance preparing documentation related to entity formation, governance and legal compliance. Once established, we guide individuals and companies on all aspects of day-to-day business, often serving as “Outside General Counsel” to our sports and entertainment clients. Our experience also includes helping clients with strategic and business transition planning.
Investments & Financing
Managing all facets of transactions and preparation of any and all documentation needed to make initial and realized investments in various industries, including extensive experience in the sports and entertainment sectors. In addition, we help clients identify appropriate business opportunities, conduct diligence and secure necessary funding.
Guiding sports and entertainment clients to establish, protect and monetize copyrights and trademarks (including brand, name and likeness marks), both in the U.S. and around the world.
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Defending clients’ rights in a wide range of state and federal disputes, including general commercial, contractual, trademark/copyright, employment, and construction/real estate litigation and government investigations. Our team also is experienced in arbitration and mediation.
Internal Investigations and Criminal Representation
Some of the most high-profile and confidential matters involve investigations into potential wrongdoing or the defense of criminal accusations. Our experienced team can guide individuals and entities through the myriad of challenges these issues create including public relations guidance.
Helping entertainment and sports companies manage staff and contractors, focusing on avoiding compliance problems. Should a problem arise, team members are highly experienced in resolving employment disputes, with an eye on avoiding negative publicity. We also are working with higher education clients in the emerging area of college athlete compensation.
Tax, Trusts and Estates Law
Advising companies on legal and business strategies involving the complex array of local, state and national taxes that sports and entertainment clients (including touring acts) need. Team members also represent clients in audits and disputes with the IRS and state taxing authorities, and counsel clients in estate planning and the transfer of wealth.