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Collegiate and Professional Sports

Many of the issues faced on and off the field in the sports world mirror workplace law challenges faced by employers from all industries.


Comprised of attorneys with deep, practical experience in the sports world, our Collegiate and Professional Sports Practice Group is uniquely situated to serve the diverse needs of collegiate and professional sports entities. Our attorneys have a profound understanding of the issues affecting the realm of sports and athlete management.

At the collegiate level, we are regularly retained to conduct investigations into alleged infractions of NCAA rules, and to represent universities before the NCAA Committee on Infractions and NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee. We advise college and university clients on compliance with the growing number of NCAA and NAIA rules and guide institutions through increasingly complex regulations governing collegiate sports. We have vast experience advising institutions on Title IX and civil rights laws, representing colleges and universities at every stage of the compliance process, including audits, civil rights reviews and government investigations.

At the professional level, our attorneys provide valuable counsel to sports franchises during acquisitions, in times of crisis and throughout the life of a franchise. We also counsel agents and sports agencies on the current regulatory and enforcement environment, including the myriad of state licensing and sports union certification requirements. While our priority is litigation avoidance, where prevention is not enough, our attorneys vigorously defend clients in cases of alleged non-compliance, player association investigations and in numerous areas of civil litigation.

With the growing number of foreign athletes throughout the collegiate and professional ranks, our firm can provide assistance in sports-related global immigration matters. Whether it is guiding teams, coaches, managers or players through the immigration process or developing strategies to overcome potential immigration barriers, we provide timely, cost-effective solutions that help meet organizational needs.

Our Collegiate and Professional Sports Practice Group can assist in all the following areas:

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December 9, 2016

Seventh Circuit Confirms Student-Athletes Not Entitled to Minimum Wage under FLSA

December 9, 2016

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has affirmed U.S. District Judge William T. Lawrence’s dismissal of the student-athlete litigation against the NCAA and over 120 NCAA Division I member schools alleging that student-athletes are employees who are entitled to a minimum wage under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Berger... Read More

September 21, 2016

Court Decisions Could Frustrate Obama Administration Efforts to Protect Transgender Students, Employees

September 21, 2016

A flurry of judicial activity has surrounded the Obama Administration’s efforts to provide legal protection to transgender individuals by extending protection against sex discrimination to cover gender identity under Title IX of the Education Act of 1972 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The U.S. Departments of... Read More

May 13, 2016

U.S. Departments of Justice and Education Issue ‘Significant Guidance’ on Transgender Rights under Title IX

May 13, 2016

The U.S. Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Education (DOE) have issued a joint “Dear Colleague Letter” (DCL) containing “significant guidance” on how these departments will apply sex discrimination protections under Title IX of the Education Act of 1972 to transgender students. The DCL, dated May 13, 2016,... Read More

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January 5, 2017
Law 360

Paul DeCamp Comments on Seventh Circuit Refusing to Overturn Student-Athletes As Employees Ruling

January 5, 2017

Paul DeCamp comments on the Seventh Circuit refusing to overturn ruling that University of Pennsylvania student-athletes cannot be considered employees based on their college sports participation in "7th Circ. Won't Rethink Penn Athletes-Not-Employees Ruling," published by Law 360. Read More

January 3, 2017
Jackson Lewis

Jeffrey Bernick Appointed Jackson Lewis' Phoenix Office Managing Principal

January 3, 2017

PHOENIX, AZ (January 3, 2017) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce Jeffrey A. Bernick has been appointed Phoenix Office Managing Principal. Mr. Bernick succeeds Gregg E. Clifton, who has stepped down from the management role to focus his attention on overseeing the... Read More

December 16, 2016
Bloomberg BNA

Paul DeCamp Comments on Student-Athletes Seeking En Banc Rehearing

December 16, 2016

Paul DeCamp comments on student-athletes asking a full appeals court to rehear FLSA case in which a three-judge panel determined they aren't employees and thus aren't entitled to be paid, in "Penn Athletes Seek Instant Replay in Fight for Pay," published by Bloomberg BNA. Subscription required to view article Read More

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Update: Minnesota Football Team Ends Bowl Boycott
December 18, 2016

The University of Minnesota football team ended their boycott of the Holiday Bowl after attempting to overturn the suspension of 10 players for alleged acts of sexual assault and agreed to participate in the upcoming December 27th game against Washington State University. Read More

Players To Boycott Football Activities, Bowl Game, Over Suspensions Of Teammates
December 17, 2016

University of Minnesota football players announced on December 15 that they are boycotting all football activities, including their December 27 Holiday Bowl game against the Washington State Cougars, to protest the University’s decision to suspend 10 teammates over a sexual assault allegation, according to the Minnesota Star Tribune. Read More

The Potential Trump Effect On The Sports World
November 11, 2016

While the nation and the world react to the victory of President-elect Donald Trump and theorize what his impending presidency will mean for national policy, the world of sports is not immune from similar meditation. Read More