Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP


With over 1,400 lawyers in 30 offices across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is a fully integrated global law firm that provides clients with connected legal advice, wherever and whenever they need it. The firm is known for its relationship-driven, collaborative culture, diverse legal experience and industry-shaping innovation and offers clients one of the most active M&A, real estate, financial services, litigation and corporate risk practices in the world.

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One of two law firms in the world recognized by Chambers as having a leading sports practice in both the U.S. and the U.K., we offer our clients the unique experience and relationships of our nearly 90 Sports & Entertainment Group members across the United States, in the U.K. and across Europe, Asia and the Middle East practicing in our transactional, litigation and real estate groups. We are among the most active law firms in the world in representing professional sports teams. We are currently representing and/or have represented all 31 NHL Clubs and various MLB, MLS, NBA and NFL teams and/or their owners, as well as over 20 international football (soccer) clubs across seven countries, including 8 Premier League Clubs and a number of La Liga and other international football (soccer) league clubs.

We are recognized leaders in naming rights and sponsorship transactions, including naming rights deals in excess of $4.3 billion and some of the largest naming rights representations in sports history, such as SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, Citi Field in New York and The O2 in London, anti-doping work, including serving as principal draftsman of the World Anti-Doping Code and handling several high profile cases for the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, and Olympic work, including representing 18 U.S. National Governing Bodies in the Olympic movement. We also have extensive sports litigation experience, including successful court trials, Olympic, professional sports and other arbitrations and mediations, representing 30 NHL Clubs in a pending concussion matter and serving as national coordinating counsel for the NCAA overseeing the defense of over 50 individual claims and 500 single-school, single-sport class actions in State and Federal courts around the U.S. We also regularly advise clients in connection with significant sports M&A, financing, media, contractual and event venue development, financing, leasing and operation matters.