Jackson Walker

Jackson Walker


Jackson Walker’s sports attorneys have played an important role in shaping the sports industry. Recognized by U.S. News-Best Lawyers® among the leading sports lawyers in the country, we offer clients first-hand knowledge of the complex facets of the industry and are committed to working with them to evaluate opportunities, identify potential issues, and plot strategies for the future.

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Jackson Walker’s deep roots within the industry provide clients a perspective from various business of sports angles. This is further highlighted by leadership roles our attorneys hold within national and international sports governing bodies, the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee, and other highly regarded sports organizations. Among these, partner Bob Latham has been a member of the World Rugby Executive Committee since 2011, and serves as chair of its Regulations Committee. He also is a member and past president of the Dallas All Sports Association Board of Directors. Partner Nate St. Clair serves on the Board of Advisors of the National Sports Law Institute.

Our broad roster of clients spans the spectrum of the sports sector, including:
• Professional, Olympic, collegiate, and high school athletes
• Collegiate and professional sports teams
• Professional sports team owners
• Sports franchises and governing bodies
• Olympic organizations
• Sports facilities
• Investor syndicates We routinely counsel clients on a wide variety of legal matters unique to the sports industry, including:
• Player eligibility, discipline, anti-doping measures, defamation, and gender issues
• Contracts, endorsements, and sponsorship deals
• Investments in professional teams and clubs
• Intellectual property including trademark and copyright licenses, purchases, and consent agreements
• Media, content distribution, syndication, and rights negotiations
• Civil litigation, including defense of injuries on the playing field and advocacy of the sports activity doctrine
• Negotiation of sports facilities
• Counseling of privacy, wealth management, and tax planning
• Immigration