Holland & Knight
Holland & Knight’s sport law attorneys rely on decades of industry specific experience and the platform of a top tier international law firm to provide our clients holistic support as they navigate the rapidly evolving areas of intercollegiate sports.
Holland & Knight’s team includes nationally recognized higher education lawyers, thought leaders in the area of gender equity and student-athlete well-being, a three-time sport lawyer of the year, a former attorney with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, former federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston with experience in SafeSport cases, former NCAA athletes, coaches, and administrators, and others who know college sports, have subject matter knowledge, and understand that intercollegiate athletics is one part of an integrated higher education enterprise.
Our intercollegiate athletics experience is complemented by our extensive knowledge in other areas that may on the surface appear tangential to athletics, until they are not. Examples include seasoned trial lawyers with class action, labor law, environmental, real estate, and construction law experience, licensing, trademark, privacy, and entertainment lawyers, and those with deep higher education employment and civil rights law experience.
The firm’s broader sports team includes experience with promotions and marketing deals including Olympic athletes; internet and media counsel for media platforms, podcasts and content creators; stadium financing, including historic rehabilitation tax credits and construction law; intellectual property protection; management and enforcement for professional sports leagues and teams; and private wealth management and tax planning.
Our sports attorneys have deep experience representing colleges, universities and athletic conferences in regard to the panoply of issues that arise in intercollegiate athletics, including NCAA and conference compliance, governance, pay equity, contract negotiation and labor and employment issues, program investigations and reviews, athletics equity, sexual misconduct, student-athlete eligibility and well-being, speech, independent medical care, concussion management, wearable technologies, name, image, and likeness, and transgender athlete participation.