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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Sports Law

4 ranked lawyersBand 2USA - NationwideUSA 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Highly capable team that maintains a strong sports law practice that is international in scope. Adeptly advises on significant antidoping mandates for antidoping agencies and sporting organizations. Respected for its work with international sporting bodies and domestic minor leagues as well as emerging sports. Other areas of expertise include naming rights, sponsorship agreements, stadium development and corporate transactions.

Work highlights

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner advised Airbnb on its sponsorship agreement with the International Olympic Committee, covering nine years and five Olympic Games.

Notable practitioners

Christopher Schmidt boasts considerable experience in handling high profile litigation in the sports space, with notable strength in advising on concussion claims.
"Christopher is great."

Richard Young has cultivated an outstanding reputation in the field, notably in the field of antidoping. He handles international proceedings with aplomb and regularly appears before bodies such as the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
"He is an excellent leader, planner, visionary and adviser. He's always steady and profound."

A key component of Ryan Davis ' broad-based sports practice lies in handling naming rights transactions. He also boasts experience in high-profile personal injury disputes.
"Ryan is tremendous." "He is a solid attorney."

Steven Smith is highly attuned to the needs of clients seeking counsel in relation to media and naming rights agreements. He also has additional experience of advising clients on Athlete Protection Policies.
"Steven is an excellent practitioner." "He's a terrific counselor, a quality person with an unflappable disposition."

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Sports Law


Christopher Schmidt
Band 4
Richard R Young
Band 2
Ryan Davis
Band 3
Steven B. Smith
Band 3