Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Sports Law Department

USA - Nationwide
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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.

Strengths A client affirms: "We would rate the Bryan Cave team as exceptional based on their experience, knowledge of the relevant areas of law and responsiveness," adding: "Overall, we were extremely satisfied."

Another client adds: "Their bench strength and subject matter expertise are the biggest points that continue to drive our satisfaction with them."

Work highlights Represented Social Finance in negotiations with the LA Rams and LA Chargers to become the exclusive naming right partner for the Rams' and Chargers' new stadium.

Notable practitioners

Regarded as "a master in the antidoping field,"
Richard Young
has cultivated an outstanding reputation in the field. He handles international proceedings with aplomb and regularly appears before bodies such as the Court of Arbitration for Sport. One commentator observes: "He's an outstanding lawyer," adding: "He does a lot of Olympic work and is a brilliant guy."


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. He maintains a strong reputation in the market with one source noting: "He's an outstanding sports lawyer. He's very smart and he has excellent clients."