Dispute Resolution for Athletes, Teams, and Coaches

While disputes in professional sports are part of doing business, they do not always have to lead to protracted, expensive litigation. Though taking a disagreement to court and all the way through trial is sometimes necessary, it can also be a divisive and emotional process, and often devastating to professional relationships and reputations. The litigators in our Entertainment, Sports and Media group have spent decades guiding athletes, coaches, and teams through alternative dispute resolution (ADR) options such as mediation and arbitration. These can often be used to both successfully resolve a dispute and preserve relationships to allow the parties to move forward together.

In addition to representing clients involved in ADR proceedings, Dickinson Wright also has more than a dozen senior partners, including former judges, who regularly serve as arbitrators, mediators, and facilitators. They are trusted by leaders in professional sports to effectively and fairly resolve disputes and receive frequent referrals from other lawyers and the courts.

Our work in this area includes:

• Advising athletes, coaches and teams on alternatives to litigation.
• Representing clients during mediation, arbitration, and other ADR proceedings.
• Serving as trusted mediators, arbitrators and facilitators to resolve complex disputes.