Sports Litigation & Dispute Resolution

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As with any business, disputes arise in professional sports. These can be disagreements over player and coach contracts, licensing and merchandising rights, and all manner of corporate issues. For more than 25 years, lawyers in the Dickinson Wright Entertainment, Sports and Media group have handled the full range of litigation matters that arise in professional sports. We bring this unique depth of experience to bear on behalf of our clients, serving as trusted advocates in protecting and defending their interests.

Known globally as a go-to firm for sports litigation, our clients include star athletes, major league teams, agents, and management firms. The firm has handled matters involving the unauthorized use of an athlete’s name and likeness, breach of contract, defamation, insurance, personal injury defense, and more.

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.

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 Services

  • Representing professional athletes, sports management firms, player agents, media personalities, sports teams and leagues, and sporting facilities.
  • Handling a wide variety of sports litigation matters, including contract disputes, employment, intellectual property, defamation, insurance, personal injury, and more.
  • Offering a full range of litigation services, from initial case assessment through to trial.
  • Mediation, arbitration, and other alternative dispute resolution services.
  • Advising athletes 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.
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