Sports Practice Group

McLane Middleton’s sports practice group advises clients at all levels, from the most casual amateur athletes and athletic associates, to professional athletes and team ownership groups, to venues and vendors collaborating on games and events.

Our attorneys have experience successfully guiding individuals, businesses, schools, non-profit organizations, and other groups involved in sports through the increasingly complex legal and practical issues they encounter.

The group operates as a multidisciplinary practice to provide representation that fits the varied needs of our clients, including:

  • Purchases and sales of professional teams and ownership interests;
  • Contracts between sporting venues and event vendors;
  • Intellectual property and licensing;
  • Appeals to bodies governing student athletes, including the NCAA and high school interscholastic associations;
  • School policies governing student athletes’ name, image, and likeness rights, as well as related issues;
  • Name, image, and likeness agreements between student athletes and sponsor companies; and
  • Estate planning and counseling for high net worth individuals with backgrounds in professional sports, including athletes, members of ownership groups, and team executives



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For additional information, contact John Weaver, chair of the firm's Sports Practice Group


For additional information, contact John DeWispelaere, vice-chair of the firm's Sports Practice Group

Practice Area Members

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John F. Weaver
Director, Corporate Department and Chair, Real Estate Practice Group and Chair, Artificial Intelligence Practice
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John DeWispelaere
Associate, Corporate Department & Vice-Chair, Sports Practice Group
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Brianna E. Burns
Associate, Corporate Department
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Seth M. Corwin
Associate, Corporate Department
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Jack D. Hepburn
Associate, Corporate Department
Sean S. LaPorta Photo
Sean S. LaPorta
Associate, Litigation Department
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Christopher J. Walsh
Associate, Litigation Department