Sports Law

The sports law practice at Farrell & Reisinger, LLC provides full-service counseling for professional and amateur athletes and certified agents in matters that directly involve their careers and in those that touch upon their business and financial interests, as well as their personal legal requirements. Our attorneys recognize that athletes have a broad range of needs for legal representation and professional advice that often are not adequately met. We strive to provide a full roster of expert resources that athletes and certified agents can call upon to address all of their legal and professional needs.

Farrell & Reisinger, LLC's sports practice is led by attorneys Jay K. Reisinger and Tina O. Miller, who manage the firm's sports law practice.

In 2008, Jay K. Reisinger and Thomas J. Farrell, represented New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee's investigation of Roger Clemens and Brian McNamee, and continue to represent Mr. Pettitte in related legal proceedings. In 2006-2007, he and Mr. Farrell provided legal services to numerous current and former Major League Baseball players and team employees targeted in Senator George Mitchell's investigation regarding the use of performance-enhancing drugs. In 2005, he, along with Mr. Farrell, advised Sammy Sosa during the U.S. House of Representatives Committee's Congressional Hearings on steroid use in Major League Baseball.

Farrell & Reisinger, LLC's sports practice focuses on the representation of professional athletes in salary arbitration proceedings, and in representing both players and certified agents in grievance proceedings and fee dispute matters. In addition, Mr. Farrell's experiences as a government attorney, as former Assistant U.S. Attorneys in Pittsburgh, provides deep expertise in criminal defense.

Farrell & Reisinger, LLC's sports practice frequently draws upon our numerous resources in other areas of the law to provide full legal services to both athletes and certified agents. We often draw upon affiliate attorneys with experience in intellectual property, corporate, entertainment, tax, and trusts and estates practices to fully serve our sports clients. This provides our clients with direct access to senior counselors who can provide resolution to a wide variety of legal and personal needs.

Besides representing athletes and certified agents in matters directly related to sports, Farrell & Reisinger, LLC also focuses on assisting our clients in selecting and dealing with other needed professionals, including accountants, financial advisors, public relations firms, insurance agents and the like; all with a view to providing comprehensive legal counseling.

Farrell & Reisinger, LLC's areas of sports law experience includes:

Professional and Amateur Athletes

  • Congressional investigation representation Salary Arbitration (MLB and NHL)
  • Contract analysis and negotiation assistance
  • Crisis management (legal and public relations issues)
  • Compliance with union and state athletic association regulations MLB/NHL/NFL/NBA player disciplinary actions
  • Drug/steroid disciplinary appeals and testing
  • Player/agent fee disputes
  • Licensing and marketing agreements
  • Criminal and civil litigation representation
  • Criminal and civil litigation management
  • Agent selection
  • Estate/insurance advisory services

Certified Agents

  • Salary Arbitration (MLB and NHL)
  • Contract Analysis and negotiation assistance
  • Compliance with union and state athletic association regulations
  • MLB/NHL/NFL/NBA agent disciplinary actions
  • Player/agent fee disputes
  • Agent/agent disputes
  • Contract analysis and negotiation assistance
  • Employment and non-competition agreements
  • Licensing and marketing agreements
  • Agency mergers and acquisitions
  • Criminal and civil litigation management