Sports Law Attorneys
Representing Athletes, Coaches & Managers
Sports law encompasses many fields of law; however, the vast majority of cases have one thing in common: the client is in the sports industry. Athletes, coaches, and managers all use sports lawyers to represent their interests. Clients hire sports lawyers, such as those at Potts Law Firm, to handle cases involving breaches of contracts, personal injury, concussion-related lawsuits, and a variety of other legal matters.
Our sports law attorneys understand the unique, nuanced needs of athletes, coaches, managers, agents, and other sports industry professionals. Our firm is prepared to represent your interests and protect your rights as you navigate an array of sports-related legal matters. We provide highly personalized legal service, along with dedicated, one-on-one attorney-client attention. We not only understand the law but also the particular needs of our clients.
Continue reading to learn more about our sports law practice, or contact us at (888) 420-1299 to set up a complimentary consultation with our team. Hablamos español.
Types of Sports Law Cases We Handle
At Potts Law Firm, we represent clients in all types of sports law cases, including but not limited to:
- Sports Contract Law: Sports breach of contract cases are complex in that the client is typically negotiating with a professional sports club that employs its own lawyers. Having a sports lawyer that understands these issues is immensely important.
- Sports Employment Law: Sports employment cases typically involve agents and coaches who are negotiating their entrance into or exit from a sports club. Our legal team has extensive experience negotiating sports employment cases.
- Sports Personal Injury: Personal injury cases can range from on-the-field injuries and pressure to return to play to injuries off the field that limit or even end playing careers. Our sports lawyers understand how to tackle these legal issues and ensure your rights and best interests are protected.
Sports lawyers not only have to understand multiple fields of law, but they must also understand their clients. Athletes, coaches, managers, agents, and other sports industry professionals often have hectic schedules, celebrity status, and other characteristics uncommon to the typical client. As such, you need a sports lawyer who will tend to your needs with diligence and open communication.
Contact Potts Law Firm Today
At Potts Law Firm, we have the experience to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of your sports-related legal issues, as well as keep you informed throughout the process.
If you have a sports law case that you would like to discuss with a sports lawyer, please contact us at (888) 420-1299 or reach us online to schedule your free consultation.
I had a wonderful experience with this law firm.- Stephen P.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him or any of the team at Potts.- Theo C.
The Potts Law Firm is a powerhouse of brilliant attorneys.- Molly H.
I would recommend Potts Law Firm for any and all legal matters that come my way in the future!- W. Gary
Great law firm!- Hugo G.
Our legal team has extensive experience representing all types of sports industry clients at all play levels and across a variety of different sports. In addition to representing the interests of professional athletes, coaches, and mangers, we also represent clients at the collegiate level.
Our sports law clients include but are not limited to the following parties:
- Professional athletes
- Olympic athletes
- College athletes
- Amateur athletes
- Athletic administrators
We understand the diverse and evolving needs of our clients, as well as the fluid nature of sports law. Our sports lawyers are well-versed in a wide variety of different legal areas, from contract negotiation and disputes to personal injury, employment law, personal property law, banned substances, equal opportunities, and more. No matter the issue at hand, we can assist you in finding an ideal solution.
Transvaginal Mesh Settlements Over $1 Billion
The Potts Law Firm and its joint venture partners have been successful in resolving over $1 billion in transvaginal mesh settlements. Derek H. Potts was one of a handful of plaintiffs’ lawyers from around the country who spearheaded the establishment of what would become the largest medical device MDL consolidations in history.
Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch $184 Million
Derek H. Potts was a member of the Kugel Mesh MDL Plaintiffs Steering Committee which was instrumental in obtaining a $184,000,000 global settlement for several thousand persons who had received the Kugel Mesh hernia patch.
ERISA Class Action Settlement $36 Million
Potts Law Firm served as class counsel in the ERISA class action, Diebold, et al. v. Northern Trust Investments, N.A. et al., 09-Civ-1934 (Diebold), in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois where the Court approved a collective settlement of $36 million dollars for class representatives resulting in millions of dollars returned to investors.
Paraplegic Minor $12 Million
Derek H. Potts and Timothy L. Sifers obtained a $12,100,000 verdict against Lisa Gard, M.D. for medical malpractice involving a minor. The jury found the Salina emergency room doctor to be negligent in her assessment of the minor upon presentation in the emergency room, failing to timely diagnose a rare spinal condition. The case was one of the largest verdicts in history in the State of Kansas.
Fraud Against Lender $10.7 Million
Potts Law Firm represented a United States Bankruptcy Trustee. The case stemmed from the massive bankruptcy of Royce Homes, one of the largest homebuilders in the country. Micah and Chris represented the bankruptcy Trustee against a multitude of defendants, including the chief Lender, for claims related to the homebuilder’s downfall and the fraudulent transfer of assets from the rightful owners, the creditors.
Birth Injury $4.6 Million
Derek H. Potts and Samuel Cullan were members of the plaintiff's trial team which obtained a $4,600,000 verdict for a minor delivered at Bethany Medical Center. Ariana Wilburn, the minor, suffered a spinal cord presentation after being born in the breech position.
Hypoxic-Ischemic Birth Injury $3.5 Million
Potts Law Firm secured a $3,500,000 settlement for a single mother whose infant suffered severe brain damage while being delivered in a New Mexico hospital. The mother, having no previous pregnancy or medical issues, began laboring and immediately went to a hospital. Despite the clear signs of fetal distress and hypoxia (lack of oxygen), the doctor and nurse did not order an emergency cesarean section.
Fraudulent Transfers $2.42 Million
Potts Law Firm represented a Bankruptcy Trustee, resulting in a combined $2.42 million being recovered for creditors of ATP Oil & Gas Company. The claims related to fraudulent transfers of overriding royalty interests in oil & gas properties made by ATP in a failed attempt to liquidate the assets of the company.
Catastrophic Injuries $3.5 Million
Derek H. Potts was co-lead counsel with Thomas Cartmell in representing John Novogradac of Kansas City whose health was neglected during his stay at two nursing home facilities. Mr. Novogradac developed bedsores on his body and had above-knee amputations on both legs after his wounds became severely infected with gangrenous and dead tissue.
Pharmaceutical Birth Defect $1.05 Million
Potts Law Firm secured a $1,050,000 settlement for a mother whose infant suffered birth defects from a pharmaceutical drug that was taken during pregnancy. Though the migraine drug manufacturer knew the medication could cause a fetus to develop a cleft lip and/or cleft palate when consumed by the mother during the early stages of pregnancy, they failed to warn consumers about these dangers.
Q:How long will my sports law case take?
It depends. Many factors affect the duration of a given case, including the type of case it is, the willingness of the other party to negotiate, whether the case goes to trial, and more. That being said, the more straightforward your case, the less time it usually takes to resolve. More complex cases can take months or even years.
Q:Do you need an attorney to negotiate a sports contract?
While you are not required to hire a lawyer to negotiate a sports contract, it is strongly advised that you do. These cases often involve individuals (athletes, coaches, agents, etc.) and large sports organizations (teams, clubs, universities, etc.). These organizations have large legal teams to protect their interests; you should also consider hiring a legal team that can advocate for you in negotiations and other matters.
Q:Do you have to be a professional athlete to hire a sports lawyer?
No, athletes and other sports-related clients, such as coaches, at all levels may face legal challenges. At Potts Law Firm, we represent professional athletes, college athletes, Olympians, amateur athletes, and all types of sports industry individuals, such as professional, collegiate, and amateur coaches, sports managers, agents, and more.