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Sports, Entertainment and Amusement Law

Montgomery McCracken’s multidisciplinary Sports, Entertainment and Amusement Law practice calls upon the vast array of skill and experience within the firm to provide comprehensive legal services to athletes, entertainers, authors, event organizers, promoters, facility owners and operators, hospitality centers, product manufacturers and other individuals, entities and organizations involved in the sports, entertainment and amusement industries.

Our legal services include advice in such matters as business, commercial or artistic relationships; intellectual property, including patent, trademark and copyright advice, application prosecution and litigation; product liability, personal injury and commercial litigation; employment; contracts; leases; First Amendment and media relations; and dispute resolution. In addition, Montgomery McCracken can provide tax, environmental, real estate and immigration legal services to such clients.

Regarding experience with sporting goods manufacturers, sports facility owners/managers, schools or athletic teams, a sampling of representative clients or matters include:

Universities, Schools and Athletic Teams

  • We represent universities, schools and related personnel in sports injury cases, such as those arising out of alleged premature return-to-play decisions and other negligence theories, including cases involving catastrophically-injured football players who allegedly sustained prior concussions and Second Impact Syndrome. We also advise university and school officials and attorneys, risk managers, athletic trainers and athletic departments, and other health care professionals on institutional liability issues concerning sport-related concussions and other sports injuries, and are involved in developing institutional risk management assessments and programs. (We have represented universities in death and serious personal injury claims not related to athletics.) Some of our clients include LaSalle University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Delaware and a number of other universities and schools across the country.

Products and Other Litigation

  • We represent Microsoft in connection with products claims involving its xBox; Giant Bicycle in connection with products claims involving bicycles; and have represented a manufacturer of hunting tree stands; Stamina Products in an exercise equipment products case; as well as other games and toy manufacturers such as Fisher-Price, Mattel, Sega and others, in class actions, consumer, patent and trade secrets cases.

Amusements

  • We have been involved in investigations and counseling regarding claims and compliance with applicable standards for amusement park and other such rides or equipment

Sports Facilities

  • We have been involved in the development of and obtaining licenses for professional and other stadiums, including Lincoln Financial Field (the Philadelphia professional football stadium); counseling a major food service company for stadiums; and representing Dover Downs in connection with various matters for its Dover International Speedway.

Professional Sports

  • We represented a new owner in connection with the purchase of a professional athletic team; a professional hockey team in connection with lease issues for the hockey arena and training facilities; and professional players in connection with their business, IP and financial affairs and compensation matters.

Sports Associations

  • We represented the United States Figure Skating Championships Local Organizing Committee in commercial litigation and other corporate matters.

While every attorney at Montgomery McCracken is available to serve the multifaceted needs of the firm’s sports, entertainment and amusement industry clients, the attorneys most involved in the Sports, Entertainment and Amusement practice group include:

Christopher Scott D’Angelo

Christopher Scott D’Angelo is a partner in the Litigation Department whose practice concentrates on product liability and business and intellectual property litigation. D’Angelo has represented a number of product manufacturers, such as Mattel, Fisher Price, Microsoft and Sega. D’Angelo has also represented numerous authors and musicians in connection with copyright, contract negotiations and general business advice. He serves as chair of the firm’s Product Liability, Mass Claims & Risk Management Group and as chair of the firm’s International practice. D’Angelo is a frequent speaker on products liability, international, FCPA and risk prevention and management matters.

William L. Kingsbury

William Kingsbury is a partner in the Business Department. Kingsbury is a former collegiate and professional baseball player and he represents a number of former professional athletes in connection with their business interests. Kingsbury is a member of the Advisory Board of the Villanova University School of Law’s Sports and Entertainment Law Journal.

Steven Pachman

Steven Pachman is a partner in the Litigation Department. Pachman has represented individuals and school systems in sports injury cases arising out of alleged premature return-to-play decisions and other negligence theories, including several high-profile, nationally-publicized cases against NCAA members and other schools, athletic trainers, coaches, nurse practitioners, and other school personnel involving catastrophically-injured football players who allegedly sustained prior concussions and Second Impact Syndrome. Noted by CBS Sports as one of the nation’s most accomplished defense attorneys in such head trauma and catastrophic injury litigation, Pachman also advises school officials and attorneys, risk managers, athletic trainers and athletic departments and other health care professionals on institutional and individual liability issues concerning sport-related concussions, Second Impact Syndrome and other sports injuries. Pachman is a frequent speaker on legal matters concerning managing sport-related concussions and other sports injuries.

Joseph T. Stapleton

Joseph T. Stapleton is a partner in the Corporate section of the Business Department and is an active participant in the firm’s Intellectual Property practice group. Stapleton represents a number of authors and entertainment clients, and oversees the firm’s trademark portfolio where he is attorney of record in the U. S. Patent Office for numerous entertainment clients.

David S. Blum

David S. Blum is a partner in the Real Estate practice group. Blum has provided legal advice to the City of Philadelphia concerning the real estate and finance issues relating to the development of Lincoln Financial Field and Citizen’s Bank Park. Blum has also represented clients in connection with the development of golf courses and the leasing of sports venues. He is a trustee of the Walnut Street Theatre.

For More Information

For more information, please contact Christopher Scott D’Angelo at 215.772.7397 or cdangelo@mmwr.com.