Sports Law

Libby O’Brien Kingsley & Champion, LLC provides a wide range of legal services nationwide in support of the operation of collegiate athletic departments in numerous areas including:  Title IX, compliance with NCAA by-laws, coaching contracts, pay equity, student-athlete eligibility and reinstatement issues, discrimination, harassment and retaliation, hazing, student athlete welfare and conduct, ADA compliance, and the NCAA certification process. The firm provides advice, guidance and representation before state and federal agencies and courts, the OCR and/or the NCAA in today’s litigation oriented society in each of these areas. Our athlete attorneys generally work closely with and/or in direct support of the institution’s existing lawyers so as to minimize the cost of additional legal fees.

The firm also conducts timely and comprehensive internal investigations when the identification and assessment of potential problem areas are essential. Drawing on our extensive investigative and litigation experience, we use our problem solving skills to provide immediate constructive advice to help the institution plan a solution oriented approach in an efficient and cost effective manner. The firm also conducts audits of legal compliance areas (including gender equity) and can provide training on any of the legal areas identified above.

All of the legal services can also be structured to be delivered on the scholastic level at the school, district, association or state level.

More detailed descriptions of the legal services are below:

Title IX: Conduct compliance audits. Assist educational institutions in assessing and developing practical solutions for achieving compliance. Implement interim compliance and litigation avoidance strategies. Defend Title IX claims.

Internal Investigations: Conduct timely and cost-effective internal investigations of alleged infractions, operational concerns, potential misconduct or other problem areas. Conduct audits to assess compliance level in program areas and recommend solutions.

NCAA Certification: Assist institutions in auditing compliance levels and implementing corrective action plans to achieve compliance in required areas.

Employment Contracts and Issues: Provide advice on the design and structuring of employment contracts and policies, hiring practices, discipline, performance and termination issues, and the defense of employment related claims. Focus on solutions and litigation avoidance strategies.

Pay Equity and Compensation: Conduct reviews of existing contracts, compensation arrangements and pay structures. Identify potential liability issues and recommend corrective courses of action.

Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation: Provide advice and guidance on structuring or programs and/or personnel actions in order to avoid claims. Assist institution in the defense of any claims that are brought.

Misconduct of Student Athletes: Provide advice and representation on liability assessments, responses and courses of action associated with the misconduct of student-athletes.

Contracts: Assist in the design, drafting and review of contracts for staff, facilities, vendors, service providers, marketing organizations, television, conferences or related groups and associations.

ADA Advice: Provide advice and guidance to entities on disability discrimination and access issues.

Training and Education: Provide training and supporting materials on legal issues in sports such as Title IX, harassment, hazing, and codes of conduct.

Litigation: Provide advice on operational, premises, and business liability and defend liability claims.