The Cleveland-based law firm of Buckley King has announced the addition of a sports, entertainment and media law practice “focused exclusively on supporting the business and legal needs of these niche industries in Northeast Ohio.”
Specifically, the practice “is dedicated to matters involving professional and amateur sports, film and television, intellectual property, the Internet, music, production legal and media, including digital media, online gaming and entertainment software,” according to the firm.
Richard J. (Ricky) Volante and Sydney Elizabeth Victor have joined the firm to lead the practice.
Both attorneys have and will continue to represent professional and amateur sports organizations, teams, owners, sports-related entities, agents, as well as athletes, coaches and executives. They also work directly with film executives, performing artists, producers, production companies, promoters, musicians, studios, broadcasters, and Internet and technology companies. In addition, they assist financial institutions, private equity, family offices, and other investment groups interested in investing in these industries.
Brent M. Buckley, the firm’s managing partner, noted that part of the decision to launch the practice area was related to the attorneys’ “relentless drive and passion for assisting those in the sports and entertainment industries.”
Volante earned his J.D. from Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and his B.S. in Sports Management from Lake Erie College, where he received the Class of 2012 Academic Excellence Award for the School of Business. He is licensed in Ohio and has a special interest in film, television and music. Prior to joining Buckley King, Volante served as co-managing partner of Victor & Volante Co. LPA.
Victor earned her J.D. from Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and her B.A. in Forensic Psychology from Lake Erie College. During law school, Victor concurrently studied at the University of Oxford at St. Anne’s College. She is licensed in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the Firm, Victor served as co-managing partner of Victor & Volante Co. LPA.