Lewis Brisbois has announced the hire of Brian Michael Cooper to its Denver office as a partner in the Entertainment, Media & Sports Practice.
The firm says Cooper is an experienced sports attorney and advisor who regularly negotiates player contracts, product endorsement agreements, sponsorship agreements, licensing and apparel agreements, and other related contracts.
As president of a championship NBA Development League team, Cooper helped negotiate the first hybrid affiliation agreement between an NBA team and an NBA D-League team.
In addition to his sports contract work, Cooper has represented athletes, leagues, recording artists, record companies, and entertainment production companies on various intellectual property matters, including the review of software licenses, digital rights agreements, and the defense of artists and producers in copyright infringement actions.
Cooper also has experience as a sports media executive, advising clients on a wide range of business matters including antitrust, advertising, risk management, licensing, marketing, sponsorship, ticketing, media, facilities, and operations.
“Brian’s extensive background in corporate, antitrust, licensing, and sports management is a terrific cross-platform fit with several of the firm’s business practice groups,” said Denver Managing Partner Todd Seelman. To that end, Cooper is also part of Lewis Brisbois’ Intellectual Property & Technology, Corporate, and Antitrust & Competition Practices.