The sports law field got another boost this winter when two separate groups of attorneys announced that they were setting up their own respective firms with sports law as one of their practice areas.
One parting involved the New York law firm of Dreier LLP. Attorneys Thomas J. Farrell, Jay K. Reisinger and Stephen S. Stallings, who were based in the firm’s Pittsburgh office, formed Farrell, Reisinger & Stallings LLC.
The decision, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, came less than 24 hours after Marc Dreier had been arrested when he allegedly impersonated another man at a Toronto meeting.
“Fortunately, our group here in Pittsburgh was autonomous from the New York firm, and now … we continue to serve and grow our client base without any disruption,” Stallings told the paper.
Stallings added that the new firm was “so independent that our new firm was up and running in less than 24 hours, and the events in New York have had no impact on any of our clients. Our business is robust, and we have retained all of our Pittsburgh staff and attorneys, despite the events in New York and the overall economy.”
Reisinger has an extensive sports law background. Reisinger has represented professional athletes in salary arbitration proceedings, contract analysis and league imposed disciplinary actions. Additionally, he has represented both professional and amateur athletes in criminal and civil litigation matters. Reisinger also represents coaches in contract negotiations.
Meanwhile, In Los Angeles, three attorneys from Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP’s downtown Los Angeles office have launched a new firm, Reeder, Lu & Green, LLP, in Century City. The announcement was made by Christopher Reeder, a former partner at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, LLP. Reeder has expertise in complex commercial litigation cases, including franchise, intellectual property, labor and employment, partnership disputes, sports law, class action, entertainment, and aviation.