Foley Ranked Top National Sports Law Practice

26 July 2007 Media Contact: Jill Chanen News

Chambers USA Recognizes Law Firm in 2007 Client’s Guide.

Foley announced today that its Sports Law Practice was recently recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers For Business: 2007 Client’s Guide as one of the top in the nation. Chambers, a guide to law firms and attorneys across the country, is compiled by independent researchers who conducted more than 14,000 phone interviews with clients and lawyers nationwide.

As one of the top six firms ranked nationally in the Sports Law category, Foley is primarily known for its work with Major League Baseball. The guide praises Foley’s team for its “skills across a range of areas including facilities matters, financing, IP and disputes. This variety can be seen in the group’s recent activity, where it was involved in the Mitchell investigation into steroid abuse and handled a range of league and real estate issues surrounding the move of the Montreal Expos to Washington, D.C.” Commentators opined that “it’s an astute and responsive team that seems able to find a specialist to handle every problem.”

In addition to ranking the firm’s Sports Law Practice nationally, Chambers also recognizes Foley litigation partner Mary K. Braza nationally in the practice of Sports Law. Braza, chair of Foley’s Sports Industry Team, is cited as “an excellent, astute litigator who analyzes a problem using good common sense.”

Braza is a member of the firm’s Management Committee. She serves as outside counsel to Major League Baseball in a variety of issues including strategic planning. She also works closely with league and Foley attorneys on matters such as employment, taxation, technology and consulting agreements, licensing, trademark and antitrust litigation. Braza was involved in Major League Baseball's successful consolidation of League and Club interactive media rights and the formation of MLB Advanced Media, L.P. She continues to counsel MLBAM on issues related to baseball's interactive media business, including overseeing a team of Foley lawyers working with MLBAM to grow its interactive media business and representing MLBAM in litigation. In addition to her sports practice, Braza has extensive experience in litigating commercial disputes in federal and state courts, involving such areas as environmental law, bankruptcy, distribution, insurance coverage, reinsurance and health care.

Foley’s Sports Industry Team
Recognized for its thorough understanding of complex sports issues, Foley & Lardner LLP is trusted by professionals in all aspects of the sports industry. The firm represents professional franchises and leagues, amateur and collegiate teams, owners, stadium operators, sponsors, promoters, developers and sporting goods manufacturers. With an inside view of the sports world, our attorneys have the perspective and knowledge to help clients identify and respond to emerging trends in the industry. The firm’s attorneys are experienced in antitrustpublic affairs, litigation, intellectual property, public financereal estate, and labor and employment to help sports clients respond to the unique competitive challenges they face. 

About Foley & Lardner LLP
Foley & Lardner LLP provides the full range of corporate legal counsel. Our attorneys understand today’s most complex business issues, including corporate governance, securities enforcement, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property counseling and litigation, outsourcing and information technology, labor and employment, and tax. The firm offers total solutions in the automotive, emerging technologies, energy, entertainment and media, financial services, food, golf and resort services, insurance, health care, life sciences, nanotechnology, and sports industries.

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