Berkeley Law Sports & Law Conference 2016


Event Details


Berkeley Law has assembled an impressive all-star lineup for its April 15 Sports & Law Conference. The event features a who’s-who of sports law giants —including PAC-12 General Counsel Woodie Dixon, Major League Soccer President and Deputy Commissioner Mark Abbott ’89, and NBA front office executives Pete D’Alessandro and Bob Myers of the Denver Nuggets and Golden State Warriors, respectively. MCLE credit offered.

Registration, Coffee & Networking, Welcome Remarks

8:30 AM – 9:20 AM

Panel 1: Lawyering Within the Rapidly Changing Sports Television Industry

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

  • Woodie Dixon, General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Business Affairs, Pac-12 Conference
  • Robert Hacker, Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs, FOX Sports
  • Derek Heuzey, Senior Counsel, Business and Legal Affairs, NBC Sports
  • Kevin Schulz, Partner, Vice Chair of Sports Industry Team, Foley & Lardner
  • Moderator and Professor Roy Eisenhardt, Lecturer in Sports Law, UC Berkeley School of Law

Panel 2: Sports Marketing & Branding as a Lawyer

10:40 AM – 11:40 AM

  • Carlos Kuri, Vice President and General Counsel, Red Bull North America, Inc.
  • Mike Rielly, Assistant Dean and Sports Marketing Lecturer, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business
  • Margaret Carlyle, Counsel, Business and Legal Affairs, Pac-12 Enterprises,
  • Moderator Jeff Fellenzer, Senior Lecturer and Professor of Sports, Business Media, Sports and Media Technology, USC

Panel 3: Team Counsel Roundtable

11:50 AM – 12:50 PM

  • Ed Goines, General Counsel and Vice President of Government Affairs, Seattle Seahawks
  • Hannah Gordon, Vice President of Legal and Government Affairs, San Francisco 49ers
  • Dan Grigsby, General Counsel, Los Angeles Lakers
  • John Yow ’09, Associate Counsel, Oakland Raiders
  • Moderator Kevin Schulz, Partner, Vice Chair of Sports Industry Team, Foley & Lardner

Lunchtime Keynote

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM (boxed lunch provided, pickup 1:00 PM – 1:15 PM)

  • Mark Abbott ’89, President and Deputy Commissioner, Major League Soccer

Panel 4: Navigating an NBA Deal

1:50 PM – 2:50 PM

  • Pete D’Alessandro, Senior Vice President of Business and Team Operations, Denver Nuggets
  • Greg Lawrence, Vice President of Team Sports, Wasserman Media Group
  • David Mincberg ’11, Director of Scouting, Memphis Grizzlies
  • Bob Myers, General Manager, Golden State Warriors
  • Moderator Nick Brokaw ’15, Associate, Reed Smith and Former Editor in Chief of the Berkeley Journal of Entertainment & Sports Law

Panel 5: Representing & Negotiating For Your Talent

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

  • Craig Fenech ’73, Owner, Law Office of Craig Fenech
  • Greg Genske ’98, Executive Director and President, Baseball, The Legacy Agency
  • Riche McKnight, Director of Global Litigation, IMG
  • Adisa P. Bakari, Chair of The Sports Entertainment Group at Kelley Drye
  • Moderator Ryan Tollner, Partner, Rep1 Sports

Panel 6: A Conversation on Stadium Financing & Development

4:10 PM – 5:10 PM

  • Mark Abbott ’89, President and Deputy Commissioner, Major League Soccer
  • Richard Brand, Chair, Sports Law Practice, Arent Fox
  • Mary Murphy, Partner, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
  • Irwin Raij, Partner, Co-Chair of Sports Industry Team, Foley & Lardner

Panel 7: Protecting Players’ Rights: How Agents & Unions Protect Players’ Rights

5:20 PM – 6:20 PM

  • Steve Caric, President, Caric Sports Management
  • Adisa P. Bakari, Chair of The Sports Entertainment Group at Kelley Drye
  • Ryan Tollner, Partner, Rep1 Sports
  • Moderator Greg Genske ’98, Executive Director & President, Baseball, The Legacy Agency

Special Guest: Sonny Dykes, Head Football Coach, University of California

  • Moderator Miles Cooley ’99, Partner, Kelley Drye

6:30 PM – 7:00 PM

VIP Reception, Chancellor’s Box, California Memorial Stadium

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM