Athlete Ombuds

Attorneys

The below list of lawyers is provided as a courtesy. The lawyers on this list have asserted that they have represented athletes in disputes involving team selection/opportunity to participate, anti-doping, or SafeSport within the Olympic and Paralympic movements, and have committed to participating in the Athlete Legal Aid Program by providing pro bono services to eligible elite athletes. More information on the program can be found on the Athlete Legal Aid Program page. 

They also have made themselves available to discuss representation of any athlete, coach, referee or official in sport-related matters, apart from the Athlete Legal Aid Program. If an athlete needs legal representation for matters outside the scope of the experience listed below, the Office of the Athlete Ombudsman may be able to assist in identifying an attorney that asserts to having relevant experience. 

The areas of experience and summary of work offered below are as the lawyers have asserted and described in their own words. Neither the Office of the Athlete Ombudsman nor the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee have conducted any investigation of the qualifications, credentials, ethical conduct, quality, or abilities of the lawyers appearing on this list. Further, a lawyer’s inclusion on this list does not in any manner, directly or indirectly, constitute a guarantee, warranty or verification of their qualifications, credentials, ethical conduct, quality, abilities, or conduct toward you.  

Athletes should always take care to select a lawyer who is competent to handle the issue at hand, as well as communicative, trustworthy, available and free from conflicts of interest. Athletes can better understand a lawyers professional duties in representing them, including potential conflicts of interest, by accessing the Model Rules of Professional Conduct for lawyers and the rules of professional conduct for lawyers in the state in which their lawyer is licensed.

 

Contact Information
Note: Attorneys are listed in alphabetical order by last name

Areas of Sport Experience

Other Areas of Experience

Attorney’s Summary of Their Work

Lindsay Brandon
Law Offices of Howard L. Jacobs
206-200-2356
lindsay.brandon@athleteslawyer.com
www.athleteslawyer.com

Anti-Doping

SafeSport

Team Selection/Opportunity to Participate

 

Commercial

Criminal

Disability

Gender equity

Sponsorship

With four years of experience working with Olympic and Paralympic athletes in matters related to anti-doping, SafeSport, and Section 9 disputes, Lindsay is prepared to serve less fortunate athletes.

Paul J. Greene
Global Sports Advocates, LLC
207-747-5899
pgreene@globalsportsadvocates.com www.globalsportsadvocates.com

Anti-Doping

SafeSport

Team Selection/Opportunity to Participate

 

Commercial

Discrimination

Gender equity

Immigration

Sponsorship

Global Sports Advocates is devoted to the protection of athletes’ rights and the management of crisis situations on behalf of athletes and coaches faced with career-ending sanctions. GSA is proud of its successful track record earned over many years.

Howard Jacobs
Law Offices of Howard L. Jacobs
805-418-9892
howard.jacobs@athleteslawyer.com
www.athleteslawyer.com

Anti-Doping

SafeSport

Team Selection/Opportunity to Participate

 

Commercial

Sponsorship

 

Howard Jacobs has represented more athletes and coaches in disciplinary cases than any lawyer, consistently achieving excellent results for his clients over the last 20 years. He is available to anyone whose career depends on the best representation.

Carla Varriale-Barker
Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, LTD
917-597-8820
www.smsm.com

 

SafeSport

Team Selection/Opportunity to Participate

 

Commercial

Disability Discrimination

Gender equality

Sponsorship

Tort claims (assault, battery and sexual misconduct)

Ms. Varriale-Barker practices tort (bullying, sexual misconduct), discrimination and contract law. She has represented athletes in SafeSport matters. She is an advocate for the rights of LGTBQ athletes. She teaches Sports Law & Ethics at Columbia University.

 

Jared P. Vasiliauskas
Power & Cronin, LTD
630-930-4342
jared.vasiliauskas@powercronin.com
www.powercronin.com

 

 

Anti-doping

SafeSport

 

Commercial

Sponsorship

MLBPA Expert

Agent Advisor

Mr. Vasiliauskas has represented athletes, coaches and agents in a variety of matters including arbitration hearings and contract negotiations. He is certified by the MLBPA as an Expert Agent Advisor and worked with agents in all sports to assist in legal matters.

Kyle Mack competes at  PyeongChang 2018, grabbing his board as he flies through the air.

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The Office of the Athlete Ombudsman provides cost-free, independent, and confidential advice and dispute resolution services. 

 

REPORT AN ATHLETE SAFETY CONCERN

File a concern with the U.S. Center for SafeSport to help keep sports safe for all.

 

REPORT A DOPING CONCERN

Report a concern to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to help keep sports clean.

 

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

The Office of the Athlete Ombudsman can help confidentially refer athletes to the help they need.

 

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