For a period spanning over four decades, our Arts, Sports & Culture Group has provided counsel and advocacy to the world’s top professional sports teams, athletes, artists and venues.

In the 1980’s, the Firm began providing guidance to the ownership of an entity that would become the Miami Heat, helping guide that nascent organization through the maze of NBA expansion, and ultimately to three NBA World Championships and a role as one of the world’s elite professional sports franchises. The Firm’s continuing relationship with the Heat has led to other collaborations and relationships.  Throughout the years, we have litigated the rights of teams, coaches and players under players’ and coaches’ contracts, as well as duties of parties to a national broadcasting contract.  We have represented teams in disputes with other teams, and have handled internal investigations.  We have negotiated and prepared agreements for the licensing of broadcast rights, advertising agreements for print and electronic media, premium seating, as well as some of the largest player contracts in the history of sports.  We have negotiated disputes among and between sports franchise owners.  We are also familiar with the issues involved in the acquisition of sports franchises and the financing and construction of major sports venues.

Our group has advised and represented young tennis professionals, including one of the world’s top players, in matters that allowed them to maximize marketing and sponsorship opportunities, including emancipation proceedings in Florida courts.

We have represented motion picture studios and record companies seeking to enforce intellectual property rights against video and audio pirates.  For over twenty years, we have provided counsel to one of the world’s great dance companies, Miami City Ballet, to one of the nation’s most prolific producers of new theatrical work, Miami’s City Theatre, and the nation’s foremost training orchestra, the New World Symphony.

We have also acted as general counsel to some of the world’s greatest performing arts venues, including the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.  Our representation has encompassed a variety of issues, including corporate governance, labor and employment, immigration, agreements with artists and resident companies, sponsorship and advertising agreements and complex real estate negotiations.

In addition, we have negotiated agreements for the purchase of motion picture rights, as well as motion picture producer’s agreements.

  • Art Litigation, Dispute Resolution & Acquisition/Sale Services
  • Advertising Agreements
  • Cable/Broadcast Rights Agreements
  • Collective Bargaining/Labor & Employment
  • Corporate Sponsorship Agreements
  • Corporate & Securities
  • Golf Courses & Golf Course Communities
  • Government Affairs – Legislative & Executive/Cabinet & Agency
  • Government Investigations & Audits
  • Internal Investigations
  • Intellectual Property (Copyright Enforcement, Trade Secrets, Trademark Registration & Litigation)
  • Player & Coaching Contracts
  • Sales & Use Tax Audits & Disputes
  • State & Local Taxation
  • Securities
  • Sports Business Restructuring Issues
  • Sports Litigation
  • Stadium & Arena Construction Contracts & Litigation
  • Sunshine Law & Open Government Laws
  • Talent Agreements
  • Ticketing & Revocable Licenses
  • Venue Agreements

Events: Miami Arts Marketing Project 2018
Arts & Business Council of Miami |January 2018|Jennifer Stearns Buttrick

In the Media: Launch of SLAM Radio Signals Radio History in the Making
Radio Facts|December 2017

In the Media: The Miami Foundation Asked "What's Your Story?"
The Miami Foundation|November 2017

In the Media: Pitbull's SLAM Academy opening in Tampa
FOX 13 News |August 2017

In the Media: Miami Foundation’s Give Miami Day raises $9.1 million, crushes records
Miami's Community Newspapers |December 2016

In the Media: Pitbull attends opening of Vegas-area SLAM! school
7 News Miami|September 2016

In the Media: SLAM student's dreams do come true
CBS 12|August 2016

In the Media: SLAM Charter School
CBS 12|August 2016

In the Media: SLAM charter school coming to Palm Beach County
CBS 12|June 2016

In the Media: Nightlife, fashion among law firms’ new niches
Miami Herald|April 2016

In the Media: 6 Theatre Workers You Should Know
American Theatre|March 2016

Events: Dade County Bar Association 2016 Bench & Bar Conference
Hyatt Regency Miami |February 2016

In the Media: Top 9 Takeaways From Knoedler Forgery Trial
Artnet|February 2016

Publications: Arsht Center is Building a Community
Miami Herald|January 2016|Alan H. Fein

Events: Broward College Speaker Series Featuring Mo Rocca
The Broward Center for the Performing Arts |January 2016|Eric K. Gabrielle

In the Media: The Instigators: Alan Fein & Susi Westfall
Indulge Magazine|November 2015

In the Media: MCM’s Halloween bash nets $96,000 for educational program
Miami Herald|October 2015

In the Media: Attorneys play dodgeball for United Way
South Florida Business Journal|October 2015

In the Media: Pitbull attends charter school groundbreaking in Henderson
Las Vegas Review Journal|October 2015

In the Media: 5 Tips For Law Firms Coming To South Florida
Law360|August 2015

In the Media: Evening of radiance
South Florida Sun Sentinel|March 2015

In the Media: The 2014 Rising Stars
Daily Business Review|September 2014

In the Media: SFBJ 40 Under 40 Awards
South Florida Business Journal|August 2014

In the Media: Review To Honor Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
Daily Business Review|July 2014

Events: Wage and Hour Traps: What Every Employer Needs to Stop Doing Now!
Association of Corporate Counsel Sports & Entertainment Committee Webcast |June 2014|Robert S. Turk

Events: Wharton Sports Innovation Conference
Wharton School of Finance and Commerce of the University of Pennsylvania |April 2011|Alan H. Fein

Firm Announcements: Joe DiMaggio Legends Game
March 2011

Events: Maximizing the Potential of the Adolescent Athlete
Cleveland Clinic Florida in association with Florida Atlantic University and the United States Tennis Association |June 2009|Thomas G. Aubin

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