2016 Sports Law for Rookies and Veterans


Grand Hyatt New York
109 East 42nd Street
(Park Avenue at Grand Central Terminal)
New York, New York 10017 

Date & Time

Start Date: 04/15/2016
Start Time: 7:30am
End Time: 5:30pm


7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast Sponsored by University of Miami School of Law


8:00 a.m. Welcome Remarks 
Introduction– Peter Carfagna (Harvard Law School – Former GC IMG)
Speaker– Steve Silton (Cozen O’Connor)


8:15 – 9:00 a.m. Cozen O’Connor State AG Group Breakfast
IntroductionLori Kalani (Cozen O’Connor, State AG)
SpeakerMark Brnovich (Attorney General for the State of Arizona)


9:00 – 10:00 a.m. View from the Front Office
Moderator– Ted Johnson (Chief Strategy and Development Officer/Senior VP, Minnesota Timberwolves)
Steven Weinreich (VP, General Counsel, Minnesota Wild)
Mary Giesler (VP, General Counsel, Minnesota Twins)
Peter Carfagna (Harvard Law School – Former GC IMG)
Danna Haydar (AGC Tampa Bay Lightning)
John Ruzich (SVP, General Counsel, Legends Hospitality)
Jeff Gewirtz (EVP, Business Affairs & Chief Legal Officer, Brooklyn Nets & Barclays Center) 


10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Break


10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Daily Fantasy Sports
Moderator– J.B .Kelly (Cozen O’Connor, State AG)
Darin Bassin (EVP, General Counsel, CBS Interactive)
Darren Heitner (Forbes Contributor, Heitner Legal)
Lori Kalani (Cozen O’Connor, State AG)
Jeff Ifrah (Founder, Ifrah PLLC)
Sean Kane (Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, Interactive Entertainment)
Scott Rosner (Practice Associate Professor, Legal Studies and Business Ethics Dept. at University of Pennsylvania)


11:15 – 12:15 p.m. Hot Topics in Pro Sports
Moderator– Susan Eisenberg (Cozen O’Connor, Labor & Employment)
Andrew Brandt (ESPN, TheMMQB at Sports Illustrated)
Mason Ashe (Founder & President, Ashe Sports & Entertainment Consulting, Inc.)
Sathya Gosselin (Partner, Hausfeld, LLP)
Kevin Warren (Chief Operating Officer, Minnesota Vikings)
Kelli Masters (KMM Sports)
Bobby Sharma (Managing Partner at Blue Devil Holdings, LLC)

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch
Introduction– Michael Heller (President & CEO, Cozen O'Connor)
Speaker– Donald Remy (Executive Vice President, Law, Policy & Governance, Chief Legal Officer, NCAA)

1:15 – 1:30 p.m. Break

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. The Role of Unions in Player Discipline
Moderator– Steve Silton (Cozen O’Connor, Corporate)
Gary Kohlman (General Counsel, National Basketball Players Association)
Barry Boss (Cozen O’Connor, White Collar Defense & Investigations)
Roman Stoykewych (Senior Counsel, NHLPA)

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Hot Topics in Amateur Sports
Moderator– Steve Silton (Cozen O’Connor, Corporate)
Oliver Luck (EVP of Regulatory Affairs, NCAA)
James Stapleton (Regent, Eastern Michigan University; former SVP of Business Affairs, Detroit Tigers)
Cameron Myler (Four time Olympic Athlete, Clinical Assistant Professor at NYU’s Tisch Institute of Sports Management, Media, and Business; Director of Strategic Partnerships at Athletes Quarterly)
Joseph Tilson (Cozen O’Connor, Labor & Employment)
Gary Johansen (Associate GC, NGB Governance and Athlete Affairs, US Olympic Committee)

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. What is it like Working for a Sports League?
Introduction– Drew Hawkins (Morgan Stanley)
Moderator– Kevin Warren (Chief Operating Officer, Minnesota Vikings)
David Zimmerman (EVP, Chief Legal Counsel and General Counsel of the NHL)
Jeff Pash (Executive Vice – President and General Counsel, NFL)
Dimitrios Efstathiou (VP, Legal, Major League Soccer)

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Reception Sponsored by Morgan Stanley Global Sports & Entertainment



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Barry Boss

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Co-Chair, White Collar Defense & Investigations


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Susan N. Eisenberg



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Vincent R. McGuinness, Jr.

President and Managing Partner


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Joseph E. Tilson



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