Sports and Entertainment Law Group in Buffalo, NY

The evolution of multimedia platforms has enhanced the distribution and exposure of sports and entertainment, resulting in an increase in these industries' influence and financial clout as well as their popularity. The attorneys who make up Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria's accomplished Sports and Entertainment Law Practice Group, based in Buffalo, NY, have the wide-ranging skills and experience necessary to address every legal issue these industries may face.

A High-Stakes Environment

These present-day dynamics have created a demanding and complex environment with many potential obstacles that can keep a business from operating a business optimally. If you are in the sports or entertainment industries, you know the stakes are high for each decision you make and every transaction you engage in. With such high stakes, you need to ensure you have legal counsel that is equipped to handle all of your legal needs, that understands the distinct nuances of your business, and that is prepared to advise you on how to avoid legal disputes before they arise.

Lipsitz Green's Approach and Experience

Lipsitz Green has represented prominent businesses in professional sports and the entertainment industries for over 25 years. The firm serves clients with a multidisciplinary approach, providing a team with distinct knowledge and experience in contractual matters, dispute resolution, tax matters, labor and employment, intellectual property, real estate, banking and finance, complex litigation, and much more.

Lipsitz Green understands the intricacies of sports and entertainment business operations and takes a proactive approach to advising clients on how to protect their brand and grow the assets of their business. The firm's clients include a professional sports franchise, professional athletes, publishers, production companies, international recording artists, software developers, and international media conglomerates.

Skillful and Cost-Effective Representation

The Sports and Entertainment Practice Group at Lipsitz Green serves clients with attorneys who have earned strong reputations for their legal skills, experience, and results for clients. Many of the firm's attorneys are recognized by noted publications and organizations like Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, and Martindale-Hubbell.


Lipsitz Green is committed to providing clients the highest quality legal service in a cost-effective manner. For a firm that manages all matters with a focus on generating the best results possible in the most efficient fashion possible, contact Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria.

Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria's Sports and Entertainment Law Practice Group is comprised of attorneys with extensive experience and knowledge to meet all the demands of your business. Examples of the categories and specifics matters the firm is experienced in follow.

Stadium Operations and Financing

  • Complex financing
  • Licensing agreements
  • Stadium construction
  • Insurance
  • Venue leasing
  • Sponsorship agreements
  • Refinancing of stadium through public and private means
  • Event contracts
  • Ticketing arrangements
  • Concession deals
  • Suite licenses
  • Naming rights
  • Security and law enforcement

Labor and Employment

  • Collective bargaining
  • Executive compensation
  • Personnel matters
  • Employee handbooks
  • OSHA compliance
  • Labor disputes
  • Employment litigation matters

Litigation and Dispute Resolution

  • Trials at state and federal court
  • Mediations and arbitrations
  • Administrative and regulatory proceedings
  • Counsel on avoiding litigation and resolving business disputes
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Contract Licensing Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Employment Litigation

Professional Athletes and Entertainers

  • All personal and professional legal needs
  • Guidance on charitable endeavors and foundations
  • Endorsement agreements
  • Domain name, social media, and intellectual property matters
  • Trust and estate matters
  • Tax guidance
  • Criminal defense
  • Litigation matters

Media and Technology

  • New media rights
  • Privacy and data security
  • Negotiations with cable companies and pay-per-view
  • Anti-piracy
  • Distribution contracts and licenses with network television, cable television and radio
  • Licensing and syndication of digital and interactive media rights
  • Distribution agreements
  • Software licenses

Intellectual Property

  • Protection and enforcement
  • Copyrights
  • Trademarks
  • Licensing
  • TTAB (Trademark Trial and Appeal Board) proceedings
  • UDRP (Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy) matters

Corporate Law and Transactional Matters

  • Licensing agreements
  • Negotiations with municipalities
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Corporate governance
  • Insurance
  • Sponsorship agreements
  • Franchise law
  • Merchandising agreements
  • League compliance
  • Anti-trust and regulatory compliance
  • Tax matters
  • Municipal regulations


The Best Lawyers

The Best Lawyers in America
Seventeen attorneys from Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria named to Best Lawyers in America across twenty-four areas of practice including Corporate Law

U.S. News/Best Lawyers Best Law Firms
Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria named to U.S. News/Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" for Corporate Law

Super Lawyers
Twenty-one attorneys from Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria named to New York Super Lawyers, Upstate Edition across several areas of practice including Business & Corporate

Who's who

Who's Who in Law
Twenty-four attorneys from Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria named to Business First/Buffalo Law Journal's Who's Who in Law across several areas of practice including Corporate Law

Lexis Nexis

Martindale-Hubbell AV® Rating
Several Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria attorneys received AV Peer Review Rating to signify highest recognition in legal ability and professional ethics


Michael Schiavone Senior Partner 716 844 3500
Jeffrey F. Reina Senior Partner 716 849 1333, ext. 481
Jonathan W. Brown Senior Partner 716 849 1333, ext. 371
Diane M. Perri Roberts Senior Partner 716 849 1333, ext. 465
Matthew B. Morey Senior Partner 716 849 1333, ext. 509