Authors

Bennett H. Speyer
Speyer_Bennett_1Bennett Speyer serves as legal counsel for elite level college and professional coaches, athletic directors, conference commissioners, as well as executives in the sports and entertainment industry.  Working collaboratively with their agents, financial advisors and accountants, Bennett emphasizes structuring their contracts in a manner to achieve future financial security by utilizing tax efficient compensation, including appropriately designed deferred compensation arrangements, and that their contracts provide well considered protections given the risks and uncertainties endemic to this industry.  These clients also rely upon Bennett for advice developing and implementing their estate plans and philanthropic objectives, and participation in outside business ventures.

Dana Drew ShawShaw_Dana
Dana Drew Shaw focuses her law practice in the area of sports and entertainment. Dana has worked with athletes, coaches, and administrators while also assisting sports-based organizations with strategic coaching for vision and planning.  Having lived and worked in Europe for over 11 years, she has acquired extensive international experience in the sports world.  In addition to working as an advisor for a multinational company, Dana drafted FIBA contracts for high level professional basketball players and worked as a mediator between players, agents, and team personnel.  She has taught International Sports Law and Sports Ethics at the University of Urbino (Italy) School of Law and Valparaiso University, respectively, and serves as an instructor for Northwestern University in the Master’s in Sports Administration Graduate Program teaching Globalization of Sport, Management and Organization of Sports, and Practicum in Sports Administration.  While in law school, Dana was a published member of the University of Toledo Law Review.

Neema M. Bell
bell_neemaNeema M. Bell has extensive experience in all types of commercial and employment defense litigation.  She regularly represents small and large business clients in a variety of business disputes, litigation and administrative matters.  Neema has substantial experience in a number of specialty areas including employment, media and constitutional law, and class actions. Neema began her legal practice as a law clerk for the Honorable Richard B. McQuade, Jr., United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Western Division.  For the past 24 years she has been primarily engaged in defending civil litigants.  Neema has extensive experience in representing both individuals and business clients in commercial disputes.

Seth P. Traub
Traub_SethSeth Traub represents corporate and individual clients in general business and litigation.  At the University of Florida, Seth received a master’s degree in sports management in addition to his juris doctorate, and was a sports reporter for the Miami Herald and the Florida Times-Union and editor of the Independent Florida Alligator.  Seth was also Vice President of the Entertainment and Sports Law Society, a member of Florida Blue Key, and the Student Works Editors for the Florida Law Review.