Sports & Outdoor Recreation

The sports and outdoor recreation industries are economic powerhouses, pouring billions of dollars into the economy annually and generating millions of jobs. And the numbers keep growing. But both industries are facing fast-paced change as the business landscape and consumer demographics, behaviors and lifestyles shift. Now, more than ever, companies in each space require experienced, steady and strategic counsel to adapt to challenges and conquer new terrain.

Our attorneys speak the language of sports and outdoor recreation. Led by Doug Tumminello, an extreme adventurer and respected commercial litigator, and Emily Bayton, an avid sports fan who writes and speaks frequently on intellectual property issues in sports, our attorneys bring a deep, personal understanding of the industry, its products, and the legal issues facing manufacturers, suppliers, service providers, and retailers in this evolving market.

Sports

Whether it’s in the arena, on the field or in the office, the driving force behind sustained success for any sports organization in today’s competitive marketplace is seamless collaboration from start to finish. Our approach to proactively serving and advising our clients in this evolving space is no different. As active participants in the sports industry, we pride ourselves on having the knowledge, experience and bench-strength to help clients navigate legal challenges, achieve goals and ultimately keep their businesses in the win column.

Our attorneys help sports organizations, teams, athletes, manufacturers and universities tackle a myriad of industry-specific issues head-on, including brand protection and defense; creating and executing licensing, sponsorship and endorsement agreements; commercial disputes and litigation; product liability claims and supply chain challenges; business transactions; labor and employment issues; and more.

Our sports clients include:

  • Professional sports teams
  • National and regional sports organizations
  • Professional athletes
  • Sports product manufacturers
  • Colleges and universities
  • Sports industry service providers

In addition to being active participants in sports industry and trade organizations, our attorneys write and speak frequently on the issues affecting sports teams and athletes, discussing topics ranging from sponsorships, merchandising, domain names, licensing, broadcaster rights and brand identity in the sports world.

Outdoor Recreation

In an industry that generates $887 billion annually in consumer spending, outdoor recreation is a burgeoning space in the market that continues to exceed expectations year in and year out. Our team is dedicated to protecting, defending and maximizing our clients’ opportunities for success.

As a proud member of the Outdoor Industry Association, we make it our mission to be immersed within industry events and advocacy efforts in order to proactively and strategically advise our clients on the trends and issues affecting their businesses. Our attorneys don’t just know the ins and outs of the outdoor recreation space, we are also active participants who are just as passionate about helping our clients achieve their business goals as we are about summiting Mt. Everest.

With our footprint firmly located in the heart of the nation's top outdoor recreation economies, our attorneys frequently provide counsel on a variety of industry-specific issues, including intellectual property protection and defense; commercial disputes and litigation; product liability claims and supply chain challenges; insurance-related issues; business transactions; labor and employment matters; human resources and employee benefits issues; and more.

Our outdoor recreation clients include:

  • Recreational equipment companies
  • Outdoor clothing retailers
  • Adventure companies
  • Community recreation service organizations
  • Off-road vehicle manufacturers

No matter the stage our clients are at in the business cycle, our attorneys have the skill sets, industry knowledge and strategic forethought to help mitigate risk and accelerate growth.

Business Transactions

Caroline Carmer
Caroline Carmer
Associate
Phoenix
ccarmer@​lrrc.com
602-262-0865 / vCard

Intellectual Property

Thomas J. Daly
Thomas J. Daly
Practice Group Leader, Partner
Los Angeles
tdaly@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Art Hasan
Art Hasan
Practice Group Leader, Partner
Los Angeles, Silicon Valley
ahasan@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Emily A. Bayton
Emily A. Bayton
Partner
Denver, Phoenix
ebayton@​lrrc.com
303.628.9568 / vCard
G. Warren Bleeker
G. Warren Bleeker
Partner
Los Angeles
wbleeker@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Joshua T. Chu
Joshua T. Chu
Partner
Los Angeles, Irvine
jchu@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Gregory S. Lampert
Gregory S. Lampert
Partner
Los Angeles
glampert@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Constantine "Gus" Marantidis
Constantine "Gus" Marantidis
Partner
Los Angeles
cmarantidis@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Jason C. Martone
Jason C. Martone
Partner
Los Angeles, Irvine
jmartone@​lrrc.com
949.476.0757 / vCard
Michael J. McCue
Michael J. McCue
Partner
Las Vegas, Silicon Valley
mmccue@​lrrc.com
702.949.8224 / vCard
Gary J. Nelson
Gary J. Nelson
Partner
Los Angeles
gnelson@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Jennifer A. Van Kirk
Jennifer A. Van Kirk
Partner
Phoenix
jvankirk@​lrrc.com
602.262.0203 / vCard
Anne Aikman-Scalese
Anne Aikman-Scalese
Of Counsel
Tucson
aaikman@​lrrc.com
520.629.4428 / vCard
Justin O. Ehresmann, Ph.D.
Justin O. Ehresmann, Ph.D.
Senior Associate
Los Angeles
jehresmann@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Ryan M. Swank
Ryan M. Swank
Senior Associate
Silicon Valley
rswank@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Mike Koplow, Ph.D.
Mike Koplow, Ph.D.
Associate
Los Angeles
mkoplow@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Rachel A. Nicholas
Rachel A. Nicholas
Associate
Phoenix
rnicholas@​lrrc.com
602.262.0854 / vCard
Dustin R. Szakalski
Dustin R. Szakalski
Associate
Los Angeles
dszakalski@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Drew Wilson
Drew Wilson
Associate
Los Angeles
dwilson@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard

Litigation

Robert H. McKirgan
Robert H. McKirgan
Practice Group Leader, Partner
Phoenix
rmckirgan@​lrrc.com
602.262.5396 / vCard
Alex C. Myers
Alex C. Myers
Partner
Denver
amyers@​lrrc.com
303.628.9502 / vCard
Michael D. Plachy
Michael D. Plachy
Partner
Denver
mplachy@​lrrc.com
303.628.9532 / vCard

Regulatory & Government

Marla J. Hudgens
Marla J. Hudgens
Partner
Phoenix, Las Vegas, Reno
mhudgens@​lrrc.com
602.262.5773 / vCard
Dieter J. Raemdonck
Dieter J. Raemdonck
Associate
Denver
draemdonck@​lrrc.com
303.628.9520 / vCard

Related News

08/28/2017
Bayton appointed to Denver Sports Advisory Committee
Attorney brings sports, outdoor recreation industry focus and IP experience to Denver Sports Commission
06/02/2017
Outdoor Industry Association partners with Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie
Agreement offers exclusive access to array of cost-effective legal services for OIA members
05/24/2016
McKirgan inducted into Litigation Counsel of America
Fellowship recognition granted by national trial lawyer honorary society
03/31/2016
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie achieves Top 15 ranking for patent allowances
Law firm included in Top 100 U.S. Patent Firms based on performance before USPTO
8/26/2015

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Douglas B. Tumminello
Douglas B. Tumminello
Partner
303.628.9507
Emily A. Bayton
Emily A. Bayton
Partner
303.628.9568