Athletics is big business in the U.S., and it takes seasoned legal professionals to provide reliable and practical advice on the important issues affecting participants in the sports industry.

The attorneys in HSE’s interdisciplinary Sports Law and Sports Facilities practice area have significant experience in many aspects of sports management and facility development and operations, including player and employment relations; financing; intellectual property; immigrationcorporate law; construction law; land use and zoning; real estate; antitrust; tax; and litigation.

Since a proxy contest in the early 1980’s, the firm has represented the Rochester Red Wings and more recently the Syracuse Chiefs (International League Triple A Baseball). Dan Kinel, a partner in the Corporate/Securities practice areas, and Phil Fileri, Senior Counsel, lead the group of attorneys serving the Red Wings’ and Chiefs legal needs, addressing issues such as stadium leases, food and beverage services, Major League Baseball affiliation and franchise issues, securities offerings, and issues related to the Red Wings’ management of the Batavia Muckdogs ball club.

The firm provides counsel to a number of sports franchises, including the Buffalo Sabres (NHL Hockey), the Rochester Americans (AHL Hockey), and the Rochester Knighthawks (National Lacrosse League).

In addition, the firm’s Labor and Employment attorneys have provided advice and representation to the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, Buffalo Bandits, Buffalo Blizzard, Rochester Rhinos, and Rochester Americans.

Moreover, HSE's Litigation practice area has resolved numerous conflicts arising from the construction of major sports arenas and facilities.

The firm's Corporate and Real Estate practice areas have jointly worked on several golf course development projects, including the permitting, design, and construction of private golf clubs and courses throughout the region.

Our Clients

  • Current and Prospective League Franchise Owners/Operators
  • Arena/Stadium Developers and Operators
  • Universities
  • Golf Course Developers


This website presents only general information not intended as legal advice. Although we encourage calls, letters and emails from prospective clients, please keep in mind that merely contacting Harter Secrest & Emery LLP (HSE) does not establish an attorney-client relationship between us. Confidential information should not be sent to HSE until you have been notified in writing by HSE that a formal attorney-client relationship has been established. Information sent to us before then may not be treated as confidential by HSE or the court.

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