Sports and Entertainment Law
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Schiff & Associates have represented countless professional and collegiate athletes, as well as professional entertainers over the past 35 years. We have represented The Allman Brothers Band, Bone Thugs & Harmony, Will Smith, Jared Sullinger, Steve Bellisari, Jeff Graham, Tyrell Biggs, Maurice Clarett, Trevor Berbick, and more. As legal representatives, Schiff & Associates performs functions typically handled by managers, agents, promoters, and general representatives. Our attorneys expert skills as contract negotiations as well as preserving capital for athletes and entertainers.
As a duly licensed attorney and respected member of the Bar, I am held to a higher standard of ethics, honesty and professionalism than your typical non-lawyer agent, manager, promoter or the like.
Additionally, as an expert negotiator focusing on multi-million dollar contract deals, Schiff & Associates continues to successfully represent a handful of elite entertainers and athletes. The list includes but is not limited to the following:
Biggs was a 1984 Olympic Super Heavy Weight Gold Medalist for the United States. Biggs was represented by the Duva Family through a promotional contract at the beginning of his professional career. After Biggs lost to Mike Tyson, Riddick Bowe, and Lennox Lewis, he was released by the Duva Family. In 1993, he contacted Schiff & Associates in an effort to resurrect his professional boxing career. Schiff & Associates managed to arrange a bout between Biggs and Buster Mathis, Jr. Biggs had the opportunity to fight Mike Tyson for several million dollars if he defeated Buster Mathis, Jr. Schiff & Associates then negotiated seven additional bouts and paychecks for Mr. Biggs.
Manning Galloway held the WBO Welter Weight Championship Title from December of 1989 through February of 1995. On February 12, 1993, Manning Galloway lost a decision in Denmark to Gert Jacobsen. Manning returned to the States and hired attorney Schiff & Associates to file an appeal with the WBO Boxing Commission. Schiff & Associates successfully won the appeal and Manning Galloway was restored to his Championship status. Thereafter, Schiff & Associates arranged four more Championship defense fights for Galloway netting his client hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional purse revenue. Our attorneys successfully handled Galloway’s management, promotions, and legal negotiations throughout the balance of his career. This case marked the first time in WBO history that a lawyer successfully challenged a decision in a fight and restored a title.
In 1996, Trevor Berbick worked at Schiff’s Police Athletic League Gym and helped develop young fighters. Schiff developed many young boxing hopefuls. He worked closely with trainers like Pepe Correa. Schiff is known locally for donating money to help young fighters develop their careers. He has also donated money for underprivileged athletes to travel to Colorado Springs for Olympic trials.
Professional athletes, particularly professional boxers, should never be represented by large conglomerations or companies in the furtherance of their professional athletic careers. All an agent or manager needs is a cell phone. There is no way to check their ethics, honesty, integrity or the like. An attorney must complete a rigorous academic schedule as well as pass extensive Bar examinations in order to become licensed.
Maurice Clarett was The Ohio State University’s starting running back for its 2002 National Championship team. In the summer of 2003, Schiff & Associates represented Clarett during the NCAA eligibility investigation. Clarett faced a loss of his scholarship and permanent suspension from the football team. Schiff & Associates kept Clarett’s academic scholarship intact and successfully negotiated a conditional reinstatement for Clarett, upon completion of an eight game suspension. Schiff & Associates legal representation was limited to the NCAA eligibility negotiations and hearings. Schiff & Associates legal duties ended once Clarett wished to challenge the NFL. Clarett subsequently opted for an out-of-state attorney to challenge the NFL eligibility policy. Consequently, Clarett never returned to The Ohio State University.
Schiff & Associates is available for elite athletes and entertainers who seek individual attention from an experienced, polished, veteran attorney/manager for representation.
The trusted team at Schiff & Associates have offered the Columbus, Ohio area experienced legal representation in cases of personal injury and wrongful death since 1982. Recognizing that financial recovery from an accident is just as important as a physical recovery, we have a record of successfully getting our clients the settlements they deserve. If you have been in an auto accident that resulted in injuries, please contact the area’s top car accident lawyer.