Guide to Working with Athlete Clients
Guide to Working with Athlete Clients



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Course Description

This program was recorded on January 15, 2019

In this CLE, sports lawyer Brandon Leopoldus guides you through the basics, common needs, strategies, underutilized services, overarching issues working with, and ways to obtain athlete clients. Throughout this CLE presentation, Leopoldus will use real examples from his career representing athletes as a lawyer to help you understand the issues athlete clients commonly have that do not get reported.  Whether you are a seasoned lawyer working with athletes or a young lawyer aspiring to work in the space, you will find this CLE an enjoyable peek behind the curtain of working with athlete clients.

Attorney Brandon LeopoldusBrandon Leopoldus 
Brandon Leopoldus is a California-based attorney protecting the assets, reputations, and transactions of athletes, entertainers, and businesses. Mr. Leopoldus’ sports practice has included representing more than three-dozen individuals working in high level, Olympic, and professional sports including blue-chip high school recruits facing discipline from the California Interscholastic Federation, collegiate athletes entering the draft, Olympians, professional/retired athletes, and sports officials. Some of his highlights have included representing a two-time NFL All-Pro with his off-field business and personal endeavors, protecting and enforcing the intellectual property rights of an 8-year NBA veteran, negotiating a six-figure purchase of a sports officiating assigning business, and developing the structure of an indoor baseball training facility for a Major League Baseball All-Star, and advising top-tier collegiate athletes entering the draft. As a recognized leader in sports law, Mr. Leopoldus is a featured speaker and panelist across the country including video Continuing Legal Education presentations, presentations and guest lectures at numerous law schools, and panels at the Sports Lawyers Association’s (SLA) Annual Conference in 2015 and 2016, and 2018. Mr. Leopoldus is a featured contributor to Referee Magazine and Legal Ink Magazine and has been featured in Sellebrity Magazine, Ready Magazine, and has been widely acclaimed for his LinkedIn Video Series.

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  1. Client Basics
    1. Career Length
    2. Economics
    3. Assets
    4. Liabilities
  2. Typical Client Needs
    1. Amateur Athletes
    2. Pre-Draft “professional Players
    3. Professional
    4. Retired
  3. Strategies
    1. Client Goals
    2. Career Interests v. Available
    3. Remedies
    4. 360-Degree Considerations
    5. Maximizing Take-Home Revenue
    6. Post-Career Benefits
  4. Underutilized Services
    1. Vetting Service Providers
    2. Business Setup & Investments
    3. The Athlete LLC
    4. Post-On-Field Career Benefits
    5. Name, Image, and Likeness Rights
  5. Overarching Issues
    1. Lawyer vs. Fan Hats
    2. Voice of Reason
    3. Industry Understanding
    4. The Athlete Career as a Stepping Stone
  6. Obtaining Athlete Clients
    1. Build a Sports-Focused Network
    2. Stand Out From the Crowd
    3. Resiliency
    4. Provide EXTREME Value
    5. Positive Influence and Impact
    6. Passion > Profit