Representing Athletes and Coaches: The Myriad of Roles of the Lawyer/Agent
8:00 a.m. – Breakfast
8:30 – 10:15 a.m. – Panel Discussion
Please join Pitt Law for this breakfast and panel discussion. While the discussion is tailored for law students, it is free and open to the public.
Larry Silverman, Senior Vice President & General Counsel of the Pittsburgh Pirates
Ralph Cindrich, Cindrich & Associates Law Firm, Owner and Attorney
Ralph Cindrich is a member of the Texas and Pennsylvania bar. He played collegiately at the University of Pittsburgh where he was a two-sport All-American and All-East in football and wresting. Ralph was a 1972 5th round NFL draft choice and played professional football with the Houston Oilers and the New England Patriots for four years. He went to South Texas College of Law while playing with the Oilers in 1975 and started representing players in 1977. He has had involvement in every NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement as a player and agent. He has served as President of International Management Group’s football division, Chief Operating Officer to 5-Time Super Bowl Champion Owner Eddie DeBartolo, and founder of Cindrich & Company, representing athletes and entertainers. Ralph is a Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated Attorney and his legal experience includes business law, murder trials, and Tax Court litigation. Ralph is also an expert witness; retained in such notable cases as OJ McDuffie, Kory Stringer, and the David Griggs death case. Each summer, he teaches an ABA accredited study abroad sports law program in Florence, Italy in conjunction with South Texas College of Law. Ralph has twice been named “100 Most Powerful in Sports” by Sporting News, listed among the Top NFL agents by Pro Football Weekly and USA Today, and often provides commentary for both local and national media outlets.
Eddie Edwards, Of Counsel, Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP
Eddie Edwards, Jr. is a member of the Corporate Department. He focuses his practice on general corporate and securities law. Eddie assists his clients with the formation of corporate entities and counsels them in corporate governance issues. In addition, Eddie has unique experience in the sports industry, primarily advising players from the National Football League with contract negotiations, litigation, and client counseling.
Steve Reich, Certified Player Agent at O2K Worldwide Management and President at Reich PM Sports Marketing
Steve graduated from Bucknell University in 1983 with a degree in English. Graduated from University of Pittsburgh Law School in 1987. Joined Thomas M. Reich and Associates in the fall of 1987 where the concentration was the representation of professional baseball players. In the mid 1990's, Tom Reich formed a separate hockey division within his company which we called Reich, Brisson and Reich and Steve was the President. Clients included, Mario Lemieux, Ron Francis, Chris Chelios , Luc Robitaille and many more. In 2001, Steve left the firm to start own company, Reich PM Sports Marketing where he continued to represent Mario Lemieux and other NHL stars for marketing, endorsements, player appearances. In 2007, Steve joined O2K Sports Management for the representation of professional hockey players, while still continuing his duties at Reich PM. Clients include Tyler Ennis, TJ Oshie, Chris Stewart, and Pens first rounder Beau Bennett. Steve serves on the Boards of the Mario Lemieux Foundation and St. Clair Hospital Foundation. He is married to wife Tanya and have three children. They reside in Mt. Lebanon.
Jay Reisinger, Partner, Farrell & Reisinger, LLC
Jay K. Reisinger is a partner at Farrell & Reisinger, LLC and manages the sports law practice of the firm.
Mr. Reisinger's practice focuses primarily on sports law, white-collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation.
His sports law practice includes representation of professional athletes and certified agents in salary arbitration proceedings, contract analysis and negotiation strategy. Mr. Reisinger has also represented numerous athletes in performance enhancing substance/drug appeals and other disciplinary matters in MLB, the NFL, the NHL, and the NBA. Additionally, he represents both players and agents in fee dispute matters. Mr. Reisinger also represents NCAA and other amateur athletes in eligibility and related matters.
Jim Zeszutek, Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP
Jim Zeszutek is the Managing Partner of the firm's Pittsburgh office and a Partner in the Litigation Department. He is Co-Chair of the Class Action Litigation and Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Practice Groups. Jim is involved in the defense of pharmaceutical and medical device products on behalf of the products' manufacturers. He has defended the Bjork-Shiley heart valve, breast implants, artificial hips and knees, endoscopic linear cutters, surgical staplers and tools, stents, fracture fixation devices, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and the OrthoEvra patch, among others. Jim is also involved in the defense of chemical and fiber products including products that contain asbestos, talc, benzene and acrylamide. He presently serves on National Trial Teams for the defense of a client's respiratory protection products and is National Coordinating Counsel for a manufacturer in the silica litigation which is active in numerous jurisdictions. Jim represents banks and financial institutions in commercial litigation in Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. He has an active NCAA practice in which he represents coaches in hearings before the Committee on Infractions defending against allegations of NCAA Bylaw violations and has been involved in the Committee on Infractions hearings involving Syracuse University, Tulane University, Purdue University and The Ohio State University. Jim also negotiates employment contracts for athletic coaches and physicians.
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