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Over the past decade, Lightfoot has established itself as a national leader in NCAA compliance and collegiate sports law. Our NCAA practice area now includes representation of member institutions of the Pac-12, SEC, ACC, C-USA, Mountain West, Big 10, Big 12 and American Athletic conferences. Since 2008, the firm has handled several matters before the NCAA Committee on Infractions and Infractions Appeals Committee that received national attention, including representation of the University of Hawaii, the University of Michigan, the University of North Carolina, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of South Carolina, the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Southern California. The firm has also handled high profile eligibility issues involving football student-athletes at Auburn University and Texas A&M University and continues to represent universities and prominent coaches in infractions investigations with NCAA Enforcement.

Our attorneys have extensive experience assisting collegiate athletic programs in each phase of the infractions process: from conducting and overseeing the initial investigation, working with conference and NCAA representatives, and crafting strategic responses to allegations, to presenting our client’s case before the Committee on Infractions, and when necessary, directing an appeal and rebuttal effort. Our attorneys’ in-depth knowledge of the NCAA infractions process helps achieve the best results possible for our clients.

In addition to investigations of alleged rules violations and appearances before the NCAA Committee on Infractions, Lightfoot has experience in assessing the needs of athletic programs quickly and cost-effectively and providing practical advice to help universities avoid NCAA rules compliance issues.

Our lawyers provide services such as:

  • Advising on NCAA compliance matters and public records issues;
  • Investigating compliance and eligibility issues;
  • Representing clients before the NCAA and other governing bodies;
  • Drafting coaches’ contracts and contracts for various athletic department employees;
  • Conducting internal investigations unrelated to NCAA compliance issues; and
  • Handling employee and contract disputes
  • Aviation and drone issues
  • Olympics eligibility

Our team of experienced attorneys is equipped to handle any issues related to collegiate sports work.

Lightfoot attorneys William Brooks and Henry Gimenez lead our NCAA team, which includes Brian Kappel, Clint Speegle and Hallett Ruzic. We are equipped to handle any issues related to collegiate sports work.

For additional information about our NCAA compliance and investigations practice, including references, please contact NCAA specialist Hallett Ruzic at