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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.  The firm has also handled high profile eligibility issues involving football student-athletes at multiple institutions 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 Tenley Armstrong, Brandon EssigIvan CooperBrian Kappel, Logan Matthews and Clint Speegle. We are equipped to handle any issues related to collegiate sports work.

Lightfoot’s Take on Collegiate Compliance

COI Addresses New Bylaw 14.9 – Academic Misconduct,” August 20, 2018

Rice Commission Implementation,” August 8, 2018

“U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights’ jurisdiction in Title IX cases,” July 11, 2017

University of Louisville COI Report,” June 27, 2017