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SFIA Legal Task Force

The SFIA team is made up of a dedicated staff of employees who are always working to further the SFIA Mission to educate, represent & serve the sports & fitness  industries.

 
SFIA Legal Task Force Members
(listed by law firm in alphabetical order)

Paul G. Cereghini
Firm Chair

Bowman and Brooke LLP
2901 N. Central Avenue, Suite 1600
Phoenix, AZ 85012
602.643.2400
paul.cereghini@bowmanandbrooke.com
www.bowmanandbrooke.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Product Liability Litigation
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Recreational Sports Equipment Defense (including helmets)
   

Eden M. Darrell
Partner

Bowman and Brooke LLP
901 East Byrd Street, Suite 1650
Richmond, VA 23219
804.819.1119
eden.darrell@bowmanandbrooke.com

www.bowmanandbrooke.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Product Liability Litigation
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Recreational Sports Equipment Defense (including helmets)
   

Rob L. Wise
Co-Managing Partner

Bowman and Brooke LLP
901 East Byrd Street, Suite 1650
Richmond, VA 23219
804.819.1134
rob.wise@bowmanandbrooke.com

www.bowmanandbrooke.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Product Liability Litigation
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Appellate and Advanced Motions
  • Recreational Sports Equipment Defense (including helmets)
   

Bennett S. Silverberg
Partner
Brown Rudnick LLP

Seven Times Square
New York, NY 10036
212.209.4800
bsilverberg@brownrudnick.com
www.brownrudnick.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Bankruptcy
  • Corporate Restructuring 
   

Jim Cleland

Jim Cleland
Shareholder
Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione

524 South Main Street, Suite 200
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
734.302.6034
jcleland@brinkshofer.com
www.brinkshofer.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Appellate
  • Chemical
  • Copyright
  • Litigation
  • Patent Prosecution
  • Trademarks & Unfair Competition 
   

Gary Wolensky


Gary Wolensky
Shareholder
BuchalterNemer
18400 Von Karman Avenue, Suite 800
Irvine, CA 92612-0514
949.224.6244
gwolensky@buchalter.com
www.buchalter.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Product Liability Litigation & Risk Management
  • Product Design
  • Product Warnings & Instructions
  • Product Regulatory Issues Involving the CPSC
  • Trade Regulation
  • Toxic Tort Litigation
  • Mass Tort Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Trademark, Copyright, & Intellectual Property Litigation
   


Tim Freudenberger
Founding Partner
Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP

2600 Michelson Drive, Suite 300
Irvine, CA 92612
949.622.1661
tfreud@cdflaborlaw.com
www.cdflaborlaw.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • California Class Action Defense, Employment Litigation
  • Wage & Hour/Misclassification Class Action Defense
  • Discrimination Class Action Defense
  • Unfair Competition Law & Unruh Act Class Action Defense
  • Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) Representative Action Defense
  • Wage & Hour Audits
  • Class Action Avoidance
  • California Employment Defense Litigation
  • Sexual Harrassment and/or Discrimination Claims
  • Breach of Employment Contract Issues
  • Defamation Litigation
  • Infliction of Emotional Distress
  • Workplace Invasion Privacy Claims
  • Wrongful Termination Claims
  • Fraud/Misrepresentation Claims
   
Frances Hadfield
Frances Hadfield
Counsel
Crowell & Moring

590 Madison Avenue, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10022-2544
212.803.4040
fhadfield@crowell.com
www.crowell.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • International Trade
  • Litigation & Trial
  • Regulatory & Policy
   

Kevin Mayer

Kevin Mayer 
Partner
Crowell & Moring LLP
515 South Flower Street, 40th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071
213.443.5544
kmayer@crowell.com
www.crowell.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Toxic Torts
  • Environmental Law
  • Federal & Cal OSHA
  • Complex Commercial/ Mass Tort
  • Litigation
  • Product Liability Law
  • Professional Liability Law
  • Contruction Law
   


Vicki Dallas
Founding Shareholder

Dallas Innovation Law
2040 Main Street, 14th Floor

Irvine, CA 92614
949.922.6525
vdallas@dallasinnovationlaw.com
www.dallasinnovationlaw.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Structure and Formation of Business Entities
  • Stock and Equity Incentive Plans
  • Capital Raising and Financing Arrangements (Debt and Equity)
  • Venture Capital
  • Licensing
  • Distribution and Marketing Arrangements
  • Commercial Contracts and Agreements
  • Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances
  • Outside General Counsel
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
   


Paul S. Rosenlund
Partner

Duane Morris LLP
Spear Tower
One Market Plaza, Suite 2200

San Francisco, CA 94105
415.957.3178
PSRosenlund@duanemorris.com
www.duanemorris.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Product Liability Litigation & Risk Management
  • CPSC Compliance & Product Recalls
  • Class Actions, including False Advertising & Unfair Competition
  • California Proposition 65 Compliance & Litigation
  • Domestic & Internationl Trade and Distribution
  • Trademark & Brand Licensing & Protection
   

Aaron Parker

Aaron L. Parker
Partner
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

901 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001-4413
202.408.4387
aaron.parker@finnegan.com
www.finnegan.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Patent Litigation
  • U.S. & International Patent Prosecution
  • Post-Grant Review Proceedings before the USPTO
  • Patent Portfolio Management & Strategic Counseling
  • Patent Monetization & Licensing
  • Design Patent Prosecution & Litigation
  • Trademark Prosecution & Litigation
  • Trade Secret Litigation
  • Copyright Litigation
   

Aaron Parker

Michael J. Wall
Of Counsel
Foley & Lardner LLP

111 Huntington Avenue, Suite 2500
Boston, MA 02199-7610
617.502.3264
mwall@foley.com
www.foley.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Negotiation
  • Risk Management and Personal Injury Litigation
  • In-House Counseling
  • Trademark Licensing and Protection
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Product Safety and Regulatory Compliance
  • Player Contracts
   


James M. Rozak
Partner
Goldberg Segalla 

311 South Wacker Drive, Suite 2450
Chicago, IL 60606
312.572.8407
jrozak@goldbergsegalla.com
www.goldbergsegalla.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • General Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Corporate Services and Commercial Litigation
   


Michael E. Appelbaum
Partner
Goldberg Segalla 

665 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
716.844.3452
mappelbaum@goldbergsegalla.com

www.goldbergsegalla.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Retail and Hospitality
  • General Liability
   


Stephanie J. Vardavas
Principal
Law Office of Stephanie J. Vardavas

650 NE Holladay Street, Suite 1600
Portland, OR 97232
503.519.4964
www.stephanievardavas.com
Vardavas@gmail.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Sports Marketing
  • Licensing
  • Product Safety & Regulatory Compliance
  • Product Recall Management
  • Competition Law
  • Intellectual Property
   
Michelle Gilboe

Michelle Gilboe
Managing Partner
Lewis Brisbois

Wells Fargo Center
90 70th Street, Suite 2900
Minneapolis, MN 55402
612.428.5002
michelle.gilboe@lewisbrisbois.com
www.lewisbrisbois.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Product Liability Litigation
  • Product Design, Warnings & Instructions 
  • Product Regulation, Safety, Recalls & Compliance Involving the CPSC, CPSIA
  • Personal Injury, Warranty, Wrongful Death and Catastrophic Injury Defense
  • Recreational Sports Equipment Defense (including exercise equipment, helmets)
  • Defense Mass Tort Litigation 
   


Seth Rose
Partner

Loeb & Loeb LLP
321 North Clarke Street, Suite 2300
Chicago, IL 60654
312.464.3177
www.loeb.com
srose@loeb.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Advertising & Media
  • Advertising Marketing & Promotions
  • Intellectual Property
  • Brand Protection
  • Sports & Esports
  • Adveritsing Technology
  • Sponsorships & Brand Integrations
   


Brian Socolow
Co-Chair, Sports

Loeb & Loeb LLP
345 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10154
212.407.4872
www.loeb.com
bsocolow@loeb.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Sports & Esports
  • Entertainment & IP Litigation
  • Brand Protection
  • Intellectual Property
  • Interactive Media
   

Michael L. Doane
Principal
Miles & Stockbridge P.C.

1751 Pinnacle Drive, Suite 1500
Tysons Corner, VA 22102
703.610.8656
modaone@milesstockbridge.com
www.milesstockbridge.com

Area of Expertise:

  • Unfair Trade Practices & Section 337 Investigations
  • International Business Transactions
  • Intellectual Property & Technology
   
   

Joshua F. Kahn
Associate
Miles & Stockbridge P.C.

100 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
410.385.3411
jkahn@milesstockbridge.com
www.milesstockbridge.com

Area of Expertise:

  • Environment & Energy
  • Environmental Litigation & Enforcement Actions
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Products Liability & Mass Torts
   

Timothy Mullins

Timothy L. Mullin, Jr.
Principal
Miles & Stockbridge P.C.
100 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
410.385.3641
tmullin@milesstockbridge.com
www.milesstockbridge.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Product Liability Litigation
  • Complex Tort Litigation
  • U.S. CPSC Regulatory Compliance
  • Product Recalls
  • Manufacturer Risk Management
  • Product Warnings and Instructions
  • Fire and Electric Shock Litigation
   


Matthew T. Wagman
Principal
Miles & Stockbridge P.C.
100 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
410.385.3859
mwagman@milesstockbridge.com
www.milesstockbridge.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission & Regulatory Compliance
  • Coverage Disputes & Litigation
  • Financial Institution Litigation
  • Insurance Acquisition, Assessment & Asset Management
  • Insurance Recovery & Risk Management
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Manufacturer/Supplier Cost Recovery
  • National Coordinating Counsel
  • Power Tools & Industrial Machinery Litigation
  • Products Liability & Mass Torts
  • Risk Prevention & Management
  • Toxic Exposures
   


Scott E. Baxendale
Of Counsel
Miller, Matthias & Hull LLP
One North Franklin Street, Suite 2350
Chicago, IL 60606
312.977.99902
sbaxendale@millermatthiashull.com
www.millermatthiashull.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Software
  • Telecommunications
  • Patent Prosecution
  • Opinions
   


John J. Wackman
Shareholder
Nilan Johnson Lewis PA
Canadian Pacific Plaza
120 South Sixth Street, Suite 400

Minneapolis, MN 55402
612.305.7659
jwackman@nilanjohnson.com
www.nilanjohnson.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Product Liability/Mass Tort
  • Business Litigation
   

Christopher Lynch

Lisel M. Ferguson
Partner
Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

525 B Street, Suite 2200
San Diego, CA 92101
619.515.3207
lisel.ferguson@procopio.com
www.procopio.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Sports and Active Lifestyle
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation, Intellectual Property
  • Trademarks and Copyrights
  • Licensing and Technology Transactions
  • Patent Prosecution and Counseling
  • Privacy and Cybersecurity
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Life Sciences
  • Litigation, Corporate and Commerical
   

Christopher Lynch

Christopher J. Lynch
Partner
Ryan Ryan Deluca LLP

City Place II
185 Asylum Street, 6th Floor
Hartford, CT 06103
860.785.5025
cjlynch@ryandelucalaw.com
www.ryandelucalaw.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Automobile Liability
  • Construction Law
  • Insurance
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Retail, Restaurant & Hospitality
  • Transportation
   
David Cohen

David Cohen
Member
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20004
202.730.4955
dcohen@strtrade.com
www.strtrade.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Customs & Other Agencies
  • Customs Communications, Investigations & Regulatory Audits
  • Free Trade Agreements & Other Preference Programs
  • Import Compliance
  • Rules of Origin Determinations & Country of Origin Marking
  • Valuation
   

Jonathan Menuez

Jonathan Menuez
Shareholder
Sutter O'Connell Attorneys
3600 Erieview Tower, 1301 East 9th Street
Cleveland, OH 44114-1831
216.928.4510
jmenuez@sutter-law.com
www.sutter-law.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Trucking and Transportation
  • Product Liability
  • Sporting Goods Manufacture
   

Michael Hobbs

Michael D. Hobbs
Partner
Troutman Sanders LLP
600 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 5200
Atlanta, GA 30308-2216
404.885.3330
michael.hobbs@troutmansanders.com
www.troutmansanders.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Trademarks
  • Copyrights
  • Sweepstakes and Contests
  • Advertising Review and Compliance
  • Licensing
  • Athlete and Team Endorsements
  • Domain Names and Internet
   

Anthony B. Corleto
Partner
Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP
1010 Washington Blvd.
Stamford, CT 06901
203.338.2404
anthony.corleto@wilsonelser.com
www.wilsonelser.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Accountants
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Contracts & Agreements
  • Corporate Governance & Compliance
  • General Liability & Casualty
  • Insurance & Reinsurance Coverage
  • Intellectual Property
  • Land Use & Zoning
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Municipal/Local Government
  • Real Estate & Development
  • Real Property
  • Construction
   

Anthony P. Strasius
Partner
Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP
100 SE Second St, Suite 3800
Miami, FL 33131
305.341.2287
anthony.strasius@wilsonelser.com
www.wilsonelser.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Product Liability
  • Commercial & Business Litigation
  • Professional Malpractice Defense
  • Insurance
  • International
   

Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith
Partner
Yoka & Smith LLP
445 South Figueroa Street, 38th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071
213.427.2300
shsmith@yokasmith.com
www.yokasmith.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Product Liability
  • Fire Litigation
  • Toxic Torts
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial & Business Litigation 
   
 

 

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