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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 Steering Committee Members
(listed by law firm in alphabetical order)

Mark Granger
 

SFIA Legal Task Force Chairman
Mark S. Granger
Principal
Granger Legal Consulting

P.O. Box 487, 1134 Rt. 9, Suite 4
Schroon Lake, NY 12870
518.532.7459
mgranger@mgrangerlaw.com
www.mgrangerlaw.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Product Liability
  • Toxic Tort
  • Environment Defense
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Product Design
  • Design of Warnings and Instructions
   

Kevin Mayer
 

SFIA Legal Task Force Co-Chairman
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
   

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
   

SFIA Legal Task Force Members

(listed by law firm in alphabetical order)
Paul Cereghini
Paul Cereghini
Firm Vice Chairman & Executive
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
  • Product Regulation, Safety, Recalls & Compliance Involving the CPSC, CPSIA
  • Product Design, Warnings & Instructions 
  • Recreational Sports Equipment Defense (including helmets)
  • Personal Injury, Wrongful Death & Catasrophic Injury Defense
  • Transportation & Personal Injury Defense
  • Mass Tort Litigation 
   

Michelle Gilboe

Michelle Gilboe
Partner
Bowman and Brooke LLP

150 South Fifth Street, Suite 3000
Minneapolis, MN 55402
612.672.3215
michelle.gilboe@bowmanandbrooke.com
www.bowmanandbrooke.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 
   

Wendy Lumish

Wendy F. Lumish
Partner

Bowman and Brooke LLP
2 Alhambra Plaza, Suite 800
Coral Gables, FL 33134
305.995.6099
wendy.lumish@bowmanandbrooke.com
www.bowmanandbrooke.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Appellate
  • Product Liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
   

 

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 
   


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
   

Jim Cleland

Kelly Lippincott
Member
Carr Maloney P.C.

2000 L Street, N.W., Suite 450
Washington, DC 20036
202.310.5591
kml@carrmaloney.com
www.carrmaloney.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Product Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • General Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Civil Litigation
   

Jim Cleland

Paul Maloney
Member

Carr Maloney P.C.
2000 L Street, N.W., Suite 450
Washington, DC 20036
202.310.5505
pjm@carrmaloney.com
www.carrmaloney.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Professional Malpractice
  • Product Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
   


Francesco Sardone
Partner

Carter Deluca Farrell & Schmidt LLP
445 Broad Hollow Road, Suite 420
Melville, NY 11747
631.501.5700
fsardone@cdfslaw.com
www.cdfslaw.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Copyrights
  • Consumer Products
  • Electrical/Computer
  • Medical Devices
  • Toys, Games, Arts & Crafts
   


Charles B. Brown
Founder/Principal
CorpLaw Associates LLC Law Firm
2000 L Street, N.W., Suite 450
Washington, DC 20036
847.784.1300
charlie@corplaw.com
www.corplaw.com

Areas of Expertise:


  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Corporate Law
   
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
   

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
   

 

Jason F. Meyer
Partner

Gordon & Rees
619.230.7767
jmeyer@grsm.com
www.grsm.com

Area of Expertise:

  • Environmental/Toxic Tort
  • Employment Law
  • Class Action
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Securities Litigation
  • D&O and Shareholder Litigation
   


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
   

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
  • Commericial 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 P
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
   


 

Kimberly Viergever
Attorney
Rietz Law Firm LLP

114 Village Place, Suite 101
Dillon, CO 80435
970.368.2349
kim@rietzlawfirm.com
www.rietzlawfirm.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Civil Litigation
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Ski Defense
  • Sports Law
   

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
   

 

  Henry Smythe


Henry Smythe
Partner
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP
5 Exchange Street
Charleston, SC 29401
843.720.4607
hsmythe@wcsr.com
www.wcsr.com

Areas of Expertise:

  • Product Liability and Mass Torts Litigation
  • Class Action Defense
  • Complex Litigation Management
  • Business Litigation
  • Recreational Sports & Fitness Equipment Defense
   

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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