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Steven M. Olenick

Partner
+1.212.536.4026
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Steven Olenick is a partner in the firm’s New York office. He is a member of the corporate/M&A practice group.

Mr. Olenick is a seasoned and prominent lawyer and whose high-profile practice draws wide regard in the sports industry. He focuses his practice on the sports industry and provides strategic transactional, advisory and litigation advice and counsel to leading athletes (active and retired) as well as sports agents, managers, coaches and other individuals and entities within the sports industry. Mr. Olenick has extensive experience advising on complex sports law matters, from endorsement deals and branding/intellectual property issues to disciplinary actions and disputes. He also has advised institutional banks, private equity funds, family offices, wealth advisors, accountants and other corporate entities and private clients on transactional and advisory matters. A trusted advisor in his field, Mr. Olenick has been regarded by top executives and clients as “one of the best attorneys in the field today, who has a superior legal mind, having a unique approach to solving problems.”

As an industry thought leader in the area of sports law, he is a frequent legal contributor to Bloomberg, CNN and CNBC, and Fox News, and has received significant coverage in top industry publications such as ESPN, Sports Business Journal and Sport’s Litigation Alert, as well as law journals from the University of Texas and NYU School of Law. Mr. Olenick is a frequent lecturer and guest speaker at prominent educational institutions such as Harvard Business School, Wharton School of Business, and the Kellogg School of Management, and he has served as adjunct professor at Manhattanville College, teaching legal ethical considerations in sports.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Olenick served as a partner at an international law firm where he provided transactional, advisory, and litigation services to current and retired professional athletes as well as sports agents, managers, coaches, and other individuals and entities within the sports industry. In addition to his sports industry experience, Mr. Olenick has advised institutional banks, private equity funds, family offices, wealth advisors, accountants, and other corporate entities and private clients on transactional and advisory matters.

Achievements

  • "Best Lawyer" in Sports Law, The Best Lawyers in America, published by Woodward White, Inc. (2019-2020)
  • "New York Metro Rising Star", Entertainment & Sports by Thomson Reuters (2016-2019)

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Adjunct Professor, Legal Ethical Considerations in Sports, Manhattanville College

Speaking Engagements

  • “Show Me The Equity: The Evolving Landscape of Endorsement and Sponsorship Deals,” Beverly Hills Bar Association - Entertainment Law Section, September 27, 2017
  • “21st Annual Fordham Sports Law Forum Symposium,” March 24, 2017
  • “Seventh Annual Sports Law Symposium 2016,” March 24, 2016
Financial Institutions
  • Represent numerous leading financial institutions in connection with the acquisition of professional franchises
  • Represented a leading financial institution in connection with a spin-off of their private banking wealth management division
  • Represented numerous leading financial institutions in connection with loan facilities tied to professional team owners
  • Represented a leading financial institution in connection with the inception of their sports lending practice
Private Equity Firms/Hedge Fund/Family Office
  • Represent a leading asset manager in connection with various transactional matters
  • Represent a leading family office in connection with various transactional matters
  • Represent a leading private equity firm’s portfolio companies in connection with various commercial agreements
  • Represented a management firm in connection with a strategic alliance tied a financial service provider
  • Represented a management firm in connection with all of their commercial forms and ancillary documentation
Talent/Sports Agencies
  • Lead counsel to a leading talent agency tied to tortious interference claims and agent movement
  • Drafted sponsorship, appearance, and other endorsement arrangement forms for a leading talent agency
  • Counsel a leading talent agency tied to equity arrangements tied to sponsorship deals
  • Represented leading sports agencies in controlling interest takeovers by various preeminent private equity firms
Professional Athletes
  • Acting as personal counsel to numerous athletes on individual needs tied to various legal needs (litigation, business opportunities and formation, real estate, estate planning and tax)
  • Counsel numerous individual athletes tied to equity arrangements and brand management issues tied to endorsements and other sponsorship issues
  • Advise student-athlete families in connection with N.C.A.A. eligibility issues and sports agent representation
  • Acted as lead counsel in FIBA Arbitration matters for nonpayment on guaranteed professional contracts