David G. Feher is a partner in the firm's New York Litigation Department and co-chair of its Sports Litigation Practice Group. He is one of the leading sports lawyers in the country. He also has extensive experience in complex litigations, negotiations and arbitrations involving antitrust, intellectual property, contract and international issues.
Mr. Feher has been outside counsel for the NFL Players Association and the NBA Players Association for nearly 20 years, among other clients in the sports law field. He is one of the prime negotiators of the collective bargaining agreements in the NFL (1993, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2011) and the NBA (1995, 1999, 2005 and 2011). He has been responsible since 1993 for monitoring the NFL's revenues and finances to ensure compliance with the salary cap/revenue sharing system, as well as monitoring the NBA's finances under the revenue sharing system in that industry. Mr. Feher is the principal author of the brief submitted by all of the major player associations to the U.S. Supreme Court in the landmark American Needle case. He also has represented agents and their clients at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Wasserman Media Group (WMG), and other such firms in various matters.
Mr. Feher represents the player board members on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, including negotiating the new Prize Money Formula system for the WTA's Roadmap restructuring. He coled the firm's pro bono representation of double-amputee Oscar Pistorius in the successful, historic effort to overturn the ban against Mr. Pistorius competing in IAAF track events and attempting to qualify for the Olympics, and 800M World Champion sprinter Caster Semanya in her successful eligibility dispute with the IAAF.
Mr. Feher has also been one of the principal counsel in many prominent sports cases and arbitrations, including the Reggie White and Patrick Ewing class actions, the NFL lockout insurance / network TV contract case, the Michael Vick roster bonus forfeiture arbitration, the Terrell Owens arbitrations, the NFL debt limit collusion arbitration, the Arena Football League class action, the Bill Belichick / New York Jets litigation, and the Latrell Sprewell grievance. Mr. Feher represented Joe Smith in an arbitration that overturned the NBAfs efforts to prevent Mr. Smith from re-signing with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and John Elway in an arbitration concerning his contracts with the Denver Broncos. Mr. Feher also negotiated Avonfs sponsorship of the Olympic Games, Avonfs licensing contract with Derek Jeter, and Olympic athlete sponsorship contracts in the fashion industry. He also successfully represented noted nutritionist and New York Times best-selling author Dr. Joel Fuhrman in an arbitration and negotiation regarding the terms of a joint venture.
Mr. Feher has been involved in numerous other major cases, including the NASDAQ price fixing class action, the Freeman McNeil/NFL antitrust trial, and the NCAA/NIT antitrust trial. Mr. Feher successfully defended Avon Products, Inc. against a $100 million false advertising claim in the S.C. Johnson v. Avon Products trial and has also represented Avon in NAD advertising proceedings. Mr. Feher represented the New York Stock Exchange in connection with the "decimalization" of NYSE trading operations, and has advised companies involved in price-fixing investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice. Mr. Feher was also the principal author of the export controls compliance program for a major international airline and recently represented a Turkish company in successfully vacating an arbitration award on grounds of evident partiality. He has represented a number of large US and international companies in various matters, and has extensive experience litigating complex commercial disputes. He has negotiated numerous commercial contracts in the sports and other industries.
Mr. Feher often writes and speaks on antitrust and sports topics, and has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law.
Mr. Feher has been recognized in Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2005-2011) as "one of the country's leading sports attorneys", with only six lawyers in the entire country ranked higher. He also was selected in the first 100 Lawdragon's "New Stars" in 2006 and honored in 2010 & 2011 by New York Super Lawyers.
Bar Associations, Memberships and Activities
American Bar Association
Sports Lawyers Association
Duke University School of Law, 1984, J.D., Article Editor, Duke Law Journal
Georgetown University, 1980, A.B., magna cum laude