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Maidie E. Oliveau

Maidie E. Oliveau

Arent Fox LLP

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Maidie E. Oliveau
Arent Fox LLP

Maidie Oliveau is counsel in the Los Angeles office of Arent Fox. Her practice focuses on sports-related transactions. Maidie represents professional sports teams, leagues, event owners, corporations, owners of sports and entertainment facilities, Internet video providers, television networks, and governing bodies in connection with licensing transactions such as naming rights, sponsorships, acquisitions and grants of television rights, talent and service agreements, event-related rights, merchandising rights, industry specific legal issues, and trademark protection.

She also represents acquirers of professional sports events and/or clubs. Since May 1997, she has served as an arbitrator on the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). In addition, Maidie is on the panel of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and the London Court of International Arbitration and has acted as an arbitrator in international AAA cases as well as cases brought under the US Anti-Doping Agency protocol and the US Olympic Committee Code of Conduct.

In 1990, Maidie established LawSports, a boutique firm in Los Angeles. Prior to founding LawSports, Maidie was senior vice president and general counsel to DelWilber + Associates (DWA), where she administered sponsorship contract commitments and handled the general legal affairs of DWA. She came to DWA from the Women’s International Professional Tennis Council (now the WTA Tour) where she was its managing director. Prior to that she was part of the team that organized the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984.

Maidie is on the editorial board of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Entertainment and Sports Forum and is the Sports Vice Chair of the ABA’s Entertainment and Sports Forum. She is also a frequent contributor and speaker to conferences in the business of sports and entertainment, including the ABA’s Entertainment & Sports Forum and Alternative Dispute Resolution Annual Meeting, the Sports Lawyers Association annual conference, IEG’s sponsorship conference, and various other conferences. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission and sits on the boards of advisors of the National Sports Law Institute, the Loyola Sports Law Institute, and the Georgetown Entertainment and Media Alliance’s Los Angeles chapter.

In addition, Maidie serves as pro bono counsel to the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games Organizing Committee. Maidie was appointed as one of 12 arbitrators worldwide on the ad hoc Division of the CAS during the Olympic Games in 2012 in London, 2004 in Athens and in 2000 in Sydney, where she was on the panel of arbitrators which decided the controversial case involving the Romanian gymnast, Andreea Raducan, who lost a gold medal after testing positive for pseudoephedrine, a common cold medicine. She was also appointed as one of nine arbitrators worldwide on the ad hoc Division of the CAS during the Olympic Winter Games in 2002 in Salt Lake and in 2006 in Turin.

Maidie has been named a "Game Changer" by Sports Business Journal and was honored with the Woman Sports Lawyer Award at the 2012 Sports Lawyer Association conference in San Diego. In 2014, Maidie was honored with the Trailblazer Award at the 6th Annual Kids in Sports KIS) Circle of Excellence Awards reception.

Maidie sits on the board of trustees of the California State Parks Foundation, an independent, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to protecting and enhancing California’s 278 state parks. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games Organizing Committee, charged with holding the privately financed largest sports and humanitarian event in Los Angeles in 2015. Special Olympics unites the world through sports in a celebration of the abilities and accomplishments of people with intellectual disabilities to form a new global vision of acceptance. She speaks fluent French with native capability and understands several other languages. She is very fond of outdoor activities, participates in triathlons, and is a frequent hiker and swimmer.

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