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Richard L. Brand

Richard L. Brand

Arent Fox LLP
Managing Partner, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA, USA

Rich Brand is the Managing Partner of the San Francisco Office of Arent Fox LLP, and the Chair of the Sports Practice Group. Rich’s sports law practice focuses on naming rights, sponsorships, media rights, acquisitions of professional sports franchises, arena/stadium licenses, executive contracts, concession agreements, suite and club seat licenses, and financings for teams and facilities. Rich has represented numerous professional teams, including the Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Cleveland Cavaliers, DC United, Inter Milan, Los Angeles Galaxy, Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Dolphins, Miami Heat, New York Jets, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trailblazers. San Francisco 49ers, Washington Capitals, and Washington Wizards.

Rich’s experience spans many of the industry’s top naming-rights deals, including Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, and Barclays Center in Brooklyn. In media and franchise matters, Rich has handled work such as the sale of Washington Sports & Entertainment assets, the relocation of the New York Islanders, the Brooklyn Nets’ media rights deal with YES Network, and the Los Angeles Lakers’ 20-year media rights deal with Time Warner Cable.

Rich is recognized as a leading sports attorney by Chambers USA, Legal 500, and Best Lawyers, and as a leading real estate attorney by Legal 500 and Best Lawyers. Rich is also recognized as a SportsBusiness Journal Power Player. He obtained his law degree from University of Pennsylvania Law School and his BSBA from Georgetown University. He speaks extensively on many aspects of sports, real estate, and hospitality law at major industry conferences. He has been featured on the Yes Network’s Forbes SportsMoney sports talk show and on CNN, Fox News and other national video/television programs. Rich is an adjunct professor at UC Berkeley School of Law and Stanford University Law School, teaching courses in Drafting and Negotiating Sports Transactions and regularly guest lectures at prominent undergraduate and graduate Sports Administration programs.


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