Professor Richard Brand is Managing Partner of Arent Fox’s San Francisco office and heads the firm’s Sports practice. He is one of the best-known sports law attorneys in the US. He advises professional sports franchises, owners of sports and entertainment facilities, sponsors, and service content providers in virtually all areas of sports law, including in naming rights and sponsorship transactions, arena and stadium leases and licenses, suite and club seat licensing, financings for pro sports teams, media rights as well as advertising, promotional, and food and beverage/concession agreements. Rich also advises prospective purchasers and sellers of pro sports franchises and sports and entertainment facilities and negotiates player, coaches, and executive contracts, license agreements, as well as salary cap and collective bargaining interpretation, and related matters for professional sports teams.
Rich has counseled numerous professional sports team clients in all the major leagues, including the Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Cleveland Cavaliers, DC United, Los Angeles Galaxy, Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Rams, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Dolphins, Miami Heat, New York City FC, New York Jets, New York Knicks, New York Rangers, New York Red Bulls, Oklahoma Thunder, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trailblazers, San Francisco 49ers, San Antonio Spurs, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Capitals, and Washington Wizards.
Rich has also counseled numerous brands and companies in a variety of naming rights and sponsorship transactions and other promotional or revenue generating agreements, including Amazon, Credit Karma, Mercedes Benz, Golden 1 Credit Union, Inova, Q2 Holdings, Albertsons, PPL, and Williamson Dickie Manufacturing Co.
Rich is on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Sports Council, a prestigious group comprising individuals and corporate members of the sports business community. The Council is a private, nonprofit corporation which serves to promote regional economic development through sports, foster development of the Los Angeles region’s established amateur and professional sports teams and facilities, and assist in attracting and staging major sports events in the region.
He is often a featured speaker at national industry events and a go-to source for the San Francisco Business Times, Daily Journal, LawInSport, and the YES Network’s Forbes SportsMoney talk show. He has routinely appeared on CNN, Fox Sports, and other national media programs. Rich was recently named a ‘Sports Lawyer of the Year’ by The Best Lawyers in America©.
J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School
B.A., Georgetown University