Richard 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.
Examples of Rich’s experience include representing the Miami Dolphins in its recently completed naming rights and sponsorship transaction with Hard Rock, Inova Health System in connection with its recently completed naming rights and sponsorship transaction with the Washington Redskins in connection with their training facility and headquarters in Ashburn, Virginia, the Brooklyn Nets in its media rights agreement with Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network (YES) for the exhibition of the team’s games and ancillary programming, Mercedes-Benz in its naming rights and sponsorship transaction with the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United FC in connection with Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Golden One Credit Union in its naming rights and sponsorship transaction with the Sacramento Kings in connection with Golden One Center, the San Francisco 49ers in its naming rights and sponsorship transaction with Levi Strauss & Co in connection with Levi’s Stadium, the Brooklyn Nets in all aspects of its new multi-million dollar training facility in Brooklyn, the Los Angeles Lakers in its media rights agreement with Time Warner Cable, Brooklyn Events Center, LLC in the transaction which relocated the New York Islanders to the Barclays Center, the family of Abe Pollin in the sale of its interests in the Washington Wizards, the Brooklyn Nets in the Barclays Center Naming Rights transaction, the Los Angeles Galaxy in its media rights agreement with Time Warner Cable, and Lawrence Investments (Larry Ellison’s personal investment company) in its efforts to acquire an NBA franchise.
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. He obtained his law degree from University of Pennsylvania Law School and his undergraduate degree in finance 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 regularly guest lectures at prominent undergraduate and graduate Sports Administration programs.
J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School
B.A., Georgetown University