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" Paul J. Greene the Founder of Global Sports Advocates is recognized by Chambers USA, Super Lawyers and Global Law Experts as one of America’s leading sports lawyers. "

Paul Greene

Paul J. Greene, the Founder of Global Sports Advocates, LLC, is recognized by Chambers USA and Super Lawyers as one of America’s leading sports lawyers.  Paul has handled sports law matters around the world, including numerous hearings before the international Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland known as the “Supreme Court for Sports Law.”

Representative matters:

Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson v. Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission:  successfully appealed doping bans of gold medal sprinters at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.  Bans were reduced from 18 months to 6 months.  CAS Panel ordered the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission pay attorney’s fees in historic decision.

Caroline Maher v. World Taekwondo Federation: successfully overturned a wrongful doping ban levied against an Egyptian athlete by her international federation;

Suzana Zoran v. MFK Ruzomberok: prevailed in contract dispute involving a FIFA transfer fee on behalf of a Bosnian agent;

Phil DeRosier v. USA Track & Field: defended the right of a track and field athlete to compete in the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in an emergency arbitration just hours before his scheduled race.

Michael Phelps Foundation v. Domains By Proxy: obtained a judgment against a cybersquatter who had illegally registered the domain name

Paul is a member of the Immigration Legal Advocacy Project, a group committed to protecting the rights of immigrants by providing pro bono representation in asylum matters.  He teaches “Law and Sports” at the University of Maine School of Law and serves on the school’s Alumni Association Board of Directors.  Paul also teaches “Legal Ethics in Business” at the University of Southern Maine’s Business School.

Paul is on the list of approved lawyers for the International Court of Arbitration for Sport, the Sports Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada and the United States Olympic Committee.

He is admitted to practice in the States of Maine, Massachusetts, New York and the District of Colorado.

Paul is a USA Soccer certified youth coach.  He coaches youth sports teams for his son and daughter in his hometown of Falmouth, Maine.

The captain of his college Cross Country and Track team at Brandeis University, Paul still runs marathons.


Brandeis University, B.A., 1993, M.A., 1994

Syracuse University, M.A., 1995 (S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications)

University of Maine School of Law, J.D., 2007 (cum laude, Managing Editor, Maine Law Review, Interned for the Honorable Kermit Lipez, United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit)

Bar Admissions:

State of Maine

State of Massachusetts

State of New York

United States District Court, District of Maine

United States District Court, District of Colorado


  • United States Anti-Doping Agency v. Montgomery: Paving a New Path to Conviction in Olympic Doping Cases, 59 Maine Law Review 149 (2007)
  • Boats, Baseballs and What a Repeal of the Cuban Refugee Adjustment Act Might Mean for Both, Entertainment and Sports Lawyer (2009)
  • Is the International Olympic Committee Above The Law? Entertainment and Sports Lawyer (2010)
  • NBA Lockout: Implications for Europe, World Sports Law Report (2011)
  • International Olympic Committee’s Rule 45 thrown out: Is the British Olympic Association’s Bylaw 25 the next to go? World Sports Law Report (2011)
  • Incorrect Sanctions and Impact on Anti-Doping, World Sports Law Report (2012)
  • Beyond Doping Cases: A Primer on Olympic Jurisprudence as London 2012 Approaches, Entertainment and Sports Lawyer (2012)
  • Lance Armstrong and WADA’s Statute of Limitations, World Sports Law Report (2013)
  • Doping: Alex Rodriguez’s 162 Game Suspension, World Sports Law Report (2014)
  • Fighters ‘take fight’ to the UFC by filing antitrust lawsuit , World Sports Law Report (2015)
  • Landmark ‘Deflategate’ ruling overturns NFL suspension, World Sports Law Report (2015)
  • Is Ryan Lochte’s Punishment Fair?, Sports Litigation Alert (2016)
  • Proposed anti-doping reforms in the wake of the Russia scandal, World Sports Advocate (2016)
  • The current state of the US when it comes to FIFA, Football Legal (2017)
  • A Review of the Arijan Ademi decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, LawinSport (2017)
  • Should marijuana and cannabinoids still be banned for use in sports?, LawinSport (2017)
  • The case of Paola Pliego and the false positive, World Sports Advocate (2017)


  • Athletes’ rights under the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act, Florida Coastal School of Law (2010)
  • Athletes’ rights and Rule 45 of the Olympic Charter, Law, Policy and the Olympic Movement, Ithaca College London (2011)
  • Law and the Olympic Movement, University of Maine School of Law (2011)
  • Sports Law 101: National Business Institute (2011)
  • “What do to when your athlete tests positive”, USA Track & Field Annual Athlete Representative Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana (2013), Sacramento, California (2014) and Anaheim, California (2014)
  • Panelist, Athlete Welfare – Health, Doping Finance and Education, LawinSport Conference, London (2015)
  • Panelist, Tackling Doping in Sport Conference, London (2015)
  • Ins and Outs of International Sports Law, American Bar Association, International Conference (2015)
  • Law and the Olympics, Harvard Law School (2015)
  • Doping and Drug Testing Issues, cSports Lawyers Association (2015)
  • Athlete Biological Passport Program, Tackling Doping in Sport (London) (2015)
  • What do to when your athlete tests positive, USA Track & Field Annual Athlete Representative Conference (2015)
  • Protecting International Athletes, Corruption in International Sports (2016)
  • Doping in Football, Player Contracts (2016)
  • Representing athletes in anti-doping proceedings, Sports Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (Annual Meeting – Vancouver) (2016)
  • Athlete representation in an arbitration, Tackling Doping in Sport (London) (2016)
  • Unintentional doping, USA Track & Field Annual Athlete Representative Conference (2016)
  • Broadening the scope of sports law, Chapman University School of Law (2017)
  • The Court of Arbitration for Sport, Sports Lawyers Association (2017)
  • Helping an athlete through an anti-doping offense, Tackling Doping in Sport (London) (2017)
  • Sports, Drugs and Olympic Redemption, University of North Carolina School of Law (2017)
  • Unintentional Doping, USA Track & Field Annual Athlete Representative Conference (2017)