Matthew Kaiser

Matthew Kaiser

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Matthew D. Kaiser is an emerging force in the sports law world. He first joined the Global Sports Advocates legal team in 2016 as an intern while a student in the International Sports Law Master’s program at the Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía (ISDE) based in Madrid, Spain. Matt has been a full-time associate since 2017 and in that time has become an invaluable member of the Global Sports Advocates team.

Matt finds his work protecting athletes’ rights to be truly rewarding and has been involved in a number of important victories on behalf of athletes:

  • As lead counsel before the Lausanne, Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport, Matt successfully represented cyclist Aleksei Medvedev in his appeal against the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s decision to ban him for two years.  The sanction was reduced to six months, which saved Mr. Medvedev’s career.
  • Matt achieved another major victory on behalf of tennis player Maksim Tikhomirov by convincing the International Tennis Federation to withdraw its case. Matt provided overwhelming evidence demonstrating that Mr. Tikhomirov did not commit an anti-doping rule violation as alleged. Mr. Tikhomirov faced a career-ending four-year ban from competition.
  • Matt has had particular success in anti-doping cases involving retroactive Therapeutic Use Exemptions where he has enabled clients to avoid potential anti-doping rule violations by getting approval for the use of medically necessary substances.
  • Matt traveled to the Republic of Moldova where he successfully provided counsel to the National Olympic and Sports Committee of Moldova in a governance dispute involving a member federation that sought to unfairly penalize several of the country’s top athletes.
  • Matt successfully enabled an athlete to transfer from one federation to another, which allowed him to compete and medal at the Pan American Games.

Matt is a member of the Sports Resolutions and International Ice Hockey Federation pro bono panels. A leading voice on sports law issues, he frequently speaks at conferences around the world and has authored numerous articles.

Matt attended the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and Villanova School of Business where he received a dual JD-MBA degree.  He graduated magna cum laude and was a Student-Works Editor for the Villanova Law Review as well as a member of the Sports Law Club.  Matt graduated summa cum laude from The College of William and Mary where he was the starting outfielder for the school’s club baseball team. He is admitted to practice in the State of New York.

Matt stays active by running, hiking, participating in various local sports leagues, and volunteering at the local animal shelter. He is conversationally fluent in Spanish and is currently learning French as well as American Sign Language.

Areas of Practice

  • Anti-doping violations
  • Breach of contract
  • Code of conduct violations
  • Eligibility
  • Governance and sports regulation
  • Right of publicity
  • SafeSport
  • Team selection


  • 4th session of the AIAC’s International Sports Law Conference 2019, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • ISLJ Annual International Sports Law Conference 2018, The Hague


  • The Women’s National Soccer Team Loses Momentum in their Lawsuit with the United States Soccer Federation Experiences a Massive Overhaul (Football Legal, Issue #13 June 2020).
  • How athletes’ rights can be better protected when it comes to retroactive Therapeutic Use Exemptions (The International Sports Law Journal, 2019)
  • Coronavirus: The Impact of the Pandemic on Women’s Sports in the USA (Sports and Taxation, April 2020).
  • Recent IOC Changes Should Guide the NCAA (ABA Young Lawyers Editorial, 2020)
  • Gender discrimination impact on US sports – Parts One & Two (Global Sports Law & Taxation Report, December 2019, March 2020)
  • Cuban Athletes in America: The Defection Dilemma (Football Legal, 2019)
  • Finally Operating Within the Lines: The MLS Agrees to Enforce Training Compensation and Solidarity Payments (Football Legal, Issue #11 June 2019)
  • S. Women’s National Soccer Team Strikes Again: WNT Sues USSF for Gender Discrimination Ahead of World Cup (Football Legal, Issue #11 June 2019)
  • World Players Association’s Universal Declaration of Player Rights, LawInSport (2018)
  • The current state of the U.S. when it comes to FIFA’s training compensation and solidarity mechanism fees (Football Legal, Issue #7 June 2017)
  • Minors in Football in the U.S. (Football Legal, Issue #7 June 2017)
  • Two US soccer teams file a claim before the CAS over MLS closed league system (World Sports Advocate, Issue #9, September 2017)
  • Proposed anti-doping reforms in the wake of the Russia scandal (World Sports Advocate, 2016)
  • Is Ryan Lochte’s Punishment Fair? (Sports Litigation Alert 2016)

He also published a case note in law school while on the Villanova Law ReviewSit…Stay…Now Beg for Me: A Look at the Courthouse Dogs Program and the Legal Standard Pennsylvania Should Use to Determine Whether a Dog Can Accompany a Child on the Witness Stand (60 Vill. L. Rev. 343).