Our firm is regularly featured in the media for its work representing high-profile athletes and other sports stakeholders. Learn about some of our recent cases, as well as the awards we’ve won and our appearances at prominent sports law conferences.

Global Anti-Doping Rules Must Be Reformed to Protect Innocent Athletes

USADA announced today that Aldrich Bailey Jr. of Arlington, Texas, an athlete in the sport of track and field, has tested positive for trace levels of ostarine from contaminated neoprene hamstring sleeves, at no fault of his own. Bailey will not face a period of ineligibility, but under the World Anti-Doping Code, his no fault violation must nevertheless be publicly disclosed with disqualification of competitive results if collected in-competition.

Further, even after it is established, as we did in this case, that the athlete is completely innocent, the WADA rules require disqualification and publication of no fault findings such as this to remain compliant with the rules.”

The system can be reformed to eliminate the risk of sanctioning clean athletes while still holding intentional cheaters accountable.

Read the Full Article from USADA

Paul Greene Quoted in The Washington Post

Attorney Paul Greene was interviewed for an article published on August 18, 2023, that looked at the heartbreaking effects of a four-year suspension on Shelby Houlihan's running career. He discusses how her case progressed, including objections to the AIU’s original classification of her test. The lab considered the result an adverse analytical finding, which meant it believed the underlying markers of her test suggested intentional doping. Greene argued the lab should have considered it an atypical finding because the low level of nandrolone in her system was consistent with consuming contaminated meat, which would have required additional scrutiny of the test and meant Houlihan would have been placed under investigation and follow-up testing rather than immediately punished. Reach the full article on The Washington Post website.

Matthew Kaiser Published in Football Legal

Global Sports Advocates attorney Matthew Kaiser published "Internal and External Pressures to Change USSF at Play in 2023" in Football Legal #18. Download the full PDF of the article here. 

Paul Greene and Matthew Kaiser Discuss 2023 Sports Law Trends

Attorneys Paul Greene and Matthew Kaiser contributed a "USA Trends and Developments" article to the Chambers USA Sports Law 2023 guide. Their article discusses three legal trends and developments that should be monitored closely throughout 2023:

  • the trend toward continued gender equity in sports;
  • the challenge to Major League Baseball’s antitrust exemption; and
  • the looming legal battles the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Tour has against both the PGA Tour and DP World Tour.

Renowned Sports Attorney Helps Czech Olympic Star Avoid Doping Ban

International sports attorney Paul Greene helped Katerina Nash, a cyclist, and skier who represented the Czech Republic in two Winter and three Summer Olympics, avoid a four-year doping ban after testing positive for small traces of a banned substance. With the help of Mr. Greene, it was determined that the substance entered Katerina's system through the skin while she was trying to give medicine drops to her ailing dog.

Check out the AP article on Katerina Nash now.

Paul Greene Discusses Peter Bol's Fight to Clear His Name

International sports law lawyer Paul Greene was interviewed by ABC Sports Daily to discuss Australian runner Peter Bol's efforts to clear his name after testing positive for EPO last year and how this will impact Bol's path to the Paris Olympics in 2024.

More Peter Bol Headlines:

Peter Bol's Lawyer Tears Strips Off Anti-Doping Authorities

Lawyer Paul Greene Condems Process Behind Peter Bol's Drug Tests

'It's a Disgrace': Peter Bol's Lawyer Goes Nuclear Over Aussie Drug Body's 'Really Poor Process'

Paul Greene Featured as a Contributing Author of the Sporting Succession in Football Policy Bulletin

Paul Greene, expert sports law attorney, is featured as a contributing author on USSF sporting FIFA succession rules application to US Soccer and American soccer clubs.  His chapter is featured in the September 22 edition of "SPORTING SUCCESSION IN FOOTBALL," International Sports Law and Policy Bulletin 1/2022. 

Global Sports Advocates Partners With ASCA to Provide SafeSport Legal Consultations

The American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) has retained Global Sports Advocates (GSA) to provide its members with initial legal consultations for any SafeSport matter. Learn more about this benefit on the Swimming World website. 

Global Sports Advocates Included in Chambers USA 2022 Sports Law Rankings

Global Sports Advocates has been ranked as one of the nation's top sports law firms by Chambers USA. Additionally, Founding Partner Paul Greene and Associate Matthew Kaiser have been ranked individually by Chambers USA as top sports lawyers. Paul is ranked in "Band 2" and Matthew is ranked as an "Associate to Watch."

Read the full press release here.

Paul Greene Appears on the Anti-Doping Podcast

Joining Dr. Marie McNeely and the Partnership for Clean Competition on their The Anti-Doping Podcast, Paul Greene discusses the legal process for athletes who might find themselves accused of wrongdoing or doping sanctions.

Paul Greene Talks to ESPN, Reuters and USA Today About Russian Figure Skater Kamila Valieva’s Alleged Positive Drug Test During the 2022 Olympics

Figure skating phenom Kamila Valieva, 15, of Russia reportedly tested positive for a banned substance, which has subsequently led to the delay of the medal ceremony. While the delay occurred just this week, apparently the test was taken way back in December of 2021, which has led many people to wonder what took so long. To which, Paul had this to say:

"Sometimes these things get thrown to the lab and the lab sits on it for months, not through anybody's nefarious conduct, just through backups in lab testing.”

And while the situation has not yet been resolved, Paul hasn’t seen many cases this difficult.

“This is one of the most complicated situations I've seen and I've done these cases for a long time.”

For more information on what sports attorney Paul Greene had to say about Valieva and her alleged positive drug test, visit ESPNwatch the Reuters video interview or see the latest article from USA Today now.

Matthew Kaiser Speaks at the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association

On December 16, 2021, Matthew Kaiser spoke at the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association in Orlando, FL. Matthew’s hour-long session, entitled “You are a Mandatory Reporter: Legal Obligations When Suspected Sexual Misconduct Arises”, provided an in-depth look at how the U.S. Center for SafeSport and various Universities handle complaints of sexual misconduct, the underlying regulations at play, and the best practices for coaches handling situations that fall under the U.S. Center for SafeSport Code and Title IX. At the end of the session, coaches had a better understanding of their rights and responsibilities under the SafeSport Code and Title IX and gained the knowledge to conduct themselves appropriately should any issues associated with these regulations arise in the future.

Clean Sport Mission Impossible With Sports Integrity Global Alliance

The Sport Integrity Global Alliance held its inaugural Youth Forum on 27 and 28 January 2021 where young professionals from different aspects of the sports world came together to discuss various international sports law topics with the aim of promoting youth empowerment and activism in and through sport. Matthew Kaiser spoke on the topic of clean sport.

SPORTSDIP: Law as a Tool of Sports Diplomacy

The Embassy of the Czech Republic, in partnership with the Czech Olympic Committee, hosted a webinar entitled Law as a Tool of Sports Diplomacy on 23 September 2021. Matthew Kaiser spoke about the intersection of sports law and diplomacy through the lens of the Olympic anti-doping system.

Paul Greene's Appearance on Fox News With Shelby Houlihan 

Houlihan and Paul Greene, joined 'America's Newsroom' in an exclusive interview to discuss how she is fighting against a failed drug test.

SportWorks Podcast: “Where Doping Starts” Featuring Paul Greene

Paul Greene, addresses doping in sports and how educational programmes should be a solution for our community.

Doped, the Dirty Side of Sports

This segment, from Epix, features our client Phil DeRosier and Paul Greene where Paul Greene helps unmask the dark reality of banned substance testing. 

Buzzerbeater Sports Podcast Featuring Paul Greene

Join host Matthew Kellner as he dives into the world of Sports Law with Attorney and Founder at Global Sports Advocates, Paul Greene.

Paul Greene at the 2016 Olympics After Winning the Darya Klishina Case

Founding Partner, Paul Greene, speaking to the press in the 2016 Rio Olympics after winning the Darya Klishina case.