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Shanahan Law Group Transitions to Nelson Mullins

December 1, 2020

Shanahan Law Group Transitions to Nelson Mullins
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Jay W. Fee

Jay W. Fee

Partner

One Financial Center
35th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
jay.fee@nelsonmullins.com

Jay Fee concentrates his practice in sports business law. He is co-chair of the firm's Sports & Entertainment Law Industry Group, which serves entities such as colleges and universities, corporations, professional sports franchises, franchise investors and owners, facility owners/operators, sponsors, developers, naming rights holders, regional broadcast networks, media rights holders, and sports executives. In addition,...

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Jay Fee concentrates his practice in sports business law. He is co-chair of the firm's Sports & Entertainment Law Industry Group, which serves entities such as colleges and universities, corporations, professional sports franchises, franchise investors and owners, facility owners/operators, sponsors, developers, naming rights holders, regional broadcast networks, media rights holders, and sports executives. In addition, Jay represents corporations engaging in large sponsorship, licensing, and promotional rights agreements with sports leagues and endorsement agreements with entertainers and athletes that are incorporated within regional, national, and global marketing campaigns.

Jay W. Fee

Jay represents corporations engaging in large sponsorship, licensing, and promotional rights agreements with sports leagues and endorsement agreements with entertainers and athletes that are incorporated within regional, national, and global marketing campaigns.

Jay Fee concentrates his practice in sports business law. He is co-chair of the firm's Sports & Entertainment Law Industry Group, which serves entities such as colleges and universities, corporations, professional sports franchises, franchise investors and owners, facility owners/operators, sponsors, developers, naming rights holders, regional broadcast networks, media rights holders, and sports executives. In addition,... Jay represents corporations engaging in large sponsorship, licensing, and promotional rights agreements with sports leagues and endorsement agreements with entertainers and athletes that are incorporated within regional, national, and global marketing campaigns.

Experience

Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

Experience

  • Negotiated NFL stadium naming rights agreement on behalf of a global automotive client
  • Represented a global consumer electronics company, completing negotiations on a multi-year national sponsorship agreement with the National Football League and other sponsorship agreements with thirty NFL franchises and several NFL star players
  • Negotiated naming rights to new NBA and NFL practice facilities for a southeastern US healthcare system
  • Completed a multi-media rights agreement with Learfield/IMG College on behalf of a major northeast university
  • Negotiated an NBA team jersey patch multi-year sponsorship agreement for a national digital healthcare company
  • Counseled global automotive company in connection with the acquisition of promotional and multi-media rights to several colleges and universities from Learfield/IMG College Communications
  • Counseled global footwear and apparel company concerning a return to NBA; NCAA compliance and the recruitment and signing of NBA draft selections as brand ambassadors 
  • Negotiated global licensing and video game agreement on behalf of world’s highest ranked professional golfer with EA Sports
  • Represents a major California-based golf equipment company concerning matters relating to their sponsorship, advertising and marketing activities with professional golfers
  • Advised a new sports league on establishment of a personal conduct policy and a protocol for performance enhancing substance testing and violation sanctions
  • Counseled clients concerning business and legal considerations relating to agreements with sports properties such as Formula 1 racing teams, Major League Lacrosse, US Ski Team, MLS, and professional golf tournament sponsorships
  • Advises clients on a variety of legal implications such as brand protection and exclusivity related to sponsorship and licensing initiatives

Previous Professional Experience

  • Worked at another Boston firm as a corporate real estate attorney where he negotiated large mitigation settlements for Boston property owners impacted by the Federal Highway Administration project, known as "Big Dig"
  • Worked at Woolf Associates, a sports agency in Boston, as an NHLPA Certified Player Agent and a Director of the Hockey Division
  • Negotiated settlements for property owners threatened with eminent domain and the loss of businesses and buildings in New York City related to Columbia University's campus expansion

Education

  • Suffolk University Law School, JD, with honors (1986)
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst, BA, Psychology, with honors (1977)

Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Practice Areas

Industries

  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • Sports Lawyers Association
  • Adjunct professor, Suffolk University Law School, "Sports and the Law" (covering issues such as NCAA eligibility rules and Title IX, Player/Agent relationships; Professional Contracts; Salary Arbitration; Antitrust Law; Collective Bargaining and Labor Law; Media Rights, Sponsorships; and Intellectual Property) (2011 – 2019)
  • Outside Counsel for pro bono client, the Boston Arts Academy Foundation
  • Original Member of Board of Directors of the Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care, Inc., a Boston-based Foundation providing care and support to cancer patients and their families (1995 – 2015)
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