The Sports and Entertainment Law Insider will bring the latest and breaking news in the sports and entertainment world. Discussions and blog posts will tackle the challenges and legal needs facing professional sports leagues, teams, owners, athletes, movie studios, entertainers, and film and television production companies.

Services offered by the Goldberg Segalla Sports and Entertainment Practice Group include:

  • Drafting, negotiating and executing contracts, including celebrity endorsement agreements and licensing deals
  • Representing clients in litigation and arbitration matters related to contractual rights arising under performance agreements, endorsement agreements, royalty agreements and all other contracts
  • Protecting, enforcing and litigating publicity rights, privacy rights and intellectual property rights
  • Advising clients in other business ventures and contract negotiations

Joseph M. Hanna
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Joseph Hanna is a partner of the firm and concentrates his practice in commercial litigation with a focus on sports and entertainment law and retail, hospitality, and development litigation. Joe represents sports franchises, professional athletes, and movie studios with various issues related to licensing, contracts, and day-to-day management. He serves as Chair of Goldberg Segalla’s Sports and Entertainment Law Practice Group. In addition, Joe is the Chair of Goldberg Segalla’s Diversity Task Force and editor of the firm’sSports and Entertainment Law Insider blog. He possesses an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

In recognition of his work representing clients in the media and entertainment world and authoring some of the leading articles on high-profile issues making international headlines in these areas, including the first truly comprehensive examination of the legal issues in the National Football League concussion litigation controversy, Joe was named a Law360 Rising Star for 2014. This national honor ranks Joe among the top lawyers under age 40 practicing today. He is one of only five named in the Media and Entertainment category, and one of just over 160 lawyers in the entire country to receive a Law360 Rising Star award in 2014.

As Chair of Goldberg Segalla’s Diversity Task Force, Joe’s dedication to diversity is demonstrated in his leadership in various organizations and outreach programs — including his recent tenure as President of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York (MBAWNY) and his current role as President of the MBAWNY Foundation, Inc. — as well as the recognition he has received for his efforts, including the Minority Corporate Counsel Association George B. Vashon Innovator Award and the New York State Bar Association Diversity Trailblazer Award. Joe was recently selected for the 2014 Fellows program by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. He organizes and Chairs Success in the City, a diversity networking event geared toward bringing together business, corporate, and community leaders, as well as corporate counsel, local politicians, and members of minority bar associations to celebrate the successes and critical importance of diversity in Buffalo’s developing community. Past Success in the City events have drawn more than 500 attendees, and the event serves as a model for other cities aiming to promote inclusive and diverse professional communities. Joe received the MBAWNY Community Service Award for his leadership in making diversity and inclusion in Western New York a focal point through Success in the City and working with inner city students to help better their lives.

Joe is also the Founder and President of Bunkers in Baghdad, Inc., a nonprofit that collects and ships new and used golf equipment for recreational purposes to our brave troops in 30 countries around the world. Bunkers also distributes equipment to wounded warriors throughout the United States and Europe to aid in their rehabilitation, including Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Fort Hood, Fort Drum, and VA hospitals across the country. The charity works with school children nationwide who pack each box with balls, cards, and letters they write to the soldiers. The “Bunkers Buddies” program is especially rewarding for the soldiers, and for the students themselves. Bunkers in Baghdad has collected more than 5 million golf balls and more than 200,000 golf clubs for our troops and veterans. In recognition of Bunkers in Baghdad’s contributions, Joe has received numerous accolades, including a Daily Point of Light Award, a national recognition program created by the George H.W. Bush administration to honor individuals and groups for making meaningful change in their communities through voluntary action.

As a member of the American Bar Association (ABA), Joe was chosen to participate in the prestigious Young Lawyer Leadership Program (YLLP). He was named American Bar Association’s Outstanding Chair of 2010 for his work on the ABA’s Minority Trial Lawyer Committee. Also in 2010, Joe was awarded the New York State Bar Association Outstanding Young Lawyer Award for his efforts to enhance diversity in the legal profession and effective leadership in community activities. The award is presented annually to a young lawyer who has rendered outstanding service to both the community and the legal profession and has a distinguished record of commitment to the finest traditions of the New York State Bar through public service and professional activities. In addition, Joe has received the prestigious 40 Under 40 award given to Western New York’s best and brightest future leaders in the community.


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