If you thing that there is no career for lawyers in sport law, well just read this paper by Linda Myers ‘Why Sports Lawyer Jeff Mishkin has the Best Job in the World’.
Jeff Mishkin it says ‘has participated in every major legal decision affecting the NBA over the past thirty years and has argued its most important cases, among them NBA v. Williams (which upheld the legality of the NBA salary cap); Chicago Professional Sports and WGN v. NBA (which secured the NBA’s right to control the national telecast of its games); and NBA v. Motorola (which established the scope of a sports league’s ability to regulate the Internet transmission of real-time scores and statistics).
Soon after graduation, Mishkin a Cornell law graduate, joined a law firm where he began as an associate in litigation.
But how did he end in sport law?
‘David Stern, then one of the firm’s associates, asked me if I wanted to work on a case for the NBA, a small client at the time. I said yes, and for the next two decades at Proskauer, I continued to do work with the NBA” says Jeff Mishkin.
By 1992, Gary Bettman, then the NBA’s chief legal counsel, was elected commissioner of the National Hockey League; Mr Mishkin replaced him, as NBA’s chief legal counsel. In 2007 he was named by Chambers USA, as one of the Best Lawyers in America for sports law.
Since 2000, he is a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in the Antitrust, Sports Law and Business Litigation department. His bio on the firm’s website is quite impressive.
Over the years, it is said in Mrs Myers’ paper, he has found time to lecture not only at Cornell Law School, but also at Brooklyn, Cardozo, Harvard, Stanford, and Yale law schools.
Not bad, for somebody who hadn’t planned to be a sport lawyer?
What an inspiring career and person!