Overview

Anthony "Tony" Mulrain is a corporate attorney in Holland & Knight's New York and Atlanta offices and the co-chair of the firm's Sports Law Practice. Mr. Mulrain has more than 20 years of experience with transactional matters and litigation within the sports and entertainment industries. He is a much sought-after resource for creatives, talent, studios, networks, executives, agencies, teams, leagues and companies within those industries.

Mr. Mulrain's work also includes representing actors, writers, producers and directors in the motion picture and television businesses in transactions with studios and production companies. He has advised creative professionals on agreements related to their work on a wide variety of television shows and motion pictures. In addition to traditional entertainment representation, Mr. Mulrain's practice has evolved to encompass representing entertainment clients in a broad range of other business pursuits. He has also handled legal agreements for productions, copyright infringement actions, employment matters and other legal issues for studios, networks and streaming companies.

After establishing himself as an entertainment attorney, Mr. Mulrain expanded his practice to include sports law. He has extensive experience advising and counseling professional athletes, sports agencies, sports leagues, Olympic sport governing bodies and boxing promoters, as well as regularly representing players in the National Basketball Association (NBA), National Football League (NFL) and Major League Baseball (MLB), including at least one No. 1 overall draft pick in all three major sports. His work for athletes also encompasses representing them in the agent selection process, player-agent fee disputes, traditional and equitized endorsement and image licensing agreements, marketing representation agreements, intellectual property portfolio management and civil litigation throughout the country. He is also called on to serve as general counsel to professional athletes, guiding them through a variety of sophisticated transactions, including the acquisition of an interest in television streaming networks, the purchase of national television affiliates, formation of marketing enterprises and structuring of a number of esports teams. World champion prizefighters have also sought his counsel on business opportunities.

Mr. Mulrain also works with many of the nation's most prominent sports agencies to represent celebrity clients in highly sensitive matters, including pre-draft extortion cases and complex and contentious business disputes with apparel and protective gear companies. He also has counseled startup sports agencies on corporate and regulatory issues, and advised boxing promoters on television agreements and related matters for world championship boxing matches.

In addition to his work in the sports and entertainment sectors, Mr. Mulrain's business acumen and problem-solving abilities have made him a sought-after resource across many industries. As a result, he is a trusted adviser to a number of healthcare, life sciences and technology companies.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Mulrain was co-chair of the sports and entertainment practice for a large U.S. law firm in its New York office. In addition, he previously was founding and managing partner of the Atlanta office for a national law firm.

Representative Experience

  • Lead counsel on launch of Overtime Elite, a groundbreaking new professional basketball league, which included employment matters, sports and entertainment services, healthcare regulatory advice, licensing issues and the creation of the league's Uniform Players Agreement, Player Conduct Policy, Sponsorship and Endorsement protocols, health privacy and data procedures, and the Group Licensing Agreements
  • Counseled and advised numerous amateur track and field athletes on whether to become professionals and negotiated groundbreaking endorsement agreements with apparel companies
  • Defended a high-profile actress in an Illinois lawsuit brought by the ex-wife of her husband, a professional basketball player, alleging that she had engaged in inappropriate conduct in the presence of her husband's children
  • Represented a major sports agency in the international debt refinancing and acquisition of professional football, baseball and basketball practices
  • Represented a professional basketball player in securing an injunction against his reality star ex-girlfriend in Florida, which enjoined her from mentioning his name in the media
  • Represented a television network in a copyright infringement case regarding a reality television show
  • Represented boxing promoters in negotiating promotional, match, television production and licensing agreements, and in securing required approvals from sanctioning bodies and state commissioners
  • Represented sports agencies and professional athletes in fee dispute arbitrations – American Arbitration Association (AAA), Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services (JAMS), Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) and National Basketball Players Association (NBPA)
  • Represented a professional basketball player in a California lawsuit that resulted in his ex-girlfriend being unable to leverage his brand for purposes of a reality television show

Credentials

Education
  • Rutgers Law School, J.D.
  • Iona College, B.B.A.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Georgia
  • New York
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
Memberships
  • National Black Lawyers, 2020-Present; Top 100 List, 2021
  • The Sports Lawyers Association (SLA), 2017-Present
  • Law360 Media & Entertainment Editorial Advisory Board, Board Member
  • Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association (BESLA), Member, 2003-Present, Board of Directors, 2004–2010
  • Metropolitan Black Bar Association, Board Member, 1997–2001
Honors & Awards
  • New York Super Lawyers magazine, 2022
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Nationwide – Sports Law, 2022
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Nationwide – Sports Law: Esports, 2022
  • Sports Business Journal, Power Players: Outside Counsel, 2021
  • The National Law Journal, Sports & Entertainment Trailblazers List, 2020
  • Who's Who Legal, Sports and Entertainment, 2007-2009, 2015
  • Rolling Out, 100 Most Influential People in Entertainment, 2008
  • The Network Journal, Top 40 Under Forty Achievement Award, 2004

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