Rich Brand is the firm’s San Francisco Managing Partner and head of the Sports practice group. He focuses on sports law, real estate and corporate transactions, e-commerce, hospitality and leisure, and partnership and corporate law.
Rich is recognized as a leading sports attorney by Chambers USA, a "Leading Lawyer" in sports by Legal 500, and as a leading real estate attorney by Best Lawyers and Legal 500. Chambers USA notes “he is highly regarded for his expertise in representing both sellers and purchasers of sports teams,” and Legal 500 client sources say he is "one of the very best transactional sports lawyers in the country.” Rich is also recognized as a SportsBusiness Journal Power Player and was named one of the Daily Journal's "Top 100 Lawyers" in California.
Rich speaks extensively on many aspects of sports, real estate and hospitality law at major industry conferences. He is frequently featured on the Yes Network’s Forbes SportsMoney sports talk show and has appeared on CNN, Fox Sports and other national video/television/radio programs. Rich is also an adjunct professor at UC Berkeley School of Law, where he leads seminars on sports law transactions. Rich regularly guest lectures at prominent undergraduate and graduate Sports Administration programs.
Rich’s practice encompasses several main transactional areas, including:
Representation of professional sports franchises, owners of sports and entertainment facilities, sponsors and service content providers in connection with naming rights transactions, media rights agreements, sponsorship agreements, advertising agreements, promotional agreements, food and beverage agreements, suite and club seat licensing, and financings for professional sports teams and owners of sports and entertainment facilities;
Representation of prospective purchasers and sellers of professional sports franchises and sports and entertainment facilities; and
Player, coaches, and executive contracts, license agreements, salary cap and collective bargaining interpretation, and related matters for professional sports teams.
Real Estate/Hospitality & Leisure/Corporate
Representation of local and national owners, developers, and users in all aspects of real estate transactions, including hotel, office, and industrial acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, development, construction, financing, and management of commercial properties;
Joint ventures and related equity financings;
Formation of start-up entities and the sale of existing businesses; and
Representation of lenders and borrowers in complex debt and equity transactions, consensual real estate workouts, restructurings, and reorganizations.