Jeffrey Mishkin’s practice centers on all aspects of sports law and includes antitrust, intellectual property, labor and a wide range of trial and appellate business litigation. Mr. Mishkin joined Skadden’s New York office in 2000, after serving as executive vice president and chief legal officer of the National Basketball Association for seven years. For many years, he has represented the NBA as its chief outside counsel.
Mr. Mishkin has participated in every major legal decision that has affected the NBA in the past 35 years — first as an associate and then as a partner in private practice with a large New York firm, and later as the head of the NBA’s in-house legal department.
He has been involved in every round of collective bargaining negotiations between the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association, and he directed the NBA’s legal effort in its 1998-1999 labor dispute with NBA players.
Since coming to Skadden, his sports practice has expanded to include representation of the PGA TOUR, National Football League, National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, National Collegiate Athletic Association, United States Tennis Association, Major League Baseball Advanced Media, Collegiate Licensing Association, Madison Square Garden, New York Knicks, New York Rangers, New Jersey (now Brooklyn) Nets, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors, Toronto Maple Leafs, Denver Nuggets, Miami Heat and many other sports organizations.
Among other notable matters, Mr. Mishkin successfully represented the PGA TOUR in Morris Communications v. PGA TOUR, an antitrust case in which the Eleventh Circuit upheld the right of the PGA TOUR to prohibit the unauthorized sale of real-time golf scores.
Mr. Mishkin was named a “Litigator of the Week” by The Am Law Litigation Daily(September 19, 2013) for his work on behalf of the four major U.S. professional sports leagues and the National Collegiate Athletic Association in securing an affirmance by the Third Circuit of a permanent injunction preventing the state of New Jersey from authorizing gambling on the leagues’ athletic events. He also serves as an arbitrator for the Court of Arbitration for Sport headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland.
- J.D., Cornell Law School, 1972
- B.A., State University of New York at Albany, 1969
Admissions : New York
- Chair, Committee on Federal Courts, Association of the Bar of the City of New York (1989-1992)
- Member, Committee on Federal Courts, Association of the Bar of the City of New York (1986-1989)
- Secretary, Committee on Entertainment and Sports Law, Association of the Bar of the City of New York (1983-1986)
- Secretary, Committee on Professional Discipline, Association of the Bar of the City of New York (1980-1983)
- Member, Young Lawyers Committee, Association of the Bar of the City of New York (1977-1980)
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