Skip to Content
Offices in Cleveland & Columbus, Ohio 216-928-7700

Powerful Representation

For Athletes & Coaches

Friedman Nemecek Long & Grant, L.L.C. offers a team of experienced attorneys who have provided counsel to athletes and coaches from high school all the way through to the professional level.

Sports Attorneys for Athletes and Coaches

Representation for High School, College, and Professional Athletes and Coaches

Athletes and coaches work extremely hard to perform at the highest level while addressing their duties in other areas of life. Yet, because of their unique positions, athletes and coaches face a wide array of issues in today's world that can jeopardize their careers and ability to participate in the sport they love. At times, beneficial opportunities are possible due to the hard work and determination that has allowed them to be recognized. If you are an athlete or coach, whatever opportunity or challenge you are facing, it is crucial that you have an experienced attorney on your side throughout. They can provide the counsel you need to ensure that your voice is heard, that you have maximized your opportunities, and that your reputation and rights are protected.

At Friedman Nemecek Long & Grant, L.L.C. Attorneys at Law, our sports attorneys provide powerful representation to athletes and coaches throughout the United States. We focus a range of matters including, school disciplinary matters like Title IX complaints and conduct and policy violations; eligibility issues; Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) opportunities; criminal allegations; and civil claims. Recognizing that no legal matter is the same, we deliver individualized attention specifically tailored to address the unique and complex needs of today's athletes and coaches. We have provided counsel to coaches and athletes from high school through each division and subdivision of college athletics to the professional level.

Our team serves clients across the country and is ready to discuss your legal situation. Schedule a consultation by calling us at (216) 928-7700 or contacting us online.

  • Co-Chair of American Bar Association Cyber Committee
  • Former President of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Former President of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Legal Educators & Analysts
  • American College of Trial Lawyers Fellow
  • Rule 20 Certified - Lead Trial Counsel Capital Cases
  • Former President of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers
  • Recognized Leaders in the Legal Community
  • Practicing Throughout U.S. & Internationally
  • National Authors & Speakers on Our Team

Recent Case Results

Doing Whatever It Takes to Win
  • Sentence Significantly Reduced $60 Million Dollar Securities Fraud
  • Penalty Reduced to Probation Only $75 Million Investment Fraud
  • Not Guilty 102 Sexual Assault Counts
  • Not Guilty Aggravated Arson
  • Penalties Reduced to Misdemeanor Aggravated Burglary, Attempted Rape, Gross Sexual Imposition, and Kidnapping
  • Probation Sentence Aggravated Robbery With Gun Specifications

Representation for Title IX Cases

Title IX is a federal law prohibiting K-12 schools, colleges, and universities from denying educational opportunities to anyone based on sex. The definition of sex-based discrimination encompasses a variety of conduct, but Title IX matters typically arise when someone alleges that sexual harassment or misconduct has occurred on campus or during a school-related event.

Whether they are the alleged victim or actor, student-athletes and coaches involved in Title IX matters face a bevy of emotional, educational, and professional consequences, including a damaged reputation, suspension or expulsion from school, or termination from the school. Although federal guidelines exist providing guidance on how schools should handle these cases, the specific ways they are investigated, prosecuted, and punished can vary from one institution to another. Additionally, what rights complainants and respondents have is often confusing and differs from those in the criminal justice system.

At Friedman Nemecek Long & Grant, L.L.C., our sports lawyers represent student-athletes and coaches involved in Title IX matters. We provide counsel to complainants and respondents in schools throughout the United States.

Advising for Disciplinary and Administrative Hearings

Educational institutions across the nation have established codes of conduct and policies that students, staff, and faculty, including student-athletes and coaches, must abide by. When an allegation is made that a violation has occurred, student-athletes’ or coaches’ futures may be at risk.

Each school has different procedures for administrative and disciplinary proceedings. The results of these hearings can lead to:

  • Suspension or dismissal from participating in sports
  • Suspension or expulsion from school
  • Removal from student housing
  • Revocation of financial aid
  • Academic probation

Because the outcome of the hearings can have substantial and lasting impacts, it is vital that anyone accused of a code of conduct violation speak with an attorney right away. At Friedman Nemecek Long & Grant, L.L.C., we will be your zealous advocate. Our team can advise you of your rights and options and fight hard to protect your status as a student, athlete, or coach.

Addressing Eligibility Issues

For a student to be able to play sports at the high school or college level, they must meet strict eligibility requirements. If the student does not fully understand what's required of them, their standing as an athlete can be affected. Eligibility issues can also have a ripple effect, as the student may not qualify for scholarships, preventing them from achieving their educational and professional goals.

Several matters can lead to eligibility issues, including, but not limited to:

  • Not taking the right courses
  • Having low standardized test scores
  • Not maintaining the required GPA
  • Delaying enrollment
  • Not having enough credits to transfer to a new school
  • Failing a drug test
  • Transfers or change of residence

We understand what's at stake for student-athletes when eligibility issues arise. That is why our team will work diligently to address the matter and seek restoration of eligibility.

Defending Against Criminal Charges

Student-athletes and coaches across the nation are required not only to comply with policies set by their schools but also with state and federal law. A criminal investigation or charge can have lasting effects on these individuals. If convicted, they face penalties imposed by the court and sanctions by the school. Depending on the situation, they might not be able to participate in sports, continue coaching, or maintain enrollment in the institution even after they have completed their sentence. In certain cases, a criminal conviction can also result in disqualification from federal benefits, such as student aid.

At Friedman Nemecek Long & Grant, L.L.C., our sports attorneys deliver aggressive legal representation to student-athletes and coaches facing criminal allegations.

We defend against various charges, including, but not limited to:

Legal Advice for Name, Image, Likeness Opportunities

In July of 2021, student-athletes became eligible to earn money from their Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL). Since then, businesses and brands across the country have been contacting students for endorsement deals and making personal appearances. Some enterprising students have even sought to create their own brands. While these opportunities may be lucrative, any student wishing to cash in on them must consider the legal ramifications of doing so and must ensure that their interests are protected when negotiating and accepting a deal.

At Friedman Nemecek Long & Grant, L.L.C., we help students across the country navigate the complexities of NIL opportunities.

Our team can assist with:

  • Reviewing contracts
  • Drafting contracts
  • Complying with terms and conditions
  • Advising on courses of action to take

Counsel for Civil Claims and Demands for Money

Some of the legal issues athletes and coaches find themselves in might need to be resolved in civil court. Often, these matters involve disputes between one or more other persons or entities. In some cases, it may be alleged that the athlete or coach committed some wrong, or it may be that the student-athlete or coach is seeking remedy for being wronged.

Whether the individual is the plaintiff or defendant in these matters, having a sports attorney to provide guidance every step of the way is crucial. They can help ensure the individual's rights are protected and seek a just outcome on their client's behalf.

Training and Education to Teams and Athletic Departments

Our team at Friedman Nemecek Long & Grant, L.L.C. travels throughout the U.S. to provide training to teams and athletic departments at various educational institutions. We help these individuals understand their obligations and rights while participating in their sport, coaching the team, or attending the institution.

We aim to mitigate or prevent legal issues from arising by arming student-athletes and coaches with the information they need. Still, should disputes or other problems arise, we are prepared to step in and deliver sound counsel.

Schedule a Consultation Today

If you are an athlete or coach in need of legal representation, please do not hesitate to reach out to Friedman Nemecek Long & Grant, L.L.C. Wherever you are in the U.S., we are here to assist with your matter.

To discuss your case, call us at (888) 694-4645 or submit an online contact form.

Let's Get Started

Schedule a Confidential Consultation
  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.
  • By submitting, you agree to be contacted about your request & other information using automated technology. Message frequency varies. Msg & data rates may apply. Text STOP to cancel. Acceptable Use Policy


    "The best of the best"
    The best of the best - If you're in need of a lawyer, I highly recommend you consult with Friedman Nemecek & Long firm. They will treat you like family and will always be there for you, night or day!
    - Justin Y.
    "Within 48 hours, the matter had fully resolved in our favor."
    This firm assisted with a matter I was handling with another legal professional. Within 48 hours, the matter had fully resolved in our favor. This firm’s exceptional strategic decision-making and tenacious representation is unmatched
    - Lauren C.
    "This law firm is the only place to go!"
    For incredibly large or complex criminal cases, this law firm is the only place to go in my opinion. Each lawyer in Mr. Friedman's firm are at the top of their field, which reflects in the positive outcomes of their cases.
    - Former Client
    "Ian is the Best - Period!"
    I was facing life in prison for a crime I did not commit. After an initial conviction during a bench trial, Ian was able to get me a new trial based upon previously undiscovered evidence and I was found not guilty by a jury at the second trial almost immediately upon beginning deliberations. Ian saved my life.
    - Former Client
    "Never gives up."
    If you need a bulldog on your case, you have Ian and his team. They never give up.
    - Patrick M.