Whiteford Expands Sports Law Practice with Addition of Ricky Lefft

BALTIMORE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Whiteford Taylor & Preston announced today that Joseph R. “Ricky” Lefft
has joined the firm. A leading sports law attorney, Mr. Lefft has over
30 years of experience advising professional athletes, coaches and
athletic administrators on their professional and personal business
matters. His clients have included Coaches Tubby Smith, Frank Haith,
Bobby Lutz, Rod Barnes, Kevin Ollie, Cy Alexander, Todd Bozeman, Audra
Smith, Natasha Adair, Kia Damon-Olson, Joe Taylor, John Hendrick and
Buddy Pough; athletic administrators such as Danny Morrison, Damon
Evans, Arthur Johnson, and Gerald Harrison, Jr.; and professional
athletes in the National Football League including Richard Seymour,
Robert Porcher, Albert Haynesworth, John Abraham, Dre’ Bly and Kevin
Burnett, among others.

“We see terrific synergies for the firm in welcoming Ricky to our Sports
Law practice in Richmond,” said Managing Partner Martin Fletcher. “He
significantly expands our network and capabilities in this rapidly
growing area.”

Mr. Lefft has extensive experience negotiating and enforcing coaches’
and athletic administrators’ employment agreements with universities,
colleges and professional teams, as well as with commercial transactions
associated with coaches’ and players’ marketing and advertising
endeavors. He represents coaches and athletes on NCAA compliance and
disciplinary matters and advises educational institutions on negotiation
of product and apparel deals, as well as on Title IX sexual harassment
issues and employment agreements.

Mr. Lefft is an active member of the Sports Lawyers Association and was
a sports law professor at the University of South Carolina in the
Department of Sport and Entertainment Management for 14 years. He is a
founder of and current legal counsel to the National Association for
Coaching Equity and Development (NAFCED), an advocacy and professional
development organization focused on enhancing opportunities for racial
and ethnic minority coaches and student athletes.

“I am very pleased to be joining the Whiteford team,” said Mr. Lefft.
“It is a terrific platform both for me and my clients as I continue to
grow my practice.”

About Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP: With over 170
attorneys, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston provides a comprehensive range of
sophisticated, cost-effective business law and litigation services to
clients ranging from innovative start-ups to middle market companies to
global enterprises.
Its growing Mid-Atlantic footprint includes
sixteen offices in Delaware, D.C., Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New
York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Contacts

Mindee Mosher
410.659.6437 mmosher@wtplaw.com