Sunday, August 03, 2008

Who got Involved

2002- efforts to bring Major League Baseball to Washington D.C. with a new stadium, 3 site options, with 1 abutting the existing 130' South Capitol Street right of way.

This study and its November 6, 2002 "Major League Baseball Park Site Evaluation Project Report", comes with the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission's negotiating efforts to bring Major League Baseball back to Washington, DC, through the efforts of its Chairman, Mark Tuohey, a Partner in the law firm Vinson & Elkins; one of its members William Hall, a Partner in the law firm Winston & Strawn; and W. Andrew Jack a Partner at the law firm Covington& Burling.

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Mark [Tuohey] concentrates his practice in complex civil and criminal litigation, internal corporate investigations and compliance programs. His practice is largely devoted to representing corporations, their officers and directors, and individuals in civil and white-collar criminal litigation and Congressional investigations. In addition, Mark is involved in alternative dispute resolution matters including arbitration and mediation, in the United States and abroad.
Activities and Affiliations
  • Distinctions: The Best Lawyers in America in business litigation and criminal defense, 2005 and in commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense, 2006-2007 and in bet-the-company litigation in 2007; Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers in litigation law, 2004-2006; International Who's Who of Business Lawyers in business crime law, 2005-2006; Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading United States Litigation Lawyers, 2005
  • President: District of Columbia Bar, 1993-1994
  • Chair: District of Columbia Bar Foundation, 1996-2001
  • Fellow: American College of Trial Lawyers; American Bar Foundation; American Law Institute
  • Member: District of Columbia Federal Judicial Nominating Commission; American Bar Association House of Delegates; Judicial Conference of the District of Columbia Circuit; Judicial Conference of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals; Mayor's Advisory Committee on the Office of Corporation Counsel; ABA House of Delegates, 1990-2003
  • Master: William J. Bryant American Inn of Court
  • Faculty Member: National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • Lecturer and Writer: various trial advocacy topics, including issues relating to complex civil and criminal litigation, and Congressional oversight investigations
  • Trustee: Catholic University of America; Gonzaga College High School; Washington Jesuit Academy
  • Recipient: 2001 D.C. Lawyer of the Year, Bar Association of the District of Columbia
Bill Hall is a partner and head of the Washington, D.C. office's environmental department, and has been extensively involved in D.C. revitalization activities. His environmental and health and safety practice includes representing the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI), the National Paint and Coatings Association (NPCA), and companies in the resilient flooring, paint, pharmaceutical, chemical, and power tool industries.
Experience and Clients: Mr. Hall has handled regulatory, enforcement, and litigation matters involving waste disposal and cleanup, asbestos, lead paint, recycled and green materials, chemical production, water and air permits, and occupational health and safety. He has participated in numerous agency rulemakings and has acted as lead counsel for RFCI in judicial review petitions challenging the OSHA asbestos standard, OSHA slip resistance standard, EPA recycled material regulations, and New York state green building requirements. He has defended NPCA in lead paint litigation in Baltimore, Maryland and defended clients in asbestos personal injury and property damage cases. Mr. Hall has represented corporate clients and PRP committees in responding to CERCLA cleanup demands and natural resource damage claims and has been lead counsel in a CERCLA contribution action against 1,181 defendants in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Mr. Hall has also defended clients in RCRA corrective action matters and Clean Water Act citizen suits. He has lobbied Congress on EPA, HUD, CPSC, and California Prop 65 issues and lobbied state legislatures and the D.C. City Council on asbestos and green building issues. He also has represented insureds in obtaining insurance coverage for environmental and asbestos liabilities. Pro Bono/Professional/Community Activities: Mr. Hall is a board member of the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission, a mayoral appointment, and has been chair of the Commission’s baseball committee since 1996. He has played a leading role in bringing major league baseball back to Washington. Mr. Hall also is a member of the Federal City Council, a business and professional organization committed to improving Washington, D.C. From 1994 to 1995, he served on the board of the National Capital Development Corporation, which developed the MCI Sports Arena. From 2001 - 2005, Mr. Hall has served on the Restoration Advisory Board for the Spring Valley (DC) neighborhood, which addresses environmental issues arising from chemical warfare production at American University during World War I.

Mr. Hall received a B.A. in Economics, cum laude, from Bucknell University in 1975. He received a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1978, where he was case and notes editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. Recent Speeches and Publications: Mr. Hall has written and lectured on a wide range of environmental topics. He is co-author of a lead article in the Harvard Law Review on the disclosure of pre-sentence reports (June 1980).
It is Covington & Burling, located at its building at 1200 Pennsylvannian Avenue NW with its extensive background with working in the field of professional sports that appears to be the most connected.


W. Andrew Jack, partner: has a diverse corporate and securities practice with clients principally in the industrial manufacturing, real estate and sports and entertainment industries. His experience includes mergers and acquisitions, financing activities, venture capital investments,Sarbanes-Oxley and 1934 Act compliance, corporate governance counseling, and executive compensation arrangements. He is listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2005......
As outside general counsel to the District of Columbia Sports and Entertainment Commission, Mr. Jack helped lead the successful effort to return Major League Baseball to Washington D.C. and he remains involved in baseball matters as well as licensing and related matters with D.C. United, Anschutz Entertainment Group, ARAMARK and others arising from the Commission's operation of RFK Stadium and the D.C. Armory. He previously advised the National Football League in several high-profile matters including the League's public-private partnership with the City of Cleveland to design, develop and finance the new Cleveland Browns stadium, sale of the expansion Browns franchise to Alfred Lerner, sale of the Houston Texans expansion franchise to Bob McNair, capital markets financing for NFL Films' headquarters, specialized software development projects for unique NFL applications, and efforts to develop NFL-themed entertainment and dining establishments. Other sports and entertainment experience includes personal seat licensing programs for football and motorsports clients, general representation of a Caribbean-based thoroughbred racing and gaming company, and sales of radio and television broadcast stations.

His real estate industry experience includes corporate, securities and financing work for Interstate General Company L.P. and American Community Properties Trust, two affiliated developers of residential and commercial properties in St. Charles, Maryland, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

In pro bono service, Mr. Jack advises the Ivymount School, and he co-founded and chaired the Southern Anne Arundel Special Education Support Foundation.

Mr. Jack received his J.D., with highest honors, from George Washington University, National Law Center, in 1986, where he was a member of Order of the Coif and the Law Review. He earned a B.A. from George Washington University in 1983, with a major in international affairs. He is a member of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals.


Andrew H. Friedman, a senior tax partner, focuses on corporate tax matters and transactions, with substantive industry experience in professional sports, e-commerce, and insurance companies and products. He has served as head of the tax group, co-head of the corporate/tax/benefits umbrella group, and the partner in charge of the firm's overall media relations and marketing activities.

Representative clients in professional sports include all four major leagues -- Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, National Football League, National Hockey League -- as well as the United States Tennis Association, the Arena Football League, and professional sports clubs including the Boston Red Sox. Representative clients in other industries include Clark Enterprises, M Financial Group, MFS Investment Management, Sotheby's, Sun Life Financial, and Yahoo!.

Transactions and matters on which he has been counsel include John Henry's sale of the Florida Marlins baseball club and purchase of the Boston Red Sox and related entities; the establishment of the NFL Network; the establishment of the World Baseball Classic tournament to debut in 2006; the formation of a new regional sports network combining the baseball Orioles and Nationals broadcast rights; the establishment of the U.S. Open Series, a series of tournaments leading up to the U.S. Open in September; Computer Associates' acquisition of Sterling Software; the NFL's expansion to Cleveland and Houston; the financing structures for the stadium in Cleveland and other sports facilities; the NFL and NHL credit facilities; Buffalo Bills v. United States, 31 Fed. Cl 794, 1994; and numerous life insurance, annuity, and mutual fund arrangements and product offerings.

This year, Chambers USA chose Mr. Friedman for its inaugural list of leading sports lawyers in America. Mr. Friedman received a B.A., summa cum laude, as Valedictorian, from Trinity College in 1977 and his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard University in 1980.

Covington & Burling: Sports Leagues and Religious Institutions



Sports Leagues

For over thirty years, the Firm has been the principal outside counsel for the National Football League, and we have also engaged in substantial work on behalf of the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, the North American Soccer League, World Championship Tennis, United States Tennis Association and other major sports interests. Several Firm alumni now serve in highly visible positions in the world of sports, the most prominent being the Commissioner of the NFL. Our lawyers also work for sports-related federations, such as the International Amateur Athletic Federation, International Association of Athletics Federations and International Paralympic Committee.

Religious Institutions

Covington represents numerous religious institutions on a wide rage of matters. Past and present representative clients include the Jewish Publication Society, Catholic Diocese of Richmond, American Jewish Committee, Holy Orthodox Church of North America, Upton Hindu Community Association, Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation, American Bible Society and the Interfaith Center of New York.



Covington & Burling's sports law practice is without parallel. For over thirty years, the Firm has been the principal outside counsel for the National Football League, and we have engaged in substantial work on behalf of the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, the International Amateur Athletic Federation, the North American Soccer League, World Championship Tennis, and other major sports interests. Several Firm alumni now serve in highly visible positions in the world of sports, the most prominent being the Commissioner of the NFL.

Our representations in the sports field have included not only professional sports leagues, but also individual clubs, apparel manufacturers, stadium authorities, and amateur athletic organizations. With regard to sports-related products, the Firm is heavily involved, in the United States and abroad, in marketing, distribution, licensing, sponsorship, financing, and product liability issues. More generally, our sports-related practice includes litigation, arbitration, transactional work, tax planning, the protection and utilization of intellectual property, as well as labor, antitrust, franchise, legislative and executive compensation matters. Illustrative of the breadth of our practice were our extensive roles in the creation and development of NFL Enterprises, which pioneered the public distribution of game broadcasts by satellite, and the World League of American Football, including all aspects of that European venture's commercial, tax, and intellectual property interests. We also have extensive experience representing professional sports leagues (like the NFL and NHL), amateur sports governing bodies (like the IAAF), and others in arbitration and litigation matters involving contract disputes, competition issues, labor and employment matters, and performance-enhancing drug disputes.

There is no aspect of sports-related legal practice in which Covington & Burling does not have substantial experience.


DC Sports and Entertainment Commission

Covington & Burling

Vincent & Elkins

Winston & Strawn

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