M&S’s attorneys have a long and robust history of helping make the sports industry a safer and more equitable place for people of color.
M&S founding partner Cyrus Mehri, together with Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr., co-founded the Fritz Pollard Alliance, an affinity group for NFL minority coaches, and helped design the NFL’s Rooney Rule. The Rule, which was adopted by the NFL in 2002, mandates that any league club seeking a head coach or general manager interview at least one candidate of color. With the Rule in place, the NFL has reached historical numbers of head coaches and general managers of color.
American University Professor and M&S of counsel attorney N. Jeremi Duru is an active member of the national sports law community and has written extensively on both sports and employment law, including having co-authored Sports Law and Regulation: Cases, Materials, and Problems (4th ed.) (Wolters Kluwer) and The Business of Sports Agents (3d ed.) (University of Pennsylvania Press) and having authored Advancing the Ball: Race, Reformation, and the Quest for Equal Coaching Opportunity in the NFL (Oxford University Press).
Mehri and Duru represent the Fritz Pollard Alliance, the organization of coaches, scouts, and front office personnel of color in the NFL; together, they have advised the Professional Footballers Association in the United Kingdom (the UK’s soccer players union) in its efforts to increase diversity among managers in the UK soccer community.
In addition, M&S attorneys have represented sports executives in disputes with their clubs and student athletes in disputes with their universities.
M&S has fifteen years of experience working for fairness in the sports industry and has become a go-to firm for sports professionals and organizations, alike.