Mintz Sports and Entertainment Leaders Swap Law Firms for Holland & Knight

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(Reuters) – Holland & Knight said on Wednesday it has hired three more lawyers from rival law firm Mintz, Levine, Kohn, Ferris, Glowski and Popo’s sports and entertainment practice, including two of its leaders.

Keith Carroll and Anthony Mulren have joined Holland & Knight as co-presidents of its sports and entertainment law practice. He will work alongside Tyrone Thomas, another co-president of Mintz’s sports and entertainment practice, who left the firm in July.

Of his decision to join Holland & Knight, Carroll said, “It was clear that he had a genuine commitment to developing the sporting and recreational practice both nationally and internationally.”

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Christopher Kelly, who leads Holland & Knight’s litigation segment, said in a statement that the firm is devoting more resources to its work in the sports and entertainment industries.

Mulren, who splits his time between New York and Atlanta, has represented former Miami Heat basketball players Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, as well as Shad Gregory Moss, a rapper better known as Bow Wow, in the lawsuit.

“The market will be shocked if it knows that Holland & Knight has the level of sports and entertainment customers, and it was before we arrived,” Mulren said.

Carroll, who is based in Boston, represented the manager and staff of the Boston Red Sox baseball team as MLB investigated whether the team had illegally used video equipment to steal signs from opposing pitchers.

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MLB found in 2020 that sign theft was “limited in scope and effect”. The league stripped the team of second-round selection in the 2020 amateur draft and suspended a team video operator.

Also moving to Holland & Knight is Washington, DC-based partner O’Kelly McWilliams. The firm said McWilliams’ practice includes, among other things, helping companies handle internal investigations and whistleblower allegations.

Mintz Managing Member Bob Bodion wished Carroll, Mulren and McWilliams the best of luck in a statement.

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