Adam M. Lupion is a partner in the Labor & Employment Law Department and a member of the Sports Law, Class and Collective Action and Employment Litigation & Arbitration Groups.
As a member of the Sports Law Group, Adam leads the firm’s Major League Baseball Salary Arbitration practice and routinely handles labor and employment issues for professional sports leagues and teams. Adam has represented Major League Baseball and its member Clubs in a putative class and collective action lawsuit brought on behalf of current and former minor league players who allege minimum wage and overtime violations. Adam has also defended Major League Baseball and its member Clubs against similar claims brought on behalf of scouts. In addition, he played a leading role on the trial team that defended the grievance challenging the drug-related suspension of then-New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez. Adam's experience also includes representation of the National Hockey League in a multidistrict litigation brought by retired NHL players who allege to suffer from the effects of concussions. Adam also represents the National Hockey League in the wrongful death case brought by the estate of Derek Boogaard, a former player for the New York Rangers and Minnesota Wild.
Adam represents several Major League Baseball Clubs during all phases of the salary arbitration process, including advising Clubs with respect to player salaries and contract negotiations with player-agents, and representing Clubs during arbitration hearings. Adam has represented the Colorado Rockies, Florida Marlins, Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, Montreal Expos (currently the Washington Nationals), the San Francisco Giants, the Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays. In 2015, Adam successfully represented the Toronto Blue Jays in their case against All-Star Josh Donaldson, which was the largest club victory in salary arbitration in recent years. Among the many other successful salary arbitrations that Adam has handled are:
- Melvin (BJ) Upton and the Tampa Bay Rays
- Dioner Navarro and the Tampa Bay Rays
- Brian Fuentes and the Colorado Rockies
- Carlos Beltran and the Kansas City Royals
- A.J. Burnett and the Florida Marlins
In addition, Adam has extensive experience advising Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the National Football League, the National Hockey League, and the Women’s National Basketball Association on collective bargaining and labor relations issues.
Adam has lectured on sports and the law at Cornell University, and frequently represents the firm and the Sports Law Group on panel discussions and at career seminars for current and prospective lawyers.
In addition to representing professional sports teams and leagues, Adam has extensive experience representing employers in the financial services industry, such as hedge funds, private equity funds, investment banks and other investment advisors with respect to a wide variety of labor and employment law matters, including compensation disputes, employment discrimination and retaliation, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, defamation, breach of contract, non-competition agreements and wage-and-hour issues. He represents employers in state and federal court, as well as in proceedings before the American Arbitration Association, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, JAMS, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, and other federal and state agencies.