Bradley I. Ruskin

A preeminent litigator and trial lawyer, Brad Ruskin is a senior partner at Proskauer and co-chairs its Sports Law Group. He has served as co-chair of the Litigation Department and has been the Firm’s longest serving member on its worldwide Executive Committee.

Brad has tried a significant number of high stakes, headline-making cases to verdict or appellate victory, on issues ranging from so-called “bet-the company” antitrust challenges to questions of first impression under Delaware Corporate law, to complex commercial disputes.

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Sports Business: 

As co-chair of Proskauer’s renowned Sports Law Group, a significant portion of Brad's practice is dedicated to litigating issues and counseling clients active in the sports business. The Sports Law Group has been recognized as the country’s top sports law group at the Chambers USA Awards for Excellence ceremony and as a “Tier 1” practice in numerous leading legal publications. He has represented virtually every sports and conference league, including Major League Soccer, the National Hockey League, National Football League, National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, ATP Tour, WTA, WSL, PAC-12 and the Big East Conference. In addition, Brad has represented ownership groups and clubs across major U.S. sports, including the Washington Nationals, the Miami Marlins, the New York Jets, the Philadelphia Eagles and the New Jersey Devils, as well as media companies in sports-related disputes. 

Technology, Media and Telecommunications: 

Brad represents numerous technology, media and telecommunications companies in a wide variety of litigated disputes, including partnership issues, communications and copyright law issues, bankruptcy disputes, data breaches, contract rights and complex class actions. He has represented a diverse set of clients including T-Mobile USA, Tech Mahindra, ML Media Partners, Madonna, the RP Media Companies and the Rascoff/Zysblat Organization. 

Antitrust and General Commercial Disputes: 

Brad regularly defends clients in major antitrust and complex commercial cases. In the antitrust arena, he has litigated cases across myriad industries. In addition to literally a score of sports matters, he has represented companies such as Weyerhaeuser, Sanofi, Henry Schein and Lupin. In one precedent setting case, Brad secured a full defense verdict after a multi-week jury trial on behalf of the ATP Tour (the men's professional tennis circuit), subsequently argued and won the case on appeal before the Third Circuit, and finally argued and won an issue of first impression under Delaware corporate law before the Delaware Supreme Court.

Brad also regularly handles a wide range of litigation matters, including contract, fraud, licensing, trademark, franchising, partnership, intra-corporate, real estate, bankruptcy, unfair competition, and other commercial disputes. He has litigated matters throughout the country before both state and federal courts, as well as in domestic and international arbitral forums. Brad has also handled proceedings (along with foreign co-counsel) before the European Commission and the Office of Fair Trading.

Throughout his decades long career, Brad has been a leader in a wide array of public service activities. He currently serves as a Member of the Executive Committee and Vice Chair of the Legal Aid Society, the Chairperson of the Board of the Student Leadership Network (and recipient of its “The Man We Love Award”), a Member of the ADL Sports Leadership Council, and a Member of the Jewish Theological Society’s Advisory Board (and recipient of its Simon Rifkind Award). In addition, Brad frequently publishes articles, has taught a graduate school class at NYU's Tisch School and has testified before legislative and other bodies concerning administration of justice and court operations in New York State.