O’Melveny Adds Another Top Sports Lawyer

January 30, 2017


NEW YORK—January 30, 2017—O’Melveny & Myers welcomes Jared Bartie as a partner in the firm’s Entertainment, Sports & Media Practice Group. Bartie will join the New York office and work closely with recent addition Charles Baker to expand the firm’s sports industry offerings.

Bartie brings more than two decades of sports and media experience to O’Melveny, having worked in both the corporate offices of various sports organizations and as a corporate lawyer. He has guided clients through high-profile investments in sporting organizations, prominent naming rights deals, and sponsorship and media rights agreements. Bartie also advises on arena operating agreements, food and beverage agreements, merchandise agreements, ticketing arrangements, suite licenses, and front office, coach, and player agreements.

“O’Melveny has long had a leading entertainment, media, and sports group, and the expansion of its sports capabilities on the East Coast makes the firm a one-stop shop for both the transactional and litigation needs of entertainment and sports clients across the globe,” Bartie said. “I’m thrilled to be part of a multidisciplinary team at the forefront of the increased convergence between the entertainment and sports industries.”

Bartie’s extensive business experience spans a range of sports organizations. He has served as the Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel to the United States Tennis Association; Vice President of the NBA’s Team Marketing & Business Operations group, where he advised multiple NBA clubs on revenue enhancement strategies; Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats (now Hornets); and Executive Vice President and General Counsel of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. 

“We’re excited to welcome a lawyer with Jared’s broad experience and deep industry connections,” said Bradley J. Butwin, chair of O’Melveny. “He brings not only legal acumen to client matters, but also a practical business perspective.” 

Bartie has been recognized by the Sports Business Journal as a leading lawyer for sports-related transactions and was named “Sports Attorney of the Year” in 2016 by the National Bar Association. 

Bartie received his law degree from Northwestern University in 1993 and his bachelor’s from American University in 1990.

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O’Melveny & Myers LLP