As Sports Industry Group Co-Chair, Irwin P. Raij has extensive experience advising clients on a wide range of sports business issues, on both the professional and the collegiate levels. He has represented owners and acquirers of professional sports teams, leagues, universities, and state governments. His experience includes matters related to MLB, MiLB, MLS, NBA, NHL, NFL, and EPL, along with major colleges and universities. Irwin also is an owner of the Oklahoma City Dodgers (MiLB), and the MLS Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC).
Irwin has handled new stadium development projects, project program and development counseling, financing, construction, license/lease agreements, construction agreements, management agreements, concessions, merchandising, ancillary development, licensing arrangements, promotional and advertising agreements (including naming rights), sports technology counseling/ventures, ticketing arrangements, stadium service agreements, RSN formation, and television, radio and media rights agreements. A consensus builder, Irwin also has experience successfully negotiating complex public-private partnerships.
Previously, he served as assistant counsel to the Gore/Lieberman presidential campaign, responsible for compliance with Federal Election Commission regulations, drafting committee contracts and leases, conducting research and providing other legal guidance. Irwin also served as an attorney in the White House Office of Counsel to the President and later as associate counsel in the White House Office of Counsel to the Vice President.
Irwin began his career as an attorney advisor for the Department of Housing & Urban Development, and returned to that Department to serve as special assistant in the office of the general counsel and as acting managing attorney for the FOIA Department.
Honors & Awards
- Recognized as a “Dealmaker” in Variety’s 2017 Dealmakers Elite: New York
- Recognized nationally for sports law in the 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
- Selected as part of Sports Business Journal’s “Power Players: Sports Lawyers & Outside Counsel” 2016 list
- Recognized by The Legal 500 for work in sports law in 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017
- Recognized by Who’s Who Legal: Sports and Entertainment in 2015
- Named to the 2011 Sports Business Journal/Daily 40 Under 40 list
- Selected for inclusion in the 2013 Washington, DC Super Lawyers® list for work in entertainment & sports
- Recognized by the South Florida Daily Business Review as the 2012 Top Dealmaker of the Year in the Corporate Domestic category
- Recognized by the Washingtonian’s list of Washington’s Top Lawyers in 2011 and 2013
- Named a 2009 Young Guns Top Washington Lawyer by the Washington Business Journal
- Named the 2008 Young Alumnus of the Year by the Washington University School of Law
- Highlighted by Washington Lawyer magazine for his work on the Washington Nationals deal in the cover story of its November issue in 2007
- Recipient of the 2004 American Marshall Memorial Fellowship
- Named a 2003 finalist by the South Florida Business Journal as an “Up and Comer” in South Florida’s legal community
- Selected as a 2001 recipient of the “Spotlight of Achievers” award from the Latin Auxiliary of the Jewish Home of Miami
- District of Columbia
- New York
- Washington University, J.D.
- University of Miami, B.B.A.
- Speaker, “Team Valuation,” Lagardère Esports Rising, Sports Business Journal, Marina del Rey (November 9, 2017)
- Speaker, “Collegiate Athletics,” Sports Business Summit, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (November 3, 2017)
- Panelist, “Legal Aspects of Major Sports Venue Management,” Sports Lawyers Association Conference (May 19, 2017)
- Speaker and Panelist at numerous universities, including UCLA, University of Miami, Marquette University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Maryland, Notre Dame, Cal-Berkeley, Duke University, and St. John’s University, among others
- Corporate Ticket Impact Conference (CTIC)
- “Public Development for Professional Sports Stadiums,” Oxford Handbooks Online, co-authored with Alex Chester (September 19, 2017)
- “LA Can Learn Lesson From Rams PSL Ruling,” SportsBusiness Journal, co-authored with Alex Chester (January 9, 2017)
- Multiple articles on topics such as facility development, ADA, ancillary development and stadiums, the business of college athletics, and media
- National Board of Directors for the Development Corporation for Israel
- Board of advisors for the University of Miami School of Law’s Graduate Program in Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law
- Board of directors of the Washington DC Jewish Community Center and the Greater Washington Jewish Federation (2013 and 2014)
- Former member of the Jewish Federation of North America’s National Young Leadership Cabinet and the Israel Bonds New Leadership Board
- Former member of the National Alumni Association Board of the University of Miami, and is a member of Iron Arrow
- Former member of the Board of directors of Amigos for Kids®, a Florida nonprofit