Entertainment and Sports Law

Porzio Client Mika Zibanejad Signs $26 million Deal with New York Rangers

7/25/2017| News

Porzio client and NHL player Mika Zibanejad recently signed a 5-year, $26.75 million contract with the New York Rangers. The deal was negotiated by NHL agent Monir Kalgoum and was featured in the ESPN.com article, "Rangers sign Mika Zibanejad to 5-year, $26.75 million deal," on July 25, 2017.

Following the trade of teammate Derek Stepan, Zibanejad will start the season as the Rangers' new No. 1 center. Stated Zibanejad, "It's something I'm working really hard to making sure I'm taking advantage of the chance I'm getting." 

Both Zibanejad and Kalgoum are represented by Porzio of counsel William F. Fitzgerald. Mr. Fitzgerald has a track record of successfully representing clients in transactions involving agreements such as professional sports, artist management, literary publishing, film and television, models and modeling agencies, and employment contracts.

To read the ESPN.com article, please click here.

Porzio Client Kimberly Charles Named in New York Post

2/13/2017| News

Porzio client Kimberly Charles was named in the New York Post article, "Woman sues YMCA for using her photo in ad campaign," by Kathianne Boniello, on February 12, 2017. 

While working as a stylist on a video shoot for YMCA fitness classes, Ms. Charles was asked to participate in the shoot as well. Her image was subsequently used without her consent throughout the YMCA of Greater New York's fundaising campaign. Her likeness has appeared on everything from event tickets to New York City buses. 

A suit has been introduced in the Manhattan Supreme Court against the YMCA, Matador Productions and Wolfe Doyle Advertising. Ms. Charles is represented by Porzio of counsel William F. Fitzgerald

Mr. Fitzgerald has a track record of successfully representing clients in transactions involving agreements such as artist management, literary publishing, film and television, models and modeling agencies, professional sports, and employment contracts. 

To read the New York Post article, please click here.

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Porzio Client Hero Group Profiled in Adweek

12/5/2016| News

Porzio client Hero Group was profiled in the Adweek article, "This Shop Helps Big Brands Reach Millennials With Purpose-Driven Marketing," by Katie Richards. 

Hero Group is a full-service ad agency based in New York City. Company founder Joseph Anthony applies his passion for understanding youth marketing across various industries. According to Anthony, the company is founded on a "concept of purpose and how we can help brands engineer purpose into everything they do." Hero Group currently boasts Pfizer as its biggest client. 

Hero Group is represented by Porzio attorney William F. FitzgeraldMr. Fitzgerald represents local, national and international clients in transactions involving agreements such as artist management, literary publishing, film and television, models and modeling agencies, professional sports, and employment contracts. He represents clients ranging from domestic and international professional athletes and artists to industry executives, in various litigation matters.

To read the Adweek article, please click here.

William F. Fitzgerald Joins the Porzio Litigation Practice Group

2/22/2016| News

Porzio is proud to welcome William (Bill) F. Fitzgerald as Of Counsel to the firm and a member of the Litigation Practice Group. He focuses his practice on sports and entertainment law.

Mr. Fitzgerald represents local, national and international clients in transactions involving agreements such as artist management, literary publishing, film and television, record contracts, models and modeling agencies, professional sports, and employment contracts. He represents clients ranging from professional athletes and artists to industry executives in litigation matters, including breach of contract and fiduciary duty obligations, right of publicity and privacy, and court confirmation of minor's contracts.

Prior to joining Porzio, Mr. Fitzgerald independently practiced entertainment and sports law for several years before founding and heading entertainment and sports law practice groups in other tristate law firms.

Porzio will benefit from Mr. Fitzgerald's wealth of litigation experience and proven expertise in the field of entertainment law.