Joseph Leccese

With millions and sometimes billions of dollars on the line, lawyer Joseph Leccese addresses the need for legal acumen to navigate the complexities of professional and college sports. As Chairman of Proskauer Rose LLP in New York and co-head of the firm’s Sports Law Group, he represents teams, owners, leagues, sports infrastructure investors and financiers, and college conferences. At Proskauer Rose, Joseph Leccese and the premier Sports Law Group handle everything from collective bargaining negotiations and expansion team grants to stadium construction and seat licenses. Leading the sports law field, Joseph Leccese and the Proskauer Rose Sports Law Group possess experience in such areas as licensing agreements, the sale and purchase of teams, antitrust issues, intellectual property, new media rights, and tax matters. A seasoned deal lawyer, Joseph Leccese also negotiates national and international sports contracts with major television networks. Proskauer Rose, highly ranked by US Legal 500 and Chambers USA, has represented the New York Jets, the Washington Nationals, the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball and Soccer, the National Football League, and the Women’s National Basketball Association. Joseph Leccese also maintains oversight of two other areas of practice: finance and infrastructure. The Finance Group focuses on capital markets; corporate transactions; mezzanine financing, including second lien and last-out lending; and workouts and restructuring in such fields as real estate, health care, and lodging and gaming. Under Joseph Leccese’s guidance, the Infrastructure Group addresses project financing, infrastructure investment, and transactional and tax concerns. Proskauer Rose has provided legal services for a new Colombian container port facility, a $1.3 billion NFL stadium, and Sierra Leone’s Tonkolili Iron Ore project. A frequently requested speaker, Joseph Leccese of Proskauer Rose shares his experience and knowledge of legal and business topics related to sports. In addition, Joseph Leccese provides direction for the Proskauer Rose Sports Law Group’s online newsletter, which covers such varied topics as football, WrestleMania, protective padding, and the 2010 World Cup anthem.