April 9, 2018
Am Law 100 firm Polsinelli has strengthened its national sports industry group with the addition of Shareholder Daniel Adams in its Boston office.

Adams is a prominent corporate and transactional attorney whose wide-ranging skill in representing sports-related institutions will complement Polsinelli’s broad national practice in the collegiate, amateur, and professional sports industries.  

“Dan’s extensive experience and deep contacts in the sports world significantly expand the areas in which Polsinelli can serve our existing sports clients, and will open doors for us to enhance and grow our sports practice on a nationwide basis,” said Kevin Sweeney, a Polsinelli shareholder who has counseled  collegiate conferences and amateur sports organizations for more than 30 years.

Adams brings more than a dozen years of experience as legal counsel to the sports industry, focused on negotiating licensing, partnerships, joint ventures, purchase and sale, venue-leasing, broadcast and multimedia rights, and sponsorship agreements on behalf of institutional sports clients. Clients include professional teams, leagues, sports broadcast entities, academic institutions, retail brands, collegiate conferences, sports-focused private equity funds, and other amateur sports organizations. In addition to his experience in the sports industry, Adams has transactional experience in a range of other industries, including technology, media, retail, health care, consumer products, and financial services.

Among his past clients, Adams has represented private equity groups in connection with a $4 billion bid for a mixed martial arts organization, a proposed acquisition of an adventure race company, and a multi-billion bid for a multimedia rights entity.  

“Dan has a strong reputation as a corporate and transactional attorney who is well-connected within his niche that is the sports industry,” said Jon Henderson, chair of Polsinelli’s national Corporate and Transactional practice. “He brings a unique background and volume of private equity experience to our firm and we believe he demonstrates an unparalleled level of client service, aligning with our shared goals and objectives.”

Adams has been a member of the Massachusetts Amateur Sports Foundation’s Board of Directors since 2006, which operates the Bay State Games. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the East Greenbush Miracle League in New York, a sports organization that provides opportunities for individuals with special-needs to play baseball, flag football, bowling, basketball, and soccer.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina’s School of Law in Chapel Hill, Adams also holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He completed his undergraduate degree from Boston College with bachelor’s degrees in economics and philosophy.

Polsinelli has more than 800 attorneys practicing across 20 offices coast to coast. It opened its Boston office in 2016 mainly to support clients’ complex national intellectual property matters, and since then the scope has expanded to cover an array of other industries, including biotech, engineering, health care, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, software, and medical devices.

About Polsinelli

Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with more than 800 attorneys in 20 offices.  Ranked #24 for Client Service Excellence1 and #10 for best client relationships2 among 650 U.S. law firms, Polsinelli was also named among the top 20 best-known firms in the nation3. The firm’s attorneys provide value through practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and focus on health care, financial services, real estate, intellectual property, mid-market corporate, labor and employment, and business litigation.  |  Polsinelli PC | In California, Polsinelli LLP

12018 BTI Client Service A-Team Report

22017 BTI Industry Power Rankings  

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