National Sports Safety and Security Conference
 

Judge


Dana Fox

Dana Fox

As a result of his repeated retention in the most difficult, high exposure cases in California and Colorado, Dana Fox has become one the most heralded trial attorneys, consistently obtaining results not thought possible for his clients, including multiple defense jury verdicts in prominent cases. Mr. Fox, a member of The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), has developed a reputation as the "go-to" attorney in high profile, high exposure police use of force, premises and product liability, public entity, and general liability cases. In 2013, Mr. Fox was named one of the top 100 attorneys in California by The Los Angeles Daily Journal. He has defended and tried many complex and high profile cases, including the Santa Monica Farmers' Market litigation (which involved 36 coordinated actions arising from an errant vehicle that drove through a farmers market). Highlighting his current reputation is his role as lead counsel for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Frank McCourt in the litigation resulting from the assault of a spectator after a Dodgers game in 2011. Mr. Fox was also responsible for a summary judgment decision for the defense inTang v. AEG, covered widely by Los Angeles media outlets, involving a two-year-old’s fatal fall from a luxury suite after a Laker game.

Mr. Fox has tried to verdict cases involving wrongful death, traumatic brain injury, paralysis and similar catastrophic injuries. He has tried to verdict police use of force, product liability, transportation (including trucking and light rail), premises owner/premises liability and construction site accident cases. He has lectured on defending police officers in use of force actions, catastrophic case evaluation, jury selection, defending high exposure cases, and opening and closing argument presentation.

Mr. Fox is the Co-Chair of the General Liability Practice Group.

Moderator / Attorney


Gabe Feldman

Gabe Feldman has emerged as one of the leading voices in the country in the growing field of sports law. His extensive experience in sports law includes representing a variety of sports entities while he was in private practice, and he continues to act as a consultant for a number of clients in the sports industry. Feldman joined the Tulane Law School faculty in 2005 after nearly five years as an associate with Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C. Before that, he served as judicial clerk to Judge Susan H. Black of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Jacksonville, Fla.

He is regularly quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and other newspapers throughout the country, and he has made numerous appearances on national television and radio. He currently serves as the on-air legal analyst for the NFL Network and is a contributor to Grantland.com.

Feldman is editor of The Sports Lawyers Journal, a law journal devoted to the study of sports law, and The Sports Lawyer, a monthly online newsletter, and is also a contributor the Sports Law Blog. He is director of publications for the Sports Lawyers Association; co-authored of one of the leading sports law casebooks in the country, Sports Law: Cases and Materials; and has been published in a variety of journals and periodicals. He also serves on the board of directors of the Sports Lawyers Association and Athletes for Hope, a nonprofit organization created to harness the power of sports to impact social change. He teaches Antitrust, Sports Law, Negotiation and Mediation and Contracts. Feldman also serves as a mediator and arbitrator.

In 2013, he received a President's Award for Graduate and Professional Teaching, a Tulane University recognition of excellence in teaching, learning and research.

Attorney


Carla Varriale

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Carla Varriale is a litigator who has represented Major League Baseball teams and players, minor league teams and clients in the recreation and sports industries. Carla writes and lectures on various issues of interest to sports, recreation and entertainment venues, including water parks and amusement parks. She has appeared as a legal commentator on Court TV Radio and FoxNews’ Cases and Cops.

Carla counsels entities with self-insured retentions regarding methods to minimize exposure and to develop successful risk management and litigation strategies, particularly those related to promotional activities and security issues.

She received her undergraduate degree from Boston University in 1988 and her Juris Doctor from New York Law School in 1992. At New York Law School, Carla was a member of the Moot Court Executive Board and the Order of the Barristers. Carla is a member of thefacultyat Columbia University's School of Continuing Education (“SCE”), Sports Management Program, where she teaches a “Sports Law and Ethics” class and, in 2014, she created SCE’s “The MMA Project.” The MMA Project was a unique class that focused on the legal issues facing the emerging sport of Mixed Martial Arts. Professional MMA is banned in New York. However, due to a loophole in the ban, amateur MMA is permitted but not regulated and presents enhanced risks to MMA athletes.

Carla, who is a member of the Sports Lawyers Association and the International Amusement & Leisure Defense Association, is admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut, and before United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits.

Attorney


Chad Kasdin

Chad Kasdin is a partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP and for more than 14 years he has specialized in defending professional sports organizations, stadiums and sporting venues. His clients include an MLB team, an NBA team, and the entities that own, staff, and run the stadiums in which those teams play. Mr. Kasdin has vast litigation experience in defending claims of negligent security and stadium operations. He also provides guidance and counseling on stadium security policies, procedures, stadium operations, alcohol management, staffing and training.

As a trial lawyer, Mr. Kasdin has tried several multimillion dollar jury trials to defense verdicts — including cases involving all aspects of stadium management and allegations of negligent security. In 2014, in connection with a high profile trial where he defended an MLB team in a stadium security and operations case, Mr. Kasdin received a Trial Lawyer Excellence Award from the Jury Verdict Reporter recognizing him for the top defense verdict in Illinois. Mr. Kasdin has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine for the last 3 years. In 2014, Mr. Kasdin was nominated by peers and judges and ultimately selected by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer Magazine as one of the prestigious “Top 40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty.”

Mr. Kasdin obtained his law degree from Washington University in St. Louis, MO and he earned his undergraduate degree from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY where he played basketball and was honored as an Academic All-American and AllConference selection. Mr. Kasdin lives in Highland Park, IL with his wife and two sons, who he coaches in Little League Baseball. Mr. Kasdin is an avid golfer and sports fan.

Witness


William D. Squires

William D. Squires

Bill is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy (1975) and served on active duty as a naval aviator for 12 years prior to entering the sports and entertainment facility management business. He has held top level positions with the following facilities:

  • Yankee Stadium
  • Giants Stadium (two tours)
  • Cleveland Browns Stadium (now called First Energy Stadium)
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports

Bill was involved in the design and construction of ESPN Wide World of Sports, Cleveland Browns Stadium, and MetLife Stadium.

His responsibilities included budgeting, staffing, training, event execution, maintenance and capital improvements just to mention a few. Bill celebrated 28 years in the sports facility management industry in February 2015. Bill is a Past President of the Stadium Managers Association which has members from the National Football League, Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball, Major League Soccer, the Canadian Football League, Universities/Colleges and other facilities that host sports and entertainment events.

Bill currently has his own consulting business featuring clients such as the New York Football Giants. Bill is the liaison between the team and the MetLife Stadium Company which operates the $1.6 billion MetLife Stadium. Many of his other clients provide products and services to the sports facility industry. Bill is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University and teaches a graduate course in Sports Facility and Event Management. Bill has also been retained as an Expert Witness on many law suits pertaining to sports and entertainment facilities and has testified in court on two of the cases as an Expert Witness for the defense.