Winston & Strawn (New York)

David G. Feher

Winston & Strawn (New York)
Lawyer (Partner)

David Feher is a litigation partner in the firm’s New York office and co-chair of the firm’s sports law sub-practice group. He is one of the leading sports lawyers in the country. He has extensive experience in complex litigations, negotiations and arbitrations involving contract, intellectual property, antitrust and international issues. Mr. Feher has been outside counsel for the NFL Players Association and the NBA Players Association for many years. He is one of the prime negotiators of the collective bargaining agreements and antitrust settlements in the NFL (1993, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2011) and the NBA (1995, 1999, 2005 and 2011). Mr. Feher has represented clients in many prominent sports lawsuits and arbitrations, including the Jenkins v. NCAA antitrust action challenging NCAA and major conference restrictions on competition for player services in Division I basketball and Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) football, the Oakley/Rory McIlroy/Nike litigation (concerning a right of first refusal in Mr. McIlroy’s contract with Oakley, which resulted in a settlement with Mr. McIlroy), the NCAA/NIT litigation (which resulted in a favorable settlement for the five New York City colleges and universities that operated the NIT), the Reggie White and Patrick Ewing class actions, the NFL lockout insurance/network TV contract case, the Jeremy Lin “Bird Rights” arbitration, the Drew Brees Franchise Player arbitration, the Michael Vick roster bonus forfeiture arbitration, the Terrell Owens arbitrations, the Arena Football League class action, the Bill Belichick/New York Jets litigation, and the Latrell Sprewell grievance. Mr. Feher co-led the historic pro bono representation of double-amputee Oscar Pistorius in the successful effort to overturn the ban against Mr. Pistorius competing in IAAF track events and the Olympics (which led to Mr. Pistorius competing in the 2012 London Olympics), and 800M World Champion sprinter Caster Semenya in her successful eligibility dispute with the IAAF. Mr. Feher was one of the lead lawyers for the NFLPA and three NFL players in the New Orleans Saints Bounty Case that overturned the discipline the NFL had imposed on the players for allegedly participating in an undisclosed “pay for performance/bounty” program operated by the team. He was also the principal author of the brief submitted by all of the major player associations to the U.S. Supreme Court in the landmark American Needle case which rejected the NFL’s efforts to characterize itself as a ‘single entity’ for antitrust purposes. Mr. Feher represents the player board members on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, including negotiating a new prize money system for the WTA’s Roadmap restructuring. He also has represented agents and their clients at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Wasserman Media Group (WMG), and other such firms in various matters. He negotiated Avon’s sponsorship of the Olympic Games and Avon’s licensing contract with Derek Jeter. He also successfully represented noted nutritionist and The New York Times best-selling author Dr. Joel Fuhrman in an arbitration and negotiation regarding the terms of a joint venture. Mr. Feher successfully defended Avon Products, Inc. against a $100 million false advertising claim in the S.C. Johnson v. Avon Products trial. He has been involved in numerous other major cases, including the NASDAQ price-fixing class action, and the Freeman McNeil/NFL antitrust trial. Mr. Feher represented the New York Stock Exchange in connection with the "decimalization" of NYSE trading operations, and has advised companies involved in price-fixing investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice. Mr. Feher recently represented a Turkish company in successfully vacating an arbitration award on grounds of evident partiality. He has represented a number of large US and international companies in various matters, and has extensive experience litigating complex commercial disputes. He has negotiated numerous commercial contracts in the sports and other industries. Mr. Feher received a J.D. from Duke University in 1984, where he was an article editor for the Duke Law Journal. He received an A.B., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University in 1980.

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