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Professor Timothy Davis named Wake Forest Law’s newest academic dean

Professor Timothy Davis will serve as Wake Forest Law’s newest Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He is the first African-American to serve in this role at the law school. Continue reading »

Professor Timothy Davis tells Boston Herald attorney for NFL quarterback Tom Brady isn’t dealing with a complex matter

Wake Forest Law Professor Timothy Davis was interviewed in the following story about New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s legal troubles here.

Attorney Jeffrey Kessler. Photo by The Associated Press (File)

Tom Brady wins Super Bowls, Jeffrey Kessler overturns suspensions.

Brady’s high-powered lawyer, appointed to him by the NFL Players Association in the wake of the controversial Deflategate penalties, is one of the best in the business. Players love him, lawyers respect him, and, most importantly, the NFL fears him.

“From everything I know about Kessler, he’s an exceptional lawyer,” said Clayton Halunen, a Minneapolis attorney who represented punter Chris Kluwe in an investigation against the Minnesota Vikings. “He’s an aggressive attorney who will fight, and he has been successful at fighting. He makes things happen.”

Halunen cited the case of Adrian Peterson, a running back for the Vikings suspended for assaulting his son. Halunen was getting ready to sue the NFL for Peterson.

It didn’t get to that point. Kessler stepped in on behalf of the NFLPA and had Peterson’s suspension, handed down by commissioner Roger Goodell, erased earlier this year.

Last year, he had former Baltimore Ravens running Ray Rice’s indefinite suspension thrown out.

“He’s not someone who is going to sit back and wait for things to happen,” Halunen said. “He will go after Roger Goodell right away. He’s exactly the type of guy Brady needed in his corner.”

Kessler is the reason Brady — facing a four-game suspension — could end up with a lighter sentence.

While the New York litigator has had huge success in getting NFL-levied suspensions overturned, he’s also a sought-after antitrust attorney. That’s the hyper-complicated area of law that regulates the conduct and organization of massive corporations.

He successfully defended Japanese companies Matsushita and JVC in a case that ended up at the U.S. Supreme Court. He also litigated an antitrust suit against the NFL that led to the establishment of free agency.

That’s a little more complicated than determining whether someone had general knowledge how some footballs were deflated.

“He’s very knowledgeable and has dealt with complex matters, and I don’t see this as being a very complex matter,” said Timothy Davis, a sports law professor at Wake Forest University School of Law. “Antitrust matters are very complex with very technically difficult issues.”

Kessler’s ability to digest complicated issues and aggressively advocate for his clients has earned him other victories against the NFL.

In the Bountygate scandal, he had the sanctions erased against four players from the New Orleans Saints. He convinced former commissioner Paul Tagliabue, hired by Goodell as an independent arbitrator, to toss the penalties.

“I think there are some parallels here to Bountygate,” said Jay Fee, a Boston-based sports business attorney. “In each of the vacating of the disciplines meted out by Goodell, Tagliabue’s findings used things like insufficient evidence, contentious lack of merit, actions of players were not conduct detrimental to football, lack of a record, selective prosecutions. It’s pretty interesting.”

Now Kessler will go head-to-head with a familiar foe and try to discredit the multi-million dollar report that said Brady was generally aware of something that probably happened.

It sounds like one of the NFL’s worst enemies is getting ready for another win.

Adam Kurkjian contributed to this report.

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Wake Forest Law professor, third-year law student featured speakers at 2015 Hooding Ceremony on Sunday, May 17

The Class of 2015 has spoken and has chosen Professor Timothy Davis and Kenny Cushing (JD ’15) to be the speakers for the Wake Forest University School of Law Hooding Ceremony on Sunday, May 17. Continue reading »

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Professor Timothy Davis quoted about SCOTUS decision on televised college football games

The excitement of watching your favorite college football teams on a big-screen TV. Non-stop action, from kickoffs at noon to contests on the West Coast that start closer to midnight. Blitz coverage of games on a host of television channels. Continue reading »

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Professor Tim Davis to present ‘The NCAA in Crisis: The Crossroads of Intercollegiate Sports’ at Oregon Law Review Symposium on April 11

Oregon Law Review’s spring symposium, The NCAA in Crisis: the Crossroads of Intercollegiate Sports, will provide a forum for a comprehensive inquiry into questions regarding the current state of NCAA regulations and enforcement, and an analysis of Ed O’Bannon v. NCAA and its potential implications on amateurism, anti-trust law, the gaming industry, and possible legislature involvement. Through this inquiry, Oregon Law Review hopes to formulate and analyze possible solutions to the NCAA’s current issue: how does the NCAA amend its regulatory and enforcement mechanisms to create a more efficient, effective, and fair organization? Continue reading »

Faculty News and Notes Winter 2013 – 2014

Following is the most recent roundup of Wake Forest University School of Law’s faculty research, publications, presentations, honors and awards. Continue reading »

Professor Timothy Davis to speak at The National Sports Law Institute of Marquette University Law School annual conference on Friday, Oct. 18

Professor Timothy Davis will speak at The National Sports Law Institute of Marquette University Law School annual conference on Friday, Oct. 18. Continue reading »

Professor Timothy Davis tells News and Record Maryland may use ACC’s exit fee language to mount legal challenge

When the ACC voted in September to immediately raise its exit fee to three times its annual operating budget – around $50 million – the move was seen as an important step in maintaining the league’s future stability, a way to prove to its schools the strength of the conference and make it more difficult to sever ties.

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Professor Tim Davis talks to Yahoo! Sports about the fall of Jeff Rubin, former financial adviser to NFL players

DOTHAN, Ala. – Premium parking was easy to find on a hot, muggy day in late May at Center Stage bingo casino. In a sea of almost a thousand parking spaces, just 52 cars sat in the lot.

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Professor Tim Davis tells Yahoo! Sports fidiciuary agents should act primarily for the benefit of their clients

MIAMI – The NFL Players Association is investigating the relationship between agent Drew Rosenhaus and a former financial adviser who persuaded a number of players to invest in a failed Alabama bingo casino, a source with knowledge of the inquiry told Yahoo! Sports.

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