DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Sports Law Practice of Holme Roberts & Owen LLP (HRO) has been recognized as one of the nation’s finest by Chambers USA’s America's Leading Lawyers for Business, while Richard Young and Steve Smith received the honor of “Leaders in Their Field.” HRO is one of only 14 firms to be nationally ranked in sports law, and of those firms, only six had multiple attorneys recognized as Leaders in their Field. HRO received this ranking, based on, among other things, "recognition of its broad presence within the sector."
Young, the managing partner of HRO's Colorado Springs office, was singled out for his expertise and experience in the international anti-doping arena. Young, who has handled significant cases for the World Anti-Doping Agency, the US Anti-Doping Agency and the USOC, was one of only 12 attorneys total listed in Band 1, the most prestigious category of recognition.
Steve Smith, co-chair of the firm's sports and entertainment practice area and also based in HRO’s Colorado Springs office, was also recognized among the top in his field. One client was quoted as saying: "Steve is perhaps the best-kept secret in the sports world as it relates to providing legal services." Another said: "We lavish trust on him for his ability to clarify the legal, and also because of his disproportionate talent for understanding the financial."
Chambers USA is a directory of the country’s most widely recommended law firms and lawyers. For twenty years, Chambers USA has published the leading directories of the legal profession. Their rankings are based on an intensive, continuous research process and come exclusively from client input. Designation as a top firm and Leader in Their Field is considered among the highest honors in the legal profession.
Chambers USA described HRO's sports practice as representing "a wide array of sporting entities, including major league sports teams, as well as Olympic movement and collegiate sports bodies. The firm's attorneys work with sports clients on an equally extensive range of issues, including litigation, corporate, banking, finance, labor and real estate. Market commentators are keen to highlight the group's expertise in sponsorship and naming rights work."
Adam Brezine, Smith's co-chair of the firm's sports and entertainment practice area, said "We've always known Rich is one of the premier anti-doping attorneys and sports litigators in the world and are thrilled that Chambers has recognized this as well." Brezine went on to say, "The recognition of Steve's unique combination of legal skill and solid business sense in this space is also well deserved. Along with Kevin Conwick's experience in stadium and facilities developments around the world, HRO has the industry well covered."
In addition to the sports law ranking, 11 other HRO lawyers from across the country were singled out for praise and recognized as leaders within their fields of practice, and six areas of practice in California and Colorado are noted as Top Ranked.
About HRO - Holme Roberts & Owen LLP is an international law firm that was established in 1898 and has approximately 160 lawyers practicing in eight strategically positioned offices throughout the world in Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Dublin, London, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and San Francisco. The firm's lawyers provide a broad spectrum of legal services in virtually every area of the law, including energy, insurance coverage, environmental, mining, business tort and injury defense, corporate, securities, mergers and acquisitions, estate planning, commercial litigation, real estate, sports and entertainment, golf and hospitality, health, employment, tax, government affairs, and intellectual property.
For more information, please visit www.hro.com.
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