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Andrew F. Rhoden

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Andrew F. Rhoden


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Andrew F. Rhoden


  • American University Washington College of Law
    Washington, D.C. 2017
    Juris Doctorate
  • West Virginia University
    Morgantown, West Virginia 2007
    M.S. Sports Management
  • Hampton University
    Hampton, Virginia 2006
    B.S. Sports Management

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia, 2017

North Carolina, 2017

Texas, 2021

Honors and Awards

ABA Criminal Justice Section, Division Director, 2019-2020

ABA Annual DC Legal Career Fair, Founder & Chair, 2016-Present

ABA Criminal Justice Section, Panel Speaker, Spring Section Meeting 2019

ABA Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship Award, Recipient, 2017-2019

ABA Commission on Disability Rights, Presidential Appointment, 2018-2019

American University Washington College of Law, Ray Hazen Academic Scholarship, 2016-2017

Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, A.J. Vilmer Scholarship, Recipient, 2015

American Bar Association Law Student Division, Executive Board Member, 2015-2016

Hillsborough County (FL) Bar Association, Bar Scholarship, Recipient, 2015

Black Law Student Association, Spirit of Service Award, Recipient, 2015

American Football Coaches Association, Master Coach Certification, 2014

Public vs Private National All-Star Game, Head Football Coach, 2012

West Virginia University, Jerry P. Wilkins Full Academic Scholarship & Leadership Award, 2006

Hampton University, NCAA Student-Athlete, Football

Attorney Bio

Andrew F. Rhoden is an associate in Munck Wilson Mandala’s sports and entertainment law practice. He brings a unique background of sports and higher education law with 10 years of working as a football coach at both NCAA Division I institutions and the high school level prior to attending law school. Andrew’s first job in the sports business world was with the NHL team, the Florida Panthers.

Andrew joins MWM’s growing sports practice, representing NCAA college coaches and higher education leaders and providing Title IX and other crucial training to universities nationally. Andrew has additional legal experience in labor and employment law and commercial litigation. He most recently chaired the sports law practice and built a book of business representing NCAA college coaches and universities in contract negotiations, Title IX, and NCAA compliance matters.

In the past three years, Andrew developed a Sexual Violence & Harassment Prevention training program that he has taken on the road nationally, presenting workshops to corporations and universities. Andrew brings considerable experience representing coaches and athletic directors and provides specialized training workshops for universities on NCAA Sexual Violence Prevention, Title IX programming, and the Cleary Act.

His other areas of focus concentrate on developing training programs for professional sports teams and the NCAA’s name image and likeness policy that allows college athletes to be compensated and is scheduled to become effective July 2021. This is an evolving area of law that will bring a wide spectrum of legal questions and the need for guidance among universities and athletes nationwide.

Andrew is a member of the Sports Lawyer Association and the American Football Coaches Association. He is also actively involved with the American Bar Association and was an inaugural Fellow for the ABA Criminal Justice Section’s Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Fellowship 2017-2019. He is chair of the Criminal Justice Section’s Law Student Professional Development Committee and co-chair of the White-Collar Crime Diversity & Inclusion Committee. In addition to his role as business counsel, Andrew is a renowned professional sports trainer of high-level athletes. Andrew received his J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law, and he has an M.S. in sports management from West Virginia University and B.S. in sports management from Hampton University.

Representative Experience

  • Negotiates employment contracts for college coaches
  • Served on corporate transaction team that finalized acquisition of $2.3 billion all-cash transaction
  • Led sports law team that exonerated college head coach of student allegations for mental health abuse and Title IX violations
  • Advise universities regarding Title IX, the Clery Act, and NCAA compliance.
  • Provide guidance to clients and states on Name Image and Likeness (NIL), trademarks, and intellectual property proposals.
  • Represent corporations ranging from startups to Fortune 50 in employment litigation and corporate governance
  • Development of training programs such as name image and likeness (NIL), sexual violence/harassment prevention, and employment law
  • Prepare professional athletes for life after sports such as developing businesses and non-profit organizations
  • Develop professional liability strategies for clients
  • Provides guidance to healthcare providers on best practices for OSHA and HIPPA compliance,

Presentations & Published Works

My life as an ABA Delegate, ABA Student Lawyer Journal (2016)

American Bar Association Law Student Division: About the Divisions’ Delegates to the ABA House – featured in an ABA video that explains why members should become a division delegate, part of the AGA Law Student Division’s leadership team. May 23, 2016

What you should know about the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015, ABA Child Law Practice Journal (2015)

Belmont University Law School (TN), Careers in Law, Panelist, March 2019

West Virginia University, Graduate Sport Management Presentation, Panelist, November 2020

Tulane University School of Law (LA), Sports Law Panelist, February 2021

Hampton University (VA), Careers in Sports, Speaker, March 2021

University of California Irvine School of Law, Panel Speaker, April 2021

Education Law Association, NCAA v. Alston Presentation, Speaker, July 2021

Professional Associations & Memberships

American Bar Association – Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education, 2021

American Bar Association – Section of Civil Rights & Social Justice, Co-Chair, National Security & Civil Liberties Committee, 2020-Present

American Bar Association – White-Collar Crime, Co-Chair, Diversity & Inclusion Committee, 2018-Present

American Bar Association – Criminal Justice Section, Co-Chair, Law Student Professional Development Committee, 2017-Present

Sports Lawyers Association – 2017-Present

Association for Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, Member, 2017-Present

American Bar Association – Criminal Justice Section, Co-Chair, Diversity & Inclusion Committee, 2018-2020

American Bar Association – Section of Civil Rights & Social Justice, Council Member, 2015-2017