Munck Wilson Mandala has added another experienced attorney to the firm’s growing sports law practice. Andrew Rhoden brings a unique background of sports and higher education law with 10 years working as a football coach, both at NCAA Division I institutions and the high school level, prior to attending law school.
Rhoden joins MWM’s sports law practice as an associate, representing NCAA college coaches and higher education leaders and providing Title IX and other crucial training to universities nationally. Rhoden has additional legal experience in labor and employment law and commercial litigation. He most recently worked in Charlotte, North Carolina as a legal consultant to Horack Talley, where he chaired the sports 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, Rhoden developed a Sexual Violence & Harassment Prevention training program that he has taken on the road nationally, presenting workshops to corporations and universities. His other areas of focus include representing professional sports teams including the NHL’s Florida Panthers, athletic coaches, and professional, collegiate, and amateur athletes. Rhoden and the MWM Sports team are also developing a niche practice focused on the NCAA’s name image and likeness policy that allows college athletes to be compensated and is scheduled to become effective in 2021. This is an evolving area of law that will bring a wide spectrum of legal questions for universities and collegiate athletes nationwide.
At MWM, Rhoden will work directly with managing partner William A. Munck and associate Tasha Schwikert, an Olympian and former U.S. gymnast who serves as the co-chair for the special committee for over 500 Larry Nassar survivors. Both Munck and Schwikert represent amateur athletes in legal disputes and plan to grow this practice area with Rhoden, along with many other client services in sports and education law. Rhoden’s considerable experience representing coaches and athletic directors and providing training for universities on NCAA Sexual Violence Prevention, Title IX programming, and the Clery Act is an excellent addition to MWM’s sports law practice.
“Andrew will be a great addition to our sports and entertainment team and we are looking forward to working on various matters with him,” said Munck. “Andrew’s NCAA experience blends well with our focus on representing NCAA athletes and his training sessions and background as a coach will be instrumental in helping us to grow this area of client service,” added Schwikert.
Rhoden is a member of the Sports Lawyers 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 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. Rhoden 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.
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