Christian Dennie, of Barlow Garsek & Simon, LLP, was recently named a Fellow by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators is a leading professional membership organization providing credentialing and education for arbitrators and practitioners around the world.
The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators considers Fellows to have an “outstanding commitment to achieving the highest levels of knowledge, skills, and behavior.”
Dennie is a Fort Worth-based sports lawyer and adjunct professor of sports law. He has tried more than 50 cases, bringing them before judges, juries, administrative panels, and arbitrators, and has argued before courts of appeals and administrative bodies. He has also served as an arbitrator in more than 180 cases and a mediator in dozens of cases. He has represented clients on both sides of the docket including individuals, sports organizations and associations, institutions of higher learning, amateur and professional athletes, coaches, conference offices, sports agents, sports agencies, employers, employees, Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, publicly traded companies, privately held companies, nonprofits, religious organizations, municipalities, property owners, construction companies, developers, banks, real estate brokers and agents, and landlords and tenants.
Prior to joining BGS, Dennie worked in the athletics departments at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Missouri. Since his return to private practice, Dennie has continued to work with and advise clients in the sports industry, including professional athletes, student-athletes, coaches, conference offices, institutions, recruiting services, sports equipment providers and retailers, sports unions and trade associations, and professional sports franchises and related entities, in litigation, NCAA investigations and compliance matters, drug test appeals, Title IX investigations, and negotiating and drafting agreements such as sponsorship, marketing, facilities agreements, coaches contracts, drug test policies, conference and association constitutions and bylaws, sexual harassment and misconduct policies, and collective bargaining agreements.
Dennie also commonly works with coaches and current and retired athletes in career planning and structuring, branding, estate planning and asset protection, non-profit formation, and corporate formation. Dennie has represented clients in sports including baseball, basketball, boxing, cross country, crossfit, equestrian, fencing, fishing, football, futsal, golf, gymnastics, hockey, lacrosse, mixed martial arts, quidditch, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, taekwondo, track and field, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling.
Dennie has also conducted investigations for fraud, embezzlement, sexual misconduct and sexual harassment, violations of NCAA rules, alleged improper treatment and harassment of athletes, construction fatalities, and misconduct in secondary private schools and religious organizations.