Whiteford Taylor & Preston has announced that Joseph R. “Ricky” Lefft has joined the firm. Lefft has more than 30 years of experience advising professional athletes, coaches and athletic administrators on their professional and personal business matters. “We see terrific synergies for the firm in welcoming Ricky to our Sports Law practice in Richmond,” said Managing Partner Martin Fletcher. “He significantly expands our network and capabilities in this rapidly growing area.”
Lefft has extensive experience negotiating and enforcing coaches’ and athletic administrator’s employment agreements with universities, colleges and professional teams, as well as with commercial transactions associated with coaches’ and players’ marketing and advertising endeavors. He represents coaches and athletes on NCAA compliance and disciplinary matters and advises educational institutions on negotiation of product and apparel deals, as well as on Title IX sexual harassment issues and employment agreements.