Greenberg Traurig’s Dana Hooper Procures Nike Deal for Pro Soccer Player
Dana L. Hooper, a shareholder at the global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP‘s Phoenix office, negotiated and secured an endorsement contract with Nike for professional soccer player Carson Pickett. Pickett stars as a defender for the Orlando Pride in the National Women’s Soccer League in the U.S. and forward for Brisbane Roar in Australia.
A native of Fleming Island, FL, Pickett played starting defender in college for the Florida State Seminoles and helped lead the team to their first NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship. She began her American professional career at Seattle Reign FC before joining the Orlando Pride in January 2018. Pickett was born without a left hand and forearm, and this year became the subject of a viral Instagram photo which showed her playfully “fist-bumping” a 2-year-old boy also missing his left arm and hand. Pickett was also recently named a “Shero” by FIFA®
This month, Nike signed Pickett to represent the brand not only in soccer, but as an “Adaptive Athlete.”
“Signing with Nike has been a dream come true. I love the brand’s focus on diversity and showcasing individuality,” Pickett said.
Hooper is a sports agent and sports law attorney. Her practice concentrates on representation of both athletes and sports-oriented businesses. Hooper provides her clients with support in areas including contract drafting, negotiations, endorsement deals, development, league and team issues, legal advice, and overall counsel throughout their careers. Her experience with teams, leagues, and businesses has proven an asset to clients in various sports throughout the world.