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Richard J. Volante

 
rvolante@buckleyking.com

Cleveland: 216.685.4745

 

Ricky dedicates his relentless drive and tenacity to the sports, media and entertainment industry.

From coast to coast, Ricky represents professional and amateur sports organizations, teams, owners, sports-related entities, as well as athletes, coaches and executives. He works directly with film executives, performing artists, producers, production companies, promoters, musicians, studios, and Internet and technology companies.  In addition, Ricky assists financial institutions, private equity, family offices, and other investment groups interested in investing in the sports, media and entertainment industry sectors.

He advises on matters from business formation and regulation to contracts, including negotiating and drafting license, performance, recording, merchandise, management, player, sponsorship, and media agreements.  Ricky has been involved with event management and operation, facility management, branding and marketing, sponsorships and activation, as well as market analysis and strategic planning. He has a special interest in the film, television and music industries given his work with local film commissions, film executives in Los Angeles, and the musicians he represents.

Ricky has held positions at SPIRE Institute, an Olympic training site, and the Mid-America Conference.

distinctions + awards

  • Academic Excellence Award - Lake Erie College School of Business, Class of 2012

articles + presentations

  • The Ninth Circuit Decision in O'Bannon and the Fallacy of Fragile Demand (Co-author with sports economist Andy Schwarz, Marquette Sports Law Review)

civic involvement

  • Great Lakes Sports and Entertainment Law Academy
    • Executive Director
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
    • Co-Instructor (with Dr. Dale Sheptak) - Legal Aspects of Digital Media, Marketing and Analytics in Sports and Risk Management for Sports Facilities and Events: Legal Assessments, Policies and Procedures
  • Harvard Extension School
    • Co-Instructor (with Dr. Dale Sheptak) - Business of Football: The World's Game
    • Co-Instructor (with Professor Peter Carfagna) - Introduction to Sports Law for Non-Lawyers
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
    • Co-Instructor (with Professor Peter Carfagna) - Representing the Professional Athlete MOOC

professional associations

  • Sports Lawyers Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

education

Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D.

Lake Erie College, B.S. in Sports Management

admissions

Ohio