Cases of note:  IOC v. Tatyana Ivanova and Albert Demchenko (no violation, fully exonerated); JADCO v. Kaliese Spencer (no violation, fully exonerated); World Taekwondo Federation v. Caroline Maher (no violation, fully exonerated); Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson v. Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (reduced sanctions from 18 months to 6 months, tainted supplement); USADA v. Kristen Shaldybin (finding of no fault, contaminated water), USADA v. Ajee’ Wilson (finding of no fault, contaminated meat), USADA v. Gil Roberts (finding of no fault, contaminated kissing); CCES v. Shawn Barber (finding of no fault, contaminated kissing), USADA v. Sam Tierney (finding of warning, medicine wrongly prescribed), Arijan Ademi v. UEFA (reduced sanctions from 4 years to 2 years; tainted supplement)

Anti-Doping

Athletes who are accused of anti-doping rule violations have their reputations and careers at stake. GSA has a proven track record of prevailing on behalf of athletes in anti-doping matters over many years. Clients accused of anti-doping rule violations have been fully exonerated. Other clients have proved that their use of a banned substance was unintentional, resulting in significant sanction reductions. GSA clients have been able to restore their reputations and resume their careers.

CASE STUDIES

Football career resumes thanks to successful CAS appeal

It was all or nothing for Croatian footballer Arijan Ademi when he came to GSA having tested positive for a banned substance.  UEFA’s 4-year ban would have ended Ademi’s burgeoning career, and an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) was his last chance to prove that the sanction should be reduced. Through GSA’s use of scientific evidence and experienced advocacy, Ademi proved to the CAS Panel that his positive test was unintentional and a reduction of the sanction to 2 years was granted.  GSA’s successful appeal enabled Ademi to resume his football career.

Track and field athlete proven innocent

Kaliese Spencer was accused of intentionally evading an anti-doping test.  She faced a career ending 4-year ban. The Commonwealth Games gold medalist hired GSA to defend her and prove her innocence.  During a 2-day proceeding before the Jamaica Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel, GSA proved through the cross-examination of those who accused Spencer and Spencer’s own testimony that the case against against her was wholly unsubstantiated.  The Panel found that Spencer was innocent.  She was fully vindicated.  The Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission was ordered to pay Spencer’s costs associated with the case as punishment for bringing a meritless case.

A “contaminated kiss” leads to World Championship silver medal

Olympic track and field gold medalist Gil Roberts’s career was in jeopardy. Facing a 2-year ban, Roberts hired GSA just days before the US National Championships. He needed to prove the source of a banned substance he never heard of in order to return to the track and qualify for the World Championships.   In an emergency arbitration, GSA established through the compelling testimony of Roberts, his girlfriend and an expert team of scientists and doctors, that a contaminated kiss between Roberts and his girlfriend just hours before his drug test caused the positive test.  Roberts qualified for the World Championships and won a silver medal.  On appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, GSA prevailed on behalf of Roberts for a second time, allowing him to resume his career once and for all.

Anti-Doping

Athletes who are accused of anti-doping rule violations have their reputations and careers at stake. GSA has a proven track record of prevailing on behalf of athletes in anti-doping matters over many years. Clients accused of anti-doping rule violations have been fully exonerated. Other clients have proved that their use of a banned substance was unintentional, resulting in significant sanction reductions. GSA clients have been able to restore their reputations and resume their careers.

CASE STUDIES

Football career resumes thanks to successful CAS appeal

It was all or nothing for Croatian footballer Arijan Ademi when he came to GSA having tested positive for a banned substance.  UEFA’s 4-year ban would have ended Ademi’s burgeoning career, and an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) was his last chance to prove that the sanction should be reduced. Through GSA’s use of scientific evidence and experienced advocacy, Ademi proved to the CAS Panel that his positive test was unintentional and a reduction of the sanction to 2 years was granted.  GSA’s successful appeal enabled Ademi to resume his football career.

Track and field athlete proven innocent

Kaliese Spencer was accused of intentionally evading an anti-doping test.  She faced a career ending 4-year ban. The Commonwealth Games gold medalist hired GSA to defend her and prove her innocence.  During a 2-day proceeding before the Jamaica Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel, GSA proved through the cross-examination of those who accused Spencer and Spencer’s own testimony that the case against against her was wholly unsubstantiated.  The Panel found that Spencer was innocent.  She was fully vindicated.  The Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission was ordered to pay Spencer’s costs associated with the case as punishment for bringing a meritless case.

A “contaminated kiss” leads to World Championship silver medal

Olympic track and field gold medalist Gil Roberts’s career was in jeopardy. Facing a 2-year ban, Roberts hired GSA just days before the US National Championships. He needed to prove the source of a banned substance he never heard of in order to return to the track and qualify for the World Championships.   In an emergency arbitration, GSA established through the compelling testimony of Roberts, his girlfriend and an expert team of scientists and doctors, that a contaminated kiss between Roberts and his girlfriend just hours before his drug test caused the positive test.  Roberts qualified for the World Championships and won a silver medal.  On appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, GSA prevailed on behalf of Roberts for a second time, allowing him to resume his career once and for all.

Cases of note:  IOC v. Tatyana Ivanova and Albert Demchenko (no violation, fully exonerated); JADCO v. Kaliese Spencer (no violation, fully exonerated); World Taekwondo Federation v. Caroline Maher (no violation, fully exonerated); Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson v. Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (reduced sanctions from 18 months to 6 months, tainted supplement); USADA v. Kristen Shaldybin (finding of no fault, contaminated water), USADA v. Ajee’ Wilson (finding of no fault, contaminated meat), USADA v. Gil Roberts (finding of no fault, contaminated kissing); CCES v. Shawn Barber (finding of no fault, contaminated kissing), USADA v. Sam Tierney (finding of warning, medicine wrongly prescribed), Arijan Ademi v. UEFA (reduced sanctions from 4 years to 2 years; tainted supplement)

Team Selection and Eligibility

GSA has successfully represented athletes who were wrongly denied the opportunity to compete as members of a particular team. US athletes who are part of the USOC-led Olympic movement can challenge a governing body decision that denies them their right to compete.  International athletes can have the same right to challenge decisions that deny them their right compete in international sport.

CASE STUDIES

Competing in the Olympics after successful last-minute appeal

Darya Klishina was on the outside looking in at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Russian track and field athletes (including Klishina) were ineligible to compete unless they could prove they were clean after the Russian track and field federation was suspended. Klishina hired GSA to represent her in a last-minute appeal to the Ad Hoc Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Rio. With the world watching, GSA successfully proved that Klishina was clean under the governing rules of the international track and field federation. The CAS ruling enabled Klishina to be the only Russian track and field athlete to compete in the Rio Olympics.

Case of note: Darya Klishina v. IAAF (successfully appealed decision to deny her the right to compete in the Rio Olympics)

Team Selection and Eligibility

GSA has successfully represented athletes who were wrongly denied the opportunity to compete as members of a particular team. US athletes who are part of the USOC-led Olympic movement can challenge a governing body decision that denies them their right to compete.  International athletes can have the same right to challenge decisions that deny them their right compete in international sport.

CASE STUDIES

Competing in the Olympics after successful last-minute appeal

Darya Klishina was on the outside looking in at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Russian track and field athletes (including Klishina) were ineligible to compete unless they could prove they were clean after the Russian track and field federation was suspended. Klishina hired GSA to represent her in a last-minute appeal to the Ad Hoc Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Rio. With the world watching, GSA successfully proved that Klishina was clean under the governing rules of the international track and field federation. The CAS ruling enabled Klishina to be the only Russian track and field athlete to compete in the Rio Olympics.

Case of note: Darya Klishina v. IAAF (successfully appealed decision to deny her the right to compete in the Rio Olympics)

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Case of note: Taekwondo Federation of Moldova v. National Olympic and Sports Committee of Moldova (successfully represented the National Olympic Committee of Moldova against a challenge to their right to provisionally suspend a member federation)

Governance 

GSA has successfully represented athletes and governing bodies in disputes involving sanctioning, suspensions and loss of rights both in the US and abroad.

CASE STUDIES

National Olympic and Sports Committee of Moldova’s rights protected at the Court of Arbitration for Sport

The National Olympic and Sports Committee (NOSC) of the Republic of Moldova hired GSA to defend its legal right to provisionally suspend a member federation. After the NOSC’s decision was challenged, GSA successfully advocated to a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) arbitration panel that the NOSC’s decision to suspend a member federation was valid and legally enforceable.

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Governance 

GSA has successfully represented athletes and governing bodies in disputes involving sanctioning, suspensions and loss of rights both in the US and abroad.

CASE STUDIES

National Olympic and Sports Committee of Moldova’s rights protected at the Court of Arbitration for Sport

The National Olympic and Sports Committee (NOSC) of the Republic of Moldova hired GSA to defend its legal right to provisionally suspend a member federation. After the NOSC’s decision was challenged, GSA successfully advocated to a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) arbitration panel that the NOSC’s decision to suspend a member federation was valid and legally enforceable.

Case of note: Taekwondo Federation of Moldova v. National Olympic and Sports Committee of Moldova (successfully represented the National Olympic Committee of Moldova against a challenge to their right to provisionally suspend a member federation)

SafeSport

GSA has successfully represented athletes and coaches in matters before the United States Center for SafeSport involving allegations of physical and sexual abuse.

Case of Note 1: An Olympic medalist faced with a career-ending ban hired GSA to defend against allegations of wrongdoing before the US Center for SafeSport (SafeSport). GSA successfully resolved the dispute and saved the athlete’s career

Case of Note 2: GSA has also successfully represented victims of abuse in SafeSport matters

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SafeSport

GSA has successfully represented athletes and coaches in matters before the United States Center for SafeSport involving allegations of physical and sexual abuse.

Case of Note 1: An Olympic medalist faced with a career-ending ban hired GSA to defend against allegations of wrongdoing before the US Center for SafeSport (SafeSport). GSA successfully resolved the dispute and saved the athlete’s career

Case of Note 2: GSA has also successfully represented victims of abuse in SafeSport matters

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Intellectual Property/Unauthorized use of name, likeness and image (right of publicity)

GSA has successfully protected athletes from the unauthorized use of their intellectual property and wrongful misappropriation of their right of publicity.

Case of Note:  An Olympic gold medalist’s image was used without their consent during a Super Bowl ad.  GSA acted quickly to remove the offending ad and secure a settlement to properly compensate the athlete for the improper use of their image

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Intellectual Property/Unauthorized use of name, likeness and image (right of publicity)

GSA has successfully protected athletes from the unauthorized use of their intellectual property and wrongful misappropriation of their right of publicity.

Case of Note:  An Olympic gold medalist’s image was used without their consent during a Super Bowl ad.  GSA acted quickly to remove the offending ad and secure a settlement to properly compensate the athlete for the improper use of their image

Sports Litigation and Arbitration

GSA has successfully protected the interests of athletes, national governing bodies, agents, coaches, and National Olympic Committees in disputes over contracts and regulations.

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Sports Litigation and Arbitration

GSA has successfully protected the interests of athletes, national governing bodies, agents, coaches, and National Olympic Committees in disputes over contracts and regulations.