David Cohen

David Cohen

Experienced in-house sports lawyer serving as General Counsel of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Location
Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida Area
Industry
Sports

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David Cohen's Overview

Current
  • General Counsel at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Past
  • Director, Legal Affairs and Risk Management at Angels Baseball LP
  • Insurance Risk Manager at Angels Baseball LP
  • Minor League Athletic Trainer at Boston Red Sox
  • Law Clerk at Tintendo, Kendall, Canniff & Keefe, LLP
  • Minor League Athletic Trainer at Montreal Expos
  • Gulf Coast League Athletic Trainer at Baltimore Orioles
  • Intern Minor League Athletic Trainer at Baltimore Orioles
Education
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David Cohen's Summary

David S. Cohen, Esq. is the General Counsel for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa, Florida. David drafts and negotiates contracts with sponsors, vendors, employees, broadcast licensees and Suiteholders. He provides strategic legal and business advice in many areas and oversees many organization wide issues.

Prior to joining the Buccaneers, David served in a similar capacity with Angels Baseball LP for 9 years. David also provided legal assistance to LAA 1, LLC, the operator of AM830 KLAA, the Angels flagship radio station.

Prior to moving to the front office, David spent 9 years working as an Athletic Trainer in the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, and Montreal Expos organizations. He is licensed to practice law in California and is a National Athletic Trainers Association Certified Athletic Trainer. Cohen was honored by his peers in the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society as the "2001 Minor League Baseball Athletic Trainer of the Year".

David earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Physiology and Masters Degree in Community Health Education from West Virginia University School of Medicine in Morgantown, West Virginia. Cohen also earned a Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law in San Diego, California. He is also a graduate of the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau Scout Development Program.

David serves on the executive board of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Sports & Entertainment Law Committee. He also served as a board member and Vice-President of the ACC's Southern California Chapter. He also held leadership positions in the ABA Tort, Trial, and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS). He served as the Student Liaison to the TIPS Council (2002-2004), Chair of the TIPS Self Insurers and Risk Managers Committee (2006-2008) and TIPS Task Force on Outreach to Law Students (2007-2009). David is also a member of the ABA Forum on Entertainment & Sports Industries and Sports Lawyers Association.

Specialties

Sports Law
Contract Law
Health Law
Negotiation
Labor & Employment Law
Baseball
Workers Compensation
Risk Management
Whatever comes through the door.

David Cohen's Experience

General Counsel

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Sports industry

January 2013Present (1 year 9 months) Tampa, Florida

• Manages the organization’s legal interests, such as intellectual property protection, licensing and corporate governance, as well as public policy and anti-piracy.
• Provides legal counsel on issues arising from actual or anticipated lawsuits.
• Provides legal counsel to all company related workers’ compensation claims.
• Anticipates and guards against legal risks facing the Club.
• Conducts and coordinates research into a variety of legal issues and advise ownership accordingly.
• Drafts and administers complex real estate, sponsorship, broadcast, suite license, vendor, client, and employment contracts.
• Develops and recommends forms of operating policy and procedural improvements.
• Oversees and manages a department of six other employees that includes the Legal and Human Resource departments.
• Assists in recruiting, staffing, compensation and benefits administration, organizational and space. planning, organization development, and employee compliance to regulatory concerns.
• Coordinates implementation of services, policies, and programs through Human Resources staff.

Director, Legal Affairs and Risk Management

Angels Baseball LP

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Sports industry

March 2007January 2013 (5 years 11 months) Anaheim, California

Legal
Responsible for all Angels Baseball and LAA 1, LLC (AM830) legal matters including:
• Negotiate and draft broadcast, sponsorship, license, suite, vendor, and concessionaire contracts.
• Administer contracts to ensure client receives all contractual benefits.
• Identify legal and business risks
• Present advice to decision makers.
• Attend weekly executive staff meeting.
• Oversee complex litigation including three class actions.
• Litigate disputes.
• Create organizational policies.
• Liaison to Major League Baseball office for team legal issues.
• Liaison to Anaheim City Attorney.

Corporate Sales
• Draft and negotiate terms of advertising contracts with Sponsors.
• Provide business and legal assistance during sales and fulfillment process.

Marketing and Ticketing
• Advise marketing staff on marketing plans and proper use of trademarks to avoid claims and protect trademarks.
• Draft and review sweepstakes rules, marketing materials and season seat terms.
• Create and oversee ticketing policies regarding guests with disabilities.

Law Department Management
• Create and oversee law department budget and manage legal vendors.
• Prepare annual legal disclosure for financial auditors.

Human Resources & Labor Relations
• Create, revise and implement Travel Policy, Records Retention Policy, Employee Handbook and other company specific policies.
• Negotiate and draft collective bargaining agreements with three unions.
• Defend grievances.
• Fiduciary oversight of 401(k) plans.
• Ensure legal compliance of reorganizations, terminations and discipline.
• Oversee OSHA compliance and reporting.

Insurance and Risk Management
• Primary point of contact for insurance renewals, claims and audits.
• Negotiate healthcare costs.

Baseball Operations
• Involved in draft selection process.
• Review medical information of potential first year draft players.
• Assess medical risks of free agents.
• Attended and completed Fall 2006 MLB Scout Development Program.

Insurance Risk Manager

Angels Baseball LP

January 2004March 2007 (3 years 3 months)

Insurance and Risk Management
• Primary point of contact for insurance renewals, claims and audits.
• Negotiate healthcare costs in Major League and Minor League locations.
• Design and implement creative strategies to reduce risk and prevent losses.

Baseball Operations
• Involved in decision making and selection process of potential draftees.
• Review medical information of potential first year draft players.
• Assess medical risks of minor league free agents.

Minor League Athletic Trainer

Boston Red Sox

Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Sports industry

January 2002September 2003 (1 year 9 months)

Minor League Baseball Operations
• Assigned to Short Class A affiliate.
• Reported injuries to front office staff and entered into injury database.
• Coordinated travel, supply budget, and equipment.
• Acted as liaison between MLB Club and Minor League Affiliate.
• Filed workers compensation claims.

Medical
• Prevented, evaluated, treated, and rehabilitated athletic injuries.
• Oversaw team strength, conditioning, and stretching programs.
• Coordinated medical visits with providers.
• Set up entrance and exit physicals with physicians.
• Set-up and carried out spring training and in-season drug testing.

Law Clerk

Tintendo, Kendall, Canniff & Keefe, LLP

June 2003August 2003 (3 months) Greater Boston Area

Employers Liability Litigation Defense
• Reviewed litigation files
• Wrote synopsis and strategy memoranda for litigating attorneys.
• Researched and reviewed specific injuries and conditions.
• Prepared petitions for Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents reimbursement fund.
• Worked with attorneys in preparation for administrative hearings.

Minor League Athletic Trainer

Montreal Expos

January 1997October 2001 (4 years 10 months)

Minor League Baseball Operations
• Assigned to affiliates in Low A, High A, AA as well as Maryland Fall League and Arizona Fall League.
• Reported injuries to front office staff and entered into injury database.
• Coordinated travel, supply budget, and equipment.
• Acted as liaison between MLB Club and Minor League Affiliate.
• Filed workers compensation claims.

Medical
• Prevented, evaluated, treated, and rehabilitated athletic injuries.
• Oversaw team strength, conditioning, and stretching programs.
• Coordinated medical visits with providers.
• Set up entrance and exit physicals with physicians.
• Set-up and carried out spring training and in-season drug testing.

Gulf Coast League Athletic Trainer

Baltimore Orioles

Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Sports industry

March 1996September 1996 (7 months)

Minor League Baseball Operations
• Assigned to Rookie level affiliate.
• Reported injuries to front office staff and entered into injury database.
• Coordinated travel, supply budget, and equipment.
• Acted as liaison between MLB Club and Minor League Affiliate.
• Filed workers compensation claims.

Medical
• Prevented, evaluated, treated, and rehabilitated athletic injuries.
• Oversaw team strength, conditioning, and stretching programs.
• Coordinated medical visits with providers.

Intern Minor League Athletic Trainer

Baltimore Orioles

Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Sports industry

May 1994August 1994 (4 months)

Assisted Head Athletic Trainer with prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries.

David Cohen's Honors and Awards

  • Top 10 Thirty-Something In-House Counsel

    Association of Corporate Counsel
    • March 2013

    The Top 10 30-Somethings Awards recognize in-house counsel between the age of 30 and 39 who show outstanding achievement in their profession through excellent communication, involvement with bar associations and in-house advocacy work, and pro bono and community service efforts.

  • Minor League Baseball Athletic Trainer of the Year

    Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society
    • December 2001

    Voted on by peers in PBATS, this award is given annually to an athletic trainer that exemplifies the best in athletic training for their players and demonstrates a deep concern for the community and fellow athletic trainers.

David Cohen's Skills & Expertise

  1. Sports
  2. Employment Law
  3. Sports Law
  4. Baseball
  5. Risk Management
  6. Licensing
  7. Negotiation
  8. Contract Negotiation
  9. Sports Management
  10. Litigation
  11. Corporate Governance
  12. Training
  13. Sports Marketing
  14. Public Speaking
  15. Insurance
  16. Athletic Training
  17. Social Media
  18. Legal Research
  19. Marketing
  20. Legal Writing
  21. Trademarks
  22. Budgets
  23. Entertainment Law
  24. Workers Compensation
  25. Mediation
  26. Litigation Management
  27. Management
  28. Legal Compliance
  29. Strategy
  30. Recruiting
  31. Research
  32. Human Resources
  33. Intellectual Property
  34. Legal Issues
  35. Westlaw
  36. Strategic Planning
  37. Event Planning
  38. Entertainment
  39. New Business Development
  40. Legal Advice
  41. Community Outreach
  42. Trials
  43. Fundraising
  44. Torts
  45. Writing
  46. Problem Solving
  47. Policy
  48. Sponsorship
  49. Leadership

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David Cohen's Organizations

  • Association of Corporate Counsel

    • December 2006 to Present
  • Sports Lawyers Association

    • October 2001 to Present
  • American Bar Association

    • August 2001 to Present
  • National Athletic Trainers Assocation

    • 1988 to Present
  • Beta Theta Pi

    • March 1992 to December 1995

David Cohen's Certifications

  • Attorney

    • State Bar of California
    • License 236328
    • June 2005
  • Certified Athletic Trainer

    • National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification
    • License 01962392
    • January 1996
  • Registered House Counsel

    • State Bar of Florida
    • February 2013
  • Admitted Attorney

    • United States District Court - Central District of California
    • September 2006
  • Admitted Attorney

    • United States Court of Appeals - 11th Circuit
    • January 2014

David Cohen's Education

California Western School of Law

Doctor of Jurisprudence, Law

20022004

Activities and Societies: Ranked 61/247 (Top 25%) Award for Academic Excellence–Sports Law, Spring 2003 Award for Academic Excellence–Health Law: Selected Problems, Fall 2002 Dean’s List, Fall 2002, Spring 2004 Model student answer for Property I final exam, Fall 2002 Entertainment & Sports Law Society, Member

Widener University School of Law (PA)

20012002

Activities and Societies: Ranked in Upper 30% of class Entertainment and Sports Law Society – VP of Sports 2001-2002

West Virginia University

MS, Community Health Education

19962001

Activities and Societies: Mountain Honorary

West Virginia University

BS, Exercise Phys/Athletic Training

19911995

Activities and Societies: Beta Theta Pi, IFC, Mountain Honorary

Boys Latin School of Maryland

High School, Secondary School

19841991

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