Attorney Robert J. Romano is a Connecticut/New York City based attorney licensed in both state and federal court, whose law practice focuses on sports law and sports & entertainment related issues.
After attending Springfield College, where he was a member of the football team, Romano obtained his Juris Doctorate from Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana, his Masters in Sports Management from Columbia University, New York City, New York, and his LLM in International & Comparative Sports Law from Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economia (ISDE), Madrid, Spain.
Attorney Romano is an experienced litigator and contract attorney who has negotiated employment contracts, public appearance, endorsement & marketing and sponsorship agreements for coaches, professional athletes, entertainers, broadcasters and front office personnel. His litigation experience stems from representing world-class athletes, US and International Coaches, NCAA student-athletes, and sports agents before the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the Basketball Arbitration Tribunal and other alternative dispute tribunals.
He is the Director of Sports Management at Mercy College while also being a Visiting Foreign Professor at the Instituto de Empresa (IE Business School) in Madrid, Spain where he has developed course and lecture materials for its graduate level “International Sports Law” course. In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor at St. John’s University, Quinnipiac Law School, and Drexel University where he teaches ”Sports Law”, “Sports Marketing”, “American History of Sport”, “Global Issues in Sport” and “Hospitality Law” at both the graduate and undergraduate schools.
He has guest lectured at Columbia University, Drexel University, University of New Haven, Texas A&M, New York University, and the Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economia (ISDE) on topics including “Stadium and Security Management”, “The Role of Sports Agents”, and “Negotiating Sports Contracts.”
Attorney Romano was previously a Course Coordinator at Columbia University in the City of New York, teaching “Beyond the Game: The Business of Sports” for the summer program, while also managing classes such as “Sports Leadership and Management” and “Sports Facilities and Event Management.”
Attorney Romano has regular guest appearances on ESPN Radio, FOX Sports Radio, FOX and Friends Morning Show, KCAA Radio, along with a host of other appearances on local networks and radio stations.
Attorney Romano is a published writer, having written the following:
Romano, R. (2010), Spectator v. Pat Downs, Facilities & The Law, (January 2011, Volume 1, Issue 1).
Romano, R. (2010), School District Survives Cheerleader Lawsuit – For Now, Sports Litigation Alert, (November 5, 2010, Volume 7, Issue 20).
Romano, R. (2010), Spectator v. Pat Downs – A Case Study of the NFL’s Mandated Pat Down Policy, Sports Litigation Alert, (June 18, 2010, Volume 7, Issue 11).
Romano, R. (2009), Injuries Just One Concern When Weighing Natural Grass v. Synthetic Turf, Legal Issues in High School Athletics (Nov./Dec. 2009).
Romano, R. (2009), Pro Sports Teams Should Embrace Either Safety Act “Designation” or “Certification” from Department of Homeland Security, Sports Litigation Alert (October 10, 2009, Volume 6 Issue 19).
Romano, R. (2009), Assessing a Coach’s Liability for Injury to the Student-Athlete, Sports Litigation Alert (April 10, 2009, Volume 6 Issue 6) & Legal Issues in High School Athletics (Jul./Aug. 2009).
Romano, R. (2009), Coaches Should Be Careful When Breaking a Contract, Sports Litigation Alert (Feb. 27, 2009, Volume 6 Issue 3).
Attorney Romano is a member of the Sports Lawyers Association and both the American and Connecticut Bar Associations Sports and Entertainment Division.