New York antitrust and sports law attorney Jeffrey Kessler of Winston & Strawn reflects on the challenges of representing famous athletes like Tom Brady and Michael Jordan.
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I won’t focus on the rich and famous but I’ll focus on the people you’ve mentioned. When you represent the true superstar, that exceptional talent, what you tend to discover is that they are exceptional in every way. They’re exceptionally intuitive. They’re exceptionally connective. They have charisma that just lights up a room and you could both utilize that to benefit your case but also have to be aware of the impact that that has on judges, jurist, decision makers, other people that you’re dealing with.