When I talk to attorneys who are not involved in the business of sports, I oftentimes hear them tell me that they would do anything to quit their jobs and become sports agents. Whether it be that they hate their day jobs or they see the agent business as being something fun and exciting, there is something that pushes many attorneys to pay state athlete agent fees and players association fees. One thing you rarely hear about is an agent quitting his job to work at Big Law. Gregg Clifton is a rebel.
Clifton was a baseball agent with Gaylord Sports Management (sorry, but I am not feeling the intro music), the company that recently grabbed Dan Uggla from Beverly Hills Sports Council. Prior to joining Gaylord, Clifton served as a legal intern for the general counsel of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority and was also once CEO of Bob Woolf Associates. While at Gaylord, Clifton carried the title of Vice President, Baseball Division, along with Terry Bross, who will likely lead Gaylord’s baseball division in the future.
The law firm that has gained Clifton is Jackson Lewis LLP, which specializes in workplace law. The firm’s slogan is, “All we do is work.” How often do you think associates crack jokes about that one? The word is that Clifton will remain in the world of sports, being a major part of the firm’s Sports Industry Practice Group. I cannot find any information about this group from the Jackson Lewis LLP website.