Christian S. Dennie
Christian Dennie is an attorney with a focus on commercial matters and sports law, including matters related to intercollegiate and professional athletics, league governance, and collective bargaining, who has served clients all across Texas and nationally in a myriad of legal disputes and negotiations. Christian has developed a practice of representing trade associations, unions, and conferences, including non-profit organizations and associations, involved in the sports industry from start-up through negotiations and litigation.
Prior to joining Barlow Garsek & Simon, Christian worked in the athletics department at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Missouri. Since his return to private practice, Christian has continued to work with and advise clients in the sports industry, including professional athletes, student-athletes, coaches, conference offices, institutions, recruiting services, sports equipment providers and retailers, sports unions and trade associations, and professional sports franchises and related entities, in litigation, NCAA investigations and compliance matters, drug test appeals, and negotiating and drafting of agreements. Christian has drafted and negotiated, among other things, coaches' contracts, facilities agreements, sponsorship and marketing agreements, drug test policies, compliance and recruiting manuals, conference constitutions and bylaws, sexual harassment and misconduct policies, and collective bargaining agreements. Christian also commonly works with coaches and current and retired athletes in career planning and structuring, branding, estate planning and asset protection, non-profit formation, and corporate formation.
Christian is often asked to speak on topics related to sports law and has lectured or served as a presenter or panelist at events held by, among others, Harvard Law School, Duke Law School, SMU Dedman School of Law, University of Virginia School of Law, University of Mississippi School of Law, Big 12 Conference, NCAA, and Lone Star Conference and has been interviewed by media outlets for stories relating to athletics that have been featured in SI.com, ESPN.com, Golfchannel.com, USA Today, New York Times, Fort Worth Star Telegram, and several others.
Christian has drafted numerous publications relating to the sports industry and various commercial matters including matters related to antitrust, labor law, intellectual property, league governance, sexual harassment and misconduct, coaching contracts, Title IX, and defamation. His articles have been published by journals at the University of Mississippi, Syracuse University, University of Arkansas, University of Virginia, University of Texas, Seton Hall University, and Tulane University and also in industry publications such as the Texas Bar Journal, Chronicle of Higher Education, Andrews Entertainment Industry Litigation Reporter, Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, and the Sports Litigation Alert. Christian is also the principal drafter of the College Sports Law Blog (http://www.bgsfirm.com/college-sports-law-blog), which is updated regularly to follow the trends in intercollegiate athletics and provide commentary on legal events relating to intercollegiate athletics.
Christian is an arbitrator and mediator serving in dispute relating to commerical, business, and sports matters. He is a panelist serving as a neutral for disputes presented to the American Arbitration Association, commonly known as AAA.
In addition to his sports practice, Christian has tried more than forty cases, bringing them before judges, juries, administrative panels, and arbitrators, and has argued before the courts of appeals and administrative bodies. He has successfully represented clients in a variety of areas of law, including sports, commercial litigation, tort litigation, estate planning and probate, employment and labor law, products liability, and real estate including municipalities, churches, small and large businesses, real estate owners, brokers, agents, and developers, construction companies, consumers, retailers and wholesalers. Christian brings an aggressive, yet conscientious, approach to litigation that has produced successful results for his clients at the trial and appeallate levels.
While in college, Christian played centerfield for the Sam Houston State University baseball team while graduating in only 3 years.
Residential Dynamics, LLC v. Loveless, 186 S.W.3d 192(Tex. App.--Fort Worth 2006, no pet.).
Enclave Arlington Assocs. Ltd. P’ship v. City of Arlington, 669 F. Supp. 2d 735 (N.D. Tex. 2009).
Enclave Arlington Assocs. Ltd. P’ship v. City of Arlington, 401 Fed. Appx. 936 (5th Cir. 2010).
Watts Water Techs., Inc. v. Farmers Ins. Exch., 2010 Tex. App. LEXIS 3638, Cause No. 03-09-00002-CV (Tex. App.--Austin May 14, 2010, no pet.).
Sadeghian v. Hudspeth, 2012 Tex. App. LEXIS 7323, Cause No. 02-11-00095-CV (Tex. App.--Fort Worth Aug. 30, 2012, no pet.).
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