Many times student-athletes find themselves being treated unfairly and feel as though they do not have a “voice” or independent support when encountering a disciplinary or an administrative situation with their school, conference or an administrative governing body like the NCAA. In many cases, when things get complicated, coaches and/or athletic departments do what they perceive to be in the PROGRAM’S best interest and do not concern themselves with what may be in the best interests of the student-athlete. Every student-athlete should have his/her own professional and experienced advocate to guide him/her through this intimidating and complex landscape when a serious compliance situation occurs.
For many student-athletes, their ability to play college sports and compete is the single most important thing in their life. For the elite amongst competitors, their dream of achieving financial security can be placed in jeopardy when a compliance issue is mishandled. Therefore it is critical that student-athletes obtain an experienced attorney to advocate for their interests.
Jason was a standout athlete in high school and was a walk-on football player at the University of Miami as a Freshman. Jason also played football in Sweden while studying at Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden. It was through these early experiences with sports that Jason decided that he wanted to work in the sports environment and advocate for student-athletes.
As an attorney and advocate, Jason has been working with athletes at all levels for over a decade. Jason prides himself on his vast experience and in having handled a wide array of high-profile and complex issues facing student-athletes at all levels including high school and the NCAA.
Throughout his legal career, Jason has worked as a trial lawyer and has assisted countless male and female student-athletes and their families across all sports concerning a compendium of issues impacting student-athlete life and eligibility.
Jason has previously handled issues including, but not limited to:
Jason’s body of work as an advocate for student-athletes has been well documented in the media and has involved individuals currently or formerly competing in most of the major NCAA conferences including but not limited to the ACC, AAC, Sun Belt, Big Ten, SEC, Conference USA, and the Colonial Athletic Conference. Jason has also worked in conjunction with several athletic departments while serving as an advocate for student-athletes.
Jason has also served as a contributor on legal issues and provided NCAA related commentary on a wide array of sports issues for the Miami Herald and for other popular media outlets. Jason also regularly serves as a panel speaker at sports symposiums and was recently a guest speaker for the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) the Legends of Sports Symposium in Cancun, Mexico and has been a panelist at the University of Miami’s (FL) Sports and Entertainment Law Symposium as well as serving as a panelist at Chapman University College of Law’s Sports Symposium held in Los Angeles, CA.
If you or a family member is a student-athlete that has an issue which requires legal advice or advocacy, please contact Jason Setchen, ATHLETE DEFENDER, at (305) 856-4044 to schedule an appointment or send an e-mail inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE NOTE THAT JASON SETCHEN IS NOT A SPORTS AGENT AND THE FIRM DOES NOT AND WILL NOT ACT AS A SPORTS AGENT OR PROVIDE SUCH SERVICES.