Sports Mediation

Athlete Defender is a law firm and not a sports or marketing agency.

Jason Setchen is a highly skilled and experienced attorney and mediator. Jason is Certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Family Law Mediator but has mediated many matters outside of the family law context. Jason has been a practicing attorney for over 20 years and for most of his career has dedicated a significant portion of his practice to sports law. He has worked on many sides of the sports law spectrum and has acted as counsel in some of the most visible and highly publicized sports disputes in the last decade. Jason is capable of assisting with even the most challenging of sports law conflicts. He is willing to travel nationwide to mediate disputes and is also available to participate in mediations via Zoom.

Many disputes require an experienced third party or mediator to assist in reaching an amicable, confidential, and fair resolution. Jason is available to mediate all types of sports law-related disputes including, but limited to:

  • Disputes between coaches and players
  • Disputes between sports agents and clients
  • Disputes between management and coaches or players
  • Disputes between NCAA or NAIA Institutions and Student-Athletes
  • Disputes between NCAA or NAIA Institutions and Coaches or Athletic Admin.
  • Title IX Disputes
  • Title IV Disputes
  • FHSAA and high school regulatory agencies disputes
  • Disputes between teams and players or coaches
  • Any other type of sports law disagreement or dispute

Mediation can be an opportunity for the parties to come to an agreement outside of the trial process, and mediation has several advantages over litigation. For instance, despite the best efforts of counsel and the courts, it is often impossible to predict when a case will be called to trial and delays like these can cause unavoidable anxiety for the parties and add to the expense of litigation. Moreover, mediation is a more flexible process and can lead to a much quicker and confidential resolution of your case.

Most importantly, mediation can be effective since participants are generally more likely to comply with the terms of a settlement that they have agreed to, rather than a judgment imposed by the court. Mediation is also a great opportunity for the parties to take initiative and resolve the issues in their case themselves, instead of sitting on the sidelines at trial while a judge makes life-affecting decisions over which you will have no control.

Lastly, while court hearings are generally public, mediation in most circumstances remains a confidential process.

Contact Athlete Defender today to schedule a consultation and put Jason and his over 20 years of legal experience to work for you.

Professional Athlete Advocacy and More

Jason Setchen has worked with many professional athletes in all aspects of legal representation.  Jason is not a sports agent and does not provide contract advisory services with respect to professional contracts.  However, Jason has represented professional athletes in disputes with coaches, teams, and leagues and has handled player disputes against agents.  Jason has also successfully handled and defended professional athletes in investigations and administrative disciplinary actions brought forth by teams and leagues.  Athlete Defender advocates for athletes at all levels including at the professional sports level of the administrative process.

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