Professor Ellen M. Zavian began her career in sports when she was a student at the University of Maryland where she worked in the university’s intramural sports and recreation department while working at the Maryland Race Tracks in the promotional department on weekends. While earning her law degree, she interned at the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA). Soon after graduation, she became the first female attorney/agent in the NFL. She has represented the US Women’s Soccer and, Softball gold medalists and extreme athletes, collectively, and held the title of Commissioner for the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (NCAA). She served as coordinator for the NFLPA’s Native American project; is a nationally recognized journalist, and a court expert in licensing/sports agreements. She has served on many sports related committees, including the DC Bar’s Arts, Entertainment, Media and Sports Section and co-created the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Sports & Entertainment committee. She teaches sports/event law at George Washington University’s business school while serving her clients in the sports industry and conducting arbitrations as a certified AAA arbitrator. She also teaches entrepreneurship and leadership, with a focus on start-ups, while creating the United Breakin Association, a global association for competitive break dancers and worked on a task force to get break dancing into the Youth Olympics 2018 and the Olympics in Paris 2024. White House and DOE – appointed Chair of the eSports track at the 2019 HBCU Conference. Author of eSport – The Emerging Workforce & Regulations of eSports – and an advisory board member of GYO, an eSport platform as well as Editor-in-Chief of the esportsandthelaw.com and contributing esports expert to the Washington Post/The Launcher. Appointed FIFA Player Counsel representative in 2019 and USADance NGB Task Force in 2021.
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