Hugh Hackney

Hugh E. Hackney, Esq.

JAMS Mediator and Arbitrator

Case Manager
Hayley Prager
T: 314-326-4769
190 Carondelet Plaza, Suite 1100, St. Louis, Missouri 63105


Hugh E. Hackney, Esq. is well known among his peers for his skills as an arbitrator and mediator. Mr. Hackney has had a long career as an attorney representing clients in the entertainment and sports industries, representing major sports league teams, talent, and film executives, both locally and internationally. As a mediator and arbitrator, Mr. Hackney draws from his litigation experience to craft creative and economic solutions for all parties.

Representative Matters

  • Entertainment
    • Contract disputes between movie producers, acting talent and investors for major films
    • Dispute involving literary rights to life story in relation to major film
    • Handled contract consultations with acting talent 
    • Handled matters involving issues with insurance and banks regarding loans 
    • Matters involving investors who breached contracts in relation to major films resulting in bankruptcy 
    • Represented film producers in disputes with banks and insurance companies 
    • Represented film producers in contract disputes with international distributors 
    • Represented film producers in relation to film rights, distribution rights, lenders and investors
  • Sports
    • Class actions involving injuries of former athletes 
    • Contract disputes involving athletes and vendors affiliated with major sports franchise 
    • Disputes between athletes and their agents 
    • Represented major universities in investigations and litigation involving the illegal recruitment of athletes 
    • Negotiated with major insurance companies regarding coverage of athletic injuries 
    • Represented athletes involved in labor disputes with players associations and unions 
    • Represented professional sports franchises in salary negotiations with athletes 
    • Represented professional baseball team player in matters involving labor negotiations, player contracts, agents, and arbitration 
    • Represented professional football team matters involving labor disputes, player strikes, injunctions against players’ association and player contracts 
    • Represented individual athletes involved in professional baseball, basketball, football, golf and boxing 
    • Represented high draft picks in contract negotiations 
    • Represented coaches’ personal and contract-related issues 
    • Represented professional athletes in divorce and paternity disputes 
    • Salary disputes resulting in arbitration for professional athletes 
    • Represented several sports franchises
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS. 

  • Honors
    • Texas' Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year," Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2017-2019, 2022
    • Recipient, Lexology’s Client Choice Award USA & Canada, Arbitration, Texas, 2013
    • Best Lawyers in America, Arbitration, Litigation, and Mediation, 2008-2013, 2016, 2019, 2020, 2022
    • Super Lawyers magazine, Texas Super Lawyers, 2003-2012
    • Team Member, Law360 “Employment Practice Group of the Year,” 2011
    • Texas' Best Lawyers, 2009 and 2010
  • Memberships and Professional Affiliations
    • U.S. Representative, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Commission on Arbitration
    • Member, The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
    • Member, London Court of International Arbitration
    • Honorary Consul, Republic of Romania for the State of Texas
    • Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 in Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Ratings
    • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
    • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
    • Life Fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation
    • Life Fellow, Houston Bar Foundation
    • Member, Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations
    • Member, International Bar Association
    • Member, American Bar Association, Employment Law Section
    • Member, State Bar of Texas, ADR Section and Employment Law Section
    • Member, Houston Bar Association
    • Member, Dallas Bar Association, ADR Section and Employment Law Section
    • Former President and Chair of the Board, Society of International Business Fellows
    • Member and Former Chair, Labor and Employment Law Advisory Committee, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
    • Former Member, International Advisory Board, United States Postal Service
    • Former Chairman, International Committee, Texas Association of Business and Chamber of Commerce (Dallas Chapter)
    • Board, Gulf Coast Chapter, Leukemia Society of America
    • Board and Chair, Houston Volunteer Lawyers
    • Member, Advisory Board, Russian-American Society
    • Member, Advisory Board, American College of Hyperbaric Medicine
  • Partner, Greenberg Traurig LLP, 2005-2015
  • Partner, Locke Lord LLP, 1997-2005
  • Partner, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, 1970-1997
  • J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
  • Rotary International Ambassador Scholar and NCAA Scholar Athlete, University of Wales
  • B.A., Southern Methodist University



Practice Areas


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