Hugh E. Hackney, Esq.

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Entertainment and Sports

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

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Honors
    • Texas' Best Lawyers, Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2017
    • Recipient, Lexology’s Client Choice Award USA & Canada, Arbitration, Texas, 2013
    • The Best Lawyers in America, Arbitration, Litigation, and Mediation, 2008-2013, 2016
    • 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

Background and Education

  • 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

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