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Dana L. Hooper

Dana Hooper’s unique practice focuses on employment law, commercial litigation, and sports matters. In representing businesses in employment litigation and consultation she delivers assistance in a variety of areas, including contract preparation and negotiation, employment handbooks and policies, employee accommodations, wrongful termination, retaliation, discrimination, harassment, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and collective and class action defense. Dana’s commercial litigation experience, in both federal and state court, runs the gamut of representing businesses in disputes, such as contract claims and business torts in numerous industries of varying sizes and types.

In Dana’s sports practice, she works with a variety of clients, including representation of professional athletes, college, professional and youth coaches, executives, teams, youth clubs and organizations, and sports-oriented businesses. Dana provides her clients with support in areas including disputes and issues with teams and leagues, contract drafting, negotiations, endorsement deals, development, legal advice, litigation, and overall counsel. Her personal touch, experience and connections have proven as assets to clients in various sports throughout the world. Dana is also a U.S. Soccer certified agent for professional female and male soccer players and has represented over 50 players.

Concentrations

  • Employment litigation
  • Employment counseling
  • Commercial litigation
  • Sports law

Capabilities

Experience

  • Represented undefeated World Champion Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his company, Mayweather Promotions, in a dispute involving Mayweather’s 2015 boxing match against Manny Pacquiao, dubbed The Fight of the Century.
  • Representation of U.S. Women’s Soccer players, male and female professional soccer players, NFL players, NBA players, Olympians, professional coaches, professional sports teams, college players, college coaches, youth clubs, sports-oriented businesses or those doing businesses in the sports context. 
  • Estate of Jackie Robinson and Mrs. Jackie Robinson in litigation.
  • Expansion of professional sports team deals.
  • Represented Professional Soccer Player Turned Coach Rebecca “Becca” Moros.
  • Procured Nike Deal for Pro Soccer Player Carson Pickett.
  • Secured Adidas Endorsement for Professional Soccer Player Danielle Weatherholt.
  • Secured Adidas Contract for Professional Soccer Player Merritt Mathias.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, AZ Business Leaders, Sports, 2019-2020
  • Recipient, Arizona State University’s Allan "Bud" Selig Sports Law and Business Program (SLB), "Faculty of the Year Award," 2020 
  • Listed, Ranking Arizona, “Top 10 Sports and Entertainment Firm in Ranking Arizona: Practice Group Leader," 2018- 2019
  • Recognized, Phoenix Business Journal, "40 Under 40" Class of 2017 
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Southwest Super Lawyers, "Rising Star," 2012-2016
  • Martindale Hubbell, Rated AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5.0

°AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM and Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.

  • Professor, Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
    • Allan “Bud” Selig Sports Law and Business Program
  • Member, Law360'sSports Editorial Advisory Board, 2019
  • Executive Director, The ACLclub
  • Board Member, Phoenix Women's Sports Association, Board of Directors
  • Co-Founder, Karen Ringel Memorial Children's Book Club
  • Coach, Official Youth Soccer and Basketball
  • Athlete, Soccer and Basketball
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of Arizona

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, 2004
  • B.A., Legal Studies, with high honors (cum laude), University of California at Berkeley, 2000
  • B.A., Social Welfare, University of California at Berkeley, 2000
Admissions
  • Arizona
  • Arizona Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit