Sports, Recreation, and Attractions Law

The Sports, Recreation, and Attractions Law Team at Manning Kass is led by named partner Anthony ("Tony") J. Ellrod. Tony is an AV Preeminent® rated Associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), and is a member of the International Health, Racquet & Sports Club Association and other industry trade groups. He and his team represent dozens of health clubs, sports clubs, athletic associations, and attractions. Mr. Ellrod is recognized nationally as one of the leading experts on the laws that affect the sports and recreation industries, such as those that deal with exculpatory agreements and primary assumption of risk. Our Sports, Recreation, and Attractions Law Team's main areas of focus are:

  • commercial transactions, including preparation of exculpatory agreements and membership agreements
  • general business consulting
  • loss prevention and risk management
  • defense litigation

Through our representation of clients in the sports and recreation industry, we have acquired special expertise in some of the unique issues which arise in this area. We have been involved in securing the publication of some of the leading California appellate decisions on such immunities and defenses as assumption of the risk, exculpatory agreements, open and obvious conditions, recreational use immunity, and trivial defects.

Working with our employment team, real estate team, and other teams we are frequently retained to perform specialized transactional work ranging from employee manuals and membership agreements to negotiating lease agreements. We truly provide a "one stop shop" with the ability to handle virtually every legal need for businesses in these industries.