Paul J. Greene

Top rated Entertainment & Sports attorney in Portland, Maine

Global Sports Advocates, LLC
Paul J. Greene
Global Sports Advocates, LLC

Practice Areas: Entertainment & Sports, General Litigation, Products Liability; view more

Licensed in Maine since: 2007

Education: University of Maine School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2012 - 2017

Global Sports Advocates, LLC

254 Commercial St
Suite 245
Portland, ME 04101 Visit website


Paul J. Greene is the founder of Global Sports Advocates, LLC, in Portland, Maine. He focuses his practice on sports law, representing athletes throughout the United States and around the world. Dedicated to protecting athletes' rights, his experience includes representation in contract and salary negotiations, arbitration hearings, anti-doping proceedings, Olympic eligibility disputes, intellectual property disputes, Title IX violations, sports injuries and sports industry product liability.

After graduating from Brandeis University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1993, Mr. Greene earned a Master of Arts from Syracuse University in 1995. He subsequently attended the University of Maine School of Law, serving as managing editor of the Maine Law Review before being awarded his Juris Doctor in 2007. Mr. Greene is admitted to practice in Maine, Massachusetts and New York.

During the course of his career, Mr. Greene has represented numerous high-profile clients, including many well-known Olympic athletes, in hearings conducted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the "Supreme Court for Sport" located in Lausanne, Switzerland. This court provides arbitration and mediation services for the resolution of sports-related disputes. Mr. Greene is an approved lawyer for the International Court of Arbitration for Sport, the Sports Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada and the United States Olympic Committee.

In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Greene teaches as a Professor of sports law for the Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía's (ISDE) International and Comparative LLM Program in Madrid, Spain and New York.  He also teaches sports law at the University of Maine School of Law as well as classes on legal and business ethics at the University of Southern Maine School of Business. He is a member of the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, an organization that provides pro bono legal assistance to immigrants seeking asylum in the United States.

Practice areas

Entertainment & Sports, General Litigation, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Entertainment, Sports & Leisure Law, Litigation

  • 60% Entertainment & Sports
  • 20% General Litigation
  • 20% Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 2007, Maine

Professional Webpage:

  • Judgment for the Michael Phelps Foundation against a Defendant cybersquatting on in Michael Phelps Foundation v. Domains By Proxy, et al; secured one of the largest attorney's fee awards ever for an athlete at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in representing Jamaican Olympic gold medalists Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson (Powell/Simpson v. JADCO) in their successful appeals against the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission reducing their sanctions from 18 to 6 months.
Representative Clients:
  • Caroline Maher v. World Taekwondo Federation: successfully overturned a wrongful doping ban levied against an Egyptian athlete by her international federation
  • Michael Phelps Foundation v. Domains By Proxy: obtained a judgment against a cybersquatter who had illegally registered the domain name
  • Olympic gold medalist and former 100 meter world record holder Asafa Powell, 4-time grand slam tennis champion Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
  • Phil DeRosier v. USA Track & Field: defended the right of a track and field athlete to compete in the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in an emergency arbitration just hours before his scheduled race
  • Suzana Zoran v. MFK Ruzomberok: prevailedin contract dispute involving a FIFA transfer fee on behalf of a Bosnian agent
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • State of Massachusetts
  • State of Maine
  • State of New York
  • Managing Editor, Maine Law Review, University of Maine School of Law, 2007
  • Cum Laude, University of Maine School of Law, 2007
  • Interned, Honorable Kermit Lipez, University of Maine School of Law, 2007
  • Named to Chambers USA list of leading lawyers in the "Sports Law: Athletic Disputes: Nationwide" Category, Recognised Practitioner for Sports Law, Chambers USA, 2015
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, University of Maine School of Law, 2007
Educational Background:
  • Brandeis University, M.A., 1994
  • Syracuse University, M.A., S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, 1995
  • Brandeis University, B.A., 1993
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Paul has numerous articles on Sports Law topics.  Paul's article "Is the International Olympic Committee Above The Law?" was published in the ABA's Entertainment and Sports Lawyer.  Paul has lectured on sports law topics around the world.
  • United States Anti-Doping Agency v. Montgomery: Paving a New Path to Conviction in Olympic Doping Cases, 59 Maine Law Review 149, 2007
  • Boats, Baseballs and What a Repeal of the Cuban Refugee Adjustment Act Might Mean for Both, Entertainment and Sports Lawyer, 2009
  • Is the International Olympic Committee Above The Law? Entertainment and Sports Lawyer, 2010
  • NBA Lockout: Implications for Europe, World Sports Law Report, 2011
  • International Olympic Committee's Rule 45 thrown out: Is the British Olympic Association's Bylaw 25 the next to go? World Sports Law Report, 2011
  • Incorrect Sanctions and Impact on Anti-Doping, World Sports Law Report, 2012
  • Beyond Doping Cases: A Primer on Olympic Jurisprudence as London 2012 Approaches, Entertainment and Sports Lawyer, 2012
  • Lance Armstrong and WADA's Statute of Limitations, World Sports Law Report, 2013
  • The International Tennis Federation’s Anti-Doping Programme is Under Attack, LawInSport, 2013
  • Athletes' rights under the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act, Florida Coastal School of Law, 2010
  • Athletes' rights and Rule 45 of the Olympic Charter, Law, Policy and the Olympic Movement, Ithaca College London, 2011
  • Law and the Olympic Movement, University of Maine School of Law, 2011
  • Sports Law 101: National Business Institute, 2011
  • "What do to when your athlete tests positive", USA Track & Field Annual Athlete Representative Conference, 2013-2015
  • Presented on the legalities of the "Athlete Biological Passport" , Speaker, Tackling Doping in Sport, 2015
  • Spoke at LawinSport Symposium London, England, Panelist, Athlete Welfare, 2015
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Represents asylum seekers before the Immigration Court in Boston.  Paul is a youth sports coach in his hometown of Falmouth, Maine.
  • Captain, College Cross Country and Track team at Brandeis University, Paul Still Runs Marathons
  • Board of Directors, School's Alumni Association
Industry Groups:
  • ABA Forum On Entertainment & Sports
  • Sports Lawyers Association

Office location for Paul J. Greene

254 Commercial St
Suite 245
Portland, ME 04101

Phone: 866-607-4942


2 Years Super Lawyers
6 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2012 - 2017

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