Karen Hoffman Lent
Karen Hoffman Lent represents a wide variety of clients in antitrust, sports and other complex litigation matters at both the trial and appellate court levels. She also provides general antitrust counseling.

Bio

Ms. Lent was named by SportsBusiness Journal as a 2016 Power Player in sports law and also was named to their 2013 Forty Under Forty list.

In the antitrust litigation area, Ms. Lent has handled litigations involving price-fixing, group boycotts, monopolization, other restraints of trade and class actions. She represented Pfizer Inc. in a class action alleging monopolization with respect to the drug Neurontin. Other representations include, among others, Actavis plc in class actions alleging anticompetitive reverse payment settlements regarding branded drugs Lidoderm and Actos; The Vitol Group in class actions alleging price-fixing and market manipulation of North Brent Sea Crude Oil; Ainsworth Lumber Company in an antitrust class action alleging price-fixing in the Oriented Strand Board industry; NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in a putative antitrust class action brought by resident physicians; International Paper Company in an antitrust class action alleging price-fixing; and IASIS Healthcare in an antitrust action challenging a series of exclusive contracts.

Ms. Lent has extensive experience counseling professional sports leagues and teams on a variety of antitrust and sports law matters. She is representing the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in litigation brought by student-athletes challenging its eligibility rules; the National Football League (NFL) in litigation brought by photographers alleging violations of intellectual property and antitrust laws; and the NCAA, NBA, NFL, National Hockey League (NHL) and the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball in their suit against the state of New Jersey to prevent the authorization and licensing of gambling on the sports leagues’ athletic events. Ms. Lent also represented the National Basketball Association (NBA) in connection with the league’s imposition of discipline upon Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling; and the NBA and four of its teams in a litigation brought by the Spirits of St. Louis regarding the Spirits’ right to receive a portion of the teams’ television revenues.

She also advised the NBA and its member teams in connection with its most recent labor dispute and lockout and has successfully arbitrated several disputes involving disability insurance coverage for NBA players. Ms. Lent represented the NHL in connection with the Phoenix Coyotes’ attempt to relocate the team, out of bankruptcy, over the league’s objection. She has litigated other disputes on behalf of the NBA, NFL, NHL and the Arena Football League, as well as their member teams, involving relocation, intellectual property rights, player discipline and salary protection. She also has provided advice on various issues to Madison Square Garden, the PGA Tour and Collegiate Licensing Corporation.

In the area of general antitrust counseling, Ms. Lent advises clients on compliance with basic antitrust statutes, including issues relating to competitor collaborations, unilateral conduct and distribution. She also presents antitrust compliance programs.

Ms. Lent actively works on pro bono matters, and received the Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Publico Award in 2009 and 2011 for her successful representation of a disabled senior citizen whose landlord illegally overcharged her monthly rent for several years.

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 1999 (Notes and Articles Editor, Fordham Law Review; Order of the Coif; cum laude)
  • B.S., Johns Hopkins University, 1995

Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fourth and Ninth Circuits
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York

Karen Hoffman Lent

Partner, Antitrust and Competition; Sports; Complex Litigation and Trials
karen.lent@skadden.com