Photo 1: Santa Monica Bay, Library of Congress, PAN US GEOG - California no. 170, W. D. Lambert, 1908.

Photo 2: Santa Monica Pier, Carol M. Highsmith, Library of Congress, LC-DIG-pplot-13725-01411, 2005.

Service Details

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 member 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 some dozens of health clubs, sports clubs, athletic associations, and attractions. Mr. Ellrod is recognized nationally as one of the leading experts on the laws the 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; and
    • 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, we are frequently retained to perform specialized transactional work ranging from employee manuals and membership agreements to the preparation of exculpatory provisions. We truly provide a "one stop shop" with the ability to handle virtually every legal need for businesses in these industries.