|Stephen A. Starks Associate|
Stephen Starks has counseled clients in various areas of business litigation and matters involving business contracts. Mr. Starks also has experience with transactional matters such as entity acquisitions. He has defended businesses in employment matters before the EEOC, and has represented non-profit entities in civil actions and in proceedings before the U.S. Governmental Accountability Office.
Mr. Starks has advised sporting and entertainment entities, such as event and concert promoters and a professional racing team, in contractual negotiations across the U.S.
Mr. Starks is certified as an agent by the National Football League Players Association and National Basketball Players Association.
He also has experience representing musicians. Starks has provided counsel to musicians in issues involving contract preparation and negotiation and the negotiation of agreements related to national radio promotion, among other areas. Additionally, Mr. Starks served as an executive producer for a 2011 Gospel/R&B album.
Prior to joining Kroger Gardis & Regas, LLP, Mr. Starks served as the Legal Affairs Director for the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for almost four years. While at USADA, Mr. Starks was involved in the resolution of more than 100 cases and took part in at least 20 contested arbitration hearings, including hearings before the American Arbitration Association and Court of Arbitration for Sport headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland. Mr. Starks' expertise in anti-doping matters was recognized when he was selected by the World Anti-Doping Agency to serve on an independent observer team evaluating anti-doping controls at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India.
Following law school, and prior to private practice, Mr. Starks was a clerk for former Indiana Supreme Court Justice Theodore Boehm.
Mr. Starks received his law degree from the Valparaiso University School of Law in 2006. During law school, he was the Chief Justice of the Moot Court Honor Society, served as Corporate Relations Director for the Midwest Regional Board of the National Black Law Student Association, and attended the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy as stand by counsel for athletes as part of the school's nationally recognized Sports Law Clinic.
Mr. Starks received his undergraduate degree from Drexel University in 2001. While an undergraduate, he was a four year member of the school's NCAA Division I basketball team. He was the America East Conference scoring leader and a unanimous first team all conference selection in 2001. After college Mr. Starks played professional basketball in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and NBA Developmental League.
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