Shawn Stuckey
Senior Associate
San Francisco
44 Montgomery Street
Suite 3400
San Francisco CA 94104
TEL: (415) 633-1936
FAX: (415) 693-0770
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Shawn D. Stuckey

Shawn Stuckey represents both plaintiffs and defendants in complex litigation matters.  Shawn’s area of practice includes sports law litigation, antitrust, and complex insurance coverage disputes.  Shawn has worked on some of the most complex antitrust, sports law, and insurance coverage cases in the country including representing retired National Football League (NFL) players against the NFL in the 2011 NFL Lockout; representing current and former NCAA student-athletes against the NCAA (in the landmark O’Bannon v. NCAA case, concussion litigation against the NCAA, and litigation to increase scholarship amounts for student-athletes); concussion litigation against the National Hockey League (“NHL”); and both coverage and subrogation claims arising from the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks.

Shawn, a retired NFL football player (New England Patriots, Minnesota Vikings, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and award-winning author, attended the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis. Shawn’s experience as a retired NFL football player makes him uniquely situated to handle matters involving current and former professional and amateur athletes.

Shawn was recently named to the 2015 National Black Lawyers “Top 40 Under 40” – an honor limited to an elite group of black lawyers under the age of 40 who exemplify superior qualifications, leadership skills, and results as a legal professional.  Shawn was also named to the 2014 Minnesota Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers. This is an honor limited to no more than 2.5% of attorneys within Minnesota.

In law school, Shawn held the positions of Circulation Editor for the Midwest BLSA Law Journal and Associate Editor for the University of St. Thomas School of Law Law Review. Shawn was recently selected as the 2008 winner of the University of St. Thomas (UST) Scholarly Engagement and Societal Reform Award, and is UST-Law Chapter of Amnesty International's 2008 Human Rights Award recipient. Shawn has also given testimony at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland regarding the United States’ treaty compliance obligations. Shawn was selected to represent the University of St. Thomas School of Law at the 2009 Legal Education Awareness Program.

Representative Matters

Recent Sports Law Representative Matters of Note:
O’Bannon v. NCAA (N.D. Cal.) (Sports Illustrated: Most important trial in sports history; called by SB Nation: “the biggest trial in the history of college sports”)

Eller et al., v. NFL (Consolidated as Brady et. al, v. National Football League) (represented retired NFL players against the NFL during the 2011 NFL Lockout)

Eller et al., v. NFLPA (D. Minn.) (represented 26 NFL Hall of Famers and other notable players against the NFLPA)

Dryer v. NFL (D. Minn.) (publicity rights case resulting in a $50 million dollar settlement and the establishment of a licensing agency for retired NFL players)

Floyd v. NCAA (D. Minn.) (antitrust attack on the NCAA’s scholarship amounts)

Walker v. NCAA (D. Tenn.) (concussions/medical monitoring/CTE case on behalf of all former NCAA players)

Articles & Presentations

"What O’Bannon Means For NCAA's Next Round Of Litigation," Competition Law360, September 3, 2014, co-author

"NCAA’s Latest Legal Nightmare May Be Most Important," Competition Law360, July 11, 2014, co-author

"Labor and Employment Law in the NCAA: A New Chapter?"  CLE webcast, June 3, 2014, presenter

Interviewed by Elizabeth Hasselbeck on Fox News' morning show Fox & Friends, May 19, 2014.  Appearance was featured on 2 television programs and 23 websites/blogs.

Prominent former college players support O'Bannon case,” USA Today, April 5, 2014, quoted

John Hannah, Eric Dickerson, Thurman Thomas among supporters of changing NCAA system,”, April 3, 2014, quoted

"How should the NFL deal with increased legalization of marijuana?," Sports Illustrated, January 23, 2014, quoted

Raw Deal,” Sports on Earth, January 10, 2014, quoted

"Could Concussion Liability Reshape Youth Sports?" Santa Clara University Institute of Sports Law and Ethics Symposium, September 12, 2013, panelist

"Novel Approach to Opposing Class Certification Rejected," Competition Law360, March 7, 2013, co-author

The Non-Statutory Labor Exemption in Antitrust/Labor Law, 2011 Sports Law Symposium, September 8, 2011, presenter

"Linebacker turned Lawyer," Legal Bisnow, August 31, 2011, profiled

Racial Bias: How Much Do Implicit Views Impact the Legal Profession?, West LegalEdcenter Webcast, April 21, 2011, presenter

Class Action Principles and Procedure, NFL Independent Retired Players Summit, Las Vegas, NV, May 30, 2009, presenter

"Use of Promotions with the African-American Market Segment: A Research Agenda," From Art to Technology: Opportunities in Marketing Research and Education, Jerry W. Wilson, Editor. Proceedings of the Atlantic Marketing Association, 463 - 466 (2002); co-authored with Dr. Gordon G. Mosley  
"Why Millions of African American Men Will Not Vote for Obama," St. Thomas Lawyer (Vol. 2 Summer 2008), author

“Decreasing the Accessibility to Criminal History Records to Diminish the Devastating Impacts of Collateral Effects on African Americans in Minnesota,” UCLA Law Review (CCLL), Vol. 27 (2008), author

“Collateral Effects of Arrests in Minnesota,” U. St. Thomas L.J., Vol. 5, No. 1 (2008), author

“Collateral Effects of Arrests for African Americans,” American Bar Association (ABA) Minority Trial Lawyer, 2007, author

“Collateral Effects of Arrests –What the Public Needs to Know,” Challenger, July 2007, author

2008 National Black Pre-law Admissions Conference, keynote speaker

US’ Non-Compliance with a Specified Treaty, 2008 United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, speaker

2007 National Black Pre-law Admissions Conference, featured presenter

Collateral Effects and Their Impact on People of Color in Minnesota, 2007 Minnesota Women Lawyers, speaker

Human Rights Treaties and Laws, 2006 Minnesota State Human Rights Day, speaker 

Professional Affiliations

Pro Bono Activities


Minnesota Women Lawyer’s Equal Justice Award, recipient
2007 Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers’ Academic Achievement Scholarship, recipient