Category Archives: Professional Athletes

Instant Replay Creates All Kinds of Issues

Article originally appeared in the November 27, 2012 issue of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin written by Thomas F. Villanti and Evan D. Whitfield Major League Baseball (MLB) is deciding this off-season whether to extend instant replay to other areas of the game.  Meanwhile, former LA. Dodgers owner Frank McCourt is facing his own instant […]

Athletes Try to Keep Proceedings Quiet

Article originally appeared in the October 23, 2012 issue of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin written by Thomas F. Villanti and Evan D. Whitfield The phrase “There’s no such thing as bad publicity” is most frequently linked to Oscar Wilde’s “The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.”  In the […]

NHL Lockout Affects Support Proceedings

Article originally appeared in the September 25, 2012 issue of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin written by Thomas F. Villanti and Evan D. Whitfield At 12:01 a.m. on Sept. 16, the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL and the NHL Players Association expired without a new agreement in place, causing the owners to lockout the […]

Athletes Cannot Avoid Family Obligations

Article originally appeared in the July 24, 2012 issue of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin written by Thomas F. Villanti and Evan D. Whitfield Much like the “curse of the Lotto,” we hear time and time again about former professional athletes who earned millions during their playing years only to squander it all and find […]

In Divorce, as in Sports, The Preference is For A Level Playing Field

Article originally appeared in the June 12, 2012 issue of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin written by Thomas F. Villanti and Evan D. Whitfield This past Sunday saw the final day of the 2012 Barclay’s Premier League (BPL) season, which, for soccer fans, was a truly amazing spectacle. European soccer is often decried for its […]

Child Support Factors Into Financial Woes

Article originally appeared in the April 24, 2012 issue of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin written by Thomas F. Villanti and Evan D. Whitfield American sports enthusiasts love a good rags-to-riches story.  Reading about an athlete rising up against the odds, through dedication and hard work, to compete and earn vast sums of money along […]

Kobe Bryant Fails to See Benefit of Premarital Agreements in Athletics

Article originally appeared in the September 31, 2012 issue of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin written by Thomas F. Villanti and Evan D. Whitfield Kobe Bryant was born and raised to be a NBA superstar.  As the son of Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, Kobe grew up within the professional environment as his father bounced around the […]

Sporting Judgment: Expert Advice Helps Athletes Handle Family Law Issues

Article originally appeared in the September 13, 2011 issue of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin written by Thomas F. Villanti and Evan D. Whitfield As is commonplace in the Chicago sports world, the Bears’ recent preseason losses to the New York Giants and the Tennessee Titans have caused sportswriters, bloggers and spectators to begin pointing […]

Professional Sports & Family Law: Lockout Does Not Necessarily Equal Support Modification

As of July 1, 2011, both the National Football League (NFL) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) are embroiled in labor disputes, which have resulted in the owners instituting “lockouts” against the players.  This battle of millionaires versus billionaires has spurred a number of professional athletes, either at the behest of their agents or on […]