Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP: Expanding Washington DC office with addition of Robert Clayton


MILWAUKEE (November 29, 2011) – Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP announced today that Robert L. Clayton – who has represented professional football and basketball player associations – has joined the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.

Mr. Clayton was named the National Bar Association’s Sports & Entertainment Lawyer of the year in 2004. He has served as counsel to the National Basketball Players Association and the National Football Players Association, in addition to representing major universities in their dealings with the NCAA, and providing counsel to sports marketing firms on broadcasting, licensing, and corporate sponsorship agreements.

Mr. Clayton also served as trial attorney for the National Labor Relations Board. He has more than 30 years of experience with unfair labor practices, arbitration, and collective bargaining negotiations in the healthcare, communications, transportation, construction, printing, gas utility, gaming and sports industries.

“I am delighted to add my expertise in traditional labor law to the significant employment practice at Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan,” said Mr. Clayton. “Particularly in the Washington, D.C. office, where I’ll be able to effectively represent our clients before the National Labor Relations Board and its regional offices.”

Mr. Clayton is a former associate dean at Tulane Law School, where he taught individual employment rights, international labor, and sports law. He earned his law degree from George Washington University National Law Center, after receiving his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, where he was captain of the track team. He was also a partner with the New Orleans law firm of Jackson Lewis and Littler Mendelson.

“We are very pleased to welcome Robert Clayton to our Washington, D.C. office,” said Emery Harlan, Managing Partner of Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP. “His significant experience in traditional labor, employment, sports compliance and education law will be very valuable to our clients and our firm.”

About Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan
Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP (www.gshllp.com) is a national minority-owned law firm with more than 100 lawyers in 15 offices located in Atlanta; Boca Raton, Fla.; Boston; Chicago; Cleveland; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Milwaukee; Nashville, Tenn.; New York; Phoenix; Stamford, Conn.; Washington D.C.; Wayne, N.J; and West Des Moines, Iowa. The firm represents midsized to Fortune 1000 companies, governmental entities, and individuals in the areas of litigation, employment, environmental, corporate and transactional, public finance, intellectual property, energy and regulatory, immigration, and estate and asset protection planning. Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan practices law with a commitment to quality, diversity and to the communities it serves.