Steve Gans (click here to download full profile)

Steve Gans is a partner in the Boston law firm Prince Lobel Tye LLP, focusing on corporate, sports and employment law.  Prior to joining Prince Lobel, Steve was the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of the leading independent book and publishing company New England Mobile Book Fair, Inc. and its sister company Jessica’s Biscuit, Inc.  Steve began his legal career at the Boston law firm Goulston & Storrs, P.C.  Steve attended Cornell University and Brandeis University (B.A.), as well as Harvard Law School and the University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D.). Steve is rated “AV Preeminent” by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest possible ranking both for an individual lawyer’s legal ability and adherence to professional standards of ethics.

Steve has been involved with soccer in the United States at various levels for over twenty-five years in legal, management, director, playing and consulting capacities.  Steve worked on the successful Boston World Cup ’94 bid effort as legal counsel to Foxboro Stadium and as a member of the Boston Venue Bid Committee.  Steve has represented professional soccer players, advised Major League Soccer teams, and consulted for certain national soccer media properties.  Prior to becoming a lawyer, Steve served one of the most successful teams in the history of United States professional soccer, the Baltimore Blast (not to be confused with the team currently known as the Baltimore Blast), as a front office executive, and for a brief time was signed as a player.  The Baltimore Blast won the 1983-84 Major Indoor Soccer League Championship, and set United States professional soccer attendance records which stand to this day.  From 2010-2015 Steve served on the Board of Directors of and acted as legal counsel to the United States Soccer Federation Development Academy club FC Bolts Celtic (formerly FC Greater Boston Bolts).

Through his consulting firm Professional Soccer Advisors, Inc., Steve has since 2006 provided advice to owners, directors, senior management and officials of British clubs and within the English Premier League regarding (as the case may be) commercial transactions, their own operations and the American market. Steve has also represented American companies interested in conducting business within the Premier League and otherwise within international and domestic soccer.

Steve brokered the 2009-10 commercial relationship between Fulham Football Club and Fenway Sports Group, advising both parties at various junctures as to business and legal issues.  Most recently, Steve has represented: a) a domestic pro soccer club in complex transactions with certain leading American youth clubs; b) a leading British pro club in a project to acquire a franchise in an American league; c) a Development Academy club in the acquisition of a license to operate a Premier Development League franchise; d) an individual investor regarding his investment in a domestic professional club; and e) a professional player in a contract dispute involving a player agency, two international clubs and a governing federation.  Recently, Steve has continued to provide advice to domestic and international professional soccer clubs and has advised companies and organizations regarding American youth soccer.  Steve also mediated a dispute and advised on matters between two majority owners of a professional soccer club. Steve also continues to represent and advise American professional and youth clubs on strategic, business, operations and legal matters, including the negotiation and drafting of a variety of agreements affecting each aspect of a club’s operation.