Gregg Levy

Gregg H. Levy

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Covington & Burling LLP
One CityCenter
850 Tenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-4956
Tel: +1 202 662 5292



  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1977
  • Harvard University, A.B., 1974

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia

Gregg Levy practices principally in the area of litigation, with an emphasis on antitrust and competition-related issues.  He has extensive experience in complex, multi-party cases, and he has broad expertise with respect to a wide array of legal issues affecting professional sports leagues.

For nearly two decades, Mr. Levy has been the principal outside counsel for the National Football League.  Mr. Levy also led the Covington team that secured the dismissal of a class action antitrust challenge to the Match and other aspects of graduate medical education. See Jung v. American Association of Medical Colleges, 339 F. Supp. 2d 26 (D.D.C. 2004), aff'd, 184 Fed.Appx. 9 (D.C. Cir. 2006).

Representative Matters

  • White v. National Football League, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 183167 (D. Minn. 2012), dismissing claims that the NFL clubs had engaged in collusion to suppress player compensation in the uncapped 2010 NFL season.
  • Washington v. National Football League, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 89401 (D. Minn. 2012), dismissing a purported class action antitrust suit brought by retired players alleging a conspiracy to restrain a market for the sale of their images and likenesses.
  • Brady v. National Football League, 644 F.3d 661 (8th Cir. 2011), in which the Eighth Circuit vacated an injunction, premised on an asserted violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act, that would have ended the NFL clubs' lockout of their player-employees.
  • American Needle, Inc. v. National Football League, 130 S. Ct. 2201 (2010), addressing application of the single entity doctrine to professional sports leagues.
  • Brown v. Pro-Football, Inc., 518 U.S. 231 (1996), in which the Supreme Court affirmed the dismissal of a class action antitrust claim challenging the NFL clubs' wage-fixing agreement with respect to practice players.
  • Oakland Raiders v. National Football League, 41 Cal. 4th 624 (2007), reinstating NFL jury verdict, which had been set aside by the trial court on the ground of jury misconduct, on the Raiders' $1.2 billion claim alleging that the NFL had tortiously interfered with the Raiders' efforts to construct a new stadium in Los Angeles.
  • Hamilton County Board of Commissioners v. National Football League, 491 F.3d 310 (6th Cir. 2007), affirming summary judgment for the NFL in an antitrust case challenging the League's franchise relocation rules.
  • Stark v. Seattle Seahawks, et al., No.06-1719 ELR (W.D. Wa. June 22, 2007), rejecting on summary judgment a constitutional challenge to security patdowns at NFL games.

Honors and Rankings

  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2007-2015)
  • Legal 500 US, Sports (2014-2015) 
  • Best Lawyers in America, Washington Sports Lawyer of the Year (2015)
  • Best Lawyers in America (2003-2015)
  • Benchmark Litigation, National Star (2013-2014)    
  • Washingtonian, Entertainment "Top Lawyer" (2013)
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, Entertainment & Sports (2007-2015) 
  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the Leading US Litigation Lawyers (2010)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • CPR Institute’s Panel of Distinguished Neutrals
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