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Gregg Levy
Gregg H. Levy
Partner
Washington +1 202 662 5292 glevy@cov.com Download V-card

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 over two decades, Mr. Levy has been the principal outside counsel for the National Football League.

  • White v. National Football League, 2015 WL 5229386 (D. Minn. 2015), 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, 880 F.Supp.2d 1004 (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, 560 U.S. 183 (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.
  • Warnock v. National Football League, 2005 U.S. App. LEXIS 24167 (3d Cir. Oct. 21, 2005), affirming dismissal of an antitrust claim challenging the terms of the Pittsburgh Steelers' stadium lease.
  • Clarett v. National Football League, 369 F.3d 124 (2d Cir. 2004), rejecting an antitrust challenge brought by an undergraduate to the NFL's college eligibility rule.
  • VKK Corp. v. National Football League, 244 F.3d 114 (2d Cir. 2001), affirming a jury verdict for the NFL in an antitrust case brought by a former owner of the New England Patriots.
  • St. Louis Convention & Visitors Comm'n v. NFL, 154 F.3d 851 (8th Cir. 1998), affirming a directed verdict for the NFL, which followed six weeks of trial, in an antitrust case addressing the Rams' relocation from Los Angeles.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • CPR Institute’s Panel of Distinguished Neutrals
  • 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)