Matthew Mitten

Professor of Law and Executive Director, National Sports Law Institute
(414) 288-7494
Areas of Law:

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Professional Memberships: 
Sports Lawyers Association Board of Directors American Association of Law Schools
Other Courses Taught: 
Antitrust, Legal Profession, Sports Law, Torts


Professor Mitten is the Director of the National Sports Law Institute and the LL.M. in Sports Law program for foreign lawyers at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  He served as the Law School's Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from July 2002 to June 2004.  He currently teaches courses in AmateurSports Law, Professional Sports Law, Sports Sponsorship Legal and Business Issues Workshop, and Torts, and has also taught Antitrust Law, Comparative Sports Law, International Sports Law, Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility,and a Sports Law seminar during his 25-year teaching career.

Professor Mitten earned a B.A. in Economics from The Ohio State University and his JD, magna cum laude, from the University of Toledo College of Law. He is a member of the Order of the Coif and served as a Note & Comment Editor for the University Of Toledo Law Review's editorial board. He practiced antitrust and intellectual property law as well as commercial litigation with Kilpatrick Townsend In Atlanta, Georgia, and previously taught at South Texas College of Law in Houston.He has served as a visiting professor at the University of Toledo College of Law and as a visiting lecturer in sports medicine at The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine. He has taught United States Sports Law as a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne Law School in Australia (2006, 2008, 2010,and 2013) and is a member of its International Advisory Board for its Graduate Diploma in Sports Law program. He also has taught international and comparative sports law courses at the University of Barcelona in Spain and the University Of Queensland in Australia.

Professor Mitten has authored Sports Law in the United States (Wolters Kluwer 2011, 2d. ed. 2014) and co-authored a law school textbook, Sports Law and Regulation: Cases, Materials,and Problems (Wolters Kluwer 2013), which is currently in its third edition,and Sports Law:Governance and Regulation (Wolters Kluwer 2013), an undergraduate and graduate textbook. A leading sports law scholar, he has published articles in several of the nation's leading law reviews as well as in medical journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine, and is a member of the editorial board for The International Sports Law Journal..

Professor Mitten is a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Lausanne, Switzerland) (serving on the ad hoc Division for the XXI Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia), the American Arbitration Association's commercial, consumer, Olympic sports, and United States Anti-doping Agency arbitration panels, and the Ladies Professional Golfers Association's drug testing arbitration panel.  He is the president of the Sports Lawyers Association and serves on its Board of Directors.  He formerly chaired the American Association of Law Schools' Section on Law and Sports and the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports, and served on the inaugural Board of Directors of the Forum for the Scholarly Study of Intercollegiate Athletics at the invitation of former NCAA president Myles Brand.   

Professor Mitten testified before a Congressional Joint subcommittee regarding proposed federal regulation of ephedrine in August 2003 and the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics regarding alternative regulatory system for college sports in May 2015.  He has discussed a wide variety of sports law topics at more than 150 conferences and seminars throughout the United States As well as in Australia, Canada, China, England, the Republic of Korea, and Turkey.