Matthew Mitten

Professor of Law and Director, National Sports Law Institute

  • Areas Of Law: Antitrust Law, Sports Law, Tort Law, Trademarks
  • 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 theNational 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 BusinessIssues, and Torts, and has also taught Antitrust Law, Comparative Sports Law, InternationalSports Law, Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility, and a Sports Law Seminar.

Professor Mitten earned a B.A. in Economics from The Ohio State University and his JD, magna cum laude, from the University of ToledoCollege 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 & Stockton in Atlanta, Georgia, and previously taught at SouthTexas College of Law in Houston. He has served as a visiting professor at theUniversity of Toledo College of Law and as a visiting lecturer in sports medicine at The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine. He has been appointed a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne Law School inAustralia (2006, 2008, 2010, and 2013) and is a member of the InternationalAdvisory Board for its Graduate Diploma in Sports Law program. He also has taught 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) 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.

Professor Mitten is a member of theCourt of Arbitration for Sport (Lausanne, Switzerland), the AmericanArbitration Association's Commercial Arbitration, Olympic sports, and United StatesAnti-doping Agency panels, and the Ladies Professional Golfers Association's Drug Testing Arbitration panel.Р’  He currently serves on the Sports Lawyers Association's Board of Directors and is anExecutive Member of the International Academy of Sports law Practitioners &Executives. He formerly chaired the American Association of Law School's Section on Law and Sports and the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports, and previously served on the inaugural Board of Directors of the Forum for the Scholarly Study ofIntercollegiate Athletics. 

Professor Mitten testified before a Congressional joint subcommittee regarding proposed federal regulation of ephedrine in August 2003. He has discussed a wide variety of sports law topics at numerous conferences and seminars throughout the UnitedStates as well as in Australia, Canada, China, England, the Republic of Korea,and Turkey.

Recent Publications and Presentations