Matthew Mitten

Professor of Law and 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 NationalSports Law Institute and the LL.M. in Sports Law program for foreign lawyers atMarquette University Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  He served as the Law School’sAssociate 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 Workshop, and Torts, and has also taught Antitrust Law, ComparativeSports Law, International Sports Law, Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility,and a Sports Law seminar during his 25-year teaching career.

Professor Mitten earneda 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 Universityof Toledo Law Review’s editorial board. He practiced antitrust andintellectual property law as well as commercial litigation with Kilpatrick Townsendin 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 ofLaw and as a visiting lecturer in sports medicine at The University of TennesseeGraduate School of Medicine. He has taught United States Sports Law as a SeniorFellow 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 GraduateDiploma in Sports Law program. He also has taught international and comparativesports law courses at the University of Barcelona in Spain and the Universityof Queensland in Australia.

Professor Mitten has authored Sports Law in the United States (WoltersKluwer 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 Kluwer2013), an undergraduate and graduate textbook. A leading sports lawscholar, he has published articles in several of the nation’s leading lawreviews as well as in medical journals such as The New England Journal ofMedicine, and is a memberof the editorial board for TheInternational Sports Law Journal..

Professor Mitten is a member of the Court ofArbitration for Sport (Lausanne, Switzerland) (serving on the ad hoc Division forthe XXI Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia), the American ArbitrationAssociation’s commercial, consumer, Olympic sports, and United States Anti-dopingAgency arbitration panels, and the Ladies Professional Golfers Association’sdrug testing arbitration panel.  He is thepresident of the Sports Lawyers Association and serves on its Board ofDirectors.  He formerly chaired theAmerican Association of Law Schools’ Section on Law and Sports and the NationalCollegiate Athletic Association’s Committee on Competitive Safeguards andMedical Aspects of Sports, and served on the inaugural Board of Directors ofthe Forum for the Scholarly Study of Intercollegiate Athletics at theinvitation of former NCAA president Myles Brand.   

Professor Mitten testified before a Congressionaljoint subcommittee regarding proposed federal regulation of ephedrine in August2003 and the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics regarding alternative regulatory systemsfor college sports in May 2015.  He has discussed a wide variety of sports lawtopics at more than 150 conferences and seminars throughout the United Statesas well as in Australia, Canada, China, England, the Republic of Korea, andTurkey.