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Jimmy McEntee is a trusted litigator and counselor, with an emphasis on the sports industry. He was recently named to the shortlist for The American Lawyer’s Young Lawyer of the Year award.
Jimmy has spent much of his time at Hogan Lovells working on matters for the Firm’s clients in the sports industry, including professional sports teams and university athletic departments. Jimmy is a leading practitioner for Major League Baseball Clubs in salary arbitration hearings, with a 5-2 record as lead counsel. He recently represented the Chicago Blackhawks in a July 2023 salary arbitration hearing against forward Philipp Kurashev. Jimmy frequently speaks at law schools covering topics related to sports and the law, most recently at Harvard University, Howard University, Villanova University, and the University of Notre Dame.
Jimmy has substantial experience in all stages of litigation, investigations, and arbitrations. In addition to his sports practice, Jimmy helps both public and private companies with litigation matters as well as sensitive, high-profile government and internal investigations. Jimmy also devotes a significant amount of time to pro bono. He has advocated for wrongfully convicted individuals in Virginia and North Carolina, and was a member of the trial team that won the largest jury verdict in U.S. history ($75 million) in a wrongful conviction case. Jimmy was named the 2021 Civil Protection Order Volunteer of the Year by the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project for his work representing survivors of domestic violence.
Before joining Hogan Lovells, Jimmy served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Gerald J. Pappert in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Jimmy graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, during which he worked as a legal intern in Major League Baseball’s Labor Relations Department, a law clerk at the National Football League, and a salary-arbitration extern with the Minnesota Twins and Washington Capitals.
Represents numerous Major League Baseball teams as lead counsel in salary arbitration proceedings.
2023: argued salary arbitration cases for Kansas City Royals against Brady Singer, Seattle Mariners against Diego Castillo, Pittsburgh Pirates against Ji-Man Choi, Miami Marlins against Jesus Luzardo.
2022: argued salary arbitration cases for Miami Marlins against Pablo Lopez and Seattle Mariners against Adam Frazier.
2021: argued salary arbitration case for Baltimore Orioles against Anthony Santander.
Regularly represents companies in complex litigation and large-scale government investigations.
Regularly conducts internal investigations to identify legal risk and violations of company policy.
Member of trial team that successfully represented large University before the NCAA's Independent Resolution Panel.
Represents numerous survivors of domestic violence in civil protection order proceedings.
- J.D., Harvard Law School, cum laude, 2018
- B.B.A., University of Notre Dame, summa cum laude, 2015
- District of Columbia
- Member, Sports Lawyers Association