Meet The Team
Olivia is the Head of Communications and offers immediate support to the members of our team. She is a law graduate from the University of Miami and has a Master's Degree in communications from the University of Pennsylvania.
She is well-versed in dealing with clients in a direct manner and can also support counsel at hearings. Olivia is the cornerstone of our firm and her attention to detail makes her an invaluable asset.
Athina Nasiopoulou has been a practising attorney at law since 1997 and is the firm's associate in Larissa, Greece. As an attorney at the Supreme Court in Greece, Athina has acquired extensive experience in handling disputes before all grades of jurisdiction with focus on cases concerning civil law, commercial agreements, medical liability and health law, insurance law, property law, family law and criminal law. She provides consulting services in respect to the above matters.
She also has experience in commercial and corporate law and renders legal services relates to company formations, corporate conversions, insolvency proceedings etc. Her litigation experience and oral advocacy skills enable her to offer full professional services and support on pursuing or defending cases in Court as well as striking beneficial out of court settlements for her clients.
Bethany is the firm's associate in New York and specialises in Communications. She is a highly experienced professional offering immediate support to the members of the team. With a background in communications, she can offer guidance and assistance to all members of the team.
Bethany studied communications at Northwestern University in Evanston Illinois, and has worked in many organisations around the globe. She is an invaluable asset to the team and her passion for the job is evident. She is able to provide solutions to difficult situations and is always willing to go the extra mile to ensure the team’s success.
John T. Wolohan is a sports lawyer, academic, consultant, and author. He is the firm's associate in New York. He joined the Syracuse University Sport Management program in 2011 and the Syracuse University College of Law in 2014. In addition to publishing numerous articles and book chapters, Professor Wolohan has published two books. The first one: “Law for Recreation and Sport Managers” is the leading sport law textbook used by undergraduate sport management programs in the United States. The second book: “Sports Analytics and How Numbers are Changing Sports” is the top selling textbook on sports analytics.
Professor Wolohan is a highly sought-after expert, and his opinion is regularly sought after for the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Forbes, NPR, CCTV, and many other international. national and local publications and broadcasts. In addition, Professor Wolohan is a frequent speaker, panelist, and moderator at professional organizations, law schools, and sport business conferences. He has spoken or moderated at, among others, American Bar Association, the Sports Lawyers Association, National Sports Law Institute, Sport and Recreation Law Association, the Australian & New Zealand Sports Law Association, William J. Clinton Distinguished Lecturer, University of Arkansas, Clinton School of Public Service, United States Sports Congress, Athletic Business Conference, International Sport Business Symposium, the European Association of Sport Management, Alibaba, and Tencent's Digital Sports Global Summit.
Professor Wolohan has been teaching and working in the fields of sport management, sports law, and sports media for over 30 years. With a research focus on athlete’s personal data rights, drug testing, sports media, sports gambling, and sport analytics and the law. Professor Wolohan has taught as a visiting professor and served as scholar-in-residence at the China University of Political Science and Law (China), Shanghai University of Political Science and Law (China), University of Lleida (Spain), Sheffield Hallam University (England), University of Pretoria (South Africa) and Beijing Sport University (China).
Professor Wolohan, who is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, received his J.D. from Western New England University, School of Law, his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst and his M.A. from Syracuse University.
Daniel is a Principal Lecturer in Sport Finance at Sheffield Hallam University. He has been involved in the business of sport since 2006 and has taught at Sheffield Hallam University since 2011. His main teaching and research interests are in the finance, economics and governance of professional team sports and his PhD focused on measuring financial and sporting performance in English professional football.
He writes regularly for academic journals, sport business textbooks and consult with professional clubs on sport finance issues. He is a regular commentator on numerous media pieces discussing the finances of football with local, national and international media outlets.
Dikaia is an expert in Olympic Studies and her work on Olympism has been widely published and cited. In the most recent work, she applies the theory and methodology adopted in her Olympic research into the world of football unpacking issues of power in the dressing rooms.
She is a Reader in Olympic Studies & the Social Analysis of Sport at the School of Human and Life Sciences in Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. She is also an International Research Expert of the Centre for Olympic Studies & Research (COS&R) at Loughborough University, UK; and a Senior Associate of the Hibou Alliance of sports professionals worldwide. Dikaia was the holder of the prestigious Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship at the Regional Development Institute of the Panteion University in Athens, Greece (2013-2015) to examine "An Evaluation of the Legacies of the Sporting Mega Events on Social Capital in Greece". She is the winner of the inaugural Coubertin Prize 2008 awarded by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee (IPCC) for her qualitative research on Pierre de Coubertin’s writings and speeches. Following her award, she became a Member of the Executive Board of the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee (based in Lausanne, Switzerland) until 2014 and was recently re-elected until 2018. She was the Guest Editor for the Special Olympic Issue of the European Sport Management Quarterly in 2012 (co-edited with Professor Ian Henry).
She is the author of the book "Discourses of Olympism: From the Sorbonne 1894 to London 2012" published by Palgrave (2012; co-authored with Professor Ian Henry) and has edited several books. She has also written the storytelling book "Imagine my Stories for Peace" containing five stories for inspiring young people to embody the Olympic values in their lives (2016; published by the International Olympic Truce Centre). You can see Dikaia's work here: http://www.olympic-discourses.com
Gregory read Law in the UK and he graduated with a first degree in Law, a Masters in International Sports Law and a Doctorate in International Sports Law. He is an independent legal practitioner, Course Leader of the LLM International Sports Law in Practice at Sheffield Hallam University and an Academic Associate with Kings Chambers in Manchester, United Kingdom.
Gregory has 24 years of teaching experience in higher education and he is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has created, over the years, innovative under-graduate and post-graduate courses on Sports Law and Legal Skills, with emphasis on holistic/clinical legal education.
Gregory has an expertise in Sports Law and 23 years of experience in legal representation and advice before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), in Lausanne, Switzerland and FIFA’s Dispute Resolution Chamber. He has represented over 100 athletes on allegations of anti-doping rule violations and has also acted for many football clubs and players from around the world. He deals with a number of different applications, ranging from doping in sport to players’ contracts and transfers, football law, European competition law, human rights and other regulatory matters.
Over the years, Gregory has advised and represented a number of high profile sports personalities. One of his most notable cases was the Greek Sprinters case, where he acted as Counsel for Mr Kenteris and Ms Thanou before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and successfully negotiated a multi-million pound out-of-court settlement with the IAAF. In recent years, he has advised the South-African track & field Federation on the Caster Semenya matter, Celtic FC on the FC Sion matter, he acted for the Chinese Taipei gold medalist Mu-yen Chu against the International Olympic Committee and for the heavyweight boxing champion Dillian Whyte.
Gregory publishes frequently and participates on TV and Radio interviews globally on several sports law issues and he is a regular contributor to Sky News and BBC News. In November 2009, he was voted in the “Top 20 of the World’s Most Influential Sports Lawyers” by Sports Business International.
Gregory served as a member of the Mentoring Team of the Pro-Bono Legal Service of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and he was responsible for anti-doping matters in connection with the Olympic Games.
Rob is Head of Department for Finance, Accounting and Business Systems at Sheffield Hallam University and Professor of Applied Sport Finance.
With more than 20 years' experience in Higher Education he is a respected academic leader with significant teaching and research experience in the sport business field. His main interests are in the finance and economics of sport with his PhD focussing on the factors affecting financial performance in professional team sports.
He has published seven books including three on applied sport finance: 'Finance for sport and leisure managers: An introduction', 'Managing Sport Finance' and ‘The Economics and Finance of Professional Team Sport’; He boasts a profile illustrating almost 100 career outputs, including; peer reviewed articles, book chapters, peer-reviewed conference presentations and ESRC grant income.
In the last decade, Rob has cemented his position as the UK’s most prominent academic in his field. He routinely supervises PhD and DBA students and undertakes External Examiner duties at a range of other HEI’s. The academic profile that Rob has established makes him a regular commentator and panellist for national and international broadcasts such as BBC TV, Al Jazeera and ESPN, on national radio broadcasts such as Radio 5live and Talk Sport and in print with the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Daily Telegraph and FT. His function here is to provide a detailed, yet user friendly analysis, on the financial implications of a variety of scenarios on sport. This work often bridges the gap between academic practice and the public and illustrates the applied nature and enterprise of his work, alongside his leadership role to generate an outstanding national and international profile as an academic expert.
A recognised leader in Higher Education and expert in the finances of sport he also contributes to policy debate in UK Parliament, most recently as an Expert Witness for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, is part of venture capital group advisory boards, provides expert commentary to develop curricula for CEOs with industry leading educators such as VSI Executive Education, and is a Director for Sheffield Wednesday Football Club’s Community Programme.
Paris is a practising attorney at law in Greece and he is the firm’s associate in Athens. He is registered with the Athens Bar Association. Paris is a graduate of Sussex University in the UK with expertise in commercial law.
Paris is an experienced sports lawyer with emphasis on employment law and the law of taxation. He appears regularly before the judicial fora of the Hellenic Football Federation and FIFA, by representing football players from home and abroad. In one of his most important matters, Paris acted for a football player in Greece setting a precedent where it was recognised that the State’s solidarity levy requested from its citizens, gives rise to a form of taxation, and as a result, football companies are also liable for it and subject to its payment.
Paris is a regular contributor to sports law journals and his research focuses on the regulatory frameworks of football governing bodies.
Liberty is currently a trainee and a research associate with our team and she regularly assists and shadows Counsel at sports law disciplinary hearings. Liberty graduated in 2020 with an LLB honours Law degree from the University of Kent. After studying sports law as an elective module at undergraduate level, she was motivated to pursue the field, joining the International Sports Law in Practice LLM programme at Sheffield Hallam University full time in September 2020. The Masters has helped develop expertise in the regulation of sport, advocacy and litigation in sporting disputes, developing particular focus on anti-doping law through participation in a mock litigation scenario before the Court of Arbitration for Sport to practise pre-trial behaviour and advance written and oral submissions as part of the clinical aspect of the course.
Liberty is currently partaking in a research assistant placement with the Pro Bono Legal Service of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, providing the opportunity to apply the procedural and substantive aspects of sports law studied, in a practical setting. She has assisted in workshops providing support in the application of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s updated Anti-Doping Code and applicable case law.
Liberty has further particular interest in the field of discrimination in sport and is currently working on her dissertation research into the discrimination against athletes with differences of sex development, analysing the World Athletics eligibility regulations for the female classification, to complete her Masters.
Kostas Alexandris (PhD, MA, MEd) is a Professor and Head of the Department at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and a Visiting Professor at Hallam Sheffield University, Business School, UK. He also teaches at the Master Programme in International Sport Law in Practice at Sheffield Hallam University (Dept of Law & Criminology), and Russian International Olympic University (IOC Master Programme). He is a Board Member at the European Association of Sport Management (EASM), and Scientific coordinator of the Association’s annual conferences. He has published more than 80 research papers in international journals in the areas of sport, leisure and tourism management and marketing. His published work has attracted more than 10.000 internationals citations (based on scholar). H is among the 2% of researchers globally, based on the Stanford list of most recognized researchers internationally. He is Associate Editor in the journals: Managing Sport and Leisure and Leisure Studies, and member of the editorial boards of several international journals (Journal of Service Theory and Practice, Sport Management Review, Sport Marketing Quarterly, Journal of Global Sport Management, Journal of Convention and Event Tourism etc.). He is also the co-author of the book “Sport Consumer Behavior: Marketing Strategies” (Funk, Alexandris and McDonald, 2023, by Routledge).
Kostas has more than 20 years of experience in academia and professional executive employee training levels in several countries around the world, including USA, UK, Greece, Romania and Ukraine. He has also an extensive research experience in academic and applied consultancy projects in the areas of sport sponsorship (planning and evaluation), event management (tourism, economic and social impact evaluation), service quality and customer satisfaction (testing applied models), marketing research (design and analysis), and professional employee training.
Lambros is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, and a Professor of Sport & Exercise Science, at the School of Sport & Exercise Science, University of Lincoln, UK. He is an expert in doping behaviour and anti-doping education, and has conducted numerous international research projects funded by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and the European Commission.
Lambros is the author of the book "Psychology of Doping in Sport" published in 2015 by Routledge/Taylor & Francis, and has also published over 35 research articles in scientific journals, and several book chapters about doping behaviour.
He serves as a consultant to National Anti-Doping Organisations, and to the Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Anti-Doping in Recreational Sport of the Monitoring Group of the Anti-Doping Convention (T-DO), Council of Europe.
Graeme is currently a trainee and a research associate with our team and he regularly assists and shadows Counsel at sports law disciplinary hearings. Graeme graduated in Law from the University of Manchester in 2000 before embarking on a 15 year career in International Business Development; selling multi-stakeholder solutions to Senior executives within the UK and internationally, helping organisations to succeed across three broad horizons: People, Performance and Organisational Effectiveness.
He is passionate about delivering value to his clients, providing smart solutions to challenging problems and generating significant ROI. Graeme enjoys bringing the best people to the table to ensure a successful outcome and putting relationships first and foremost without losing focus on the end goal.
Always keen to seek opportunities to build and develop new knowledge and skills, Graeme is currently completing his Masters in International Sports Law in Practice at Sheffield Hallam University, with a specialism in Anti-Doping. He is supporting Dr Gregory Ioannidis and the Tokyo 2020 Mentoring Team of the Pro-Bono Legal Service on anti-doping law disputes arising out of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and researching Athlete Anti-Doping Education for his Masters Dissertation.