Jonathan Amoona is an associate in Winston and Strawn’s New York office. He concentrates his practice in sports, entertainment, antitrust, and labor law matters. Mr. Amoona regularly represents the National Football League Players Association, the National Basketball Players Association, professional athletes, sports agents and agencies, coaches, and a variety of other clients in the sports industry.
Rice v. NFL.
Mr. Amoona represented Ray Rice in his appeal of his indefinite suspension imposed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Rice v. Baltimore Ravens.
Mr. Amoona represented Ray Rice in a grievance proceeding against the Baltimore Ravens challenging Mr. Rice’s termination by the Club.
Peterson v. NFL.
Mr. Amoona represents NFL Running Back Adrian Peterson in his appeal of his suspension from the NFL.
- Miller v. NFL.
Mr. Amoona represented NFL Linebacker Von Miller in a proceeding against the NFL and the Denver Broncos concerning the League and the Club’s attempt to recover a portion of Mr. Miller’s signing bonus.
- New England Patriots v. Fanene.
Mr. Amoona represented NFL Defensive Lineman Jonathan Fanene in an action brought by the New England Patriots to recover Mr. Fanene’s signing bonus.
- Vilma v. Goodell.
Mr. Amoona represented the National Football League Players Association and NFL players Scott Fujita, Anthony Hargrove and Will Smith in connection with federal court proceedings in the Eastern District of Louisiana challenging NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s arbitration award affirming the players’ discipline for their alleged roles in a “pay-for-performance/bounty” program at the New Orleans Saints.
- New Orleans Saints “Pay-for-Performance/Bounty” Program CBA Arbitrations.
Mr. Amoona represented the National Football League Players Association and NFL players Scott Fujita, Anthony Hargrove and Will Smith in arbitrations under the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement challenging Commissioner Goodell’s imposition of discipline against the players for their alleged participation in a “pay-for-performance/bounty” program.
- Anthony v. NBA.
Mr. Amoona represented Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Caron Butler, Baron Davis, Kevin Durant and nine other NBA players in an antitrust lawsuit against the NBA and NBA teams challenging the legality of the NBA’s lockout imposed on all NBA players.
- Brady v. NFL.
Mr. Amoona represented Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Vincent Jackson, Ben Leber, Logan Mankins, Peyton Manning, Von Miller, Brian Robison, Osi Umenyiora, and Mike Vrabel in an antitrust lawsuit against the NFL and NFL teams challenging the legality of the NFL’s lockout imposed on all NFL players.
- NBA v. NBA Players Association.
Mr. Amoona represented the NBPA, Derek Fisher, Keyon Dooling, James Jones, Matt Bonner, Maurice Evans, Roger Mason, Jr., Chris Paul, Theo Ratliff, Etan Thomas, Amar’e Stoudemire, Mike Dunleavy, James Fredette, and Charles Jenkins in a declaratory judgment action filed by the NBA.
- Major League Baseball Player Agent Arbitrations.
Mr. Amoona has represented several high-profile Major League Baseball Player Agents in arbitrations against their former agencies.
- NFL Players v. Upper Deck.
Mr. Amoona represented the NFLPA and NFLPI in a breach of contract action against Upper Deck.
- Pryor v. NFL.
Mr. Amoona represented NFL Quarterback Terrelle Pryor in his appeal challenging the propriety of his five-game suspension issued by the NFL.
- White v. NFL (Broadcast Revenues).
Mr. Amoona represented the White class and the NFLPA in a proceeding challenging the NFL’s negotiation of its national TV contracts.
- White v. NFL (Collusion).
Mr. Amoona represented 246 NFL players in a proceeding against the NFL and its member clubs arising under the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement.
- Baldwin v. IMG.
Mr. Amoona represented top sports agent in a declaratory judgment action filed against his former employer.
- The Source Enterprises, Inc. v. Bowe Industries Inc.
Mr. Amoona represented the Source magazine in a Lanham Act/Trademark infringement case against Bowe Industries stemming from a violation of the Source’s trademarks in connection with the sale of unauthorized apparel.
Mr. Amoona earned a B.S., magna cum laude, in Communication from Cornell University in 2006, where he received the Excellence in Communication Award and was a member of the Academic All-Ivy League Team. He received a J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center in 2009, where he was the Executive Editor of the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics.
Honors & Awards
In 2014, Mr. Amoona was named to Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 Sports List, which honors the 30 “brightest stars” in the sports industry under the age of 30. Mr. Amoona was joined on the Forbes list by, among others, LeBron James, Rob Gronkowski, Maria Sharapova and Kevin Durant.
In December 2014, Mr. Amoona was selected by Forbes Magazine as one of three 30 Under 30: Corporate Climbers. Forbes recognized Mr. Amoona as “one of sports law’s rising litigators,” citing his work on the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson matters.
Mr. Amoona was recently recognized by Super Lawyers as a 2014 “Rising Star” in the area of Entertainment & Sports.
Winston & Strawn's Sports Law group has been recognized by U.S. News and World Reports - Best Lawyers “Law Firm of the Year” in Sport Law for 2012-2013.
Publications & Speaking Engagements
- “After Further Review: How the Eighth Circuit’s Misinterpretation of the Norris-LaGuardia Act Fumbled the District Court’s Ruling in Brady v. NFL,” 1 Berkeley J. Ent. & Sports L. (2012).
- “Top Pick: Why A Licensed Attorney Acting As A Sports Agent Is A ‘Can’t Miss’ Prospect,” 21 GEO. J. Legal Ethics 599.