Anthony J. Dreyer

Adjunct Professor of Law

Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP


B.A., Rutgers University, 1990;
J.D., Fordham University, 1997


Anthony Dreyer is a commercial litigator concentrating on intellectual property and sports litigation.


Mr. Dreyer litigates matters involving trademark, copyright, rights of publicity, false advertising and consumer fraud claims. Among his recent matters, he represented the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB as amici in a Ninth Circuit appeal involving the unauthorized Internet transmission of television broadcasts. He secured preliminary and permanent injunctive relief on behalf of Virgin Mobile USA in nearly two dozen trademark infringement lawsuits. He has represented the Fresh Del Monte Group in protecting its trademark rights in the United States, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and obtained an injunction against the use of the Del Monte mark in those territories. He has advised numerous China-based clients on issues relating to U.S. trademark and copyright law, and recently counseled The Walt Disney Company in connection with its acquisition of Lucasfilm Ltd.


As part of his intellectual property practice, Mr. Dreyer advises and represents clients in the areas of false advertising, advertising clearance and deceptive trade practice claims. He successfully defended SiriusXM in two separate putative class action lawsuits challenging the satellite radio provider’s subscription practices. He represented INTA in a Supreme Court amicus submission in an appeal involving the proper test for standing to bring Lanham Act false advertising claims. He obtained a favorable jury verdict on behalf of Fresh Del Monte in an S.D.N.Y. lawsuit involving claims of false advertising and breach of a license agreement, securing a finding of willful false advertising, and the issuance of permanent injunctive relief.


Mr. Dreyer has extensive experience counseling clients on a wide range of sports matters. He is representing the NCAA, NBA, NHL, NFL and MLB in a lawsuit brought against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to prevent New Jersey’s authorization and licensing of gambling on athletic events. He is representing golfer Rory McIlroy in a lawsuit brought against him by Oakley, a former sponsor, over an endorsement agreement Mr. McIlroy entered into with Nike. Mr. Dreyer also is representing the PGA TOUR in a lawsuit brought by golfer Vijay Singh relating to discipline imposed against Mr. Singh under the TOUR’s anti-doping program. Mr. Dreyer has litigated numerous disputes on behalf of the NBA and its member teams. He represented the NBA in litigation relating to the league’s lockout of its players following expiration of the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement with its players. He has litigated player discipline and salary disputes on behalf of the NBA, the NHL and teams in both leagues. He has counseled both the NBA and the NHL in connection with disability insurance coverage matters. Mr. Dreyer also has provided advice to the United States Tennis Association in connection with the United States Open and United States Open Series tennis tournaments. He currently is the chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Sports Law.


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