Joseph M. Hanna: Lawyer with Goldberg Segalla LLP

Joseph M. Hanna

Partner
Buffalo,  NY  U.S.A.
Phone716.566.5447

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  • Business and Commercial
  • Sports and Entertainment
 
Contact InfoTelephone: 716.566.5447
Fax: 716.566.5401
http://www.goldbergsegalla.com/attorneys/joseph-m-hanna
 
University State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A., Middle Eastern Politics/Cultural Affairs, summa cum laude, 2002; State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A., Political Science, Public Affairs Concentration, summa cum laude, 2002; Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, M.P.A., Public/Nonprofit Management Concentration, Top 5% of Class, 2014
 
Law SchoolState University of New York at Buffalo Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2005
 
Admitted2006, New York; U.S. District Court, Western, Southern, Eastern, Northern Districts of New York; U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of New York; Illinois; U.S. District Court, Northern, Central, Southern Districts of Illinois; Pennsylvania; District of Columbia; U.S. District Court, District of Columbia; U.S. Supreme Court
 
LanguagesArabic
 
Born1980
 
Biography

Joseph Hanna is a partner of the firm and concentrates his practice in commercial litigation with a focus on sports and entertainment law and retail, hospitality, and development litigation. Joe represents sports franchises, professional athletes, and movie studios with various issues related to licensing, contracts, and day-to-day management. He serves as Chair of Goldberg Segalla's Sports and Entertainment Law Practice Group. In addition, Joe is the Chair of Goldberg Segalla's Diversity Task Force and editor of the firm's Sports and Entertainment Law Insider blog. He possesses an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

In recognition of his work representing clients in the media and entertainment world and authoring some of the leading articles on high-profile issues making international headlines in these areas, including the first truly comprehensive examination of the legal issues in the National Football League concussion litigation controversy, Joe was named a Law360 Rising Star for 2014. This national honor ranks Joe among the top lawyers under age 40 practicing today. He is one of only five named in the Media and Entertainment category, and one of just over 160 lawyers in the entire country to receive a Law360 Rising Star award in 2014. Joe was voted one of the top 10 attorneys in Western New York in 2014, earning special placement among the Top 10: Best of the Best in Business First's exclusive Legal Elite list of the area's most accomplished and respected attorneys.

As Chair of Goldberg Segalla's Diversity Task Force, Joe's dedication to diversity is demonstrated in his leadership in various organizations and outreach programs - including his recent tenure as President of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York (MBAWNY) and his current role as President of the MBAWNY Foundation, Inc. - as well as the recognition he has received for his efforts, including the Minority Corporate Counsel Association George B. Vashon Innovator Award and the New York State Bar Association Diversity Trailblazer Award. Joe was recently selected for the 2014 Fellows program by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. He organizes and Chairs Success in the City, a diversity networking event geared toward bringing together business, corporate, and community leaders, as well as corporate counsel, local politicians, and members of minority bar associations to celebrate the successes and critical importance of diversity in Buffalo's developing community. Past Success in the City events have drawn more than 500 attendees, and the event serves as a model for other cities aiming to promote inclusive and diverse professional communities. Joe received the MBAWNY Community Service Award for his leadership in making diversity and inclusion in Western New York a focal point through Success in the City and working with inner city students to help better their lives.

Joe is also the Founder and President of Bunkers in Baghdad, Inc., a nonprofit that collects and ships new and used golf equipment for recreational purposes to our brave troops in 30 countries around the world. Bunkers also distributes equipment to wounded warriors throughout the United States and Europe to aid in their rehabilitation, including Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Fort Hood, Fort Drum, and VA hospitals across the country. The charity works with school children nationwide who pack each box with balls, cards, and letters they write to the soldiers. The “Bunkers Buddies” program is especially rewarding for the soldiers, and for the students themselves. Bunkers in Baghdad has collected more than 5 million golf balls and more than 250,000 golf clubs for our troops and veterans. In recognition of Bunkers in Baghdad's contributions, Joe has received numerous accolades, including a Daily Point of Light Award, a national recognition program created by the George H.W. Bush administration to honor individuals and groups for making meaningful change in their communities through voluntary action.

As a member of the American Bar Association (ABA), Joe was chosen to participate in the prestigious Young Lawyer Leadership Program (YLLP). He was named American Bar Association's Outstanding Chair of 2010 for his work on the ABA's Minority Trial Lawyer Committee. Also in 2010, Joe was awarded the New York State Bar Association Outstanding Young Lawyer Award for his efforts to enhance diversity in the legal profession and effective leadership in community activities. The award is presented annually to a young lawyer who has rendered outstanding service to both the community and the legal profession and has a distinguished record of commitment to the finest traditions of the New York State Bar through public service and professional activities. In addition, Joe has received the prestigious 40 Under 40 award given to Western New York's best and brightest future leaders in the community.

In 2007, Joe was named DRI's Young Lawyer of the Year for Outstanding Service for his work on the organization's Young Lawyer Committee. He was awarded this distinction and honor for his commitment to diversity in organizing various minority bar programs throughout the country, authoring articles on minority attorney retention and spearheading the creation of a comprehensive database of over 500 minority law organizations which have been established throughout the U.S.

Joe graduated summa cum laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo and cum laude from its law school. He received his Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration on Public and Nonprofit Management from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in 2014. Joe graduated in the top 5 percent of his class at Syracuse.

Publications/Presentations
•Editor, Sports and Entertainment Law Insider blog
•Author, “Pro Athletes Can Cash In - and Out - Quickly,” Buffalo Law Journal, December 31, 2014
•Quoted in “Bunkers in Baghdad Named a 2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit,” Buffalo Rising, November 17, 2014
•Author, “ NBA Leads in Gender Equity, ” ABA Minority Trial Lawyer, Fall 2014
•Author, Ray Rice, Roger Goodell, and an Explosive Legal Showdown, American Bar Association Minority Trial Lawyer, Fall 2014
•Author, “The Drones Are Coming! Is New York Ready?” New York State Bar Association Journal, September 2014
•Quoted in “Economic Evolution of College Sports,” Buffalo Law Journal, September 1, 2014
•Featured in “SU Maxwell Student Sending Golf Equipment to Troops,” Local SYR, WSYR-TV, July 15, 2014
•Featured in “Bunkers in Baghdad,” AM Buffalo, WKBW-TV, June 30, 2014
•Featured in Maxwell Student Delivers Golfing Gear to Troops through Bunkers in Baghdad, Syracuse University News, June 13, 2014
•Quoted in “Go Figure: 5,000,000,” Sports Illustrated SI Golf+Digital, June 11, 2014
•Featured in “Success Stories Spotlight,” American Bar Association Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, May 28, 2104
•Featured in “Bunkers in Baghdad Serving Troops Overseas,” America's Pregame, Fox Sports 1, May 26, 2014
•Quoted in “NLRB Ruling Not Likely to Have WNY Impact,” Buffalo Law Journal, May 13, 2014
•Featured in “Rising Star: Goldberg Segalla's Joseph Hanna,”Law360, May 6, 2014
•Panelist, “Surviving and Thriving: Success Tips for Diverse Litigators,” American Bar Association Minority Trial Lawyer Committee, April 2014
•Presenter, “The Sports Product Licensing Game: From Amateurs to Professionals, Everybody Wants to Play,” Syracuse University College of Law, April 2014; Loyola University, 2013; SUNY Buffalo Law School Graduates of the Last Decade Group, January 18, 2012; Loyola University School of Law, April 19, 2011
•“Bunkers in Baghdad Hits Milestone,”Buffalo Law Journal, March 10, 2014
•Participant, “Focus Group Discussion,” New York State Judicial Institute on Professionalism, February 28, 2014
•Presenter, “Supply Chain Reaction: The New Frontier in Compliance, Social Responsibility, Disclosure, and Transparency,” ABA Section of Litigation Corporate Counsel CLE Seminar, Rancho Mirage, CA, February 14, 2014
•Author, “Missouri Law Could Spell Trouble for NFL's Chiefs in New Concussion Lawsuit,” quoted in “Jahvid Best Concussion Case Questions Whether He Should Have Been Eligible for NFL Draft at All” and “Family of Concussed Football Player Sues School District,”Concussion Litigation Reporter, February 2014
•Co-Author, “Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation,” Medical Malpractice Depositions, Juris Publishing, 2013
•Quoted in “Helping Troops Overseas, One Golf Ball at a Time,” CNBC, December 24, 2013
•Quoted in “All in a Day's Sports,”Post-Journal, November 23, 2013
•Quoted in “Goldberg Segalla Partner Calls for Help to Send Golf Equipment to Troops,”Insurance Day, November 21, 2013
•Quoted in “Invisible Killer: How Legal Fallout From Traumatic Brain Injuries May Forever Change the Way Sports Are Insured,”Property Casualty 360, August 29, 2013
•Quoted in “HirePatriots.com Helps Military Veterans Find Good-Paying Jobs,”Buffalo Law Journal, July 22, 2013
•Presenter, “Big Bang Theory: Will the NFL's Concussion Policy Expose the League to Potentially Massive Liability?,” DRI Business Litigation Seminar, Chicago, Illinois, May 2013
•Moderator, “Beyond the Business Case Diversity and the Small/Medium Firm,” American Bar Association Section of Litigation Annual CLE Conference, Chicago, Illinois, April 25, 2013
•Panelist, “Mastering Depositions,” American Bar Association Section of Litigation Annual CLE Conference, Chicago, Illinois, April 25, 2013
•Presenter, “Big Bang Theory: Will the NFL's Concussion Policy Expose the League to Potentially Massive Liability?,” CLE seminar, Minority Bar Association of Western New York, April 2013
•Quoted in Playing it Safe: Are Concussions Ruining Sports? Washington Lawyer, April 2013
•Author, “Concussion Lawsuit Goes Front and Center,” Buffalo Law Journal, April 1, 2013
•Presenter, “A Day in the Life of a Litigator,” UB School of Law, March 19, 2013
•Featured in “Buffalo-Born Charity Hits 4M Mark in Golf Balls Sent to U.S. Troops,” Buffalo Law Journal, March 4, 2013
•Quoted in “Rutgers, Big East To Talk Settlement In Exit Suit,” Law360, February 13, 2013
•Author, “Giving Golf to the Troops,” Golf Digest, February 2013
•Author, “Affirmative Action Under Siege,” American Bar Association Minority Trial Lawyer, Winter 2013
•Co-Author, “Giving It the 'Old College Try,' American Bar Association Minority Trial Lawyer, Winter 2013
•Featured in “Buffalo Game Changers: Joseph Hanna,”Buffalo Spree, December 2012
•Quoted in “NFL Taps Clement For Concussion MDL,”Law360, December 20, 2012 (subscription required)
•Presenter, “Best Practices for Pretrial Discovery and the Use of Experts,” ABA Section of Litigation “Sound Advice” Podcast, November 2012
•Quoted in “NFL Disability Board Undermines League In Concussion MDL,”Law360, November 16, 2012 (subscription required)
•Author, “Concussions May Prove to Be a Major Headache for the NFL: Players' Class Action Suit Places a Bounty on the League,” New York State Bar Association Journal, October 2012; A rchived in the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience Bibliography
•Featured Mentor, Major of the Month Political Science Event, University at Buffalo, October 11, 2012
•Co-Author, “Not for the Bashful: Student Athletes, Drug Testing ... and Judicial Doctrine,” DRI's The Business Suit, Newsletter of the Commercial Litigation Committee, August 20, 2012
•Presenter, Mentoring For Diversity Charrette, New York State Bar Association Torts, Insurance, and Compensation Law Section Summer Meeting, August 17, 2012
•Author, “Paying the Piper: NFL's Concussion Policy Results in Huge Class Action Lawsuit,”Thomson Reuters News and Insight, August 15, 2012
•Quoted in Charity Provides Donated Golf Balls and Clubs for Troops,USA Today, April 1, 2012
•Featured in “A Slice of Home,”Buffalo Spree, March 2012
•Quoted in 'Bunkers' Adds Partner; Nears 3 Million Balls,Buffalo Law Journal, January 23, 2012
•Author, More Than Just a Game: Former Players' Suits Against the NCAA and Electronic Arts Could Have Serious Consequences, NYSBA Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law Journal, Fall/Winter 2011
•Co-Author, “Getting in the Game: 2011 Report Shows Ups, Downs in Pro Sports Diversity,” Sports Litigation Alert, December 30, 2011
•Featured in Three Trailblazers to Receive Diversity Awards, NYSBA State Bar News, December 2011
•Author, Influence Your Verdict by Changing Jurors' Perceptions of Expert Witnesses, Part Two,ABA's Minority Trial Lawyer, Fall 2011
•Presenter, Speeding from Victory Lane to the Check-Out Lane: An Inside Look at the Big Business of Sports Product Licensing, DRI Annual Meeting, October 27, 2011
•Speaker, Explore Law Program, University at Buffalo School of Law, October 12, 2011
•Speaker, Motivational Speakers Panel, Getting Ahead in School, Work and Life, Hilbert College, October 3, 2011
•Quoted in “Legal Profession Takes Leadership Role in WNY,”Business First, September 23, 2011
•Speaker, Best Practices Panel, ABA Fall Leadership Meeting, September 23, 2011
•Speaker at the Students of Color Kick-Off Event, University at Buffalo School of Law, September 10, 2011
•Quoted in “Collaboration Opens Doors for Minority Students,”Business First, August 26, 2011
•Author, Influence Your Verdict by Changing Jurors' Perceptions of Expert Witnesses, Part One,ABA's Minority Trial Lawyer, Summer 2011
•Speaker, Careers in the Law - How We Got Here and Why, Buffalo Prep, August 12, 2011
•Quoted in “Bunkers' Golf Program Hits a Landmark Number,”Business First, July 22, 2011
•Co-Author, “Defining Limits on Right of Publicity for Student-Athletes,”Buffalo Law Journal, July 18, 2011

News
•Joseph M. Hanna Appointed to Erie County Citizens' Budget Review Commission
May 22, 2014
•Joseph M. Hanna Appointed to Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Investment Board
March 31, 2014
•Joseph M. Hanna Elected President of the Minority Bar Association of WNY Foundation
March 17, 2014
•Goldberg Segalla Makes Dress For Success Drive a Firm-Wide Effort
July 3, 2013
•Bunkers in Baghdad Featured in USA Today
April 1, 2012
•Bunkers in Baghdad Featured in “A Slice of Home,” Buffalo Spree
March 2012
•Success in the City 2011 Highlighted in Buffalo Law Journal
October 24, 2011
•“Legal Profession Takes Leadership Role in WNY,” Business First
September 23, 2011
•Law Firm Diversity Clerkship Program Highlighted in “Collaboration Opens Doors for Minority Students,” Business First
August 26, 2011

Blog
•Sports and Entertainment Law Insider

Civic Activities
•Founder, President, Bunkers in Baghdad, Inc.
•Chairperson, Success in the City, Diversity Networking Event
•Board of Directors, National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York (NFJC)
•Board Member, Buffalo & Erie County Workforce Investment Board (WIB)
•Member, Erie County Citizens' Budget Review Commission
•Board of Directors, State University of New York at Buffalo Law School Alumni Association
•Guest Lecturer, Syracuse University
•Guest Lecturer, SUNY Buffalo Law School
•Guest Lecturer, School of Law - Loyola University, Chicago
•Board of Directors, Minority Bar Association Foundation, Inc.
•Member, Leadership Buffalo (Rising Leaders - 2007)
•Coach, Mathewson-McCarthy Babe Ruth Youth Baseball League, Amherst, New York
•University at Buffalo, Mentoring Program
•Speaker, Buffalo Prep
•Speaker, Pinnacle Charter School

Prior Experience
•Law Clerk, Texas Court of Appeals and Texas District Court

Recognition
•Certificate of Appreciation, 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, United States Air Force, September 11, 2014
•Certificate of Appreciation, 452nd Combat Support Hospital “Iron Medics”
•Letter of Appreciation from U.S. Army General Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, March 2013
•Certificate of Appreciation, Third Infantry Division Golf Team, Combined Joint Task Force - Regional Command South, Kandahar, Afghanistan
•Certificate of Appreciation, Task Force Patika, 3rd Battalion, 69th Armored Regiment
•Certificate of Achievement from the 519th Military Intelligence Battalion
•Certificate of Appreciation presented by the United States Department of the Army Wounded Warrior Program
•Certificate of Appreciation from the United States Marine Corps Battery E, 2d Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division (Forward)
•Certificate of Appreciation from the United States Marines Wing Support Squadron 373 (Forward), 3d Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward)
•Certificate of Appreciation from the U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2)
•Flag Flown Over Forward Operating Base Dwyer, Helmand Province of Afghanistan, by Battery E, 2d Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division (Forward)
•Certificate of Appreciation from the 54th Signal Battalion, Camp Arifjan, Voice of the Desert
•Certificate of Appreciation from the 940th Military Police Company (Combat Support), Camp Liberty, Iraq
•American Patriot Award, Army National Guard
•Certificate of Appreciation from the United States Army 116th Brigade Special Troops Battalion Headquarters
•Certificate of Appreciation, 2nd Battalion 11th Field Artillery Regiment
•U.S. Marines, Operation Iraqi Freedom Shock and Awe Award of Excellence
•Certificate of Appreciation, Task Force Troy United States Division-South 84th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion
•Balad Air Base, Iraq, Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Support to the 332 Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Flight in direct support of Operation Iraqi Freedom
•Fort Leavenworth Outstanding Performance Award Presented by the Command Sergeant Major
•Fort Jackson Garrison Commander's Award for Excellence for Outstanding Performance
•122nd Signal Battalion 2D Infantry Division Voice of the Warrior Award
•Fort Drum 10th Mountain Division Climb to Glory Award Presented by the Commanding General for Excellence
•Department of Defense Office of Military Commissions, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Defending the Rule of Law Award
•Marine Corps Recruiting Command, Commanding General's Award for Uncommon Leadership
•United States Army 12th Psychological Operations Battalions Certificate of Appreciation
•United States Army Freedom Team Salute Commendation
•Certificate of Appreciation, United States Army 116th Brigade Special Troops Battalion Headquarters

Honors
•Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
•Legal Service Award, Minority Bar Association of Western New York, 2014
Law360 Rising Star (Media and Entertainment), 2014
•All Tournament Team and First Place Team, National Collegiate Golf Association Northeast Regional, Syracuse University, Spring 2014
•Upstate New York Super Lawyers, Rising Stars 2013-2014 (Entertainment and Sports)
•ABA Section of Litigation Most Dynamic Committee Award, 2013
•Lawyers Cup Champion, Minority Corporate Counsel Association 10th Annual General Counsel Invitational Diversity Leadership Summit Golf Tournament, June 2013
•Minority Corporate Counsel Association George B. Vashon Innovator Award, 2012
•Value Award for Diversity, Leadership Buffalo, 2012
•New York State Bar Association Diversity Trailblazer Award, 2012
•National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York Legal Community Leader Award, 2012
•American Bar Association's Section of Litigation Good Works Award, 2012
Business First's Legal Elite of Western New York (Commercial Litigation); Top 10, 2014
Buffalo Spree Game Changers, 2012
•Winner (with Christopher J. Belter), Minority Corporate Counsel Association 9th Annual General Counsel Invitational Diversity Leadership Summit Golf Tournament, 2012
•Defense Research Institute's Community Service Award, 2011
•22nd Annual University at Buffalo Law School Students of Color Trailblazer Award, 2011
•Daily Point of Light Award
•40 Under 40 Award, Business First, 2010
•American Bar Association's Outstanding Chair for 2010
•2010 New York State Bar Association Outstanding Young Lawyer Award
•The President's Volunteer Service Award, 2010
•Fellow of the New York State Bar Foundation
•Buffalo Niagara Human Resource Association (BNHRA) Diversity Excellence Award
•Minority Bar Association of Western New York, Inc. Community Service Award, 2009
•New York State Bar Association featured article of the month, “The NFL v. Cable Television: Which Heavyweight Will Be Left Standing?,” May 2008
•Leader Spotlight, DRI's The Voice, April, 2008
•The American Bar Association magazine General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division named “Beware of Dawg, Beware of Owner, Too” the best intellectual property article published in 2006
•DRI's Young Lawyer of the Year Award for Outstanding Service, 2007

Achievements
•Bunkers in Baghdad Named a 2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
November 14, 2014
•Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Honored in Legal Elite of Western New York
September 2014
•Joseph M. Hanna Receives Minority Bar Association of WNY Legal Service Award
September 18, 2014
•Forty-Six Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Listed in 2014 Upstate New York Super Lawyers
August 11, 2014
•Joseph M. Hanna Named a Law360 Rising Star for Media and Entertainment
April 14, 2014
•Super Lawyers Names Nearly Three Quarters of Goldberg Segalla's Upstate New York Attorneys
August 19, 2013
•Giving Golf to the Troops, Golf Digest
February 2013
•Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Appointed to Prestigious DRI Positions
December 27, 2012
•Joseph M. Hanna Featured in Buffalo Game Changers, Buffalo Spree
December 2012
•Sixteen Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Listed in 2012 Who's Who in Law, Buffalo Business First
September 2012
•Goldberg Segalla Receives National Recognition From MCCA for Diversity Initiative
September 10, 2012
•Goldberg Segalla Partner Joseph M. Hanna Receives Diversity Award from Leadership Buffalo
May 3, 2012
•Joseph M. Hanna Named 'Diversity Trailblazer' by New York State Bar Association
January 26, 2012

 
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NFL Players Association Sues NFL over Adrian Peterson’s Suspension
Joseph M. Hanna, February 13, 2015
Following the arbitrator’s decision on Friday that upheld Adrian Peterson’s suspension by the league, the NFL Players Association (“NFLPA”) filed a suit in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis.

Non-Contact Sports Players Expect to Be Added in NCAA Concussion Lawsuit
Joseph M. Hanna, February 13, 2015
Seven more players from non-contact sports such as golf, baseball, and volleyball are expected to be added as named plaintiffs in the NCAA concussion lawsuit which is in the middle of a settlement approval process by U.S. District Judge John Lee. The NCAA and the players reached a preliminary...

Bill Cosby: Accuser Out for Money
Joseph M. Hanna, February 10, 2015
In a court filing submitted on Thursday, Cosby’s attorney Martin Singer accused Judy Huth, an alleged sexual assault victim of Cosby, filed a suit in California after the comedian refused her “outrageous demand for money in order not to make her allegations public.” Further, the...



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