Joseph M. Hanna

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Joseph Hanna is a commercial litigator and legal adviser nationally recognized for his work in media and entertainment law, as well as for being a leading voice for diversity in the legal and business communities. Joe is the founder and chair of Goldberg Segalla’s Sports and Entertainment Practice Group, chair of its Retail and Hospitality Practice Group, editor of the Sports and Entertainment Law Insider blog, and chair of the firm’s Diversity Task Force. He is the founder and president of Bunkers in Baghdad, a nonprofit that collects and sends golf equipment to U.S. soldiers and veterans worldwide to aid in recreation and rehabilitation from injuries.

In 2015, Joe was the youngest honoree ever to be named Lawyer of the Year in the Bar Association of Erie County’s 130-year history, and multiple times he has ranked among the top 10 attorneys in Western New York in Business First’s annual Legal Elite.

Joe dedicates his practice to serving the sports and entertainment, retail, hospitality, and commercial development industries. He represents national-league sports franchises, professional athletes, movie studios, and others in the sports and entertainment world on a wide range of high-value matters involving licensing, contracts, and day-to-day business management. Major retail and restaurant chains, global hotel and hospitality enterprises, shopping centers, property owners, and developers rely on Joe to find creative and cost-efficient resolutions to disputes with other parties, to represent them in commercial litigation, and to handle a broad array of legal and business challenges. An accomplished mediator, he is also a member of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution’s Panels of Distinguished Neutrals, a group of global leaders in providing and promoting alternative dispute resolution.

A Law360 Rising Star in 2014 and now a member of the organization's Sports Editorial Advisory Board, Joe is nationally renowned a for his work in media and entertainment law and for his authorship of leading articles on high-profile issues in these areas - including the first truly comprehensive examination of the legal issues in the National Football League concussion litigation controversy.

In 2014, Joe was one of just over 160 lawyers under 40 in the entire country to receive Law360's Rising Star honor, and one of only five in the Media and Entertainment category, that year. Then, in 2017, the American Bar Association (ABA) placed Joe on its prestigious “On the Rise - Top 40 Young Lawyers” list, honoring him alongside only 39 others from a competitive crop of over 2,800 nominees nationwide.

Joe is widely recognized for his extensive work as an innovator, mentor, author, editor, and speaker on diversity and inclusion in the legal world. He has held diversity-related leadership positions at national organizations like DRI as well as the ABA, where he served for several years as chair of the Minority Trial Lawyer Committee and editor-in-chief of Minority Trial Lawyer. He has received accolades that include the Minority Corporate Counsel Association George B. Vashon Innovator Award, the New York State Bar Association Diversity Trailblazer Award, and the University at Buffalo George W. Thorn Award. In 2014 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) selected Joe for their Fellows program; he now chairs the New York chapter for the LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program. He is also a mentor with New York Legal Education Opportunity (NY LEO), an organization designed to ensure a diverse legal community by promoting academic success in law school for individuals historically under represented in the legal profession, and administered through the New York State Judicial Institute.

Bunkers in Baghdad, which Joe founded in 2008 and still runs as its president, has sent 9 million golf balls, nearly 700,000 clubs, and messages of thanks from “Bunkers Buddies” - students in 500 schools - to U.S. soldiers and veterans in 65 countries.

In 2016, Joe participated in Harvard Law School's Executive Education Program, an intensive accelerated program designed to enhance leadership development in law firm partners. He 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, graduating in the top 5 percent of his class. In 2018, he received a Master's in Sports Administration from Canisius College, graduating summa cum laude.

Honors - Legal and Community Service

•Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
•George W. Thorn Award, SUNY University at Buffalo, 2018
•Upstate New York Super Lawyers, Rising Stars 2013-18
Business First's Legal Elite of Western New York (Commercial Litigation), 2018; Top 10, 2014 and 2015
•ABA On the Rise - Top 40 Young Lawyers, 2017
•Bar Association of Erie County, Lawyer of the Year, 2015
New York Law Journal Rising Stars, 2015
•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
•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
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

Recognition for Bunkers in Baghdad

•Certificate of Appreciation, 4th Expeditionary Special Operations Squadron, United States Air Force, August 2015
•Certificate of Appreciation, Headquarters Company, 4th Marine Regiment, Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, March 2015
•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

Community Involvement

•Founder, President, Bunkers in Baghdad, Inc.
•Chairperson, Success in the City, Diversity Networking Event
•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, 2012-2014
•Guest Lecturer, Canisius College
•Guest Lecturer, Syracuse University
•Guest Lecturer, SUNY Buffalo Law School
•Guest Lecturer, School of Law - Loyola University, Chicago
•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
•Board of Directors, National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York (NFJC), 2013-2014

Prior Experience

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


•Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Honored in 2018 Legal Elite of Western New York
September 2018
•Sixty-One Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Featured in 2018 Upstate New York Super Lawyers
August 13, 2018
•Joseph M. Hanna Receives George W. Thorn Award
September 11, 2018
•Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Honored in 2017 Legal Elite
September 2017
•Joseph M. Hanna Named to ABA Top 40 Young Lawyers
July 24, 2017


•Goldberg Segalla Blogs Take Top Spots in Expert Institute’s Best of 2018
December 27, 2018
• Millennials shake up legal field Buffalo Business First
October 1, 2018
•Joseph M. Hanna Leads LCLD Community Service Day with LA’s Covenant House California
June 21, 2018
•DICK's Sporting Goods Partners With Bunkers in Baghdad to Bring Golf to Troops and Veterans
June 4, 2018
•Joseph M. Hanna Named Chair of DRI External Policy Alliances Committee
May 7, 2018


•Sports and Entertainment Law Insider


•Quoted in Sports Wagering Bill Is a Big Bet on Federal Oversight, Law360, December 20, 2018
•Quoted in President George H.W. Bush Remembered Fondly in Buffalo, Buffalo Law Journal, December 5, 2018
•Quoted in Millennials Shake Up Legal Field, Buffalo Business First, October 1, 2018
• Developing a Niche Practice Area, LCLD Pathfinder, September 2018
•Featured in Joseph M. Hanna Named to Committee, Buffalo News, May 29, 2018
•Quoted in Tops' Curci: 'We Were Running Our Company With One Arm Tied Behind Our Back' Buffalo Business First, February 22, 2018
•Quoted in Tops Financial Issues 'Not the End of the World,' Buffalo Business First, February 20, 2018
• The NCAA Bribery Scandal, DRI For the Defense, February 2018
•Featured in From the Law to the Links, New York Daily Record, January 15, 2018
•Quoted in David Boies Could Be Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones’ Hail Mary, Law360, November 18, 2017
• Teeing-Off on Counterfeiters, DRI’s For the Defense, August 2017
• Tightening the Grip on Counterfeit Golf Clubs, USLAW, Fall/Winter 2017
•Interviewed in Busy in Buffalo: Joe Hanna Is the Hardest-Working Person in the Room, 2017 Upstate New York Super Lawyers, September 2017
•Quoted in The Biggest Sports Rulings of the 1st Half of 2017, Law360, July 7, 2017
• No Easy Task: Teeing-Off on Counterfeiters, DRI For the Defense, August 2017
•Interviewed in Five Questions With Joe Hanna, Distinguished Neutrals Panelist, Buffalo Law Journal, June 27, 2017
•Quoted in Riddell Concussion Claims May Head for State Court Fight, Law 360, May 24, 2017 (login required)
• Take Control of Your Career, Leaderiship Council on Legal Diversity Fellows Weekly, May 9, 2017
•Quoted in Judge Breathes New Life Into Minor Leaguers’ Wage Suit, Law360, April 3, 2017 (login required)
•Featured in How Bunkers in Baghdad Plays Golf to Support U.S. Troops, MediaPost, February 28, 2017
•Quoted in Drone Operation Is Ripe for Regulation in New York, Lawyers at State Bar Meeting Say, New York Law Journal, January 26, 2017
•Quoted in Key Sports Law Cases and Developments to Watch in 2017 - USA, LawInSport, January 11, 2017
•Quoted in Sports Cases to Watch in 2017, Law360, January 2, 2017
•Featured in Goldberg Segalla's Growth Quick Yet Methodical, Buffalo Law Journal, December 27, 2016
•Quoted in The Biggest Sports Cases of 2016, Law360, December 16, 2016
•Quoted in Daily Fantasy Merger Won't Help Much With Legal Woes, Law360, November 22, 2016
•Quoted in Rams Fans' Merchandise Claims Will Be Tough to Prove, Law360, October 10, 2016
•Quoted in NFL Must Play Good Defense in DirecTV Sunday Ticket Row, Law360, August 18, 2016
•Quoted in NHL Head's Strong Dismissal of CTE Link Could Be a Mistake, Law360, July 27, 2016
• The Mandatory Arbitration Clause Debate, New York Law Journal, July 18th, 2016
•Quoted in 3rd Circuit Puts an End to Objections in NFL Concussion Deal, Law360, April 18, 2016
•Quoted in NFL 'Personal Conduct' Ruling Has Silver Lining For Players, Law360, April 12, 2016
•Quoted on The Beat of Sports, FM 96.9 The Game, Orlando, FL, March 9, 2016
•Quoted on HV III And Bunkers In Baghdad On The Green, The Fan 610 AM, March 7, 2016
•Quoted in Picking a Jury Will Be Particularly Tough in Hulk Hogan Sex Tape Case Against Gawker, Tampa Bay Times, March 2, 2016
•Quoted in NFL Deflategate Appeal to Test Deference to Arbitrators, Law360, March 1, 2016
•Quoted in Demand for NFL Tix Throws Wrench Into Pricing Challenges, Law360, February 8, 2016
•Quoted in MLB Avoids Antitrust Hit With Single-Team Streaming Deal, Law360, January 20, 2016
•Cited in Drone Enthusiasts Fear Regulations May Go Too Far, Newsday, October 13, 2015
•Quoted in No Warriors Knockoff T-Shirt Is Out of Bounds, Times-Herald, June 10, 2015
• A New York State of Drones: Practical Tips for Towns as Regs Loom on the Horizon, Talk of the Towns, May/June 2015
• For Now, Drones Will Fly the Uncertain Skies, American Bar Association Minority Trial Lawyer, May 19, 2015
•Quoted in Growing Drone Usage Sparks Legal Concerns, Buffalo Law Journal, May 11, 2015
•Editor, Sports and Entertainment Law Insider Blog
•Featured in Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Goldberg Segalla's Joseph Hanna, Law360, February 20, 2015
•Quoted in Dedicated to Diversity: Progress Seen in Legal Profession, Business First, January 23, 2015
• 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
• NBA Leads in Gender Equity, ABA Minority Trial Lawyer, Fall 2014
• Ray Rice, Roger Goodell, and an Explosive Legal Showdown, American Bar Association Minority Trial Lawyer, Fall 2014
• 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, 2014
•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
• Bunkers in Baghdad Hits Milestone, Buffalo Law Journal, March 10, 2014
• 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
• Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation (Co-Author), 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 Helps Military Veterans Find Good-Paying Jobs, Buffalo Law Journal, July 22, 2013
•Quoted in Playing it Safe: Are Concussions Ruining Sports? Washington Lawyer, April 2013
• Concussion Lawsuit Goes Front and Center, Buffalo Law Journal, April 1, 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
• Giving Golf to the Troops, Golf Digest, February 2013
• Affirmative Action Under Siege, American Bar Association Minority Trial Lawyer, Winter 2013
• Giving It the ‘Old College Try’ (Co-Author), 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)
• 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)
• 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
• Not for the Bashful: Student Athletes, Drug Testing ... and Judicial Doctrine (Co-Author), DRI’s The Business Suit, Newsletter of the Commercial Litigation Committee, August 20, 2012
• 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
• 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
• Getting in the Game: 2011 Report Shows Ups, Downs in Pro Sports Diversity (Co-Author), Sports Litigation Alert, December 30, 2011
•Featured in Three Trailblazers to Receive Diversity Awards, NYSBA State Bar News, December 2011
• Influence Your Verdict by Changing Jurors' Perceptions of Expert Witnesses, Part Two, ABA's Minority Trial Lawyer, Fall 2011
•Quoted in Legal Profession Takes Leadership Role in WNY, Business First, September 23, 2011
•Quoted in Collaboration Opens Doors for Minority Students, Business First, August 26, 2011
• Influence Your Verdict by Changing Jurors' Perceptions of Expert Witnesses, Part One, ABA's Minority Trial Lawyer, Summer 2011
•Quoted in “Bunkers' Golf Program Hits a Landmark Number,” Business First, July 22, 2011
• Defining Limits on Right of Publicity for Student-Athletes (Co-Author), Buffalo Law Journal, July 18, 2011
• NFL Scores Its First 'A' on Diversity Report Card, Yet Still Remains at the Back of the Class (Co-Author), DRI The Business Suit, May 2011
• The NFL's Diversity Report Card (Co-Author), ABA's Minority Trial Lawyer, Spring 2011
• Taking Depositions Through an Interpreter (Co-Author), ABA's Minority Trial Lawyer, Winter 2011
• Decisive Moves Still Necessary to Promote Minority Partners (Co-Author), ABA's Minority Trial Lawyer, Summer 2010
•New York Chapter, Construction Litigation Desk Reference: A State by State Compendium (Co-Author), The DRI Defense Library Series, 2010
• A Unique Opportunity: Evaluating Your Firm’s Diversity Initiatives (Co-Author), DRI For the Defense, July 2009
•The Advancement of Minority Coaches in Professional Athletics (Co-Author), ABA Minority Trial Lawyer, Spring 2009
• What Lies Beneath: The Gathering Storm of Chinese Drywall Defect Claims (Co-Author), DRI For the Defense, June 2009
• Drywall From China Leads to Glut of Claims (Co-Author), Buffalo Law Journal, May 2009
• Diversity Programs: Trends and Strategies for Success (Co-Author), ABA Minority Trial Lawyer, 2009
• Nanotechnology: Something So Little Should Not Be Allowed to Get Too Big! (Co-Author), 2009


• A Beginner's Guide to Making It Rain, Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel (PADC) Sixth Annual A Young Lawyer's Guide to Building Your Skills and Your Brand, Philadelphia, PA, April 26, 2018
•Keynote speaker, CLICKS Sports & Entertainment Law Symposium, New York City, NY, March 11, 2017
•Panelist, The Constance Baker Motley Symposium, Diversity Works, New York State Bar Association, January 23, 2017
•Panelist, Secrets to Success, 1L LCLD Scholars Summit, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Chicago, May 21, 2016
• Drones on the Horizon: An Update on New York’s Proposed Regulation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Association of Towns of the State of New York Annual Meeting, February 15, 2016
•Panelist, Working as General and Outside Counsel in Sports, Syracuse Entertainment and Sports Law Symposium, Syracuse, NY, February 6, 2016
• The Sports Product Licensing Game: From Amateurs to Professionals, Everybody Wants to Play, Syracuse University College of Law, April 2015
• An Evening With Joseph Hanna '05, Sports & Entertainment Law Society, SUNY Buffalo Law School, March 23, 2015
•Panelist, Client Representation,” Entertainment and Sports Law Symposium: The Game Off the Field, Syracuse University College of Law, March 21, 2015
• Is the Empire State Ready for Drones? Exploring New York’s Proposed Regulation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Association of Towns of NYS Annual Meeting, New York, NY, February 16, 2015
•Panelist, Surviving and Thriving: Success Tips for Diverse Litigators, American Bar Association Minority Trial Lawyer Committee, April 2014
• 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
•Panelist, Focus Group Discussion, New York State Judicial Institute on Professionalism, February 28, 2014
• 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
• 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
• 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
• A Day in the Life of a Litigator, UB School of Law, March 19, 2013
• Mentoring For Diversity Charrette, New York State Bar Association Torts, Insurance, and Compensation Law Section Summer Meeting, August 17, 2012
• 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
•Explore Law Program, University at Buffalo School of Law, October 12, 2011
•Motivational Speakers Panel, Getting Ahead in School, Work and Life, Hilbert College, October 3, 2011
•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

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Sports and Entertainment
  • Retail and Hospitality
  • Corporate Services and Commercial Litigation
  • Higher Education

Education & Credentials

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University Attended:
Canisius College, M.S.A., Master in Sports Administration, summa cum laude, 2018; Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, M.P.A., Public and Nonprofit Management Concentration, Top 5% of Class; State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A., Middle Eastern Politics and Cultural Affairs, summa cum laude, 2002; State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A., Political Science, Public Affairs Concentration
Law School Attended:
State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2005
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Court, Western, Southern, Eastern, Northern Districts of New York; U.S. District Court, Northern, Central, Southern Districts of Illinois; U.S. District Court, District of Columbia; U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of New York; 2006, New York; Illinois; District of Columbia; Pennsylvania; U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Affiliations

•American Bar Association
•Co-Chair, Young Lawyer Leadership Program, 2015 to present
•Chair, Minority Trial Lawyer Committee, 2012-15
•Editor-In-Chief, Minority Trial Lawyer, 2008-12
•Section of Litigation, Young Lawyer Leadership Program, 2013-14
•ABA Judicial Internship Opportunity Working Group, present
•ABA Judicial Internship Opportunity Screening Committee, present
•Young Lawyers Division: Vice Chair, Minorities in the Profession Committee, 2010
•Minority Bar Association of Western New York: President, 2011
•Minority Bar Association of Western New York Foundation, Inc.: President, 2012-14
•Defense Research Institute
•Chair, External Policy Alliances Committee, 2018 to present
•Chair, 2016 Annual Meeting
•Vice Chair, 2015 Annual Meeting
•Marketing Chair, 2013 Annual Meeting
•Marketing Vice-Chair, 2012 Annual Meeting
•New York Marketing Chair, 2008, 2009 Annual Meeting
•Atlantic Marketing Chair, 2007 Annual Meeting
•Young Lawyer Steering Committee Representative, 2009, 2010 Annual Meeting
•Commercial Litigation Committee: Chair, Sports and Entertainment Law SLG; Liaison to Diversity Law Committee, 2010-2013
•Commercial Litigation Community Chair, 2013-2015
•Young Lawyers Committee: Chair, Seminar Planning Committee, 2010; Chair, Minority Outreach Subcommittee, 2009; Liaison to Diversity Law Committee, 2006-2010
•Diversity Committee: Chair, Outreach Subcommittee, 2006-2010
•Construction Law Committee: Seminar Marketing Chair; Liaison to Diversity Law Committee, 2007-2012
•Pro Bono and Public Service Committee, present
•I ssues and Advocacy Committee, present
•Bar Association of Erie County: Judiciary Committee, 2010-2014
•Lawyer of the Year, 2015
•New York State Bar Association
•Lifetime fellow, New York State Bar Foundation
•Leadership Development Committee, present
•Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
•Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
•fellow, 2014
•Outreach Committee Chair, 2017
•New York Chapter Chair, Success in Law School Mentoring Program
•New York Legal Education Opportunity (NY LEO): Mentor
•Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
•International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, Panels of Distinguished Neutrals
•Entertainment Law
•Sports Law
•New York At Large Alternative Dispute Resolution
•General Commercial
Law360 Sports Editorial Board, 2016-present
•Leadership Buffalo
•Sports Lawyers Association

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Senior Associate on 06/12/13 in Civil Litigation

    In addition to superb substantive skills in the practice of law, Mr. Hanna is tireless in his efforts to solve his clients' problems - top marks all around.

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Partner on 06/24/13 in Commercial Litigation

    Joe is one of the brightest and most driven lawyers I know, with impeccable ethical standards and a strong sense of loyalty.

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