Katherine Porter represents a wide variety of clients in litigation and international arbitration matters, with a particular emphasis on sports-related disputes. She has represented clients in disputes involving cross-border and international law issues, including arbitrations before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Ms. Porter’s litigation and arbitration experience includes representing:
— a Brazilian sports marketing firm and its U.S. affiliate in a breach-of-contract dispute against a South American soccer confederation and its president, 10 national soccer associations and a competitor sports marketing firm relating to the commercial rights for the South American soccer championship;
— a men’s professional golf tour in a dispute with its member arising out of the application of the tour’s drug testing policy;
— a professional golfer in a breach-of-contract action brought by a former sponsor;
— a professional sports league in disputes relating to and arising out of the collective bargaining relationship with its players;
— a professional sports league in an internal investigation relating to an alleged violation of league rules by a team and its coaching staff;
Ms. Porter’s experience also includes serving as clerk and ad hoc clerk to arbitration panels in sports-related arbitrations before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), under both the ordinary and appeal arbitration procedures. Her work with CAS includes disputes relating to the transfer of players, the interpretation and application of an international federation’s rules, and anti-doping matters.