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William Strickland

William Strickland

Lecturer in Law

Last Updated: Friday, May 19, 2017

699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA

William Strickland has been successfully representing professional athletes, primarily in the NBA, the NFL, and for a limited time, in the MLB, full-time as a business executive and attorney/agent for over 30 years. He has also advised corporations regarding the integration of athletes with sports and entertainment brands and properties.

His experience includes stints as chief operation officer of mgmt one, LLC; president, Basketball for Legardiere Unlimited; founder, president and chief executive officer of Strickland Management Group, LLC; president, Basketball Division at IMG (then the largest and most diversified sports management company in the world); and as chief operation officer, Team Sports Division at ProServ, Inc. (then the second largest). Strickland also served for numerous years on the agent advisory committee for the National Basketball Players Association.  

Strickland was the first African-American agent to be named by The Sporting News as one of the “100 Most Powerful People in Sports” and he has been recognized by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of America’s Top 50 lawyers, in addition to being identified by the magazine as a leading African-American sports agent.

He was the first African-American agent to represent the number one overall pick of an NBA draft while negotiating extensively throughout the NBA, the NFL and with various companies, consummating approximately $1.75in gross compensation for his clients.

He has been recognized by numerous community and educational organizations, including twice by the National Bar Association, receiving its Entertainment & Sports Section’s “Chairman’s Award” and its “Living Legends Award-Sports.” He has also been recognized twice by 100 Black Men of America Inc. and was selected by the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr.’s Rainbow/PUSH Sports Task Force as the Agent of the Year.  

Strickland has served as an adjunct professor on the topic of negotiation/dispute resolution for the Department of Legal Studies at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; and as an adjunct at George Washington University teaching "Sports and the Law.” He also served as one of the inaugural co-chairs of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Sports and Entertainment Labor Law.

During his career, he served on the board of directors of the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association, including two terms as its chairman, and was inducted into its Hall of Fame. He has participated in The US Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference, addressed a broad array of sports and business topics at numerous law and business schools around the country, and conducted numerous continuing legal education courses. His opinions have also been solicited by various members of the media.
Prior to commencing his sports career, Strickland held executive positions with several major organizations such as Rockwell International, BDM International, Economic Resources Corporation, and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Strickland attended Loyola Marymount University (LMU), where he received his BA in Business Administration and where served on the Board of Regents. He also earned his MBA with a concentration in finance from the Anderson School at the University of California at Los Angeles and his JD from the Georgetown University Law Center. He is a member in good standing of the District of Columbia Bar and the State of Pennsylvania Bar.



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