Sports & Entertainment

Allen & Glassman Sports & Entertainment Program

Being a great athlete used to be enough. Today’s athlete must also be good at life.

The proof is everywhere. On any given day, you’re likely to see negative news about a professional or collegiate player criticizing a referee’s call or a Facebook photo of an act of domestic violence or spousal cheating – news which can end up going viral and becoming “Exhibit A” in the courtroom, ultimately harming a player’s all-important brand and future earning power.

For several years, members of our firm have been speaking to members of professional and college sports teams nationwide about the legal guidelines that protect against liabilities and financial exposure.

In our interactive program with team players, Allen & Glassman, Chartered partners Gemma Allen and Todd Glassman clearly and directly address issues involving personal relationships and the dangers of media exposure to a player’s career and personal life. They are writing a book, The New Sports Deal: A Playbook for Life Off the Field, offering solutions based on their knowledge as family lawyers and their experiences working with athletes.

Presentation highlights:

Gemma B. Allen is a founder and principal partner of Allen & Glassman, Chartered (formerly Ladden & Allen), a family law firm offering experienced, professional, aggressive, and discrete representation in the areas of marriage, legal separation, divorce, paternity, mediation, child custody and domestic violence.

Todd Glassman, who joined the firm in 2007 as an associate lawyer, is a name partner at the firm.

Through their own professional experience, as well as tapping the expertise of forensic experts in the areas of taxes, accounting, business valuation and estate planning, Allen & Glassman effectively assists clients in navigating complex issues involved in divorce, including the division of matrimonial property, whether by negotiation or on trial. Unflinching in the representation of clients, the firm’s lawyers have the essential experience and proven ability to help ensure that a client’s goals are met.

Both Gemma and Todd have led the firm’s Better Beginnings, Fewer Endings Think Tanks(TM), which bring together judges, mental health practitioners, clergy, attorneys and other interdisciplinary professionals who are interested in recognizing and addressing serious family law related matters. Topics have included “intimate terrorism” in relationships, the law and psychology relevant to custody litigation and its effect on children, the strategy and costs of litigation, and the need for more resources for divorcing couples both inside and outside the courtroom."

For more information, contact Gemma Allen at or Todd Glassman at They can also be reached at (312) 853-3000.

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Todd Talks . . . Sports
By Todd Glassman

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