Michael A. Gardiner has represented numerous public and private companies (ranging from sole proprietorships to Fortune 500 companies) and individuals in litigation and business matters. Throughout his career, Mr. Gardiner has represented numerous clients in matters involving business disputes, debtor-creditor relations (including bankruptcy), unfair business practices, environmental and real estate matters, as well as intellectual property and entertainment law. He has represented clients in numerous matters throughout the country, including litigated matters pending in California as well as matters in Federal and Bankruptcy Courts in California, Nevada, Texas, New York and Delaware.
Prior to forming the Law Offices of Michael A. Gardiner, Mr. Gardiner was a partner in Riedl, McCloskey & Waring LLP and Rathbone, Ruderman & Gardiner. Mr. Gardiner practiced for many years as an associate of Pillsbury Madison & Sutro LP, Solomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith LLP and Rudick, Platt, Glatt & Getz.
Mr. Gardiner received his A.B. in (1985, cum laude) from the Amherst College. Mr. Gardiner earned his J.D. (1989, cum laude) from the University of Wisconsin where he was the recipient of the Herbert W. Page Award. Associate Editor of the Wisconsin Law Review and the author: The Enterprise Requirement: Getting to the Heart of Civil RICO, Wisconsin Law Review. Mr. Gardiner has a published opinion regarding the law of alternate dispute resolution: Calderon v. Kane (1995) 36 Cal.App. 4th 1663.
Mr. Gardiner is an experienced entrepreneur, published author, former professional soccer coach and an avid cyclist.
Mr. Colosia has been a practicing sports law since founding Group C Sports law in June 1994. His network of leading agents, coaches, clubs, scouts and players is unsurpassed. Mr. Colosia has the rare combination of detailed knowledge of FIFA contract rules, coupled with California and United States Federal law, as well as practical experience and the marketing creativity to develop the best and most lucrative contracts available under even the most extreme conditions. This is particularly important when, for example dealing with complicated league rules and salary cap considerations such as those in Major League Soccer.
Mr. Colosia’s current specialty is domestic and international soccer. He currently represents international players in their dealings with MLS and domestic players in their dealings abroad. Mr. Colosia specializes in senior and junior internationally capped players.
Mr. Colosia received his B.S. in Business Administration (Marketing) in 1990 from San Diego State University. He earned his J.D. in 1993 from San Diego’s Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Mr. Colosia studied abroad at Trinity College, Cambridge University in England in 1992. Mr. Colosia is a Pro Tem Law Professor in Sports Law at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Mr. Colosia was recently a guest speaker on Sports and Immigration Law at the Association of American Law School’s annual conference.
Mr. Polcyn’s corporate experience emphasizes the representation of startup, emerging growth and high growth companies in business formation, corporate governance, corporate partnering, licensing, mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions, real estate transactions, contract negotiations and general business counseling. His core expertise in the corporate realm lies in all aspects of strategic legal and business planning, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, securities and corporate financial transactions, drafting and negotiating complex transactional agreements and employment contracts, outsource corporate general counsel work, corporate formation, funding and combination documentation and negotiations, corporate compliance regarding FTC, EPA, OSHA, FDA and DOT issues and the drafting and negotiation of contracts involving leases, licenses, purchases and sales of real estate including development agreements, project finance agreements and private placement memoranda.
Mr. Polcyn’s intellectual property experience includes intellectual property transactions and litigation. Specifically, he has provided services to clients ranging from entrepreneurs and start up companies to national and international organizations requiring intellectual property development and protection. His core expertise in intellectual property matters involves all aspects of domestic and international trademark protection; representation of clients in complex intellectual property litigation, including matters involving trademark and copyright infringement, trade secret and unfair competition actions; advising clients regarding advertising substantiation required to defend advertising claims made about consumer products and services; drafting and negotiating licenses and agreements related to the internet and the development and exploitation of software applications, e commerce platforms, technology and related professional and consulting services as well as web site privacy policies, disclaimers and terms and conditions; advising on commercial intellectual property assets and related considerations, including planning, development, protection and exploitation; and advising on matters involving data privacy, outsourcing transactions and licensing and transferring of all types of technology and intellectual property.