Michael A. Rueda


Michael is the US Head of Sports and Entertainment.

His corporate practice includes finance and securities law, and mergers and acquisitions and he has represented public and private corporations of various sizes. Past clients include foreign and domestic companies in various private and public securities transactions. Michael also advises foreign and domestic companies on general corporate governance, acquisition and divestiture transactions and ’34 Act disclosure matters as well as NYSE and NASDAQ listing and compliance.

Michael’s sports practice focuses on sports and media law. He advises athletes, coaches, agents, clubs/teams and companies on playing contracts, coaching contracts, international player transfers, sponsorship, endorsement, licensing and merchandising contracts.

Michael regularly speaks at international conferences regarding the transfer of players, player contracts and image rights.

Secretary Stacy Mathai


Ridgway Barker and Michael Rueda, along with the entire Wither’s team, have been an invaluable resource to Global Lyme Alliance providing knowledgeable direction, insight and guidance across a broad range of legal areas. We are grateful and appreciative of their expertise and personal commitment to GLA’s mission.

Global Lyme Alliance - CEO Scott Santarella

Michael Rueda at Withers Bergman advised us on many commercial policies related to our retailer relationships and internet sales, helping us avoid many future issues. His advice was easy to understand, logical and concise.

Peter Sachs, General Manager - LOWA Boots LLC

Withers Bergman was integral in getting my business off the ground. Michael Rueda is an excellent and adept advisor. His guidance on a range of corporate and commercial issues was invaluable. We are a very small startup, but Michael, and the entire Withers Bergman team, treated us like their most important client.

Jasper Smith - Native Cider

Track record




Represented investment fund in its private equity investment in restaurant operator and franchisor.

Advised Italian soccer player Andrea Pirlo and his agent in connection with his transfer from Juventus FC to Major League Soccer, negotiating on the player’s contract and image rights.

Securities counsel to special purpose acquisition company focused on consummating an initial business transaction in the Commonwealth of Australia, in connection with its initial public offering of $64 million of units.

State of Connecticut, 2006

State of New York, 2007

NCAA reforms fail to fix basketball’s corruption problem,’ Law360 - August 17, 2018, quoted

‘What’s next for Kevin Ollie and UConn? We asked lawyers to weigh in,’ Hartford Courant - August 8, 2018, quoted

‘Planning to win: How athletes can protect their future finances,’ World Sports Advocate - July 2018, co-author

St. John’s University School of Law, LL.M. in International Sports Law Practice, New York - November 2015, guest lecturer

‘Practical Consideration When Bringing Players to Major League Soccer’, 2015 World Sports Law Report’s Sport Contracts conference, London - November 2015

Me in a minute

I love being able to combine my passion for sport with the law

Although I spent most of my early career serving as outside corporate counsel to both private and public companies, I now spend a significant part of my time also advising athletes and their agents, sports teams, and owners of sports properties or businesses. As a former competitive athlete, I love being able to combine my passion for sport with the law. Using my corporate experience to expand the firm’s US sports practice and service our sports clients is extremely rewarding as it has allowed me to service these sports clients in a number of capacities.



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