Joseph M. Hanna

Joseph M. Hanna: Attorney with Goldberg Segalla LLP

Biography

Joseph Hanna is a commercial litigator and legal adviser nationally recognized for his work in media and entertainment law, as well as for being a leading voice for diversity in the legal and business communities. Joe is the founder and chair of Goldberg Segalla’s Sports and Entertainment Practice Group, chair of its Retail and Hospitality Practice Group, editor of the Sports and Entertainment Law Insider blog, and chair of the firm’s Diversity Task Force. He is the founder and president of Bunkers in Baghdad, a nonprofit that collects and sends golf equipment to U.S. soldiers and veterans worldwide to aid in recreation and rehabilitation from injuries.

In 2015, Joe was the youngest honoree ever to be named Lawyer of the Year in the Bar Association of Erie County’s 130-year history, and multiple times he has ranked among the top 10 attorneys in Western New York in Business First’s annual Legal Elite.

Joe dedicates his practice to serving the sports and entertainment, retail, hospitality, and commercial development industries. He represents national-league sports franchises, professional athletes, movie studios, and others in the sports and entertainment world on a wide range of high-value matters involving licensing, contracts, and day-to-day business management. Major retail and restaurant chains, global hotel and hospitality enterprises, shopping centers, property owners, and developers rely on Joe to find creative and cost-efficient resolutions to disputes with other parties, to represent them in commercial litigation, and to handle a broad array of legal and business challenges. An accomplished mediator, he is also a member of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution’s Panels of Distinguished Neutrals, a group of global leaders in providing and promoting alternative dispute resolution.

A Law360 Rising Star in 2014 and now a member of the organization's Sports Editorial Advisory Board, Joe is nationally renowned a for his work work in media and entertainment law and for his authorship of leading articles on high-profile issues in these areas - including the first truly comprehensive examination of the legal issues in the National Football League concussion litigation controversy.

In 2014, Joe was one of just over 160 lawyers under 40 in the entire country to receive Law360's Rising Star honor, and one of only five in the Media and Entertainment category, that year. Then, in 2017, the American Bar Association (ABA) placed Joe on its prestigious “On the Rise - Top 40 Young Lawyers” list, honoring him alongside only 39 others from a competitive crop of over 2,800 nominees nationwide.

Joe is widely recognized for his extensive work as an innovator, mentor, author, editor, and speaker on diversity and inclusion in the legal world. He has held diversity-related leadership positions at national organizations like DRI as well as the ABA, where he served for several years as chair of the Minority Trial Lawyer Committee and editor-in-chief of Minority Trial Lawyer. He has received accolades that include the Minority Corporate Counsel Association George B. Vashon Innovator Award and the New York State Bar Association Diversity Trailblazer Award. In 2014 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) selected Joe for their Fellows program; he now co-chairs the New York chapter for the LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program.

Bunkers in Baghdad , which Joe founded in 2008 and still runs as its president, has sent 8 million golf balls, 600,000 clubs, and messages of thanks from “Bunkers Buddies” - students in 500 schools - to U.S. soldiers and veterans in 65 countries.

In 2016, Joe participated in Harvard Law School's Executive Education Program, an intensive accelerated program designed to enhance leadership development in law firm partners. He graduated summa cum laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo and cum laude from its law school. He received his Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration on Public and Nonprofit Management from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in 2014, graduating in the top 5 percent of his class.

Honors - Legal and Community Service

•Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
•ABA On the Rise - Top 40 Young Lawyers, 2017
•Bar Association of Erie County, Lawyer of the Year, 2015
New York Law Journal Rising Stars, 2015
•Legal Service Award, Minority Bar Association of Western New York, 2014
Law360 Rising Star (Media and Entertainment), 2014
•All Tournament Team and First Place Team, National Collegiate Golf Association Northeast Regional, Syracuse University, Spring 2014
•Upstate New York Super Lawyers, Rising Stars 2013-2017
•ABA Section of Litigation Most Dynamic Committee Award, 2013
•Lawyers Cup Champion, Minority Corporate Counsel Association 10th Annual General Counsel Invitational Diversity Leadership Summit Golf Tournament, June 2013
•Minority Corporate Counsel Association George B. Vashon Innovator Award, 2012
•Value Award for Diversity, Leadership Buffalo, 2012
•New York State Bar Association Diversity Trailblazer Award, 2012
•National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York Legal Community Leader Award, 2012
•American Bar Association's Section of Litigation Good Works Award, 2012
Business First's Legal Elite of Western New York (Commercial Litigation); Top 10, 2014 and 2015
Buffalo Spree Game Changers, 2012
•Winner (with Christopher J. Belter), Minority Corporate Counsel Association 9th Annual General Counsel Invitational Diversity Leadership Summit Golf Tournament, 2012
•Defense Research Institute's Community Service Award, 2011
•22nd Annual University at Buffalo Law School Students of Color Trailblazer Award, 2011
•Daily Point of Light Award
•40 Under 40 Award, Business First, 2010
•American Bar Association's Outstanding Chair for 2010
•2010 New York State Bar Association Outstanding Young Lawyer Award
•The President's Volunteer Service Award, 2010
•fellow of the New York State Bar Foundation
•Buffalo Niagara Human Resource Association (BNHRA) Diversity Excellence Award
•Minority Bar Association of Western New York, Inc. Community Service Award, 2009
•New York State Bar Association featured article of the month, “The NFL v. Cable Television: Which Heavyweight Will Be Left Standing?,” May 2008
•Leader Spotlight, DRI's The Voice, April, 2008
•The American Bar Association magazine General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division named “Beware of Dawg, Beware of Owner, Too” the best intellectual property article published in 2006
•DRI's Young Lawyer of the Year Award for Outstanding Service, 2007

Recognition for Bunkers in Baghdad

•Certificate of Appreciation, 4th Expeditionary Special Operations Squadron, United States Air Force, August 2015
•Certificate of Appreciation, Headquarters Company, 4th Marine Regiment, Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, March 2015
•Certificate of Appreciation, 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, United States Air Force, September 11, 2014
•Certificate of Appreciation, 452nd Combat Support Hospital “Iron Medics”
•Letter of Appreciation from U.S. Army General Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, March 2013
•Certificate of Appreciation, Third Infantry Division Golf Team, Combined Joint Task Force - Regional Command South, Kandahar, Afghanistan
•Certificate of Appreciation, Task Force Patika, 3rd Battalion, 69th Armored Regiment
•Certificate of Achievement from the 519th Military Intelligence Battalion
•Certificate of Appreciation presented by the United States Department of the Army Wounded Warrior Program
•Certificate of Appreciation from the United States Marine Corps Battery E, 2d Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division (Forward)
•Certificate of Appreciation from the United States Marines Wing Support Squadron 373 (Forward), 3d Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward)
•Certificate of Appreciation from the U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2)
•Flag Flown Over Forward Operating Base Dwyer, Helmand Province of Afghanistan, by Battery E, 2d Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division (Forward)
•Certificate of Appreciation from the 54th Signal Battalion, Camp Arifjan, Voice of the Desert
•Certificate of Appreciation from the 940th Military Police Company (Combat Support), Camp Liberty, Iraq
•American Patriot Award, Army National Guard
•Certificate of Appreciation from the United States Army 116th Brigade Special Troops Battalion Headquarters
•Certificate of Appreciation, 2nd Battalion 11th Field Artillery Regiment
•U.S. Marines, Operation Iraqi Freedom Shock and Awe Award of Excellence
•Certificate of Appreciation, Task Force Troy United States Division-South 84th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion
•Balad Air Base, Iraq, Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Support to the 332 Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Flight in direct support of Operation Iraqi Freedom
•Fort Leavenworth Outstanding Performance Award Presented by the Command Sergeant Major
•Fort Jackson Garrison Commander's Award for Excellence for Outstanding Performance
•122nd Signal Battalion 2D Infantry Division Voice of the Warrior Award
•Fort Drum 10th Mountain Division Climb to Glory Award Presented by the Commanding General for Excellence
•Department of Defense Office of Military Commissions, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Defending the Rule of Law Award
•Marine Corps Recruiting Command, Commanding General's Award for Uncommon Leadership
•United States Army 12th Psychological Operations Battalions Certificate of Appreciation
•United States Army Freedom Team Salute Commendation
•Certificate of Appreciation, United States Army 116th Brigade Special Troops Battalion Headquarters

Community Involvement

•Founder, President, Bunkers in Baghdad, Inc.
•Chairperson, Success in the City, Diversity Networking Event
•Board Member, Buffalo & Erie County Workforce Investment Board (WIB)
•Member, Erie County Citizens' Budget Review Commission
•Board of Directors, State University of New York at Buffalo Law School Alumni Association, 2012-2014
•Guest Lecturer, Syracuse University
•Guest Lecturer, SUNY Buffalo Law School
•Guest Lecturer, School of Law - Loyola University, Chicago
•Member, Leadership Buffalo (Rising Leaders - 2007)
•Coach, Mathewson-McCarthy Babe Ruth Youth Baseball League, Amherst, New York
•University at Buffalo, Mentoring Program
•Speaker, Buffalo Prep
•Board of Directors, National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York (NFJC), 2013-2014

Prior Experience

•Law Clerk, Texas Court of Appeals and Texas District Court

ACHIEVEMENTS

•Sports and Entertainment Law Insider Ranked Among Web’s Best Legal Blogs
October 5, 2016
•Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Honored in 2016 Legal Elite
October 4, 2016
•Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Named 2016 Upstate New York Super Lawyers
August 15, 2016
•Goldberg Segalla Again Ranked a Top Firm by Chambers and Partners
June 23, 2016
•Goldberg Segalla Named a Top Twenty Firm for Professional Sports Teams
May 17, 2016

NEWS

•Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Honored in 2017 Legal Elite
September 2017
•Goldberg Segallas Joseph M. Hanna Drives the Conversation on Counterfeit Golf Clubs
September 2017
• Busy in Buffalo: Joe Hanna Is the Hardest-Working Person in the Room, 2017 Upstate New York Super Lawyers
September 2017
•Joseph M. Hanna Named to ABA Top 40 Young Lawyers
July 24, 2017
•Joseph M. Hanna and Bunkers in Baghdad Featured In Multiple Publications
July 7, 2017

PUBLICATIONS

•Joseph M. Hanna Quoted in The Biggest Sports Rulings of the 1st Half of 2017, Law360
July 7, 2017
•Joseph M. Hanna Quoted in Law360 Piece on MiLB Wage Lawsuit
April 3, 2017
•Joseph Hanna Featured in How Bunkers in Baghdad Plays Golf to Support U.S. Troops, MediaPost
February 28, 2017
•Joseph M. Hanna and Dennis P. Glascott Quoted in New York Law Journal Piece on Drone Operation
January 26, 2017
•Joseph M. Hanna Interviewed for Multiple Stories on 2017 Sports Cases
January 2017

PRESENTATIONS

• Secrets to Success, 1L LCLD Scholars Summit, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
May 21, 2016
• Drones on the Horizon: An Update on New York's Proposed Regulation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, New York Association of Towns Annual Meeting
February 15, 2016
• Working as General and Outside Counsel in Sports, Syracuse Entertainment and Sports Law Symposium, Syracuse, NY
February 6, 2016
•“The Sports Product Licensing Game: From Amateurs to Professionals, Everybody Wants to Play,” Syracuse University College of Law
April 2015
• Client Representation, Syracuse University College of Law Entertainment and Sports Law Symposium
March 21, 2015

BLOG

•Sports and Entertainment Law Inside

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Retail and Hospitality
  • Business and Commercial
  • Sports and Entertainment

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
716.566.5447  Phone
716.566.5401  Fax
www.goldbergsegalla.com/attorneys/joseph-m-hanna
University Attended:
State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A., Middle Eastern Politics and Cultural Affairs, summa cum laude, 2002; State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A., Political Science, Public Affairs Concentration, summa cum laude, 2002; Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, M.P.A., Public and Nonprofit Management Concentration, Top 5% of Class, 2014
Law School Attended:
State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2005
Year of First admission:
2006
Admission:
2006, New York; U.S. District Court, Western, Southern, Eastern, Northern Districts of New York; U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of New York; Illinois; U.S. District Court, Northern, Central, Southern Districts of Illinois; Pennsylvania; District of Columbia; U.S. District Court, District of Columbia; U.S. Supreme Court
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Professional Affiliations

•American Bar Association
•Co-Chair, Young Lawyer Leadership Program, 2015-present
•Chair, Minority Trial Lawyer Committee, 2012-2015
•Editor-In-Chief, Minority Trial Lawyer, 2008-2012
•Section of Litigation, Young Lawyer Leadership Program, 2013-2014
•ABA Judicial Internship Opportunity Working Group, present
•ABA Judicial Internship Opportunity Screening Committee, present
•Young Lawyers Division: Vice Chair, Minorities in the Profession Committee, 2010
•Minority Bar Association of Western New York: President, 2011
•Minority Bar Association of Western New York Foundation, Inc.: President, 2012-2014
•Defense Research Institute
•Chair, 2016 Annual Meeting
•Vice Chair, 2015 Annual Meeting
•Marketing Chair, 2013 Annual Meeting
•Marketing Vice-Chair, 2012 Annual Meeting
•New York Marketing Chair, 2008, 2009 Annual Meeting
•Atlantic Marketing Chair, 2007 Annual Meeting
•Young Lawyer Steering Committee Representative, 2009, 2010 Annual Meeting
•Commercial Litigation Committee: Chair, Sports and Entertainment Law SLG; Liaison to Diversity Law Committee, 2010-2013
•Commercial Litigation Community Chair, 2013-2015
•Young Lawyers Committee: Chair, Seminar Planning Committee, 2010; Chair, Minority Outreach Subcommittee, 2009; Liaison to Diversity Law Committee, 2006-2010
•Diversity Committee: Chair, Outreach Subcommittee, 2006-2010
•Construction Law Committee: Seminar Marketing Chair; Liaison to Diversity Law Committee, 2007-2012
•Pro Bono and Public Service Committee, present
•I ssues and Advocacy Committee, present
•Bar Association of Erie County: Judiciary Committee, 2010-2014
•Lawyer of the Year, 2015
•New York State Bar Association
•Lifetime fellow, New York State Bar Foundation
•Leadership Development Committee, present
•Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
•Arbitrator
•Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
•fellow, 2014
•Outreach Committee Chair, 2017
•Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
•International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, Panels of Distinguished Neutrals
•Entertainment Law
•Sports Law
•New York At Large Alternative Dispute Resolution
•General Commercial
Law360 Sports Editorial Board, 2016-present
•Leadership Buffalo
•Sports Lawyers Association
•USLAW Network

Languages:
Arabic
Birth Information:
1980
ISLN:
918405195
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