Steven H. Gans

Steve focuses his practice in the areas of corporate, sports, and employment law.  Having practiced both in private firm settings and in-house and having served as an executive on the business side of operating companies, he advises organizations on all stages of their development: from inception to all aspects of their operations including corporate and employment matters, strategic partnerships, acquisitions, and merger and sale transactions.

Steve represents individuals, corporations, other businesses, entrepreneurs, financial institutions, and nonprofit organizations in a variety of matters, including corporate governance, mergers, sale and acquisition transactions, and private offerings of securities.  He also assists clients with the negotiation of a variety of agreements in the contracting process, including strategic partnership agreements, revenue sharing agreements, master service agreements, supply chain quality agreements, employment agreements, and literary agent and author contracts.

He has led and advised on several mergers and acquisitions initiatives and has negotiated complex internet commerce and other strategic partnership revenue sharing agreements.  Having helped lead a series of venerable family-owned closely-held companies, Steve also advises on all aspects affecting family businesses.

Steve also represents professional and youth soccer clubs in a variety of matters, including employment issues, financing and merger and acquisition matters, corporate governance, dispute resolution, and the drafting and negotiation of a variety of agreements, including employment contracts, athletic facility development agreements, strategic partnership agreements, sponsorship agreements, equipment supplier contracts, leases, and operational and revenue sharing agreements.

Prior to joining Prince Lobel, Steve was a principal in and Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of one of the nation’s leading independent book and publishing companies, New England Mobile Book Fair, Inc. (sold in 2011).  He was also Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of the related internet commerce cookbook company, Jessica’s Biscuit, Inc., and President and General Counsel of the related publishing company, Biscuit Books, Inc.  He was also Of Counsel to the Boston law firm Broude & Hochberg, LLP, and he began his legal career at Goulston & Storrs, P.C.

Steve is also a principal of Professional Soccer Advisors, an international soccer consulting agency which advises owners, senior management, and officials of British football clubs regarding commercial transactions, their own operations, and the American market.  The firm also assists North American pro soccer clubs and youth clubs with their operations and commercial transactions and advises American corporations on how to become aligned within international and American youth soccer.

  • Harvard Law School; University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1989
  • Cornell University; Brandeis University, B.A., 1982
  • Massachusetts
  • New England Corporate Counsel Association, Past President, Board of Directors
  • Football Club Boston, Inc. (U.S. Soccer Development Academy Club), Former Board of Directors and General Counsel
  • 2021:  Named a “Best Lawyer in America©” in the field of Corporate Law and Sports Law
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • May 10, 2020:  Quoted in Soccer Today, “The Business of Soccer Upended by the Coronavirus: Advice For Soccer Coaches and Soccer Clubs”
  • February 24, 2020:  Quoted in Sports Business Journal, “The Long Journey to Miami”
  • January 2020:  Quoted in Sports Business Journal, “Soccer’s Next Big Moves:  Virtually Every Level of Soccer in the U.S. is Negotiating New labor Deals.  Will the Sport’s Recent Growth Pay Off for Players?”
  • June 2019:  Mentioned in the June 15, 2019 London Evening Standard for his role in Fenway Sports Group’s entry into international soccer with Fulham FC and some perspective on its success with Liverpool FC
  • May 2019:  Interviewed in Soccer America on the battle between U.S. Soccer’s Girls’ Development Academy and the ECNL to become the leading girls’ league in the U.S.
  • January 2019:  Quoted in Soccer America on the challenges involved in developing and running youth soccer clubs
  • February 2020:  Steven H. Gans Speaks at Soccer Club Summit Regarding Legal Issues and International Partnerships
  • June 2018:  “IP in Sports,” 21st Annual Property Law Conference 2018, MCLE

Recent Corporate Matters

  • Represented public radio and podcast distribution company in merger with major PBS affiliate
  • Represented fitness-related company in merger with other fitness-related company
  • Represented investor in fitness company in buyout negotiations
  • Represented animal-welfare non-profit in corporate matter
  • Represented prominent family in sale of landmark building and related 1031 transaction
  • Represented international hotel owners in partnership dispute

Recent Sports Related Matters

  • Conducted investigation of major university’s soccer program
  • Honest broker and mediator of partnership dispute between majority owners of professional soccer club
  • Represented soccer club in acquisition of a USL League 2 team
  • Conducted feasibility study for international soccer club
  • Represent and advise major British soccer club as to acquisition of an American pro franchise
  • Represent and advise major British soccer club as to American youth soccer plans
  • Represented pro soccer player in respect to his relations with a player agent
  • Represented pro soccer player in an arbitration vs. professional soccer club
  • Represented USL players in connection with formation of Players Association (Voluntary Recognition by League achieved)
  • Represented pro basketball player in respect to his relations with a player agent
  • Represented interests of female pro soccer player
  • Represented venerable college athletic conference
  • Represented pro soccer club in strategic partnership with leading youth club
  • Represented college soccer coach in separation negotiations with ACC college
  • Represented soccer club in negotiation of Employment Agreement with coach
  • Represented sports data security company in its IP, data security, and business development matters
  • Represent youth soccer clubs in various matters (employment, insurance, litigation, merger and acquisition, player agreements, strategic partnerships, insurance, corporate governance, IP, sponsor, and equipment company agreements, etc.)
  • Represented investor in professional soccer team