The 2012 Summer Olympics opened in London over the weekend, providing an array of opportunities for leading Am Law 200 and international firms, as well as competitive opportunities for a pair of former
Dewey & LeBoeuf
clients in Oscar Pistorius and Caster Semenya.
Dewey represented Semenya and Pistorius, sprinters who are part of South Africa’s Olympic contingent, on a pro bono basis over the past few years as they fought to participate in international competition. The firm has since
filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
after months of partner losses and mounting questions about its financial condition.
Semenya is no longer a client of Kessler’s, but the former Dewey partner told The Am Law Daily in an email Monday that her selection as flag bearer for South Africa was “another great achievement for equality.”
qualified to compete for South Africa earlier this month
in both the individual 400-meter race and 4×400 meter relay, Kessler says he booked his ticket. “It is an extremely proud moment for all disabled athletes, and a very moving moment for me,” he adds.
The Winston litigator will also be on hand to see U.S. sprinter Sanya Richards-Ross, who he is representing in a litigation and arbitration dispute with a sponsor. Richards-Ross has been vocal about
protesting sponsorship rules at the Olympics
. She’s also married to Aaron Ross, a defensive back for the National Football League’s Jacksonville Jaguars, whose agent is Kessler’s son
“I have never had the experience before of having one, let alone three, clients and friends competing in the Olympics,” Kessler says. “So this is an event I simply could not miss.”
That tally leaves out some of Kessler’s clients. Carmelo Anthony of the National Basketball Association’s New York Knicks, and Chris Paul, who plays for the league’s Los Angeles Clippers, are both members of the star-studded USA Basketball’s men’s national team,
which beat France 98-71 in their first game on Sunday