When 2020 came and went without the Tokyo Olympics, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, Coral Gables lawyer Alan Fertel watched as many of the sponsorships and deals he’d negotiated for one of the world’s fastest swimmers expired.

Sports and entertainment attorney Fertel is a partner with Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman, where he represents U.S. Olympic swimmer Caeleb Dressel, a Floridian who’s considered a threat to Michael Phelps’ gold medal records.