Ellen M. Zavian

Professorial Lecturer in Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
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Ellen M. Zavian began her career in sports when she was a student at the University of Maryland where she worked in the university’s intramural sports and recreation department while working at the Maryland Race Tracks in the promotional department on weekends. While earning her law degree, she interned at the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA). Soon after graduation, Ms. Zavian became the first female attorney/agent in the NFL. She has represented the U.S. Women’s Soccer and Softball gold medalists and extreme athletes, collectively, and held the title of Commissioner for the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (NCAA). Ms. Zavian served as coordinator for the NFLPA’s Native American project; is a nationally recognized journalist, and a court expert in licensing/sports agreements. She has served on many sports related committees, including the D.C. Bar’s Arts, Entertainment, Media and Sports Section, and co-created the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Sports & Entertainment committee. She teaches sports/event law at The George Washington University School of Business while serving her clients in the sports industry and conducting arbitrations as a certified AAA arbitrator. She also teaches entrepreneurship and leadership, with a focus on start-ups, all while creating the United Breakin Association, a global association for competitive break dancers. Ms. Zavian worked on a task force to get break dancing into the Youth Olympics 2018.


BS, University of Maryland; JD, American University Washington College of Law