John B. Langel is the former Chair of Ballard Spahr’s Litigation Department. He also led the firm’s Labor and Employment Group for more than 30 years.
In addition to his practice as a labor and employment lawyer, over the course of the past 40 years, Mr. Langel has been actively involved in sports law representing universities, teams, executives, general managers, college and professional coaches, professional players, and broadcasters. Between 1997 and 2014, he represented the players on U.S. National teams, including the representation of all players on the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team for whom he served as the Executive Director of the Women's National Soccer Team Players Association. In that role, he negotiated their collective bargaining agreements in 2000, 2005 and 2012. Mr. Langel represented the women soccer players in the creation of the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA), the premier women's professional soccer league in which all 20 members of the 1999 World Cup team were equity owners. He also represented the players in the WUSA. On behalf of the United States national team soccer players, he negotiated the standard initial player contract for the Women's Professional Soccer League and represented the players in connection with the NWSL.
Since July, 2015, Mr. Langel has represented the players on the United States Women's National Hockey Team in their quest for equitable support for women and girl hockey players. The Hockey Women recently reached a four year deal that gives them increased pay, bonuses, per diem and travel benefits on par with the Men's Team, improved medical and insurance benefits and, perhaps most importantly in the minds of the Women, the commitment to promote and market the Women's Team and increase the support for girls' youth hockey programs.
Mr. Langel has represented all of his sports related clients in licensing arrangements including movies and documentaries, product endorsements and public appearances.
Mr. Langel's more traditional labor and employment practice included the representation of companies in a wide variety of industries, including biosciences, heavy industry, financial services, colleges and universities, and health systems and other health care providers.
Mr. Langel was a Fellow in the Collegeof Labor and Employment Lawyers. Each year (from 2003 until he retired in 2016), he received the highest rank as a leader in the field of labor and employment law by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, a legal referral guide based on exhaustive client and peer review. Within the guide, one source says of Mr. Langel: "If I ever needed a lawyer I would go to John. He has extraordinary legal skills and a great understanding of the business aspects, and is creative and innovative in approach."
Mr. Langel was also regularly recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for employment law and labor and employment litigation.
Hon. Daniel H. Huyett III, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
American Bar Association
Philadelphia Bar Association
Past Chair, Labor and Employment Law Committee
Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, Adjunct Professor
American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA)
National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)
Recognition & Accomplishments
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, labor and employment law, highest ranking (band one), 2003-2014