Attorney Brian Kopp was born with a passion for sports. In fact, it’s in his DNA. His father, John Kopp, achieved legendary status while coaching football in Northeast Ohio. To this day “Coach” Kopp’s former players as well as the coaches he mentored say he made them winners on the field and in life.
That is why it’s no surprise that Brian, a standout quarterback at Boardman High School and Bethany College, gravitated toward sports law after establishing an impressive winning record as a litigator in state and federal court.
His sports law career began in 2007 when he joined the Debartolo Sports and Entertainment, Inc. team as a certified NFL agent/contractor advisor. “I always had an eye on staying involved in sports after my playing career ended,” Attorney Kopp said. “Eddie DeBartolo Jr. gave me the chance to get in the game. I was involved in recruiting clients for the company and supported the field agents from the contract side of the business.”
In 2010, a few months before the NFL locked out its players for six months, Brain gave up his certification to be an agent to concentrate on representing coaches. His success speaks for itself: he has negotiated multi-million dollar contracts for clients who coach at major universities across the United States.
He says his Youngstown, Ohio roots played a critical role in his career. “The Mahoning Valley has produced world-class athletes and coaches for generations,” he said. “No matter where I go I meet people who are from the area or have deep connections to it. Those connections build trust and that’s a key component to success in this extremely competitive area of the law.”
For more information about the Betras, Kopp & Harshman Sports Law Division or to arrange an appointment with Attorney Brian Kopp call 813-988-1331, 800-457-2889 or email him at [email protected].