TIMOTHY J. McILWAIN, FOUNDER
Timothy McIlwain left Atlantic City High School in New Jersey to study political economies at University of California, Berkeley. After graduating in 1991, he was the recipient of the prestigious Martin Blatt Law Scholarship and returned to the east coast to obtain his juris doctorate from New York Law School in 1995. He was admitted in 1996 to New Jersey and United States District Court. He is an accomplished trial attorney, and the only New Jersey lawyer admitted to Gerry Spence’s prestigious Trial Lawyers College, where he spent a month in a Wyoming barn practicing jury trial methods with the country’s best.
Attorney McIlwain’s competitive spirit as a former high school and college quarterback translated well in the courtroom, where his numerous successful jury trial results led to him being certified in 2014 as a lifetime member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, two of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the country. Membership is limited to attorneys who have demonstrated exceptional skill, experience, and excellence in trial advocacy and have obtained recoveries on behalf of their clients in excess of $2 million. There are less than 30 attorneys in New Jersey with this distinction.
Attorney McIlwain is well-versed in entertainment and sports law, as well as business disputes, right of privacy, employment and personal injury. He has successfully represented a variety of celebrities in cases involving sexual harassment and discrimination, wrongful termination, and contract disputes. Mr. McIlwain helped change sports medicine forever by defeating major corporations like Comcast and the Philadelphia Flyers, resulting in a multimillion dollar verdict.
He has successfully defended Hall of Famer Jim Brown and sued former heavy weight boxing champions, and the World Hockey Association. He has represented Donald Trump’s Casinos and served as Walmart’s exclusive counsel on work related injuries. Mr. McIlwain’s experience is drawn from his involvement in and around sports, both as a player at the collegiate level and as agent for professional athletes.
Mr. McIlwain has made many television and radio appearances, most notably FOX Channel “Legal Panelist”; “On the Record” with Greta Van Sustern; TSN “Off the Record” with Michael Landsberg; WFAN Radio – Toronto, Canada; WIIP 610 Radio – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; WOND AM “Sports Gumbas”.
Mr. McIlwain has traveled the lecture circuit, extensively delivering great insight into litigation and sports law at Loyola law school in Los Angeles, CA; DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, IL; and Golden Gate School of Law in San Francisco, CA. He is currently a professor teaching sports law at Temple University’s Fox School of Business.
In November 2003, 2004 and 2005, respectively, Mr. McIlwain was a member of a shared panel at the Southern Regional Entertainment & Sports Seminar in Jamaica, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Additionally, Mr. McIlwain also shared a panel with Donald Fehr (president of Major League Baseball Players Association for 30 years and top labor attorney) on the Tennessee, Florida & Georgia Bars where he has repeatedly been invited as the annual public speaker.
Mr. McIlwain is a member of the National Employment Lawyer Association, American Inns of Court Foundation, Sports Lawyers Association, New Jersey Bar Association, and Essex County Bar Association. He holds licenses as a Certified Contract Advisor for NFL Players Association and is a registered agent with NHLPA. In 2008, Mr. McIlwain graduated from Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College, where he was one of 50 lawyers chosen nationwide and the only New Jersey lawyer to be admitted.
Some things to know about Tim McIlwain before contacting his office…
– He is a ranch member of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College, wherein less than 10 lawyers in New Jersey have this specialized jury trial training.
– He has represented both defendants & plaintiffs in complex litigation and personal injuries. For example, Mcilwain represented Donald Trump’s casinos and was Walmart’s exclusive counsel for work related injuries producing the trial result of the year in the 1999 D’Arpa case.”
OTHER CASES HANDLED:
1. Successfully sued Panavision for Sexual Harassment and Penelope Cruz’s Management Company for Employment Discrimination and Wrongful Termination.
2. Desean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagle pro bowl wide receiver & kickoff returner, hired Mcilwain when his cancer charity was sued.
3. Jim Brown, NFL Hall of Fame running back, Actor & Activist, hired Mcilwain when he got sued
Tim Mcilwain prides himself, however, not on celebrity cases but on representing ordinary people that are injured or wronged. For example, he resolved a reverse discrimination employment case on behalf of a former Atlantic City Police officer.
FOX BUSINESS “VARNEY & COMPANY”
Lawsuit against video game giant EA sports on behalf of athletes, February 24, 2012
FOX CHANNEL “LEGAL PANELIST”
“ON THE RECORD” with Greta Van Sustern, New York , NY
The Donavan McNabb Situation and the role of Medicine in Sports, November 2002
Todd Bertuzzi Incident and Violence in Hockey, February 2004
TOTAL SPORTS NETWORK
TSN with Michael Landsberg, Toronto, Canada
Babych v. Philadephia Flyers, Comcast Corporation and Arthur Bartolozzi, MD, December 18, 2003
NPR (National Public Radio) Culver City, CA (January 2003)
Topic: Team Doctor’s Conflict of Interest in professional sports
Other Venues for the above topic:
- FAN RADIO Toronto, Canada
- WIIP 610 RADIO Philadelphia, PA
- WOND AM “Sports Gumbas”
Guest Speaker at the New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ) Boardwalk Seminar bringing Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College methods to Atlantic City, NJ with Kent Spence and Trial Lawyers College Instructor, Corinne Mullen (April 26, 2012)
ANNUAL PUBLIC SPEAKER TO FLORIDA, TENNESSEE, & GEORGIA BAR ASSOCIATION ON CONTINUING EDUCATION
SOUTHERN REGIONAL ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORTS SEMINAR in Jamaica, Mexico & Puerto Rico (November 2003, 2004 & 2005)
Sharing Panel with Don Fehr, President of Major League Baseball Players Association & NHL Commissioner, Bill Daley
LAW SCHOOL LECTURES:
New York Law School Institute for Information Law & Policy:
“Right of Publicity in Sports Video Games…How the EA Sports Litigation Started” (October 14, 2010)
Seton Hall Law School Sports & Entertainment Symposium (April 12, 2010)
Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, CA, “The Intellectual Property Rights of Retired Athletes” (2009)
La Verne University College of Law in Los Angeles, CA, on the topic of Litigation and Sports Law (November 2006 & 2008)
DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, IL:
Served as a Panelist in a Sports law symposium on the Impact of Criminality in Today’s Athletics (February 2004)
Golden Gate School of Law, San Francisco, CA:
“How to sue a professional sports franchise and comparison of the NFL and NHL” (December 2003)
LAW FIRM EXPERIENCE:
COOPER LEVENSON APRIL NIEDELMAN & WAGENHEIM, Atlantic City, New Jersey
PETRO COHEN Law Firm, Northfield, New Jersey
Associate in 50 attorney law firm litigation department:
Trial experience includes providing civil defense for clients such as Donald Trump’s Hotels & Casinos, ITT Sheraton Casino and exclusive counsel for Walmart.
Recognized by Walmart as producing the best trial result of 1999.
Other clients represented in court:
Six Flags properties, insurance companies such as AIG, Hartford, and Greater New York.
COLLEGE & LAW SCHOOL INTERNSHIPS:
US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, Washington, DC (1994)
Law Clerk: Researched constitutional issues for President Clinton’s Health Care Task Force staff attorneys.
FEDERAL DEFENDERS OFFICE, Sacramento, CA (1993)
Staff Law Clerk: Provided litigation support for attorneys and represented misdemeanor defendants in court.
PAINE WEBBER INC, Weehawkin, NJ (1992)
Law Clerk, Legal Department: Assisted staff attorneys on SEC Litigation research and pleadings.
SENATOR PETE WILSON, Washington, DC (1990)
Legislative Aide: Conducted legislative research, attended Senate hearings and wrote memorandum for staff.
Admitted to practice law in New Jersey and the United States District Court
Certified Contract Advisor for NFL Players Association (1996-2006)
Registered Agent with NHLPA (2007)
Ranch Club Member with Trial Lawyers College founded by Gerry Spence
American Inns of Court Foundation
National Employment Lawyers Association (see www.nela.org)
Sports Lawyers Association
NEW YORK LAW SCHOOL, New York, NY
Juris Doctor degree, June 1995
Martin Blatt Law Scholarship award winner
TRIAL LAWYERS COLLEGE, Dubois, Wyoming (July 2008)
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY, Berkeley, CA
Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Economy of Industrial Societies, 1991.
Selected major concentrated on systems of Interdependency (Global Markets)
COLLEGE ATHLETICS PARTICIPATION:
Member of Cal Football Team (1986-1990)
Cal Crew 1986.