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Ross Evans


Ross Evans is an associate in the Labor & Employment Department and a member of the Employment Litigation & Arbitration Group.

Ross has spent much of his time at Proskauer working on matters for the Firm’s clients in the sports industry. Among other things, Ross assisted with Proskauer’s representation of Major League Baseball during its most recent collective-bargaining negotiations with the Major League Baseball Players Association; he has also played a key role in representing various Major League Baseball Clubs in nearly a dozen salary-arbitration hearings. In addition, Ross has helped represent clients in the sports and performing-arts industries in grievance arbitrations.

Ross graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School and, in the months before joining Proskauer after law school, worked as a consultant for the Minnesota Twins, focusing on salary arbitration and baseball operations. During law school, Ross worked as a legal intern in Major League Baseball’s Labor Relations Department, as a law clerk in the National Football League Management Council, and as a salary-arbitration extern with the Minnesota Twins.

While at Harvard, Ross won both the Paul C. Weiler Writing Prize (for sports & entertainment law) and the Legal Profession Paper Prize, while also serving as Co-Editor-In-Chief of the Harvard Journal of Sports & Entertainment Law, Co-President of the Committee on Sports & Entertainment Law, and Executive Vice President of the Harvard Association for Law & Business. Ross is also a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, where he graduated first in his class, tying with one other student.

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UPDATE: NLRB Regional Director Issues Complaint Against USC, Pac-12, and the NCAA

On May 18, 2023, Region 31 of the National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) issued an unfair labor-practice complaint against USC, the PAC-12, and the NCAA for allegedly misclassifying college athletes as non-employees and suppressing their Section 7 rights under the National Labor Relations Act (“Act”). While significant, this development comes as no surprise:  As we … Continue Reading

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NLRB Announces Proposed Rule to Rescind 2020 Amendments to Representation Election Procedures

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Access Denied: Supreme Court Finds California Regulation Permitting Union Access to Employer Property Constitutes An Unconstitutional Taking

In a 6–3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held on June 23, 2021 that a California regulation granting labor organizers the “right to take access” to agricultural employers’ private property to solicit union support violated the Takings Clause of the U.S. Constitution. See Cedar Point Nursery et al. v. Hassid et al., USSC Case No. … Continue Reading

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