HRRV’S Carla Varriale Joins National Team in Mock Trial at 2015 National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security Conference

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Noted sports law attorney Carla Varriale will share her legal expertise with hundreds of attendees at a conference addressing spectator sports safety and security.

The conference attendees will get important lessons in risk assessment, employee screening, brand protection and practical information.

Attorney Carla Varriale, a partner at Havkins, Rosenfeld, Ritzert & Varriale, LLP (HRRV) who has represented teams, leagues and players as part of her sports, recreation and entertainment practice, will be a featured participant in a mock trial sponsored by at the 2015 National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security Conference (NCS4) at its 2015 conference at Walt Disney World.

Varriale, Chad Kasdin, Esq, of Hinshaw and Culbertson, LLP and Dana Alden Fox, Esq. of Lewis Brisbois bring their unique experience with spectator injury cases to life in the mock trial of the fictional Robinson v. Collegiate Stadium case. The setting of the Robinson case is a record attendance Opening Day game and the assault of a spectator as he was leaving the venue. The fictional case will involve a variety of liability issues common to sports, recreation and entertainment venues including alcohol management, lighting, crowd control and security issues and best practices. As part of the mock trial, fact and expert witnesses (culled nationwide from spectator injury cases) will testify and be cross-examined by the attorneys before a judge, while a fictional stadium will be used for illustrative purposes. The scenarios discussed are applicable to professional, collegiate, high school or endurance events.

The trial, which will be set in a realistic courtroom, begins at 1:30 p.m. on July 7, the first day of the NCS4 conference. At strategic points, the trial will be paused so that the attorneys an expert witnesses can present important lessons for attendees.

Varriale noted NCS4’s approach was creative and that the mock trial was the first of its kind. “The conference attendees will get important lessons in risk assessment, employee screening, brand protection and practical information,” she said. “The objective is that they will walk away, not only with a better understanding of how litigation and trials work, but also with tools that will keep them out of the courtroom in the first place.”

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About NCS4
The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4), at the University of Southern Mississippi, supports the advancement of sport safety and security through training, professional development, academic programs and research. NCS4 collaborates with professional leagues, open access events, intercollegiate and interscholastic athletics, along with professional associations, private sector firms, and government agencies. It is a critical resource for sport venue managers, event managers, first responders, and other key stakeholders.

In order to meet current and future needs and to advance the industry, NCS4 has Advisory Boards, committees and subject matter experts that provide strategic guidance, assistance, and advice on critical issues and trends. These individuals are recognized and respected experts from the world of sport safety and security.

To become the world’s leading academic research institution in addressing sport safety and security risks and threats.
To conduct innovative research, provide training, enhance professional development and assess security solutions.
NCS4 operates under the auspices of the Vice President-Research at The University of Southern Mississippi.

About Havkins Rosenfeld Ritzert & Varriale, LLP
Havkins Rosenfeld Ritzert & Varriale, LLP is a law firm that makes a difference. From the beginning, HRRV vigorously works with its clients to develop innovative and effective strategies to achieve the client’s objectives. The firm’s practice includes sports, recreation and entertainment counseling and litigation. HRRV has offices in New York City, Mineola and White Plains, New York. For more information, contact the firm at (212) 488-1598 (New York City), (516) 471-1900 (Mineola) or (914) 682-2636 (White Plains) or send an e-mail to info(at)hrrvlaw(dot)com.

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