Carla Varriale-Barker is an accomplished litigator who is at home in a courtroom, board room or classroom. She represents a portfolio of clients in the sports, recreation, amusement and hospitality industries with a client-centered practice focusing on tort, discrimination, contract, insurance and premises liability matters, including the defense of claims arising from alcohol service, security lapses, discrimination in places of public accommodation, sexual abuse and molestation.
She is chair of the firm’s Sports, Recreation & Entertainment practice group.
Carla counsels clients involved with the U.S. Center for SafeSport, an organization established by Congress to address sexual abuse, bullying and other misconduct, and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements. She is an adjunct instructor at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies where she has taught in the Sports Management Program since 2008.
Prior to joining Segal McCambridge, Carla was a founding partner of a women-owned law firm. She has also written for the American Bar Association about diversity and inclusion and the importance of mentorship and sponsorship.
Carla earned her J.D. from New York Law School where she was part of the Order of the Barristers and the Moot Court Executive Board. She holds a B.A. from Boston University.
In this program, we will explore the different roles lawyers play in the live entertainment industry. We will discuss a lawyer’s ethical obligations to putative clients (and consider the definition of who constitutes a “client,” the...