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Alfonso Cornish

Ph.D. Student in Sport Management 



Office: SOM 011


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J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School, 2009

M.B.A., Florida A&M University, 2001,

cum laude

B.A., Business Administration, Florida A&M University,

2001, cum laude

Research/Teaching Interests:

Organizational Leadership

Empowerment & Shared Leadership

Organizational Behavior

Organizational Virtuousness & Performance

Corporate Ethics

Legal Issues in Business Organizations



"O'Bannon v. NCAA: Current Status of the Case and the Future of Likeness Litigation," ProSquared Athletes Development Institute, Madison, Wisconsin, June 2013.

"Strategic Partnerships: The Value of Athletes as Brands," Co-panelist with Brandon Williams, former University of Wisconsin-Madison athlete and former NFL player, Angel Venture Forum Athlete Training Day, Washington, D.C., July 2012.

"Branding: It's a Brand New Game - Unlocking the Key to Your Hidden Assets!," Co-panelist with Spencer Tillman, former University of Oklahoma athlete and  former NFL player and Superbowl XXIV Champion, ProSquared Athletes Development Institute™, Madison, Wisconsin, June 2012.

"Navigating the Rose Gardens and Rough Waters of Social Media," ProSquared Athlete's Development Institute™, Madison, Wisconsin, June 2011.

Honors and Awards:

University of Massachusetts-Amherst - Graduate Fellowship (2013-2014)
Florida A&M University - Top 125 Outstanding Alumni in the 125 Years of the University (2012)
Godfrey & Kahn S.C. Fellowship Recipient (2006-2009)
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. - Outstanding Community Service Award (2006)

Professional and Academic Memberships:

Member, Academy of Management (2013-Present)

Member, North American Society of Sports Management (2013-Present)

Member, Sports Lawyer Association (2012-Present)

Member, Maryland State Bar Association (2009-Present)

Member, State Bar of Wisconsin (2009-Present)


Previous Employment:

Medtronic Inc. - Sr. Financial Analyst, Cardiac Rhythm Management (2001-2006)

Perkins Coie LLP - Litigation Associate (2009-2012)

Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP - Litigation Associate (2012-2013)


Previous Employment Continued (Sample Business Law Cases):

Served as counsel for a multinational software corporation in patent litigation related to mobile mapping functionality

Represented a former professional athlete in drafting and negotiating a multi-year licensing contract related to a nationally televised sports awards program

Assisted in representing an interscholastic Athletic Association in a copyright and First Amendment case related to Internet streaming rights of high school athletic events

Assisted in obtaining a favorable verdict for a sporting goods manufacturer in a patent infringement case related to concussion reduction technology in football helmets