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Joseph M. Hanna

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Goldberg Segalla LLP
665 Main St
Buffalo, NY 14203-1425
(716) 566-5400
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Joseph Hanna is a commercial litigator and legal adviser who is nationally recognized for his work in media and entertainment law and for being a leading voice for diversity in the legal and business communities. Joe is Chair of Goldberg Segalla’s Sports and Entertainment Practice Group and its Retail and Hospitality Practice Group, editor of the Sports and Entertainment Law Insider blog, and Chair of the firm’s Diversity Task Force. He is the founder and President of Bunkers in Baghdad, a nonprofit that collects and sends golf equipment to U.S. soldiers and veterans worldwide to aid in recreation and rehabilitation from injuries.

In 2015, Joe was the youngest ever to be named Lawyer of the Year in the Bar Association of Erie County’s nearly 130-year history, and multiple times he has been voted one of the top 10 attorneys in Western New York in Business First’s annual Legal Elite.

Joe dedicates his practice to serving the sports and entertainment, retail, hospitality, and commercial development industries. He represents national-league sports franchises, professional athletes, movie studios, and others in the sports and entertainment world on a wide range of high-value matters involving licensing, contracts, and day-to-day business management. Major retail and restaurant chains, global hotel and hospitality enterprises, shopping centers, property owners, and developers rely on Joe to find creative and cost-efficient resolutions to disputes with other parties, to represent them in commercial litigation, and to handle a broad array of legal and business challenges.

His media and entertainment work and his authorship of leading articles on high-profile issues in these areas — including the first truly comprehensive examination of the legal issues in the National Football League concussion litigation controversy — led the national Law360 to invite Joe onto its Sports Editorial Advisory Board and to name him a Rising Star in 2014. He was one of just over 160 lawyers under 40 in the entire country to receive the Rising Star honor, and one of only five in the Media and Entertainment category, that year.

Joe is widely recognized for his extensive work as an innovator, mentor, author, editor, and speaker on diversity and inclusion in the legal world. He has held diversity-related leadership positions in at national organizations like DRI as well as the American Bar Association, where he served for several years as Chair of the ABA Minority Trial Lawyer Committee and Editor-in-Chief of Minority Trial Lawyer. He has received accolades that include the Minority Corporate Counsel Association George B. Vashon Innovator Award and the New York State Bar Association Diversity Trailblazer Award. Joe was selected for the 2014 Fellows program by the national Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, where he now co-chairs the New York chapter for the LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program.

Bunkers in Baghdad, which Joe founded in 2008 and still runs as its President, has sent 7.8 million golf balls, 600,000 clubs, and messages of thanks from “Bunkers Buddies” students in 450 schools to U.S. soldiers, veterans, and wounded warriors in 60 countries.

In 2016, Joe participated in Harvard Law School's Executive Education Program, an intensive accelerated program designed to enhance leadership development in law firm partners. He graduated summa cum laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo and cum laude from its law school. He received his Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration on Public and Nonprofit Management from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in 2014. Joe graduated in the top 5 percent of his class at Syracuse.
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Goldberg Segalla is one of the largest and fastest-growing law firms headquartered in the United States. With offices covering the eastern seaboard and stretching into the Midwest, along with an office in London, the firm advises and defends regional, national, and international clients from a wide range of industries in matters across the country and around the globe. Goldberg Segalla handles all forms of dispute resolution and provides proactive legal and regulatory counsel to help clients minimize and manage risk in a broad array of areas.

The firm’s collaborative culture and team-first philosophy have earned it respect and admiration from peers and clients, a spot on the national Fortune 100 Best Medium Workplaces list, and continual placement in statewide and regional rankings of the best places to work. Its client-driven, natural growth earned national recognition in the Law360 400 ranking of the largest U.S. law firms, which showed Goldberg Segalla to be the firm growing the fastest without taking part in a merger. The firm is proud to have received numerous recognitions for its commitment to diversity, thought leadership, and prominence in key practices and industries that place it alongside or above long-established firms many times its size.

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