Adam Bakow ’13

I thought I wanted to become a sports agent. My Northeastern co-ops reinforced that.

Adam Bakow ’13

A former high school football player sidelined by injury, Adam Bakow decided to pursue a career on the business side of sport instead. He worked in marketing for the New England Patriots and in sports information at Eckerd College. Looking up the career ladder, however, he saw limited opportunities without an advanced degree. Adam decided earning a JD would give him the most options.

At Northeastern, he lined up a co-op at All Pro Sports Entertainment, a Denver-based agency representing 30 NFL and NBA players. “I loved the variety,” he explains. “You do every kind of legal work imaginable: corporate work, tax law, trademark, labor and employment, as well as criminal work. Sports agency combines all of my business interests — legal, marketing and public relations — into one package.”

You can even segue into a new field: Today, Adam is positively impacting people’s lives at SharkNinja by boosting their cleaning routines or helping them become culinary masters.

LSSC Social Justice Project

Adam’s team of first-year students conducted a survey of seven states and federal law on the educational standard of college and career readiness for public schools, for the Public Education Network.

Co-op

Boston Public Schools Office of Labor Relations, Boston, Massachusetts

Adam participated in factual investigations of labor grievances, including interviewing witnesses, preparing testimony and reviewing documents.

Activities
  • Student Ambassador
  • ABA Labor Law Trial Advocacy Competition
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Society
  • Entertainment and Sports Law Society
  • Northeastern Employment and Labor Law Association
Co-op

All Pro Sports and Entertainment, Inc., Denver, Colorado

Adam researched various contract and labor law issues and drafted motions on a variety of civil legal issues for athletes.

Electives
  • Advanced Legal Writing
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Environmental Justice and Human Rights Law
  • Evidence
  • Labor Law I
  • Labor Law II
  • Sports Law
  • Trusts and Estates
Co-op

All Pro Sports and Entertainment, Inc., Denver, Colorado

Adam filed grievances with the National Football League Players Association, appealing fines levied by the NFL against players.

Volunteer

Making Diabetes Ghost Foundation, Newport News, Virginia

Adam worked with staff and outside counsel to establish a charitable foundation for a multiplatinum recording artist.

Co-op

All Pro Sports and Entertainment, Inc., Denver, Colorado

Adam worked to establish several 501(c)3 foundations for clients and also worked on judgment collection issues.

After Graduation

Sports Agent, All Pro Sports and Entertainment, Denver, Colorado

Next

General Counsel, Glory Sports International, Los Angeles, California

Now

Senior Counsel, Commercial and Marketing, SharkNinja, Boston, Massachusetts

Result

A lawyer who knows how to play ball.