Philip (Phil) McNicholas


E-mail: pgm@kesslercollins.comDirect Dial: 214.379.0790Direct Fax: 214.373.4714PDF


Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, J.D., cum laude (2011)University of Notre Dame, BBA in Finance and Mathematics (2006)

Phil is an attorney who focuses his practice on sports law and general business disputes. Although he currently concentrates on these areas of law, he gained significant experience on a wide variety of legal topics in the developmental stages of his career. He also possesses substantial knowledge of the sports industry from past work experience with the Orlando Magic and CSL International (now a subsidiary of Legends). He serves on the outreach committee for the Sports Lawyers Association and as Chair of the Dallas Bar Association’s Entertainment, Art and Sports Law section.


  • Texas Bar 2011
  • United States District Courts (Northern, Eastern, Western and Southern Districts of Texas)


Professional Affiliations

  • Echelon DFW member, St. Thomas Aquinas parishioner
  • State Bar of Texas:  Business Law, Entertainment and Sports Law, Labor and Employment Litigation
  • Dallas Bar Association: Past Chair, Entertainment Arts & Sports Law section; Business;  Litigation; Labor and Employment
  • American Bar Association
  • Sports Lawyers Association (SLA Outreach Committee Regional Captain - North Texas)
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers

Professional Recognition

State Bar of Texas, Best Series of Substantive Law Articles Award, "The NCAA, Northwestern University and the First Student-Athlete Union," Dallas Bar Association Headnotes (Sep 2014, Vol 39, No. 9)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Q&A on the Past, Present and Future of eSports” presented by the Dallas Bar Association’s Entertainment, Art & Sports Law Section (moderator)
  • “Panel Discussion on Legal Issues Faced by NFL-Related Entities” presented by the Dallas Bar Association’s Sports & Entertainment Law Section (moderator)
  • “The Law Behind the Star (focusing on the Dallas Cowboys’ new facility in Frisco, Texas)” presented by the Dallas Bar Association’s Sports & Entertainment Law Section (moderator)
  • Represented the prospective owner of a professional sports franchise in the purchase from its prior owner, negotiation of new lease terms for the municipally-owned stadium, and obtaining league approval for the transfer of ownership.
  • Represented the owner of a professional sports franchise in negotiating league bylaw violation penalties with the commissioner’s office.
  • Represented a shopping center owner in litigation against a former tenant; obtained a judgment after a bench trial for all damages claimed and rejecting the tenant’s breach of contract and fraud counterclaims in their entirety.
  • Represented a consulting company in federal court and obtained an early order of dismissal against a former client’s claim for contribution and reimbursement of allegedly fraudulent transfers.
  • Represented a financial services company in a FINRA arbitration proceeding against a former employee who failed to repay obligations under a promissory note; obtained a final award for the full amount claimed.