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Eugene Egdorf

Senior Counsel

Eugene “Gene” R. Egdorf is a respected plaintiff’s attorney handling complex commercial litigation and sports-related head injury cases at Shrader & Associates, L.L.P. To date, he has worked on some of the most high-profile cases in the country, including the notorious Toyota “sudden acceleration” lawsuit, as well as the GM recall for faulty ignition switches. From patent infringement cases to matters involving antitrust claims, Gene is not afraid to tackle a tough case. In fact, he welcomes it. Other cases he handles include matters concerning deceptive trade practices, oil and gas, employment security, products liability, and fraud.

Gene earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin. After completing his undergraduate studies with honors, he went on to obtain his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1991, where he also graduated with honors. Gene is now a certified contract advisor for both the NFL Players Association as well as the Canadian Football League.

Known as one of the most well-respected sports law attorneys in America, Gene is frequently featured as a media guest and commentator on legal sports issues. He has even been called upon to provide expert testimony in cases as monumental as the Bowl Championship Series and the Fordham Sports Law Symposium, where he served as a panelist. Gene was also instrumental in the high-profile 2013 EA sports settlement, which provided financial compensation to college athletes whose names and physical features were used without authorization. With Gene’s help, for the first time in history current and former NCAA student-athletes collectively received a $40 million settlement from the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC) and EA Sports.

Gene also represented the family of deceased student athlete Dale R. Lloyd, serving as lead counsel in the infamous case against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The landmark case resulted in an NCAA recommendation that all college athletes be tested for the sickle cell trait. The first of its kind, the recommendation has since helped protect Division I athletes from SCT complications ending in death. Also included on Gene’s resume is the representation of former Houston Texans punter, Brett Hartman, whose career was ended after a serious leg injury caused by the unsafe turf system at Reliant Stadium.

Another of Gene’s notable accomplishments is his work as the primary handling attorney in RTI v. Becton Dickinson, which settled for no less than $100 million. Gene played a similar role in Lopez v. Caterpillar, a products liability case that resulted in a $56.3 million settlement.

Backed by a rich history of success, Gene is inarguably a force to be reckoned with. He currently serves as acting Vice President and General Counsel for ETL Associates, Inc. Recognized as one of the most respected corporations in the nation, ETL Associates, Inc. is solely devoted to the representation and management of professional athletes, a cause greatly contributed to by Gene himself. Together, members of the organization are working to secure new corporate sponsorships. ETL Associates, Inc. has partnered with The Maxwell Football Club (MFC) to accomplish this mission.

Gene currently resides in Houston with his wife and son.

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