A former Division I student-athlete, Mit Winter has spent the past 13 years as an attorney representing clients in the college sports industry. He brings a unique skill set and level of experience to Snodgrass Partners.
Mit has worked on a wide variety of legal matters for college sports clients, ranging from litigating high profile challenges to NCAA bylaws to analyzing realignment and Title IX issues for collegiate conferences. Early on in his legal career, Mit represented the NCAA in In re NCAA I-A Walk-on Football Players Litigation (“In re Walk-ons”) and White v. NCAA while working for the national law firm Bingham McCutchen.
In re Walk-ons was a challenge to the NCAA’s rule limiting FBS football programs to awarding a maximum of 85 football scholarships per year. The case was ultimately dismissed after the NCAA defeated class certification. White v. NCAA was a challenge to the NCAA’s rule which limited the value of an athletic scholarship to tuition and fees, room and board, and books. It settled after years of litigation without any change to the NCAA’s limit on the value of an athletic scholarship. While at Bingham, Mit also represented Stanford University in a number of trademark matters relating to its sports programs.
More recently, Mit worked at the Polsinelli law firm from 2011 until January 2019 representing the Big 12 and Conference USA in a wide range of matters. Those matters have included, among others, further challenges to the NCAA’s limit on the value of an athletic scholarship (O’Bannon v. NCAA, Alston v. NCAA, and Jenkins v. NCAA), conference realignment matters, matters relating to conference broadcast agreements, assisting with objections to open records requests, Title IX issues, and concussion matters. As a result of this experience, Mit has dealt with many of the legal challenges that conferences and their member schools are faced with in administering and sponsoring high profile collegiate sports programs. Mit is currently an attorney with the Kansas City law firm Kennyhertz Perry, LLC, where he focuses on collegiate sports and business litigation matters.
Mit graduated from William & Mary in 2001, where he was a four-year basketball letter winner, a Colonial Athletic Association Scholar Athlete, and a recipient of William & Mary President’s Award for Leadership, Sportsmanship, and Citizenship his senior year. In 2005, he graduated from the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he was a member of the USF Law Review. Mit resides in the Kansas City area with his three children who keep him busy with a myriad of activities including coaching their various youth sports teams.