Eugene Egdorf

Senior Counsel

Eugene "Gene" R. Egdorf represents Shrader & Associates, L.L.P. clients in commercial and complex litigation matters as well as sports-related head injuries. Gene has worked on cases including matters involving antitrust, patent infringement, oil and gas, fraud, employment, securtities, deceptive trade practices and breach of contract and products liability. He is well known for spearheading such high profile cases such as the now-famous Toyota "sudden acceleration” litigation and GM’s recalls for faulty ignition switches.

Gene was the primary handling attorney in the matter of RTI v. Becton Dickinson, which was ultimately settled for $100 million. He was also the handling attorney and one of the trial attorneys in the matter of Lopez v. Caterpillar which resulted in a $56.3 million products liability verdict. Gene has been responsible for dozens of matters resulting in substantial verdicts or settlements.

Gene has become the utmost “go to” attorney in America for sports law and is a frequent media guest and commentator on legal issues in sports. He served as an expert source for a major news network regarding the Bowl Championship Series and has served as a panelist at the Fordham Sports Law Symposium.

Gene navigated the waters to bring about the high profile EA Sports settlement, in 2013, which for the first time provided monetary compensation to college athletes. Under his leadership, thousands of current and former NCAA student-athletes received a landmark settlement of $40 million, with video game giant EA Sports and the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC), over the unauthorized use of their names and likenesses.

Further, Gene recently acted as lead counsel in a high-profile case representing the family of Rice University student athlete Dale R. Lloyd II in a wrongful death lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The settlement resulted in the NCAA recommending, for the first time, that all collegiate student athletes be tested for the sickle cell trait. Since testing began, no Division I athletes have died from SCT complications. Gene also successfully represented former Houston Texans punter Brett Hartman in connection with a career-ending leg injury resulting from the turf system at Reliant Stadium.

Gene also serves as Vice President and General Counsel for ETL Associates, Inc., one of the nation's most respected corporations devoted solely to the representation and management of professional athletes. This organization was selected to partner with The Maxwell Football Club (MFC) in its quest to secure new corporate sponsorships, aligned with the MFC's signature honors, the Maxwell Award (college player of the year), the Bednarik Award (college defensive player of the year) and the Bert Bell Award (NFL player of the year).

Gene attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned his undergraduate degree with honors in 1988. He earned his law degree the University of Texas School of Law, where he graduated with honors in 1991.

In addition Gene is a certified contract advisor with the NFL Players Association as well as for the Canadian Football League.

Gene resides in Houston with his wife and son.

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