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Pro golfer's lawyer promotes new initiative

Michael W. Hoskins
January 1, 2008
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You don't have to be a golf fan to have an interest in the recent PGA tournament at Pebble Beach Golf Course in California.

Indianapolis lawyer Joseph Champion at law firm Bingham McHale has a key connection to that tournament and the winning golf pro, Steve Lowry, who walked away with a $1.08 million prize Sunday.

The Hoosier attorney has represented Lowry in legal issues such as sponsorships and wealth management, and Champion looks forward to his client's recent tournament victory as a way to promote the law firm's new initiative.

Champion has been representing Lowry for about two years, after being referred by the golfer's brother-in-law who lives in the Indianapolis area. Now, Lowry's world-wide ranking goes from 305 to 116, and this means he'll automatically qualify for the PGA Tour for the next two years and also qualifies for the Master's Tournament, Champion said. In the history of golf, Lowry's now the 46th all-time money winner, Champion said.

An Indiana lawyer for more than a decade and with the Indianapolis firm since 2005, Champion said he's previously represented pro basketball and football players before focusing more on golfers for legal counseling about wealth management, contracts, and sponsorships.

The firm's new initiative, which will be called the Bingham Entertainment Sports Talent group, will involve eight to 10 people to focus on sports clients. Champion said he hopes to focus mostly on golf, as well as some Olympic sports, coaches, and singers on the entertainment side.

"Hopefully, we'll generate some interest through the business community who want to be involved in sponsoring a pro golfer," Champion said.
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