Expert Witness

Serving as an expert witness in cases involving high school, collegiate, and professional football players for both plaintiff and defendant.

Providing detailed testimony as to the athletes skill , potential earnings, and value.  Retained in such notable cases as OJ McDuffie, Korey Stringer, and the David Griggs death case.

 

 “Ralph’s knowledge of professional football and the NFL’s draft selection process was critical to my understanding of what is necessary for someone to play at the professional level and to be a draft selection.  Without the information Ralph provided, I would not have been able to effectively cross-examine opposing witnesses.  Not only is Ralph an expert in his field, it was a pleasure to work with him and his staff.  I would not hesitate to use his services again.”  John G. Smith, Esq.  Balch & Bingham, LLP

Ralph Cindrich

 

552 Washington Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA  15106

Telephone: (412) 429-1250

 E-Mail: ralph@cindrich.com
Web Site: www.cindrich.com

Facsimile: (412) 429-1260

Education

 

South Texas College of Law
Juris Doctorate, 1978

University of Pittsburgh
Bachelor of Arts, 1972
Omicron Delta Kappa Honorary Fraternity
University of Pittsburgh Walk of Fame (1972)

Professional Experience

 

1978 – Present
Cindrich & Associates Law Firm, Owner and Manager

Attorney: A general practice law firm located in Pittsburgh, PA. Cases during the period to 1985 include murder cases, one of which was a capital murder, and a tax court trial and appeal to United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit. Additional matters included corporations, business agreements, real estate closings, wills, divorces, marital property agreements, DUIs, and civil litigation.

Expert Witness: Serving as an expert witness in cases involving high school, collegiate and professional athletes for both plaintiff and defendant. Providing detailed testimony as to the athlete’s skill, potential earnings, and value.

2012 – Present
Cindrich & Company, Owner and Manager

  • A sports representation and management firm that represents NFL athletes. Past and present client include James Farrior, Jeff Saturday, Brian Griese, Jeff Blake, Tarik Glenn, Tim Ruddy, Mark Stepnoski, Dermontti Dawson, and broadcasters Trev Alberts and Mark May.

2009 – 2011
Debartolo Sports & Entertainment (DSE), Consultant

  • Exclusive advisor to DSE on all football related matters including contract negotiation, athlete placement, marketing and endorsements.

2006 – 2008
Debartolo Sports & Entertainment, Chief Operating Officer

  • Executive Officer of comprehensive full-service sports and entertainment agency representing athletes, broadcasters and celebrity talent.

1977 – 2006
Cindrich & Company, Owner and Manager

  • A sports representation and management firm that represented hundreds of NFL athletes. Notable clients included James Farrior, Jeff Saturday, Brian Griese, Jeff Blake, Tarik Glenn, Tim Ruddy, Mark Stepnoski, Dermontti Dawson, and broadcasters Trev Alberts and Mark May.

1988 – 1990
International Management Group (“IMG”), Football Division, President

  • A worldwide corporation in a joint venture with Cindrich & Company. Notable players represented and advised during this period include John Offerdahl, Herschel Walker, and Gary Anderson.

Sports Law Faculty/ Lecturer

 
  • South Texas College of Law Study Abroad Program, Florence, Italy
  • Stetson University College of Law Study Abroad Program, Netherlands & Switzerland
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute – CLE @ PNC Park Sports Law Series
  • Allegheny County Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Allegheny County Bar Association Labor Law Section
  • Sports Lawyers Association
  • Business of Sports Conference
  • Sports Business Journal
  • Practicing Law Institute
  • American Arbitration Association
  • The Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Allegheny County and Washington County Bar Associations
 

Professional Memberships (Current and Past)

 
  • NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor
  • NFLPA Advisory Committee
  • NFL Alumni
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Association
  • Founding Chairperson, Pennsylvania Bar Association Sports, Entertainment, and Art Law Committee
  • Allegheny County Bar Association – Sports Law Committee
  • American Bar Association Sports Law Committee
  • United States District Court for Western District of Pennsylvania
  • American Bar Association
  • United States District Court for Southern District of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • United States Tax Court
 

Honors, Awards, and Affiliations

 
  • Selected twice by Sporting News as one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Sports
  • AV rated Martindale Hubbell attorney
  • Legal Intelligencer Lifetime Achievement Award, 2014
  • WPIAL Sports Hall of Fame, 2014
  • Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, 2013
  • Bob Prince Memorial Award, 2007
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2005, 2006
  • Endowed the Zia Rosa Scholarship at Italian American Sports Hall of Fame
  • Endowed the Tim Hall Scholarship at Robert Morris University
  • Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame
  • Washington County Distinguished Citizen Award in Football
  • University of Pittsburgh All-Time Football Team
  • Avella High School Hall of Fame
  • University of Pittsburgh Distinguished Alumni Award, 1997
  • Fifth Round Draft Choice NFL Draft, 1972
  • New England Patriots, 1972
  • Houston Oilers, 1973, 1974, and 1975
  • Associated Press Player of the Week, 1972 vs. Champion Miami Dolphins
  • Dapper Dan Outstanding Player Award, 1972
  • University of Pittsburgh, Football MVP, 1971
  • All-East 1969 and 1971, Football
  • All-American Teams, 1969 and 1971, Football
  • All-Conference, 1969 and 1971, Football
  • North South All-Star Game, Captain, 1971
  • Eastern Heavyweight Wrestling Champion, 1969
  • Fourth Place Finish, NCAA Wrestling Tournament, 1969
  • All-American in Wrestling, 1969
  • University of Pittsburgh Wrestling MVP, 1969
  • Undefeated in dual meets in wrestling, 1968 and 1969
  • All Western Pennsylvania High School Football, 1966 and 1967
  • Pennsylvania All State 1967 (football)
  • Most Valuable Player, Western Pennsylvania Class B Football, 1967
  • Dapper Dan Award, Outstanding High School Football Player, 1967
  • Tom McAnn Award, 1967 (football)
  • Observer-Reporter County Award, 1967 (football)
  • Pennsylvania Big 33, Captain, 1967
  • Undefeated/untied in dual meets in wrestling 1966 and 1967
  • Not scored upon in dual meets in wrestling, 1966
  • Pennsylvania State Wrestling Championships, runner-up, All Divisions, 1966 and 1967
  • Western Pennsylvania Regional Wrestling Champion, All Divisions, 1966 and 1967
  • Western Pennsylvania Section Wrestling Champion, All Divisions, 1966 and 1967

Acknowledgements

 

Listed among the top NFL agents:

  • Pro Football Weekly
  • USA Today
  • Denver Post
  • Chicago Sun Times
  • Dallas Morning News and others.

USA Today “Undisputed Free Agent Champ” and “King of Free Agency.”

Family

 

Married to college sweetheart, Mary Rose ; two children, Michael, a licensed  attorney practicing in California, and Christine, Emmy Winning Television Host and Producer for Wealth TV.

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