The Sporting Life

For Frank Excel Marley III, a day of prize fights, celebs, and tough contract negotiations is par for the course

I am the managing partner for the Marley Firm, P.A., a corporate and sports and entertainment law firm based in Miami. I am responsible for managing and developing client relationships that include large companies, the Seminole Tribe of Florida, and current and former professional athletes, as well as major recording artists.

The firm has offices in California and Texas. We assist our corporate clients with mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, secured transactions, and other contractual matters. We help our athlete and entertainer clients with all of the business activities that accompany celebrity: publicity in radio, film, and other media as well as assessment of franchises and other private investments and the creation of charitable foundations.

Even at the partner level, I work long hours. An MBA isn't necessary to be a lawyer, but I think that it is absolutely critical to becoming a successful managing partner in a firm of diverse practices and clientele. A managing partner must understand all his or her firm's areas of practice, have a strong understanding of human resources, operations, accounting, marketing and sales, finance, and risk management.

Law is most certainly a business, and if you forget that, then you will not have any good clients.

Here is a snapshot of what a typical day is like in my hectic life:

6:00 a.m. -- Up with my daughter to spend a few precious moments with her. I feed her and the dog and enjoy my first cup of coffee before getting dressed.

7:15 a.m. -- Out the door, listening to sports and business radio to keep tabs on my corporate and athletics clients.

7:45 a.m. -- I'm in the office and checking e-mail. My two major practice areas -- corporate securities and sports, media, and entertainment (SME) -- are almost completely unrelated. It's important for me to set the day's separate agendas and strategize how to attack each, allocating my staff appropriately.

8:45 a.m. -- SME meeting to assign work for the day and make sure Michael Irvin, the ex-Dallas Cowboys wide receiver, who comes in at noon, has a limo and a party to greet him at the resort.

10:30 a.m. -- Put the finishing touches on a presentation for Michael Irvin and his adviser.

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