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Gregory J. Tarone

Gregory J. Tarone

  • Entertainment & Sports Law, Real Estate Law, Estate Planning...
  • Colorado, Massachusetts, New York
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More than 30 years of sports law background, having been a certified NCAA, NBA and NFL agent, and manager of a dozen LPGA golfers, and advised Olympic athletes, Mr. Tarone had been in the arena as a writer, a lecture and attendee at symposia on amateur and professional sports law as well. He represents student-athlete Noriana Radwan in Radwan v. UConn. et al., USDC D.Conn 3:16-cv-02091on Justia at or on

Mr. Tarone is a founding member of the Entertainment, Arts a& Sports Law Section of the Florida Bar, now a New York State Bar Association member Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section, he is in private practice in Newburgh, New York.

Practice Areas
  • Entertainment & Sports Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Business Law
  • Probate
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
U.S. Supreme Court
  • English: Spoken, Written
Georgetown University Law Center
J.D. (1977)
- present
Activities: Board of Editors, Law and Policy in Internatioal Business
Georgetown University
B.A. (1973) | English
Who's Who In America 1995, 49th Edition, Who's Who In American Law 1996-1997, 9th Edition, and Who's Who in the South and Southwest 1993-1994
Marquis Who's Who, a division of Reed Reference Publishing.
Professional Associations
New York State Bar Association
- Current
Activities: Member, Section on Entertainment, Arts & Sports
Articles & Publications
"Amateur Athletes and Eligibility
Case & Comment, Volume 93, Number 3 at 3
"Florida Athlete Agent Registration Law"
The Sports, Parks & Recreation Law Reporter, Volume 3, Number 3 at 47
"Advising the Amateur Athlete to Preserve Eligibility"
The Florida Bar Journal, Volume 62, Number 2 at 23
"Intermodal Tariffs: A Problem of Conflicting Jurisdictions"
Law and Policy in International Business, Volume 9, Number 2 at 613 (1977).
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National Assocaiton of Home Builders
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Legal Answers
3 Questions Answered

Q. Is there a law that governs college scholarship contract provisions regarding behavior or conduct outside of athletics?
A: Yes, and no, and to a certain extent it depends on the institution providing the scholarship and what the rule is. There is no specific "law" for it. That is, no state or federal statutes that apply. Scholarships are contracts governing the rights of the parties -- and that is where you begin to ascertain what regulatory bodies have authority over student-athlete conduct outside their athletic roles. Most student-athlete scholarships are provided by member institutions of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), so its By-Laws and rules will certainly apply, and so too will the specific institution's student-athlete handbook or other specific rules and regulations of that institution and it Athletic Department or team coach. NCAA compliance forms are available at and for Division 1 student-athletes their contract with the NCAA is its “Form 18-1a – the Student-Athlete Statement.” The student bodies of the respective NCAA institution, not the NCAA, reviews and sets standards for student-athletes' conduct, though, as provided in its student-athletic handbook or athletic department handbook, which may delegate authority to a team coach to make team rules. Those “team rules” must comply with all the internal institution rules and regulations as well as those of the NCAA and, as always, the country’s highest law -- the Constitution. Conduct, discipline, and team rules are all issues in a case of mine involving a female student-athlete using her middle finger in celebration as post-game field conduct that does not violate any specific "law," rule or regulation, but rather, was Constitutional and a women’s soccer team head coach arbitrarily and unilaterally determined what the standard was for “serious misconduct” at UConn so he could take away a player’s scholarship in the middle of the academic year. See Radwan v. UConn et al. at or
Q. Can a high school athlete hire an agent to represent them in choosing a college?
A: Yes, but then he or she loses all amateur eligibility to compete in NCAA and other organizations' athletics, but not necessarily the Olympics. An amateur athlete cannot have an agent. It is entirely legitimate to engage the services of a lawyer on a fee basis for legal advice and guidance, but not to negotiate for the athlete. Parents also should not negotiate for the athlete with anyone, particularly colleges. Never, ever, should an amateur accept any money, clothing, equipment or anything else of value from a company or from anyone while an amateur. Consult an attorney familiar with athletic regulatory jurisdictions and amateur athletic eligibility so loss of a college scholarship is not put at risk.
Q. Is a completely handwritten will that is witnessed and notarized without a lawyer, still a halographic will?
A: No, not because it is handwritten. That is style, not substantive. New York Estates, Powers and Trusts Law Sec. 3-2.1(b) addresses the informality of statutory execution, acknowledgement, attestation and notarization, which must be strictly fulfilled in their policy substance as recognized under New York law but not prohibiting handwriting instead of a typed document. What is called a "holographic" will is one that is handwritten and signed but does not meet all the attestation and verifying statutory requirements. It is usually done in haste or misunderstanding of the law. Handwriting the will does not make it automatically holographic and there is nothing prohibiting it. Not satisfying the pertinent jurisdiction's execution standards so the will can be submitted to probate makes it holographic if it is handwritten and signed but does not meet all the statutory requirements. Witnesses’ notarized attestation is very significant, but admissible without it in certain special circumstances -- e.g. military in war – when a handwritten and signed will is recognized. If the court can understand the will as handwritten and it otherwise satisfies EPTL 3-2.1(a) requirements, it should be admissible into probate in a New York Surrogate's Court.
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Gregory J. Tarone, Attorney & Counselor at Law
5020 Route 9W, Suite 104
Newburgh, NY 12550
Telephone: (845) 527-5424
Cell: (631) 276-1006
Fax: (845) 563-0461