Paul Horvath Sports Lawyer

Paul Horvath


Paul Horvath and his handpicked team are client focused and solution focused. While the law can be full of jargon, Paul is known for simplifying difficult concepts into easy to understand language. This goes a long way in his clients being able to fully understand their options to make informed choices.

Paul Horvath completed his Master of Laws at the University of Melbourne with an emphasis on sports law. He has also served on the board of Harness Racing Victoria and as the Chair of the Law Institute of Victoria’s Sports Law Group. Before opening his own legal practice, Paul worked primarily in the field of litigation. 

In 2004, Paul opened his legal practice in Melbourne, Australia with an emphasis on sports, commercial and employment law. 

In 2008, having gained extensive experience in panel and tribunal work, document and policy drafting, Paul launched SportsLawyer as a specialist sports law practice.

Your case is important to us. See what some of our clients had to say in a recent survey conducted when our firm was being awarded the 2022 Client Choice Awards for Sports Law, Australia.


“Paul Horvath went above and beyond to be available for us when the time was pressing and his representation of us as his clients was to the highest standard.”

– Client surveyed for 2022 Client Choice Awards for Sports Law, Australia


Awards and Accomplishments
  • Recipient of the Lexology Client Choice Award (2022)
  • Who’s Who Legal Australia – Sports & Entertainment Law (2019-2022) 
  • NAB Professional Services Awards Finalist – PH Solicitor (2018)
  • ANZSLA Paul Trisley Award (2007)


  • Sports Tribunals: AFL, Australian rules football, soccer
  • Doping Cases: AFL (Essendon Supplements Program Investigation – Mark Thompson)
  • Governance: AFL Coaches Association, Richmond Football Club, Commonwealth Games Australia
  • Investigations: Bullying, Code of Conduct Breaches, Discrimination, Director breaches of duty
  • Sports Disputes and Litigation: Contract, Defamation, Discrimination (Elisha Buckley), Selection disputes
  • Criminal Law Cases: various AFL players & elite athletes over the past 20 years, mainly during their athletic careers.


“I cannot name another lawyer in Australia who I would trust with a sports related issue, I think Mr. Horvath’s passion, professionalism and care for his clients are his best qualities.”

– Client surveyed for 2022 Client Choice Awards for Sports Law, Australia




Paul knows that it is important to work with both organisations and individuals as it provides a depth of understanding of both sides of any sports law issues. Below is only a sample of the types of matters Paul has been involved with.


Representing Organisations


“Paul has great commercial awareness and is able to communicate effectively and transparently.”

– Client surveyed for 2022 Client Choice Awards for Sports Law, Australia



“We would not hesitate in recommending Paul to any other organisation seeking an outstanding lawyer.”

– Client survey for 2022 Client Choice Awards for Sports Law, Australia


Representing Individuals

  • Represented a World Champion sportsperson in relation to an alleged breach of anti-doping rules (under WADA Code) and succeeded in having all charges dismissed.
  • Australian Karting Appeals Court: Scott McLaughlin (2006)
  • CAMS Appeal Tribunal: Acted for a Porsche race driver in having all rule breaches dismissed at a hearing (2014)
  • Representing Mark “Bomber” Thompson in the Essendon Supplements Program Investigation and AFL Commission Hearing
  • Acting on behalf of triathlete Emma Snowsill in an Olympic selection appeal.
  • Represented an eight time national go-kart champion in the Australian Motor Sport Appeal Court (2008) and succeeded in having a race penalty overturned at the national championships, resulting in the driver successfully receiving his next National Championship Trophy (David Sera).
  • Represented an international level athlete in an investigation conducted by ASADA (now SIA) relating to an alleged doping offence, part of a broader investigation. After making comprehensive submissions to ASADA and providing supporting documentation in response to proposed assertions by ASADA of alleged anti-doping violations, and in support of the athlete’s position, the charges were not proceeded with, and the athlete received no penalty.


“Paul was calm, reassuring and precise when talking with me and he would continue to keep me up to date by taking me through step by step with how things were progressing.”

– Client survey for 2022 Client Choice Awards for Sports Law, Australia


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