IALDA Member: Carla Varriale-Barker

Carla Varriale-Barker

Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney

850 Third Avenue
Suite 1100
New York, New York 10022
United States

Tel: (212) 651-7437



Carla Varriale is a litigator who has represented Major League Baseball teams and players, minor league teams and clients in the recreation and sports industries. Carla writes and lectures on various issues of interest to sports, recreation and entertainment venues, including water parks and amusement parks. She has appeared as a legal commentator on Court TV Radio and FoxNews’ Cases and Cops. Carla counsels entities with self-insured retentions regarding methods to minimize exposure and to develop successful risk management and litigation strategies, particularly those related to promotional activities and security issues. She received her undergraduate degree from Boston University in 1988 and her Juris Doctor from New York Law School in 1992. At New York Law School, Carla was a member of the Moot Court Executive Board and the Order of the Barristers. She has been named to the Advisory Board for the University of New Haven’s Green Sports Facility Society. Carla is a member of the faculty at Columbia University’s School of Continuing Education, Sports Management Program, where she teaches a “Sports Law and Ethics” class. Carla, who is a member of the Sports Lawyers Association and the International Amusement & Leisure Defense Association, is admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut, and before United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits.


  • MMA Gets Off the Mat as New York State Senate Approves Bill Allowing Contests Sports Litigation Alert (2013)
  • Court Dismisses Spectator’s Lawsuit Regarding the Supposed Enhanced Dangers Presented by Maple Bats Sports Litigation Alert (2011)
  • New York: A Second Look at MMA? Promoters and Fans Hope So Sports Litigation Alert (2011)
  • Can Patrons Be Forced to Stand for “God Bless America?”  Facility Manager (2010)
  • Settlement in “Enforced Patriotism” Case Commenced by New Jersey Teens Against The Newark Bears Sports Litigation Alert (2009)
  • Court Holds That High School Cheerleading Is A Contact Sport — Providing Immunity For Teammate And School District Sports Litigation Alert (2009)
  • A Match Made in Court Billboard (February, 2009)
  • Author,  Introduction to Chapter 12, Legal/Risk Management, Sport Facility Management (Second Edition, Gil Fried, Esq., 2009)
  • Professional Baseball Team Snags Victory in Personal Injury Action Sports Litigation Alert (2008)
  • New Jersey’s Highest Court Applies Limited Duty of Care in Hockey Spectator Injury Case Sports Litigation Alert (2008)
  • That’s the Ticket . . . What’s Next for the Ticketing Industry After Ticketmaster v. RMG Techs., Inc. ABA Entertainment and Sports Lawyer (2008)
  • The Covenant of Security: Don’t ‘Pass the Ball’, It’s an Opportunity for Owners and Operators of Sports Arenas Sports Litigation Alert (2006)
  • New Jersey Supreme Court Crafts Hybrid Rule for Injured Patrons at Baseball Stadiums Sports Litigation Alert (2006)
  • Don’t “Assume” Anything: Avoiding and Defending Negligence Actions When Spectators Harm Spectators Stadium Manager (2006)
  • Liability In Spectator Injury Cases: The Risk Has Changed, Will The Law Amusement Business (2006)

Presentations and Media Appearances

  • Blood, Sweat and … Broken Bones: Litigating Sports Injuries (American Bar Association Webinar and Teleconference, April 2013)
  • Protect the Pocket: Risk Management and Insurance Issues in the Sports and Entertainment Industries (ABA Section of Litigation, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee 25th Annual CLE Seminar, March 2013)
  • Rising Spectator Injuries and Deaths Raise Safety Concerns (National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition, August 2012)
  • The Long-Term Tort Implications of Professional Sports (Texas Review of Entertainment and Sports Law Symposium, September 2012)
  • Bats, Balls and Rock ‘n Roll: Liability basics for the sports, recreation, live entertainment and hospitality industries (North American Contingency Association Annual Conference, May 2012)
  • Hot Dog Toss: Liability & Risk Management in the Stadium Trenches (Orange County Bar Association, August 2011)
  • Sports Can Kill – Can Litigators Win? (Online Course via LawLine.com)
  • Sports Can Kill – Can Litigators Win? (Webcast, May 2011)
  • Sports Litigation Alert (Stadium Managers Association Conference February, 2011)
  • Trends in the Ticket Resale Market (Ticket Summit, January 2011)
  • Crisis Management in Sports in an Era of Instant Feedback (Brooklyn Law School’s Brooklyn Entertainment and Sports Law Society, November 2010)
  • Current Events: Legal Cases and Situations (IAAM International Crowd Management Conference, November 2010)
  • Ticketing: Managing the Keys to the Kingdom (Billboard’s Touring Conference and Awards, November 2010)
  • 99 Bottles of Beer in the Law: Legal Issues Related to Alcohol Management Lawline (2010)
  • Is It Fair or Foul? Lawline (2009)
  • Year in Review FoxNews’ Cops and Cases (2009)
  • Do you have to stand for “America the Beautiful?” and can you sue the team if you are hit by a baseball? (Bulldog and The Rude Awakening Show, WOCM-FM 98.1, November 2009)
  • Where Does Your Liability Start? (IAAM International Crowd Management Conference, November 2009)
  • Risk Management in Sports: Business Interruption, Event Cancellation, and the SAFETY Act (The ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports, October 2009)
  • Legal Issues Panel Discussion (IAAM Annual Conference and Tradeshow, July 2009)
  • Current Issues In Sports Law (University of New Haven, March 2009)
  • Two Tickets to Paradise  (Billboard Touring Magazine Conference Awards, November 2008)
  • Protecting Your Campers, Protecting Your Camp (Tri-State Camp Conference, March 2008)
  • Venues and Premises Liability (2008 Stadium Managers Association, February 2008)
  • International Sports Law (London, England, December 2007)
  • Avoiding Liability as an Owner/Operator of a Sports or Recreation Facility (Athletic Business Conference & Expo, November 2007)
  • Craig Kelly Sport & Entertainment Law Symposium (University ofSouth Carolina, November 2007)
  • Spectator Liability Issues; Using an Expert Witness (International Conference on Sport and Entertainment Business (ICSEB), November 2007)
  • International Association of Assembly Managers, July 2007
  • Protecting the Crowd, Protecting the Venue: The Tinderbox of Stadium Liability (Stadium Managers Association Annual Seminar, February 2007)
  • Craig Kelly Sport & Entertainment Law Symposium (UniversityofSouth Carolina, November 2006)