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Biography

Matt Breeden is an internationally respected attorney and business advisor, based in Indianapolis, IN.  Matt holds a Juris Doctorate from the Pepperdine University School of Law (Malibu, CA), as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Redlands (Redlands, CA).  While at Pepperdine, Matt was a fellow in the prestigious Geoffrey H. Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law.

Upon returning to his hometown of Indianapolis, Matt served as Vice President & General Counsel for Champ Car World Series LLC, where he managed all of the legal affairs for Champ Car, as well as the Toyota Atlantic Series, Trans-Am Series and certain other affiliated entities.  This tenure was highlighted by Matt’s counsel to Champ Car during its historic unification with IndyCar.  Following Champ Car, Matt accepted a position with the law firm of Dann Pecar Newman & Kleiman (now Benesch/Dann Pecar), where he served a variety of entities and individuals, incuding sports & entertainment clients, entrepreneurial companies and community banking institutions.

Matt is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Indiana, as well as the Federal Courts in the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana.  He is also a member of various professional organizations, including: Sports Lawyers AssociationAssociation of Corporate Counsel, American Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Association, and Indianapolis Bar Association.

When not practicing law, Matt enjoys competing in duathlon and running events, riding his motorcycle, playing basketball, and spending time with his wife (Cindy) and kids (Dylan & Kaleb).

Representative Engagements -

Sports & Entertainment:
  • Successfully negotiated and drafted television broadcast contracts with in excess of fifty broadcasters, including ABC/ESPN, NBC, CBS, SPEED Channel, Global (Canada) and TV Azteca (Mexico).
  • Effectively negotiated and drafted promoter agreements for seven new Champ Car venues in four years with average annual promoter fees per event in excess of $1,750,000 per annum (Edmonton, San Jose, Las Vegas, Houston, Mont-Tremblant, Holland and Belgium).
  • Represented an international professional sporting organization in contract negotiations with the City of Las Vegas to secure sponsorship and promotional support enabling the event to be staged in Las Vegas for at least five years.
  • Researched and compiled a state-by-state index of motorsports waiver enforceability laws for one of the country’s elite motorsports insurance agencies.
  • Represented race car drivers in multi-million dollar employment agreements and sponsorship contracts.
  • Negotiated book publishing contracts and speaking engagement contracts for a financial planning celebrity.
  • Successfully implemented a “blanket” general liability insurance policy for Champ Car race events, which resulted in significant savings to constituents, without reducing overall coverage.
  • Member of strategic team which successfully negotiated new chassis production agreements for each of the Atlantic and Champ Car Series, resulting in significant savings to teams.

Corporate:

  • Represented Champ Car in its historic merger with IndyCar, resulting in the unification of North American open-wheel racing.
  • Served as lead counsel in the acquisition of the Grand Prix of Long Beach from Dover Downs.
  • Served as lead counsel in the acquisition of the Grand Prix of Toronto from Molson Sports & Entertainment.
  • Represented various firms in private equity and debt offerings.
  • Created operational efficiencies within the Champ Car organization, which reduced company’s reliance on outside counsel for non-litigation issues from $40,000 per month, to less than $1,000 per month.

Banking:

  • Represented a banking institution in implementing SBA guaranty collection procedures, as well SBA loan compliance procedures.
  • Represented a banking institution with respect to loan documentation and workouts related to classic automobiles valued in excess of $2,000,000.
  • Represented banking institutions in respect of loan workouts, bankruptcies and foreclosures.
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