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C. Peter Goplerud, III

Of Counsel

Spencer Fane attorney Peter Goplerud

T 904.502.9515
F 314.862.4656

Peter is Of Counsel in the Higher Education practice.

Peter began his career as a law clerk for Justice David Prager of the Supreme Court of Kansas and later joined the faculty of the University of Akron School of Law. Goplerud has taught at Southern Illinois University School of Law, where he was also dean and associate dean, Saint Louis University School of Law and the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where he served as dean for three years. In addition, he served as Dean of Drake University Law School from 1997 through June of 2003 and Florida Coastal School of Law from 2004 through May of 2013. Since 2013, he has held leadership positions within InfiLaw, the owner of three ABA accredited law schools, and is a Professor of Law (On Leave) at Florida Coastal.

Peter’s specialties are higher education and sports law. He is a frequent lecturer and is widely published in the sports law area, including serving as co-author on one of the leading textbooks on the subject. He has extensive accreditation experience, particularly within legal education, having served as chair of numerous ABA Site Evaluation teams.

Goplerud has been a member of the Sports Lawyers Association Board of Directors since 1997. He has served on numerous committees for the organization and has been the Conference Chair and Co-Chair. He served as member of the Advisory Board of the National Sports Law Institute at Marquette University Law School from 1999 to 2005. He is currently a member of the United States Anti-Doping Agency Anti-doping Review Board.

Peter has been a consultant in the sports law and higher education and served as Of Counsel to law firms in Denver, Tulsa, St. Louis, and Edmond, Oklahoma, as well as providing service as an expert witness. Goplerud was involved in the representation of professional athletes in team and individual sports during the 1980s and 1990s. He also has experience with coaches’ contracts, and NCAA matters, including athlete eligibility issues, compliance matters, and NCAA membership. He has significant strategic planning experience and has also served on a special investigation team at a Big 10 institution.

Goplerud has served on numerous nonprofit boards and has frequently interacted with state legislative members and committees. And, he hosted a weekly radio show on sports law and business topics.


  • SPORTS LAW: CASES AND MATERIALS, 8th Edition (with Yasser, McCurdy and Weston) (LEXIS/NEXIS, 2016)
  • Numerous law review articles

Contact Peter Goplerud at 904.502.9515 or pgoplerud@spencerfane.com.