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C. Peter Goplerud, III

Of Counsel

Spencer Fane attorney Peter Goplerud

T 303.839.3720
F 303.839.3838

Peter is an Of Counsel attorney in the firm’s Higher Education practice.

With a focus on higher education and sports law, Peter 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 also extensive accreditation experience, particularly within legal education, having served as chair of numerous ABA Site Evaluation teams.

Peter has been a consultant in sports law and higher education and previously served as Of Counsel to law firms in Denver, Colorado; Tulsa, Oklahoma; St. Louis, Missouri; and Edmond, Oklahoma, as well as providing service as an expert witness prior to joining Spencer Fane. Peter was actively 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 Name, Image, & Likeness (NIL) issues, 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

Beginning his career as a law clerk for Justice David Prager of the Supreme Court of Kansas, Peter later joined the faculty of the University of Akron School of Law. Peter 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, and again from 2019 to the present. Peter has also served in various leadership roles with the ownership group of Florida Coastal from 2013 to 2019.

Peter 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 a member of the Advisory Board of the National Sports Law Institute at Marquette University Law School from 1999 to 2005. He has also served as a member of the United States Anti-Doping Agency Anti-doping Review Board. He has served on numerous nonprofit boards and has frequently interacted with state legislative members and committees. He hosted a weekly radio show on sports law and business topics.


  • SPORTS LAW: CASES AND MATERIALS, 9th Edition (with Yasser, McCurdy, and Weston) (Carolina Academic Press 2020)
  • SPORTS LAW FOR SPORTS MANAGEMENT, (with Yasser, McCurdy, Weston and Karcher) (forthcoming Carolina Academic Press 2023)
  • Numerous law review articles

Contact Peter Goplerud at 303.839.3720 or pgoplerud@spencerfane.com.