Media Note Pratik Shah’s 5th Circuit Argument for NFL in Ezekiel Elliott Case

Pratik Shah, co-head of the Supreme Court and appellate practice at Akin Gump, has been noted and quoted in various media outlets from this week’s hearing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit pertaining to the National Football League’s suspension of Dallas Cowboys player Ezekiel Elliott. At issue is the lawsuit the NFL players’ association filed that overturned Elliott’s suspension.

The union argues the lawsuit was pursued correctly because earlier arbitration proceedings were complete, except for the final ruling, which went against Elliott. Shah, who is part of the Akin Gump team representing the NFL, said during oral arguments that the arbitration proceedings had not been exhausted so the district court judge lacked jurisdiction when he blocked the suspension.

Among the outlets in which Shah was mentioned or quoted were espn.com, The Washington Post, The Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Elliott was suspended by the NFL for the first six games of the season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.