Brad A. Wachler serves as a Practice Group Leader for the Education/Sports Advisory & Consulting practice group. Brad uses more than 20 years of experience in collegiate athletics to lead Lewis Rice’s Education & Sports Law Practice Group. He specializes in reviews, external investigations, and strategic planning that help intercollegiate athletic departments align with institutional goals and meet the needs of today’s student-athletes, fans, alumni, donors, and all other constituent groups.

Brad also guides universities through the divisional reclassification process; advises on measures to reduce risk and promote a more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and supportive environment; and helps ensure compliance with Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) laws at the local, state, and federal levels.

In addition to serving institutions throughout all divisions of the NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA, Brad is a trusted advisor for athletic conference offices, student-athletes, and businesses.

Practice Areas


  • Wayne State University Law School (J.D., 2004)
  • Indiana University (M.S., 2000)
    • Athletic Administration & Sport Management
  • University of Michigan (B.S., 1999)
    • Kinesiology

Honors & Awards

  • Missouri Lawyers Media 2023 POWER List for Sports & Entertainment Law

Legal Background

  • Vice President, Intercollegiate Athletics, Lindenwood University (2016-2022)
  • Senior Associate Athletics Director/Administration, Central Michigan University (2013-2016)
  • Associate Athletics Director/Internal Operations, Central Michigan University (2010-2013)
  • Assistant Athletics Director/Business Affairs, Central Michigan University (2009-2010)
  • Director of Athletics Business Operations, Central Michigan University (2008-2009)
  • Faculty, College of Business Administration, Central Michigan University (2008-2013)
  • Director of Operations/Assistant General Counsel, General Sports and Entertainment (2006-2008)
  • Director of Sport Administration and Athletics Compliance, The Mid-American Conference (2005-2006)

Professional Affiliations

  • Board of Directors, Special Olympics Missouri (2017-present)
  • Board of Directors, St. Louis Sports Commission (2016-present)


  • Missouri Bar
  • Michigan Bar

Charitable & Civic Activities

  • Board of Directors, American Cancer Society (2020-Present)
  • Commission, St. Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau (2018-2022)
  • Board of Directors, Missouri Baptist Community Advisory Board (2019-2022)