From NCAA athlete to NCAA investigator and lawyer, Tim Nevius has over a decade of experience in college sports. Following his baseball career at the University of Dayton, Tim graduated first in his law school class before joining the NCAA as an investigator. In that role, he helped lead some of the NCAA's highest-profile enforcement cases and conducted investigations at college campuses across the country. As a liaison to the Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Tim also worked with athletes from every Division I conference on NCAA legislation and policy considerations affecting athletes.
After five years at the NCAA, Tim earned an LL.M. with honors from Columbia Law School and went on to form a college sports practice at Winston & Strawn in New York. As co-chair of that practice, Tim helped initiate and lead a federal antitrust lawsuit on behalf of Division I athletes to challenge NCAA rules that prohibit compensation in the multibillion-dollar college sports industry. He also advised high school, college, and Olympic athletes and their families on a variety of eligibility issues, including NCAA transfer cases, scholarship reductions, drug appeals, and waiver requests.
As a former Division I scholarship athlete, Tim understands first-hand the pressure and demands that college athletes face on the field and in the classroom. As a one-time transfer athlete and having spent a year in residence as a redshirt, Tim has been through the confusing maze of NCAA bylaws that regulate athletes. He is dedicated to using his combination of experience as an NCAA athlete, investigator, and lawyer to work hard on behalf of college athletes in a system that too often lets them down.
Tim has conducted lobbying efforts in conjunction with the National College Players Association and testified before the California legislature in favor of enhanced health and safety protections for college athletes. He is also a regular speaker and guest lecturer on college sports issues and has taught a sports law course as an adjunct professor. He has been quoted and his work has been highlighted in some of the nation's leading sports publications. Tim's passion in advocating for college athletes continues as the founder of Nevius Legal, where he believes in fighting for fairness, speaking for those without a voice, and the ultimate power of the underdog.