Martin Schimke joined Bird & Bird in July 2004. He is an Of Counsel and a member of the firm’s Sports Group and is a recognised expert in this area.
The JUVE Handbook of German Commercial Law Firms identifies Martin as one of the "leading names" and one of the "most recommended lawyers" in the field of sports law. In 2009, he has been named as one of the World’s Top 20 Most Influential Lawyers in the sports industry by magazine SportBusiness International. In addition Martin has a certified specialisation in labour law.
Martin is a former member of the German national basketball team and began his career advising athletes, sports associations and unions in amateur and professional sport at both national and international levels. He was a member of the Legal Committee and the Anti-Doping-Commission of the German Basketball Federation (DBB) as well as a member of the Arbitration Body of the German Ice Hockey League (DEL).
Martin is the author of the practice handbook “Sportrecht” (Sports law). He has also published numerous articles on the legal issues surrounding sport. Currently, Martin is a lecturer in sports law, sports management and labour law at the Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln, University of Bochum, Hochschule Fresenius Köln and the International University of Applied Sciences Bad Honnef. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the magazine “International Sports Law Journal” (ISLJ).
Since 1999, Martin has been a member of the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) / Tribunal Arbitral du Sport (TAS) in Lausanne. He has been nominated to be a CAS arbitrator (on the ad hoc panel) at the London 2012 Olympics. For many years, he was the Chairman of the Sports Law Commission of the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA), and he is currently a member of its Board of Directors. Finally, he is a member of the advisory boards of the “Deutsche Vereinigung fürt Sportrecht” (DVSR), the International Sports Lawyers Association (ISLA) and the executive committee of the working group Sportrecht of the Deutschen Anwaltverein (DAV).