Nancy Hogshead-Makar

Nancy Hogshead-Makar


We endeavor to create the strongest national and local legal teams on behalf of our clients, wherever the matter is located.  Without question, Nancy Hogshead-Makar’s work, personal accomplishments, and professional stature are incomparable, which is why she and the firm agreed to affiliate.

Ms. Hogshead-Makar is a life-long advocate for access and equality in athletics. A scholar, an author, public speaker, and activist, Ms. Hogshead-Makar has a commitment to empowerment, using sport as a vehicle for social change. Ms. Hogshead-Makar leads Champion Women, a non-profit leading targeted efforts to advocate for equality and accountability in sports. Focus areas include equal play, such as traditional Title IX compliance in athletic departments, sexual harassment, abuse, and assault, as well as employment, pregnancy and LGBT discrimination.

Ms. Hogshead-Makar is an internationally recognized legal expert on sports issues. Ms. Hogshead-Makar’s book, co-authored with Andrew Zimbalist, Equal Play, Title IX and Social Change, has received acclaim since its release by Temple University Press. Ms. Hogshead-Makar was the lead author of Pregnant and Parenting Student-Athletes; Resources and Model Policies, published by the NCAA, and her book chapter, The Ethics of Title IX and Gender Equity for Coaches, appears in The Ethics of Coaching Sports; Moral, Social and Legal Issues, edited by Robert L. Simon.

Ms. Hogshead-Makar has testified in Congress numerous times on the topic of gender equity in athletics, written numerous scholarly and lay articles, and is a frequent guest on national news programs on the topic, including CNN, ESPN, NPR, Fox News, MSNBC and 60 Minutes and network morning news programming. Ms. Hogshead-Makar serves as an expert witness in Title IX cases and has written amicus briefs representing athletic organizations in precedent-setting litigation.

As a recognized thought-leader, Ms. Hogshead-Makar is a frequent keynote speaker and regularly contributes to shaping policy for girls and women. In 2015, Ms. Hogshead-Makar was appointed to the NCAA Task Force on Gender Equity. Ms. Hogshead-Makar currently serves on the advisory boards of the Association of Title IX Administrators, the Aspen Institute’s Sport and Society and One Love Foundation. Ms. Hogshead-Makar was on the executive board of the World Olympians Association from 2014-2015. Champion Women is a member of the LGBT Sports Coalition. From 2003 – 2012 Ms. Hogshead-Makar was the Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Committee on the Rights of Women. Ms. Hogshead-Makar was elected to the editorial board of the Journal of Intercollegiate Sport. Sports Illustrated Magazine listed her as one of the most influential people in the history of Title IX.

Ms. Hogshead-Makar practiced law at the law firm of Holland & Knight, in both their litigation and public law departments. Ms. Hogshead-Makar was a tenured Professor of Law at the Florida Coastal School of Law, where she taught courses including Torts, Sports Law, and Gender Equity for twelve years. Ms. Hogshead-Makar enjoyed a thirty year history with the Women’s Sports Foundation, starting as a college intern, becoming the third President from 1992-94, its Legal Advisor from 2003-10, and a consultant as the Senior Director of Advocacy until 2014. Ms. Hogshead-Makar earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and is an honors graduate of Duke University.

Ms. Hogshead-Makar has received significant awards recognizing her commitment to girls and women in athletics, including the International Olympic Committee’s Women and Sport Award for the Americas. Ms. Hogshead-Makar has received the Courage Award from the National Organization for Women, the Honor Award from the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators, the Title IX Advocate Award from the Alliance of Women Coaches, the Guiding Women in Sport Award from SHAPE, America, and the Babe Didrikson Zaharias Award.Ms. Hogshead-Makar has been inducted into the Academic All-America Hall of Fame, the International Scholar-Athlete Hall of Fame, the National Consortium for Academics and Sports Hall of Fame, the National Association for Sports and Physical Education Hall of Fame. Ms. Hogshead-Makar has received an honorary doctorate from Springfield College.

Ms. Hogshead-Makar capped eight years as a world-class swimmer at the 1984 Olympics, where she won three gold medals and one silver medal. Through high school and college dual meets, Ms. Hogshead-Makar was undefeated.  Other major awards include the Nathan Mallison Award, given to Florida’s outstanding athlete, and the prestigious Kiphuth Award, given to the best all-around swimmer nationally. Ms. Hogshead-Makar has been inducted into eleven halls of fame, including the International Swimming Hall of Fame and the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Ms. Hogshead-Makar and her husband Scott Makar, a judge on Florida’s First District Court of Appeal, have a son and twin daughters. They are continuously restoring their 1920s Mediterranean home.