Helen "Nellie" Drew


Professor of Practice in Sports Law; Director of the UB Center for the Advancement of Sport

Research Focus: Sports law, Discipline of professional athletes, Drug testing in sports, Collective bargaining, NCAA compliance, Title IX, Sports medicine and sports law, Professional sports contracts, Transactions, Facility issues
 Curriculum VitaeSports & Entertainment Law Forum  

Contact Information

619 O'Brian Hall, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1100

Faculty Assistant: Anita M. Gesel


Helen A. “Nellie” Drew teaches a variety of courses that incorporate topics such as drug testing in professional sports and professional player contract negotiation and arbitration. Drew is especially interested in the evolving research and litigation concerning concussions in both amateur and professional sports.

A native Western New Yorker, Drew is a lifelong Bills, Sabres and Bulls fan.  While attending the School of Law, she developed an independent study research project on alternative dispute resolution in the NHL with Gerry Meehan ‘82 who was also in-house counsel with the Sabres. Drew was instrumental in negotiating and drafting contracts for Pat LaFontaine, Dominik Hasek and Alexander Mogilny, among others.  She also was part of the legal team that handled numerous NHL transactions, including the Anaheim MIghty Ducks, the Ottawa Senators, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the San Jose Sharks.