Washington and Lee University, J.D., summa cum laude, 1986, Omicron Delta Kappa; Order of the Coif; John W. Davis Award for the Highest Academic Average; Note and Comment Editor, Washington and Lee Law Review, 1985-86
Hampden-Sydney College, B.A., 1978
Stoke Caldwell’s vast experience primarily includes representation of professional race car drivers, teams, sponsors, sanctioning bodies and other industry entities; representation of entertainment entities in television, film and live entertainment; and representation of sponsors in major arrangements with MLB teams, NFL teams, NBA teams, and NASCAR and NASCAR teams.
He helped spearhead the legal work for several major groundbreaking joint ventures in the NASCAR space, including the Gillett Evernham and Roush Fenway transactions. Stoke has drafted and negotiated hundreds of motorsports agreements. Having worked on these transactions from all angles, he has a unique perspective and is able to provide insight regarding issues affecting all parties, along with market insight on industry terms.
Stoke's practice includes the formation, purchase and sale of motorsports and other sports teams, the creation of joint venture and servicing arrangements, and the purchase and sale of various other types of entities with strategic and financial investors and sellers.
He is a frequent speaker on sports and entertainment law, including seminars for the NCBA, the Sports Lawyers Association, TRAC and the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries.
Honors & Awards
- The Racing Attorney Conference, TRAC Star Award for Outstanding Achievement in motorsports law, 2014
- Sports Business Journal, Elite Outside Counsel Power Player
- Woodward/White, Inc., The Best Lawyers in America, banking and finance, entertainment - motion pictures and television, sports law, 2003-18
- North Carolina Super Lawyers, entertainment & sports, 2006-17
- Managing Intellectual Property, IP Star, 2014-17
- Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, banking & finance, 2006-12
- Charlotte Observer, NASCAR's Top 20 Most Influential Individuals, 2007
- Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
Represents multiple top drivers, including Dale Earnhardt Jr., Danica Patrick, Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr., various crew chiefs and others with respect to their legal needs in various racing series.
Represents Richard Petty in various matters.
Represents NASCAR racing teams, including Richard Petty Motorsports, Roush Fenway Racing, Wood Brothers Racing and others, in connection with full array of contract and legal requirements.
Handled and handles acquisition and divesture transactions for entities involved in the sports industry.
Organized MotoAmerica for motorcycle road racing in the United States and represents MotoAmerica in connection with major contractual and other matters.
Represented Roush Racing and created a joint venture with a major sports team to create Roush Fenway Racing. Represented Evernham Motorsports in connection with an investment by the Gillett family to create Richard Petty Motorsports.
Represents the entertainment interests of a major theme park company.
Represents major national sponsor in connection with multiple major league sports sponsorship agreements.
Represents several personalities in television media contracts.
Represents several sports agencies in contractual matters.
Represents an NBA team on various legal matters.
News & Events
- Eight Named “Lawyer of the Year”Aug. 16, 2017
- June 15, 2017
- Jan. 26, 2017
- Eight Attorneys Named "Lawyer of the Year"Aug. 15, 2016
- June 27, 2016
- June 15, 2016
- June 13, 2016
- Jan. 27, 2016
- Aug. 18, 2015
- Jan. 21, 2015
- Firm Topped North Carolina Rankings in Eight Practice AreasAug. 19, 2014
- Robinson Bradshaw Recommended by Managing Intellectual Property; Two Attorneys Named ‘IP Stars’ for Second Consecutive YearMay 30, 2014
- April 28, 2014
- April 10, 2014
- Jan. 21, 2014
- Aug. 15, 2013
- July 10, 2013
- Robinson Bradshaw Recommended as Tier 1 Intellectual Property Firm by Managing Intellectual PropertyTwo Attorneys Named ‘IP Stars’June 25, 2013
- Six Shareholders Among State’s Top 100 Attorneys, Two in Top 10Jan. 18, 2013
- Aug. 23, 2012
- June 8, 2012
- April 30, 2012
- Seven Shareholders Among State’s Top 100 Attorneys, Two in Top 10Jan. 23, 2012
- Sept. 1, 2011
- Charlotte Firm Leads All Other N.C. Firms in Ranked Attorneys, No. 1 Practice Areas for Third-Straight YearJune 14, 2011
- Seven Shareholders Included Among State’s Top 100 Attorneys, Two in the Top 10Jan. 21, 2011
- Aug. 9, 2010
- Twenty-Two Robinson Bradshaw Attorneys Named to Chambers USA, Most in North Carolina for Second Straight YearCharlotte-Based Firm Again Recognized as State Leader in Eight Practice AreasJune 11, 2010
- Robinson Bradshaw's Sports & Entertainment Practice Profiled in Street & Smith's Sports Business JournalMay 3, 2010
- Forty-Six Robinson Bradshaw Attorneys Named North Carolina Super Lawyers, North Carolina Rising Stars for 2010Jan. 28, 2010
- Aug. 10, 2009
- June 18, 2009
- Jan. 27, 2009
- Jan. 23, 2009
- Sept. 19, 2008
- June 14, 2008
- Jan. 23, 2008
- Sept. 7, 2007
- June 15, 2007
- May 21, 2007
- Jan. 26, 2007
- Sept. 6, 2006
- June 2, 2006
- Feb. 6, 2006
- Jan. 18, 2006
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