Pilgrim & Associates

Pilgrim & Associates’ core mission is to assist clients in achieving their unique goals, anticipate issues of concern, avoid problem areas and efficiently overcome existing challenges.

First established in 1991, Pilgrim & Associates is a general practice law firm with substantial experience in the areas of corporate law, corporate governance, nonprofit law, regulatory compliance, contract preparation and negotiation, entertainment law, sports law and dispute resolution. The firm and its associated attorneys have successfully represented clients on matters involving corporate governance and transactions, corporate strategy, contract negotiation and preparation, regulatory compliance (including Title VII and IX Discrimination matters), risk management, internal investigations, litigation management and dispute resolution (mediation, arbitration and administrative hearings). In addition, Pilgrim & Associates provides legal consulting and strategic planning services. 

Pilgrim & Associates provides legal counsel to individuals, entrepreneurs, businesses and corporate entities involved in both the for-profit and not-for-profit arenas.  The firm has longstanding experience working with corporate and business clients, including as a trusted counselor to founders, senior executives and boards of directors.

The firm has experience representing sports leagues/associations and athletes on a wide variety of business regulatory and legal issues, as well as in contract negotiations.  This work has included managing sport drug testing programs, drafting dispute resolutions rules and regulations for national sports associations and administering their mediation, arbitration and grievance proceedings.

Pilgrim & Associates also provides counsel and investigative services to educational institutions on Title IX matters, and counsels businesses and employees on harassment and discrimination policies and issues.

The firm received certification by New York State and New York City as a minority business enterprise (MBE) and a women business enterprise (WBE) — 2014 to 2017.

The firm’s founder, Jill Pilgrim, has substantial sports-related dispute resolution credentials based on her service as:   Member/Hearing Officer for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Committee on Infractions (December 2014-present); Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association-Olympic & Sports Disputes (December 2016-present); Hearing Officer for the New York State Gaming Commission (May 2015-present);  General Counsel for USA Track & Field, Inc. and the Ladies Professional Golf Association (1998-2009); Arbitrator for USA Track & Field Doping Hearing Board and Doping Appeals Board (1991-1998);  Arbitrator for United States Olympic Committee Out-of-Competition Drug Hearing Board (1991).  In addition, she successfully represented an Olympic athlete before the Court for Arbitration for Sport (Atlanta 1996).

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Jill Pilgrim received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics from Princeton University in 1980, where she also was a nationally ranked sprinter for the Princeton Track and Field Team. After graduation, she studied at the Alliance Française and the Sorbonne in France prior to graduating with a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1984. She is admitted to practice law in the states of New York and Indiana, and before District Court, Eastern District of New York.

Pilgrim & Associates was proud to be honored as a finalist in the “Best for NYC Challenge”, in May 2016.  City of New York Announces Best For NYC Honorees, Celebrating New York City Businesses Working to Improve Quality of Life For Workers And Strengthen Their Bottom-Line

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

Pilgrim & Associates is an equal opportunity employer and wholeheartedly supports the Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s Statement of Diversity Principles, namely:

Diversity is an inclusive concept and encompasses, without limitation, race, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, nationality, age, disability and marital and parental status. With greater diversity, we can be more creative, effective and just, bringing more varied perspectives, experiences, backgrounds, talents and interests to the practice of law and the administration of justice. A diverse group of talented legal professionals is critically important to the success of every law firm, corporate or government law department, law school, public service organization and every other organization that includes attorneys. Diversity is not about quotas or different standards. Rather, the opportunity to increase diversity should be one important consideration in the decision-making process. We want to hire, retain and promote our lawyers based on each of our unique criteria, while simultaneously maintaining our commitment to diversity.