Sportlex

Adam Klevinas is a Montreal-based sports lawyer and the founder of Sportlex. His areas of expertise include anti-doping, selection and disciplinary disputes, safe sport and selection policy review and development, and contract review and drafting.

Adam Klevinas, B.A., B.C.L, LL.B founded Sportlex in 2020 and has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 2012. 

He started his legal career as a litigation lawyer at McCarthy Tetrault LLP before joining the World Anti-Doping Agency in 2014 as in-house legal counsel. 

In his role at WADA, Adam was involved in contractual matters, investigations, case management and review and scientific and medical matters. He also provided legal advice to all of WADA’s internal departments as well as legal assistance to stakeholders, including International Federations and National Anti-Doping Organizations. 

After leaving WADA in 2018, he joined the Sport Law and Strategy Group as an Associate, where he represented National Sport Organizations in selection, carding and disciplinary disputes before the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada. He also continued to work extensively in anti-doping, specifically in litigation at the national and international levels, but also in other areas of anti-doping such as compliance, results management and general legal advice in scientific and medical matters. 

Adam's work at SLSG also included safe sport policy development for National Sport Organizations, as well as contractual review and drafting. 

Throughout his career as a lawyer, Adam has arbitrated national level cases involving team selection and carding disputes as well as disciplinary matters at the national and provincial level. 

Adam graduated from Concordia University in 2008 with a double-major (Honours) in journalism and political science. He then went on to law school at McGill University where he obtained degrees in both common and civil law. When entering law school, Adam’s goal was always to work as a sport lawyer. 

Adam was also a member of Canada’s junior and senior national sprint kayak teams and competed at the national and international level. He is a multiple national championship winner and medalist, as well as a medalist at the Pan American Championships. Prior to taking up kayaking, Adam played a number of other sports, including hockey, football and baseball. 

After he finished his kayaking career, Adam stayed involved in the sport as a coach and later as the Chair of Canoe Kayak Canada’s High Performance Committee and a member of its Sprint Racing Counsel. He also took up road and mountain biking, cross-country and alpine touring skiing, as well as trail and marathon running.