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Pål is one of Norway’s most experienced sports lawyers and has handled several big cases within the field of sports (both within the sports industry’s own national and international judicial bodies and within the civil legal system).


Pål also serves as a supervisor and examiner for master’s theses in the Norwegian law program.


Pål specializes in the following areas of law:

  • Association law (all aspects of national and international regulations within sports)

  • Commercial matters (marketing agreements, collaboration agreements, athlete contracts, coach contracts, agent contracts, transfer agreements, etc.)

  • Criminal cases within sports, including cases brought before the sports sector’s judicial bodies and whistleblower cases

  • Events/championships (Olympics, World Championships, European Championships, etc.)

  • Development of regulations, guidelines, and rights structures

  • Company establishment and organizational structures

  • Dispute resolution (both nationally and internationally)

  • General advice in the following areas:

    • Labor law (terminations, downsizing, restructuring, whistleblower cases, etc.)

    • Contract law

    • Intellectual property law



2002 – present:

Founder/partner at the law firm Kleven & Kristensen DA


2000 – 2002:

Associate at the law firm Langangen & Helset


1998 – 2000:

Corporate lawyer at the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports (Norges idrettsforbund)



Cand. Jur (Master of Laws), University of Oslo


Positions and affiliations:

2001 – 2005:

Board member of the Norwegian Sports Law Association



Author of articles in Idrett & Juss, 5th edition (Universitetsforlaget), 2022



Football and skiing

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