An online directory of Clippers employees identifies Winsberg as the general counsel of the Intuit Dome, the $1.8 billion privately funded arena. The team laid the groundwork for its new home last year and is expected to move in before the 2024-25 NBA season. As a global sports and media company, the NBA is much more than that. While basketball operations drive league operations on the court, other departments manage relationships with TV and digital media partners, develop marketing partnerships with some of the world`s best-known companies, oversee the licensing of NBA merchandise, and take on various responsibilities that contribute to the NBA`s success. The Hornets welcomed Daniels on board after the team`s former longtime general counsel, Joseph Pierce, was replaced by co-founder and billionaire Arthur Blank of The Home Depot Inc. He was hired as general counsel for the unit he controls, which owns the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League and Atlanta United of Major League Soccer. Nicole Duckett, general counsel for the Los Angeles Clippers, is leaving the team this month to start a law firm specializing in sports clients. Help us make statutory salaries more transparent. Get exclusive access to anonymized legal salary data. This position will primarily support the merchandising and retail partnership functions within the NBA`s Global Partnerships Group, reporting to the Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Global Partnerships.
The incumbent will be responsible for a variety of matters, including the negotiation and drafting of licensing and service agreements, as well as the provision of legal and business support to the NBA`s Global Partnerships and Growth & Media groups. Winsberg was hired to lead an arena project born out of a lengthy legal battle between billionaire Clippers owner Steven Ballmer and James Dolan, owner of the NBA`s New York Knicks. The Clippers were sold in 2014 for $2 billion to Ballmer, a former longtime CEO of Microsoft Corp. Fred Whitfield, president, vice president and lieutenant governor of the Hornets, is a lawyer and former player agent who previously served as director of commercial and legal affairs for the Jordan brand. an entity controlled by the majority owner of the Hornets and NBA great, Michael Jordan. Whitfield did not respond to a request for comment on the team`s legal leadership plans, according to Daniels. Winsberg updated his LinkedIn profile this week to show that he is now the legal chief legal officer of the Clippers, Intuit Dome and Forum Entertainment. Ballmer paid $400 million in 2020 to buy The Forum, a former home of rival Los Angeles Lakers, from Dolan. Despite Daniels` departure, the Hornets continue to be well stocked with legal talent. The team`s assistant general manager, David Duquette, is a former lawyer for the club, whose director of basketball strategy, Jon Moul, is also the club`s assistant lawyer. Daniels and the Hornets did not respond to a request for comment on their departure, which was confirmed by an update to their LinkedIn profile and an auto-reply message from their Hornets email. Their departure comes exactly one year after the club`s owner hired Alexander Winsberg, a former general counsel for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball.
Daniels` email was forwarded to Assistant General Counsel Shannon Finucane, a former minor league baseball in-house lawyer hired by the Hornets last year. Finucane, who also declined to respond to a request for comment, joined the Hornets after the departure of the club`s former assistant general counsel Marcus LeBeouf last year to become the NHL`s first general counsel for the NHL`s Chicago Blackhawks. Duckett and Winsberg did not respond to requests for comment. Clippers spokeswoman Chris Wallace and Ashley Dos Santos, Duckett`s spokeswoman, confirmed Duckett`s departure but declined to discuss the personnel change. In the NBA, we are passionate about developing and celebrating basketball. Thanks to the intensity of the game and the incredible athletic abilities of our players, we inspire hundreds of millions of fans around the world. We have opened the original job posting in a new tab. Having trouble finding the tab? Open it here. We consider candidates for all positions based on merit, qualifications and business needs and without regard to race, colour, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, disability, alienation or citizenship status, ancestry, marital status, creed, genetic predisposition or carrier status, sexual orientation, veteran status, marital status, domestic violence status or any other status or characteristic protected by the relevant Confederation.
National or local law. The National Basketball Association`s offseason kicked off this month with a trailblazer for minority women in the front office starting her own business. Duckett`s LinkedIn profile identifies her as the first and only black woman to serve as a prominent lawyer for an NBA team. Duckett, who spent more than 15 years as a litigator at three Los Angeles law firms — the now-defunct Milberg, Mayer Brown and Thelen law firm — joined the Clippers in 2015 as the franchise`s top lawyer. Charlotte Hornets general counsel Tamara Daniels left the club in March after just over a year in the job. Daniels was hired by the team last year after serving as one of the best lawyers for the National Hockey League`s Vegas Golden Knights.