2011 Sports & Entertainment Law Symposium
Date of Symposium: February 15, 2011
||Jeffrey B. Gewirtz,
Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer, New Jersey Nets Basketball/Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment
A native of Baldwin Harbor, NY, Gewirtz is a graduate of Tufts University, where he was a four-year member and 1990-91 Captain of the Tufts Varsity Tennis Team and received his law degree from Brooklyn Law School, where he was the recipient of a three-year merit scholarship.
Jeff Gewirtz joined NETS Basketball in May 2007 as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Gewirtz oversees all legal affairs for the team, as well as for the team’s planned relocation to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Gewirtz is also responsible for interfacing with the NBA on a wide range of compliance and transactional matters.
Prior to the NETS, Gewirtz, served as the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) General Counsel and Chief Legal & Government Affairs Officer where he oversaw all USOC legal matters, as well as the USOC’s government relations activities with Congress and federal government agencies.
Before he joined the USOC Gewirtz was Counsel - sports & entertainment transactions, marketing and media in The Coca-Cola Company’s Corporate Legal Division, where he negotiated many of Coca-Cola’s most significant sports marketing transactions, including its $500 million+ NCAA Corporate Champion marketing and media alliance with CBS Sports. Prior to that, Gewirtz was Director of Legal Affairs for IOC Television & Marketing Services SA, based in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he was a primary negotiator of global Olympic sponsorship and technology alliances for the International Olympic Committee and for the Salt Lake and Athens Olympic Organizing Committee, respectively. He has also served as general counsel for the LPGA Tour and has worked in-house with the WTA Tour. Gewirtz began his legal career as an associate with the New York City law firm of Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller, LLP, where he served as the associate to the General Counsel of the U.S. Tennis Association and worked within the firm’s Corporate and Advertising Industry legal groups.
In 2009, Gewirtz was selected to the prestigious “Forty Under 40” by Sports Business Journal as one of the 40 top sports executives under the age of 40 in the United States.
Gewirtz was formerly on the faculty of Brooklyn Law School and New York Law School, serving as an adjunct professor of sports law at both schools. He is currently Chair of the Sports Division within the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries and he sits on the Board of Directors of both the National Sports Law Institute and the Sports Lawyers Association. He is also on the Board of Editors of the Journal of International Media & Entertainment Law. In June, 2010, Gewirtz was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Jewish Vocational Services of MetroWest New Jersey and he sits on the Executive Committee of the UJA-Federation of New York Sports for Youth Initiative.