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Richard J. Davis

Chair of the Board of Directors

Blaine V. (Fin) Fogg


Janet Sabel

Attorney-in-Chief and Chief Executive Officer



Michele A. Roberts

Executive Director
National Basketball Players Association

Michele A. Roberts began her career in 1980 at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. She worked at that organization for eight years, mentored by Charles Ogletree, and eventually rising to become the head of their Trial Division. After leaving the Public Defender Service, she took a position at Akin Gump in 2004 before joining Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom’s Litigation Group in 2011. At Skadden, her practice focused on complex civil and white collar criminal litigation before state and federal courts and in administrative proceedings. In 2014, she became the first woman to head a major professional sports union in North America when she was named the Executive Director of the National Basketball Players Association in July 2014. Also in that year, she was named one of ESPNW's Impact 25. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at Harvard Law School and is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.


Jeffrey L. Kessler

Executive Co-Chairman
Winston & Strawn LLP

Jeffrey L. Kessler focuses his practice on all aspects of antitrust/competition, sports law, intellectual property (IP), complex litigation, and government criminal and civil investigations. He has been lead counsel in some of the most complex antitrust, sports law, and intellectual property law cases in the country, including major jury trials, and has represented a number of U.S. and international companies in criminal and civil investigations in the antitrust, trade, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) areas. He successfully defended Matsushita and JVC against claims of a worldwide conspiracy in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Zenith v. Matsushita and is regarded as a leading commentator on international antitrust law. He has also been the lead counsel in numerous IP cases involving frontier issues of IP law and lead counsel in numerous government criminal and civil investigations.

Honorary Chair

Harvey Kurzweil
Winston & Strawn LLP

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