EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF BUSINESS AFFAIRS & CHIEF LEGAL OFFICER
Jeff Gewirtz is the Executive Vice President of Business Affairs and Chief Legal Officer for the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center. Gewirtz joined the Brooklyn Nets in May 2007 as Senior Vice President and General Counsel and was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer in December 2010. His title was changed in July 2012 to Executive Vice President of Business Affairs and Chief Legal Officer.
Gewirtz oversees legal and business affairs for the team and Barclays Center. 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 and media 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 United States Tennis Association (USTA) and worked within the firm's Corporate and Advertising Industry legal groups. In addition, he has served as pro bono General Counsel of the USTA's Eastern Section.
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 the immediate-past Chair of the Sports Division and currently sits on the Governing Committee of the American Bar Association's Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries and he is 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.
A native of Baldwin Harbor, New York, Gewirtz is a graduate of Tufts University, where he was a four-year member and 1990-91 Captain of the Tufts Varsity Tennis Team, as well as a member of the 1989 New England Championship team. Gewirtz received his law degree from Brooklyn Law School, where he was the recipient of a three-year merit scholarship and from which he is a two-time recipient of its Alumni Achievement Award in Sports Law. As a junior tennis player, Gewirtz held the #1 Doubles Ranking in the USTA's Eastern Section and he also held the #1 singles ranking in the Long Island District of the Eastern Section.