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July 28, 2023

From Basketballs to Footballs: Working for a Championship Pro Sports Team and Talent Agency


The Career Choice Series is designed to help you choose your career path. Whether you’re a law student, young lawyer, or transitioning attorney, find out what it’s like to work in various practice areas and the best way to position yourself to get there.

This panel of sports law attorneys works in-house – one for the largest NFL talent representation agency in the country and one for a seven-time NBA Champion.

Our speakers will share with you their career paths, provide invaluable insight into what skills you’ll need to break into this area, what drew them to it, the pros and cons of working in the sports industry, and what a typical day entails.


Joe Ferrari is Associate General Counsel at Athletes First where he drafts and negotiates sponsorship and endorsement agreements on behalf of NFL and NCAA players and advises on issues related to collegiate name, image and likeness matters.

Zade Shakir is Associate General Counsel of the Golden State Warriors, a professional basketball team in the NBA. Zade provides legal and business counsel for many functions within the organization, with a focus on the governance, finance, real estate, and new ventures departments.

Leonard Lun (Moderator), Director of Employer Relations & Adjunct Professor of Law, Office of Career Management, Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, CA

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