For the past 25 years, Hal has gathered a rich knowledge and expertise in getting the perfect deal for his clients. He is well known and respected in the industry as an honest and tough negotiator that has been successful in securing contracts that have exceeded his clients expectations.
After graduating from Boston University with a BA in History and receiving his JD from UCLA School of Law, Hal served as Assistant General Counsel of the National Basketball Players Association (“NBPA”) from 1997 to 2010. He was a key member of the team that negotiated and drafted the 1999 and 2005 NBA/NBPA Collective Bargaining Agreements (“CBA”). Hal’s primary responsibilities included: developing the NBPA’s labor strategy; participating in all matters with the NBA, including negotiations regarding the BRI revenue sharing system which required the review of all arena leases, naming rights and sponsorship agreements, and broadcast contracts; providing legal advice to players and agents on salary negotiations, the salary cap and collective bargaining issues; managing and actively participating in all litigation matters, including the representation of players during grievance hearings; serving on the boards that oversaw the jointly administered benefits with the NBA; and developing and presenting the annual seminar for NBPA certified agents.
From there, Hal spent years at Excel Sports Management followed by his time at Wasserman Media Group. Both tenures allowed Hal to successfully represent athletes, coaches and administrators in contract negotiations, marketing and sponsorship opportunities, and providing career guidance. Hal also served as General Counsel, overseeing the company’s legal affairs, assessing and resolving issues regarding the company’s clients and advising in areas such as corporate governance, labor relations, litigation, marketing, business development and corporate strategy.