New legal boss key to FEI doping fight

May 20, 2009

Lisa Lazarus

The FEI has appointed former NFL lawyer Lisa Lazarus as its new General Counsel in its drive to clean up equestrian sports.

Lazarus, who has several years of experience in the NFL's Substance Abuse Program, is to oversee the organisation's legal activities.

Lazarus holds Canadian and US citizenship and was with the National Football League (NFL) for 10 years. She was based primarily in New York as in-house counsel and then more recently in London, where she was Senior Director of Business Affairs for NFL International. Between 1999-2005, Lazarus was Labor Relations Counsel to the NFL Management Council. During that time, she represented NFL teams in hundreds of arbitration cases before private arbitrators, many of which involved challenges to the NFL's Substance Abuse Program.

Before becoming in-house counsel at the NFL, Lisa was a labor and employment associate at the nationally acclaimed law firm Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, which acted as outside labor counsel to the NFL. Lisa spent much of her time as a junior lawyer researching issues related to the enforceability of arbitrations in the NFL, particularly around the Substance Abuse Program.

"We are delighted to welcome Lisa to the FEI," said FEI Secretary General Alex McLin. "She brings a world of knowledge and experience in key areas and will be instrumental in FEI's fight for clean sport."

Lazarus said she was thrilled to join the FEI. "(I) look forward to contributing to the organisation on many levels, particularly around helping to keep the momentum going in the FEI's commitment to clean sport."