SBJ/April 30-May 6, 2012/In-Depth
Sports Lawyers: Kevin Warren
Published April 30, 2012, Page 20
After all, Warren has faced long odds before and always managed to find a path to success. A car struck Warren when he was 12, breaking his femur and forcing him into a body cast for six months. It looked doubtful he would ever be able to play sports again.
Warren gained his first job in the NFL through an introduction to then-St. Louis Rams coach Dick Vermeil. The coach was looking for someone to run player programs, troubleshooting off-field issues. “I felt he was overqualified,” Vermeil said.
Warren was hired and spent four years in St. Louis, a tenure that included the Rams’ Super Bowl victory.
Later, in private practice in Arizona, he advised the Wilf family in what became a $625 million agreement to buy the Vikings. Since then, he has worked for the franchise, handling all legal issues along with day-to-day business matters and helping with the long-running quest for a new stadium.
Finding a stadium solution is putting all of Warren’s skills to work.
“It’s been a challenge,” Warren said. “Because on any day you can go from dealing with a legal issue to dealing with a finance-tax issue to a real estate issue to lobbying. And now you’re talking about playing” at the University of Minnesota while the stadium is built.