SBJ/October 8-14, 2012/Game Changers

Game Changers: Rana Dershowitz

Photo: NATHAN DERSHOWITZ
Dershowitz was an archaeology major in college
and enjoys visiting sites around the world.
Rana Dershowitz
U.S. Olympic Committee
General Counsel

Rana Dershowitz has built a reputation as an attorney who can see both the big picture and the small details that are critical to the future of the U.S. Olympic Committee. Nothing exemplifies her eye for both better than her work revising the USOC’s bylaws in 2010. The organization’s board voted to change its governance structure following an independent review led by former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue. The board turned to Dershowitz — who had joined the group in 2007 after six years at Madison Square Garden — to write a series of revisions that expanded the board by four members and extended board members’ terms. Those changes were central to a plan that has brought stability and improved governance to the USOC.

 — Tripp Mickle
  • What is the best advice you’ve ever received?: From my parents: strongly encouraging me to make sure I explored a wide range of interests and possibilities before settling on a course of study or career path.
  • What advice would you give to yourself 10 years ago?: Remember to stop and reassess every few years.
  • Person who had the biggest influence on your career in sports: Frank Murphy, then senior vice president of basketball operations for the New York Knicks (while I was in-house counsel).
  • Woman in sports business you’d most like to meet: Jeanie Buss. She must have a fascinating perspective on women in sports business.

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING

“I’ve always really appreciated her ability to think through how a given decision will impact the parties at a negotiating table in practice, as well as her ability to think about the logic and rationale behind the positions that are taken by other parties with a view towards reaching an agreement that works for everyone involved.”

  • Peter Zern, Covington & Burling
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