Teri Patterson Smith
Teri Patterson Smith was hired on August 4, 2009 and currently serves as the NFLPA’s Deputy Managing Director and Special Counsel.
Teri received her undergraduate degree in Accounting, summa cum laude, from Howard University and her Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law.
Teri Patterson Smith is the first female to be named counsel at the NFL Players Association. Teri has a diverse role and a broad range of responsibility within the NFLPA. She has wide influence and responsibility for not only NFLPA staff but also for players and their families. In this role, Teri assists the Executive Director and Managing Director in the direction of over 100 employees and advises the Executive Director on discreet legal matters and NFL front office communication. Additionally, she manages all NFLPA events, including the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
She also led an internal team in launching “The Trust”, an independent initiative whose sole purpose is to serve former players. The Trust is funded by money negotiated in the 2011 Collective Bargaining agreement. She continues to serve as the Chairwoman for the Trust’s Board of Trustees and has since joined the boards of OneTeam Collective and Rep Worldwide.
As an adjunct professor in Georgetown’s Sports Industry Management program, Teri has taught a sports law class since 2011 and has a direct influence on future leaders of the sports industry.
She has been named Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal Forty Under 40: Class of 2015. She was also named to the EnVest Foundation’s “40 Under 40” list in 2010 and is a member of the Sports Lawyers Association.
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