Neera Mahajan Shetty, PGA Tour
As a partner in a Jacksonville law firm, Neera Mahajan Shetty wasn’t looking for a new job and had no particular aspirations to work in sports when the PGA Tour came calling in 2008.
“Given my background, I didn’t have any connections to the sport and I’m not an athlete,” she said. “I didn’t know there was an opportunity for me. It certainly was not a straight path.”
Mahajan Shetty, a Houston native, knew a bit about the tour after doing some outside counsel legal work for the organization. Today, a decade later, she oversees four attorneys and 10 paralegals in her post.
It’s a critical behind-the-scenes position where she has distinguished herself in tackling matters including employment law, business litigation and other legal issues facing the tour.
She most recently helped win the dismissal of a class-action lawsuit filed by caddies alleging improper use of their likenesses and images. The dismissal was upheld on appeal last month.
“I handle some things that aren’t always pleasant,” Mahajan Shetty said. “A lot of what I try to do is make sure we are upholding our values and conducting ourselves in the most ethical and legal way. That is my role.”
— John Lombardo