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BESLA’s Board consists of legal professionals who work in and/or have an interest in sports, entertainment, and media.  The regionally diverse Board members are engaged in their local communities and work to develop partnerships between BESLA, industry, and the legal education community.  The Board conducts its work through committees including, but not limited to: Annual Conference, Programs, Scholarships, and Sponsorships/Fundraising.

Derek A. Jackson, Esq.

Derek Jackson – Senior Vice President, General Counsel
• Derek Jackson is in his 11th17, 2003 as General Counsel and was promoted to Vice President and General Counsel in 2008 and Senior Vice President in 2013. His responsibilities include drafting all business and baseball related contracts, overseeing any litigation involving the Club, and providing daily legal support for the Club’s ballpark operations, special events, broadcast, sponsorships, sales, marketing, finance, and human resources departments. Notably, Mr. Jackson was part of the Marlins’ front office team that successfully negotiated the agreements with Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami covering the development and construction of a new ballpark for the Miami Marlins at the old Orange Bowl site in Miami (“Marlins Park”). Jackson also handles the Club’s salary arbitration cases and all of its other legal matters.
 
• In 2010, Jackson was named one of the Top 40 executives in sports under the age of 40 by the Sports Business Journal and also was named one of South Florida’s Top 40 Under 40 by the South Florida Business Journal. In 2013, Jackson was named one of 40 Rising Stars under the age of 40 by South Florida’s Daily Business Review.
 
• Prior to the Marlins, Jackson worked for Major League Baseball in the Office of the Commissioner as Counsel, Labor Relations, where he began his baseball career in September 1999. In the Commissioner’s Office in New York, Jackson served as counsel to the 30 Major League Clubs, handling issues arising under the collective bargaining agreement and individual player contracts and providing extensive support on Clubs’ Salary Arbitration cases. Jackson also provided general legal advice for the Office of the Commissioner on various employment and labor law matters.
 
• In June of 1999, Jackson graduated from Harvard Law School where he was a Certified Mediator (1997-99) in Boston’s small claims courts and a clinical volunteer in Boston Legal Aid’s Unemployment Division.
 
• Jackson is also a 1996 graduate of Duke University where he studied economics and graduated cum laude. While at Duke, Jackson was a Head Teaching Assistant in the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy and Vice Chair of the University’s Undergraduate Judicial Board. season with the Miami Marlins. Jackson joined the Club on November.

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