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New York Regional Event

General Counsel Sports Panel
Rosetta Ellis-Pillie
Vice President, Assistant Chief Counsel, ESPN
Rosetta Ellis-Pilie is Vice President, Talent Development and Negotiations.  In that role, Ellis-Pilie leads the efforts of ESPN’s Talent Office, which is responsible for hiring, developing, guiding and negotiating contracts for ESPN’s public-facing Talent team across linear, digital, radio and social platforms.

Prior to her current role, Ellis-Pilie, who joined ESPN in 2011, worked as an attorney in ESPN’s Legal Department for a decade, during which she represented ESPN in labor and employment  law matters, regarding which she was instrumental in overseeing and negotiating on-air Talent agreements, as well as managing innumerable other Talent-related matters.  In addition, during Ellis-Pilie’s tenure, she served as lead attorney for ESPN Radio, the ESPY Awards, and ESPN’s “combat sport” category, which included legal oversight of ESPN’s immense boxing film library and negotiation of content rights agreements, including ESPN’s Top Rank Boxing and UFC partnerships.                    

Prior to joining ESPN, Ellis-Pilie led the labor and employment law practice for Sun Chemical Corporation where she was responsible for representing the company in domestic and international labor and employment matters, and served as Chairperson of its Global Compliance Committee.  Prior to joining Sun Chemical, Ellis-Pilie was a Labor and Employment Associate at McDermott, Will & Emery and Proskauer Rose LLP.

 A graduate of Seton Hall University with a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice and a minor in business administration, the New Jersey-native earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.  While there, she served as a member of the Virginia Law Review, the Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law, and on the inaugural managing board of the Virginia Journal of Sports & the Law.  Ellis-Pilie is also military veteran who served in the United States Army.  She received numerous awards for excellence, and her stationed sites included Germany, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq.
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