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Craig richardson

Marketing Advisor

Craig joined the FPA board in 2004 to help oversee the organization’s fundraising and marketing efforts.  Through his efforts, the FPA is not only financially self-sustaining, but has been able to provide grants and scholarships to worthy organizations and individuals in need.  Craig is also the Founder and CEO of JustRivals.com, which allows companies to create unique and engaging viral content that directly leads users to a specific transaction or conversion on their website.  The company has over 200 partners including NASCAR, NFL Shop, Ticket Master, and Bloomingdales. Prior to starting JR, Craig was the Managing Director of Stadium Capital Financing Group, a sports subsidiary of Morgan Stanley that delivered marketing and financing solutions for professional and collegiate arenas and stadiums.  Craig has held senior management positions at Leigh Steinberg Sports Management, ABN Sports Management and First Ideas Marketing. In 2008, Craig founded the Rival Golf Classic, which annually brings together legends from the Giants, Cowboys, Eagles and Washington Football Club to raise money for select military causes including the PGA Mission of Hope.  Craig earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University and his MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two daughters.

 
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Cyrus Mehri

Counsel

Cyrus Mehri is a founding partner of the law firm Mehri & Skalet, PLLC.  Mr. Mehri has served as co-lead class counsel in some of the largest and most significant race and gender cases in U.S. history: Roberts v. Texaco Inc., ($176 million; S.D.N.Y. 1997); Ingram v. The Coca-Cola Company ($192 million; N.D. Ga. 2001); Robinson v. Ford Motor Company ($10 million and 279 apprentice positions; S.D. Ohio 2005); August-Johnson v. Morgan Stanley ($47 million; D.D.C. 2007); Amachoev v. Smith Barney ($34 million; N.D. Cal. 2008); Norflet v. John Hancock Life Insurance Co. ($24 million; D. Conn. 2009), Carter v. Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC ($32 million; D.D.C. 2011) and Brown v. Medicis ($7.2 million; D.D.C 2015, sexual harassment class action case). The hallmark of these settlements is innovative programmatic relief, including the creation of new selection procedures for advancement.

 
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N. Jeremi Duru

Counsel

N. Jeremi Duru, a Professor of Law at American University’s Washington College of Law, serves as “of counsel” to the Fritz Pollard Alliance. Before entering academia, Professor Duru was an associate at Mehri & Skalet, PLLC in Washington, DC.

Professor Duru is among the nation’s foremost sports law authorities. He is a co-author of one of the field’s premier casebooks, Sports Law and Regulation: Cases and Materials (4th edition) (Wolters Kluwer), as well as one of the field’s premier explorations of sports agency, The Business of Sports Agents (3rd edition) (U. of Penn Press). In addition, he is the sole author of Advancing the Ball: Race, Reformation, and the Quest for Equal Coaching Opportunity in the NFL (Oxford University Press), which examines the NFL’s movement toward increased equality of opportunity for coaches and front office personnel.

Professor Duru is active in the national sports law community, serving as a member of the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s Anti-Doping Review Board and the National Sports Law Institute’s Board of Advisors, but he also frequently lectures and consults abroad.  Among other international engagements, Professor Duru has taught and studied on a Fulbright Fellowship at Faculdades Integradas Helio Alonso in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and has served as a visiting professor at the University of Sydney in Sydney, Australia and the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, China.