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Leigh William Steinberg, the real life inspiration of the sports agent from the film “Jerry Maguire,” is the pre-eminent sports agent and sports attorney with over four decades of handling hundreds of elite professional athletes in football, baseball, basketball, golf, boxing, volleyball, and Olympic sports. He represented the Number 1 pick in the NFL draft a record eight times, in addition to representing over 60 other first round draft picks just in the NFL. Leigh’s client roster included: Steve Young, Troy Aikman, Warren Moon, Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas, Kordell Stewart, Jeff George, Ben Roethlisberger, Myron Rolle, Matt Leinart, Mark Brunell, Ricky Williams, Howie Long, Eric Karros, Dusty Baker, Lennox Lewis, Oscar de la Hoya, and John Starks to name a few. For many years Mr. Steinberg and Jeff Moorad were in a sports agency partnership (Steinberg, Moorad & Dunn, or “SMD”). The firm was sold Oct., 1999 to Assante Sports Management Group; Leigh later reacquired some pieces of the agency. Steinberg Sports and Entertainment is now working to become the premier full service boutique agency spanning the vast market of athlete representation in addition to working to promote several platforms, such as sustainability, league and team development, concussion research, youth sports and family development, and philanthropy.
Leigh is considered the pioneer converging sports and entertainment, and he is frequently sought out to act as a consultant on a variety of entertainment projects, most notably “For Love of the Game,” “Any Given Sunday,” as well as the TV series “Arliss.” Leigh is also featured on national television programs, such as “60 Minutes,” “Larry King Live,” “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “CNN,” “CNN World,” and many more, as well as a host of magazines have covered him including: Business Week, Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, People, Success, Forbes, Playboy, GQ, FHM, LA Times Sunday Magazine, Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine, amongst others. Mr. Steinberg is also known for his desire for athletes to make a positive contribution to society and as a result, Steinberg’s clients donated over $600 million to hundreds of charities and scholarships nationwide. An accomplished speaker, Steinberg travels the world addressing topics he is passionate about ranging from sports and entertainment, concussion prevention, the environment, to political and economic issues. Steinberg was one of the first to shed light on the concussive issue as a “ticking time bomb,” and a “health epidemic.” Leigh’s is often a keynote speaker at conferences on the concussion subject, including the “New Developments in Sports-Related Concussions” conference hosted by the worldwide leader in traumatic brain injury research, the University of Pittsburgh Medical College Sport Medicine Department. Additionally, one of Leigh’s advocacy platforms is his famous Super Bowl Party, which brings together some of the most prestigious businessmen, and leaders in sports and entertainment to benefit designated charities.
Mr. Steinberg was admitted to the California State Bar in 1974 after earning his Juris Doctor from Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley’s law school, in 1973. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science also from UC Berkeley in 1970. Steinberg wrote a best-selling book in 1998, “Winning with Integrity,” providing readers insight on how to improve their life through non-confrontational negotiating.
Dr. Eric Morgan
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Frank Newton Gifford, In Memoriam
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Frank Gifford is a former NFL Football player and American sports broadcaster. As an undergraduate at Bakersfield Junior College he made Junior College All-American before transferring to the University of Southern California (USC) on a full athletic scholarship, where he was named an All-American in 1951. When the New York Giants selected Frank in the first round of the 1952 NFL draft he contributed immediately on both offense and defense, ultimately going to eight Pro Bowls with five trips to the NFL Championship. In 1956, he was the recipient of the NFL’s Most Valuable Player Award, leading the Giants to an NFL title over the Chicago Bears.
During a 1960 game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Frank suffered a severe head injury that led him to early retirement. He elected to return to the Giants in 1962, changing positions from running back to wide receiver, and despite the layoff and positional change he became a star once again-the first ever recipient of United Press International’s Comeback Player of the Year Award. During his professional career Frank visited the Pro Bowl at three different positions-defensive back, running back, and wide receiver-before ultimately retiring (this time for good) in 1964. During his 12 seasons with the New York Giants (136 regular season games) Frank Gifford accumulated 3,609 rushing yards and 34 touchdowns on 840 carries. He added 367 receptions for 5,434 yards and 43 touchdowns while also completing 29 of the 63 passes he threw for 823 yards and 14 touchdowns with 6 interceptions. His record for most career touchdowns with the New York Giants (78) remains unsurpassed to this day (50 years later). He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.
Mr. Gifford enjoyed a successful second career as a sports broadcaster on radio and television, originally on CBS, then ABC. From 1971 he became a regular on ABC-TV, with Monday Night Football and ABC’s Wide World of Sports, Olympic Games, skiing, golf, and guest hosted Good Morning America. Frank is a published author and co-author of several books on football: “The Glory Game: How the 1958 NFL Championship Changed Football Forever,” “The Whole Ten Yards,” and “Gifford on Courage.” A multiple Emmy Award-winner, he was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2012.
Cody Newton Gifford
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Cody Gifford is a writer, film and television producer, and former Division I Football player for the University of Southern California. Initially, Cody delayed trying out for the Trojans football team due to a series of concussions in pursuit of a second consecutive LL State Championship with his high school football team in Greenwich, Connecticut. Eventually Cody was cleared by trusted medical personnel, and after two years away from playing football, he battled back from his injuries to make the squad as a walk-on during his junior year of college committing two years to the Trojans as a wide receiver.
In 2012, Cody graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, and endeavors with Tate Technologies in the vanguard, to help facilitate continued advancement of the Company’s comprehensive protective solutions to various sports-related brain injuries-the debilitating effects of which he has experienced firsthand.
Outside of football Cody had the privilege of interning as a script reader for famed director Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions, Los Angeles, as well supporting in the development of multiple feature-length films as a writer’s assistant in the Twentieth Century Fox Writers Studio. In 2014, Cody commenced the low-residence Master’s program in Creative Writing at the University of Oxford, and is currently co-producing and adapting to film his father’s New York Times bestselling account of the 1958 NFL Championship, The Glory Game: How the 1958 NFL Championship Changed Football Forever. The game Sports Illustrated would later call, “the greatest game ever played.”
Wayland R. Hicks
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Wayland served as Director and Vice Chairman of United Rentals, Inc. from 1998 until March 2009. At United Rentals, Inc., he also served as Chief Executive Officer from December 2003 until June 2007 and Chief Operating Officer from 1997 until December 2003. Wayland additionally served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Indigo N.V. from 1996 to 1997, and as Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nextel Communications Corp. from 1994 to 1995. From 1967 to 1994, he held various executive positions with Xerox Corporation, including Executive Vice President responsible for Engineering and Manufacturing of all of the company’s products. Following that, he served as Executive Vice President, Marketing operations worldwide, reporting to the Chairman. Wayland is currently Lead Director of Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc., Portland, OR. He previously served on the boards of Maytag Corporation, Tektronix, Sensormatic and Perdue Farms. He holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Indiana University.
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Jaime is the CEO of Cerebral Assets, LLC, a multipurpose Global IP advisory that provides global IP and business strategy consulting, deal facilitations, brokerage services, as well as expert witness services on patent and technology licensing and damages. Cerebral Assets’ clients cover the spectrum from Fortune Top 10 to early stage start-ups, Private Equity firms and foreign government incubator programs covering technology areas including electronics, consumer products, life sciences, biotechnology, and medical devices. Jaime is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Irvine Law School, where he teaches courses on the business of patent licensing and patent litigation. Additionally, Jaime is the Global Director of Licensing for the Open Invention Network (OIN), the world’s largest patent non-aggression community, creating a collaborative space around the Linux System Definition to promote innovation in Linux.
Prior to starting Cerebral Assets, Jaime was EVP in charge of licensing for Acacia Research Group LLC, one of the largest publicly held patent licensing organizations. Previously he spent over 15 years at Sony Corporation of America as Vice President and Senior IP Counsel, where he was responsible for global patent litigation for Sony family companies and out licensing programs, among other duties, including being the official representative of Sony Corporation of America to Taiwan. Jaime is also a designated Neutral (Mediator/Arbitrator) by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). While at Sony, Jaime served as Chairman of the Board of MPEG LA, the world’s most successful patent licensing pool, for two years. Prior to joining Sony, Jaime was an associate attorney at the leading IP firms of Fish & Neave and Kenyon & Kenyon, starting off his career as an engineer in the aerospace industry.
Mr. Siegel was recently named by WIPR as a 2017 Leader in IP, and is designated by IAM as one of the World’s Leading IP Strategists for four consecutive years from 2014-2017. Jaime received his JD from Brooklyn Law School (night program) and his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University. Starting in 2010, Jaime serves as a National Trustee and committee member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum.