Chicago Bears Appoint Krista Whitaker as New EVP, CLO

Krista Whitaker joins the Chicago Bears as Chief Legal Officer, bringing her sports law expertise from her time with the Miami Heat to aid in the team's future developments, including a new stadium project.

Chicago Bears Appoint Krista Whitaker as New EVP, CLO

The Chicago Bears have announced the appointment of Krista Whitaker as the team's new Executive Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs and Chief Legal Officer. Whitaker, who is transitioning from her previous role with the NBA's Miami Heat, brings a rich background in sports law to the storied NFL franchise.

Whitaker's connection with football runs deep, tracing back to her upbringing in Fort Worth, Texas, where the sport is a cultural staple. Her academic journey, including her time at Texas A&M and later at Stanford Law School, has been punctuated by a consistent focus on the intersection of law and sports.

At the Miami Heat, Whitaker held the position of Vice President and Associate General Counsel, where she offered strategic legal guidance on various aspects of the organization's operations. Her responsibilities extended to teaching Sports Law at the University of Miami School of Law, where she also participated as a member of the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Program Advisory Board.

Whitaker's career also includes a stint at Proskauer Rose, a leading international law firm, where she represented clients across sports and media sectors. Her achievements have been recognized by multiple legal and sports publications, reflecting her influence and expertise within the industry.

In her new role with the Bears, Whitaker will oversee the legal department, working in tandem with President & CEO Kevin Warren to navigate the club's legal and business affairs. She will be tasked with managing legal matters on a global scale, covering transactional, corporate, litigation, commercial, security, and regulatory issues.

The Bears' legal team will also benefit from the addition of Andrea "Andy" Zopp, who joins as a Senior Advisor of Legal and Business Affairs. Zopp's extensive experience in both the public and private sectors will complement Whitaker's legal acumen, as they work to align the club's legal strategy with its broader organizational goals.

Warren has expressed his enthusiasm for the appointments, emphasizing the importance of their roles in the club's future development, including the planning of a new stadium for the Bears. The combination of Whitaker's sports law background and Zopp's leadership experience positions the Bears to strengthen their legal operations significantly.

Whitaker's appointment is seen as a strategic move for the Bears, reflecting the club's commitment to excellence and innovation within its legal and business affairs. Her proven track record and passion for football will be integral as the Bears navigate the evolving landscape of the NFL and sports law.

For more details on this news, read The Chicago Bears' official press release

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