Lal Heneghan

 

A respected attorney and sports executive with more than 20 years of experience in professional sports, Lal Heneghan has served with 2 NFL franchises as Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Counsel. In addition, Heneghan worked in the NFL League Office for its labor group as an attorney and administrator, working closely with each of the NFL teams in all aspects of their daily operations.

Most recently, Heneghan served the San Francisco Forty Niners as Executive Vice President of Football Operations and Legal Counsel. In that role, he supervised all aspects of football operations and legal affairs for the team.

Working at the NFL club level, Heneghan's football operations experience includes more than 10 years responsibility and experience in negotiating player and coaching contracts, as well as the supervision of daily football operations (Coaching, players, player personnel, medical/training, equipment, player development, video, etc.).

As General Counsel for the 49ers, Heneghan was responsible for the club's legal affairs, including club compliance with all applicable federal, state and local legal statutes and regulations as well as all provisions of the NFL Constitution and Bylaws, the league's Collective Bargaining Agreement, and the preparation or reviewing of all contracts entered into by the club.

Prior to working with the 49ers, Heneghan was VP of Football Operations and General Counsel of the Cleveland Browns, joining in 1998 as the club re-started operations in Cleveland. As a new franchise, the Browns reached the playoffs in only their fourth year.

Heneghan joined the NFL league office in 1991, spending seven years with the NFL Management Council as a staff attorney and then Director of Labor Relations. He supervised the administration and interpretation of the NFL salary cap, the CBA, and all other daily operations involving players. As labor counsel, Heneghan represented the NFL clubs in arbitration proceedings and advised the clubs on various labor issues. In 1993, as part of the NFL's labor negotiating group, he participated in negotiations with the NFLPA which resulted in the 1993 CBA and subsequent extensions.

Heneghan worked closely with the NFL's Player Development Department, and conducted league-wide and team seminars for players on the Salary Cap and player benefits, financial education, degree completion and career internship programs.

During his time in the NFL League Office, Heneghan served on the NFL Management Council's Working Club Executive Committee and served as a Trustee of the NFL Players Insurance Plan as well as the NFL Players Tuition Plan.

Prior to joining the NFL, Heneghan was a labor attorney with the Washington, D.C. firm Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld. Heneghan also served as a law clerk for the NFL Players' Association, working with the union's legal department to protect players' rights.

Heneghan was a tight end and co-captain for the 1984 University of Pennsylvania Ivy League Champion football team. Born in Rockville, MD., Heneghan received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center. Lal and his wife Amy, a pediatrician, have two children and live near Palo Alto, California.

 
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