Best Seat in the House
Jeffrey Moorad ‘81, Vice Chairman of the San Diego Padres, dreamed of being a lawyer involved in sports as an undergraduate at UCLA. After graduating from Villanova Law he returned to Los Angeles where he got his first big break, representing five members of the 1984 U.S. Olympic baseball team. He is now one of the best known figures in sports. As a member of Villanova’s Sports and Entertainment Law Journal Advisory Board, Moorad is helping another generation of young lawyers achieve their dreams.
The founder of Moorad Sports Management, he began specializing in athlete representation in 1983, with his main focus on Major League Baseball. Moorad's reputation as a knowledgeable and respected negotiator has earned him a spot on The Sporting News' 100 Most Powerful People in Sports on eight occasions, as he helped revolutionize player representation. Moorad became General Partner of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2005 and CEO of the San Diego Padres in 2009. Moorad helped his clients understand the responsibility of serving as role models in the community, encouraging them to contribute millions of dollars to community programs, including their own non-profit foundations and alma maters.