Mary K. Braza- Foley & Lardner LLP
Mary K. Braza, co-chair of the Sports Industry Team at Foley & Lardner LLP, has established herself as a recognized leader on national sports legal issues and as an effective advocate for her clients. With more than 30 years of experience, she has a broad range of experience in both litigation and deal-making in sports. She acted for many years as a strategic adviser and counselor to Major League Baseball under former Commissioner Allan H. (“Bud”) Selig. She championed the cause of the University of Maryland in a fight over conference realignment. She serves on the boards of three national organizations examining the role of sports law and is the recipient of many awards and honors.
Maya Mendoza-Exstrom– Seattle Sounders FC
Maya is in her fourth season as General Counsel for Seattle Sounders FC and the middle of her third decade as a fan of Sounders FC. As General Counsel. Maya oversees all legal aspects of both the business and soccer side of the organization. Maya also serves as the corporate secretary and advises ownership and senior leadership in risk management, governance and compliance. In addition, Maya serves as the government affairs director for the organization. An experienced non-profit board member, consultant and leader, she was the founding Executive Director of the RAVE Foundation, the official charitable arm of Sounders FC, and she also serves as a board member for the Seattle Parks Foundation, Washington State Legends of Soccer, and is entering her tenth year as a Trustee on the Highline Schools Foundation Board. A former All-American soccer player, Maya spent seven years in a small private practice operating as outside counsel representing a range of companies in business and real estate transactions, intellectual property licensing, employment law, franchise law and litigation. She is a USSF B Licensed coach, and has coached at every level from beginning recreational 6 year olds to elite youth and college.