Lisa K. Levine is General Counsel to the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), the only sanctioned women’s professional soccer league in the United States. Embarking on its historical eighth competitive season in 2020, Ms. Levine was part of the team that formed NWSL in 2012, drafting the league’s governing documents as well as its player contracts, manuals, rules and guidelines that control the league’s day-to-day operations. Ms. Levine also negotiated sponsorship, broadcast, and licensing agreements on behalf of the league, and assists with all aspects of league functions.
Prior to her position at NWSL, Ms. Levine served as General Counsel to the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body for soccer in the United States and the National Governing Body of the sport as recognized by the United States Olympic Committee. In that position, Ms. Levine drafted and reviewed a variety of transactional agreements; interpreted and ensured compliance with, and addressed grievances under, the collective bargaining agreements with the senior Men’s and Women’s National Teams; engaged with the Marketing and Communications Departments regarding sponsor activation and corporate communications; and managed litigation and other adversarial proceedings in national and international settings, among other duties.
Ms. Levine is a frequent lecturer, and has been an adjunct law professor since 2001, in subjects ranging from sports law to business law. Ms. Levine is a graduate of Virginia Tech (B.A.) and the College of William and Mary (M.A.), with degrees in English. She earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence (magna cum laude) from Syracuse University College of Law.