NBPA Makes History and Welcomes Michele Roberts as Executive Director

July 29, 2014

NBPA new Executive Director Michele Roberts and NBPA Executive Committee Chris Paul, Roger Mason, Jr., Anthony Tolliver, James Jones, Willie Green, Andre Iguodala and Steve Blake (L to R)

We are thrilled to formally announce that the NBPA Executive Committee and Board of Player Representatives have elected Michele Roberts as Executive Director to lead the union. Throughout an extensive search, there were many terrific candidates, but Michele's resolve, enthusiasm and vision for the future of the NBPA made her the perfect fit. We are proud of the work done to ensure that players were involved and invested in a process to narrow more than 300 candidates down to the final choice.

"The search process has been lengthy, rigorous and incredibly thorough. Michele impressed our Executive Committee from the first time we met her. Her qualifications and leadership abilities speak for themselves but her ability to relate and connect with our players really distinguished her from some of the other very impressive candidates that we interviewed," said NBPA President Chris Paul.

Michele becomes the first woman to head a major professional sports union in North America. A Washington D.C. based partner with the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meager and Flom, LLP, she is a renowned trial lawyer and a member of the firm’s Litigation Group. Her practice has focused on complex civil and white collar criminal litigation before state and federal courts and in administrative proceedings. Michele has tried more than 100 cases to jury verdicts, representing clients in a wide variety of areas, including products liability, white collar crime, racketeering, securities regulation violations, Title VII issues. She has been called the finest pure trial lawyer in Washington, D.C. by Washingtonian Magazine. Michele also served for eight years in the office of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, where she was named Chief of the Trial Division. She served as counsel in more than 40 jury trials.

We thank the more than 100 players who attended the historic July 28th meeting in Las Vegas and participated in the selection of Michele, whose appointment represents a bold choice and a new direction for the NBPA.