Chicago (September 6, 2022) – Karen Leetzow, Chief Legal Officer of the United States Soccer Federation, won MVP at Law360’s Sports & Betting Awards and was named General Counsel of the Year as part of Corporate Counsel’s 2022 Women, Influence and Power in Law Awards. I was.
The award marks the year Li Zhou played a key role in U.S. Soccer and the Women’s and Men’s National Teams Union, achieving true equal pay and agreeing to the historic first-ever collective bargaining agreement that set the global standard moving forward. continue. international soccer. Leetzow and the US Soccer legal team also reached a landmark agreement with the USWNT to settle an equal pay lawsuit.
“We are proud to have Karen recognized as one of the most prominent attorneys in the industry,” said U.S. Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cohn. “She has been an invaluable member of our leadership team in terms of her work in our legal department and her advocacy for DEIB.”
Law360’s MVP Award is given to lawyers who set themselves apart from their peers by securing hard-earned success in high-profile cases, complex global issues, and record-breaking deals.
The Corporate Counsel’s 2022 Women, Influence and Power in Law Awards honor leaders, business strategists, complex problem solvers, outstanding attorneys, and individuals dedicated to promoting Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB). It is given to women who show great devotion. legal industry. Winners will be honored at an awards dinner in Washington DC on October 18th.
“I am very honored that US Soccer has trusted me to solve a very complex and thorny problem,” said Leetzow. “I would like to thank my team, the national team players and their union representatives for allowing me to participate in the conversation and for working together to rebuild relationships and find a way forward. Winning not one but two such wonderful and prestigious awards is the culmination of two years of very hard work and putting US football back on a positive path towards a very exciting future. I am proud to have contributed to
Leetzow holds a law degree from the Washington College of Law, American University in DC. She worked for eight years in government and private practice before stepping into the sports industry in 1999 when she joined NASCAR. In her 21-year career with NASCAR, she oversaw NASCAR’s trademark portfolio, sponsorships, licensing, litigation, and media. She is the female legal counsel in the organization’s history. Leetzow joined US She Football as Chief Legal Officer in 2020.