The New York Giants, after securing their first berth since 2016, are looking to push forward to the Super Bowl with a new head of the legal team of ‘ me.
Richard Hernandez was promoted this month to general counsel of the National Football League franchise. Hernandez, who did not respond to a request for comment, confirmed his promotion recently. walking posted on his LinkedIn profile. The Giants’ front office page website it also lists his new legal role.
Hernandez, former chairman of antitrust and gaming at McCarter & English, was hired by the Giants an assistant general counsel last year. He takes over the club’s top legal seat from William Heller, a fellow McCarter alum The Giants brought it in the house in 2010.
A Giants spokesman and Heller, whose name was removed from the team’s website this month, did not respond to requests for comment.
Heller was named a defendant in 2021 judgment a former video editor who says the Giants fired him in retaliation for complaining about the allegations workplace violence. The trial was held in secret settlement after the team searched dismissed the case.
Giants president and CEO John Mara, the eldest son of longtime Giants owner Wellington Mara, is a former employee and employee of the defunct New York company. Shea & Gould. John Mara preceded Heller as the club’s general counsel.
Hernandez, the new general counsel for the Giants, began his legal career in 2001 at what is now Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer. He joined McCarter in 2004 and partner in February 2012, the same month The giant was swinging the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI. During his time in private practice, Hernandez specialized in antitrust and financial services, as well as corporate law.
The Giants aren’t the only NFL team in the market for legal talent.
The Jacksonville Jaguars, who just pulled out the return third-big in NFL history, hired assistant general counsel Brittni Fabinak earlier this month.
Fabinak, most recently a senior corporate consultant for the health machine startup Olive AI Inc., said LinkedIn channel his first week at the club was closed with a winning division on the Tennessee Titans.