Anastasia Danias is Senior Vice President and Chief Litigation Officer for the National Football League. In this role, she oversees all commercial, intellectual property, mass tort, labor and employment, insurance recovery, antitrust, and class action litigation involving the NFL and its affiliated companies. She has led the NFL's most high-profile litigations, including the League’s ongoing multi-district litigation and landmark concussion class action settlement, the right of publicity class action brought by retired players relating to the use of historic game footage, the class action filed by retired players alleging that they suffer from injuries resulting from the alleged improper administration of prescription painkillers during their playing days, antitrust claims relating to the televised distribution of Sunday Ticket and an antitrust challenge by the players’ union during the 2011 lockout.
In her 18 years with the League, Ms. Danias has provided regular counsel to the NFL’s owners, Commissioners, and senior management team on every aspect of the League’s activities. She also holds officer positions in more than a dozen League-affiliated companies, including NFL Enterprises, NFL Ventures, NFL Properties, and NFL International. She recently launched an in-house pro bono program at the NFL in partnership with the Lawyers’ Alliance of New York.
Ms. Danias has been honored for her work by being named as one of the Sports Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 (2012), being included in the Legal500’s GC Power List (2016-17) and being honored as the 2014 Lawyer of the Year by the Hellenic Lawyers Association of NY. She has also been featured in several publications, including Fortune ("Get to Know these 10 NFL Women Before Watching the Super Bowl"), Modern Counsel (“Changing the Game”) and Marie Claire ("The Best Defense in Football"). She has taught sports law as an Adjunct Professor at New York Law School and as a lecturer at Cardozo Law School and Fordham School of Law.
Ms. Danias graduated from Rutgers College and Fordham School of law, and prior to joining the National Football League was an associate at the law firm Hughes Hubbard and Reed.