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NFL’s Raiders New General Counsel For Antitrust Suit

 |  October 11, 2022

The NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders, fresh off a US Supreme Court decision on their relocation to the city from California, have hired a new general counsel in former Snell & Wilmer partner Justin Carley.

Carley for nearly three years has been the Honolulu-based senior assistant general counsel at real estate development and management company Howard Hughes Corp. He spent 13 years at Snell & Wilmer handling construction litigation and real estate work in Las Vegas before leaving in 2019.

He succeeds Kevin Manara, a former NFL labor relations and policy lawyer who the Raiders hired a year ago as the team coped with an email scandal involving former head coach Jon Gruden, who is suing the league. The Raiders parted ways with Manara over the summer.

Carley joins the Raiders in the same month the team watched the U.S. Supreme Court decline to hear a dispute over its move to Las Vegas from Oakland, Calif. The Raiders played in Oakland from the time of their creation in 1960 to 1982 and again from 1994 through 2019. The team spent the intervening 12 years in Los Angeles.

The Raiders in a statement confirmed Carley’s new role, noting that his addition helps to “herald the team’s next phase.”

Earlier this year the Raiders hired a new president in Sandra Douglass Morgan, a former counsel at Covington & Burling. Morgan, a Las Vegas native, became the first Black woman to hold a team president position in the NFL.

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