NIU College of Law alumnus Jeffrey Lenkov has played a huge role in a significant moment in the history of Major League Baseball (MLB). Lenkov helped to broker a major deal between former professional baseball legend Pete Rose and Fox Sports for Rose to be a guest studio analyst. MLB’s all-time hits leader, Rose was banned from the game of baseball in 1989 for betting on the Cincinnati Reds while managing the team. Lenkov is also representing Rose in his effort to be reinstated to baseball.
Lenkov, a 1991 graduate, is a partner in the Los Angeles law firm Manning & Kass Ellrod, Ramirez & Trester LLP. He serves as the firm’s chair of the sports law practice as well as the retail, restaurant, and hospitality practice. Among his clients are numerous nationally and internationally-known athletes and franchises, including the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Sparks and the St. Louis Cardinals. He has served as a Judge Pro Tem in the Los Angeles Superior Court, as a television legal analyst and as an adjunct professor.
A very active alumnus, Lenkov has always understood the value in giving back to his community and to his law school. He is an award-winning proponent of pro bono services in the Los Angeles community, and in 2007, he was honored as the NIU College of Law’s Outstanding Alumnus of the Year. In addition, he often serves as a guest speaker in the NIU Law sports and entertainment law class, sharing the “Secrets of his Success” in a lecture with the rest of the student body.
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