Teri Patterson Smith was hired as the Special Counsel to the Executive Director of the National Football League Players Association on August 4, 2009.
She was promoted to Deputy Managing Director in August of 2010. Teri Patterson Smith is the first female to be named counsel at the NFL Players Association. As a Deputy Managing Director and Special Counsel, Teri has a diverse role and a broad range of responsibility within the NFLPA. She has wide influence and responsibility for not only NFLPA staff but also for players and their families. In this role, Teri assists the Executive Director and Managing Director in the direction of over 100 employees and advises the Executive Director on discreet legal matters and NFL front office communication. Additionally, she manages and oversees all NFLPA community efforts and serves as the primary liaison for NFL players’ wives, mothers, and fathers. Teri led the NFLPA’s efforts with regards to properly preparing NFL players and their families for the 2011 Lockout. She put together a comprehensive guide that included advice and programs for managing finances, health services and insurance options, handling media inquiries and counseling options. Additionally, she led the NFLPA’s “Business of Football” Rookie Symposium in June 2011 during the NFL lockout, which provided rookies with education on resources available and tools for successfully making the transition to being an NFL player. Finally, Teri continues to oversee the NFLPA’s “One Team One Community” initiative which improves the quality of life of the communities that support NFL players. Teri has worked hard to significantly increase the visibility and impact of this initiative over the past couple of years and in turn, created and manages the NFLPA’s breast cancer awareness initiative “One Team for the Cure,” which includes annual events and initiatives. As an adjunct professor in Georgetown’s Sports Industry Management program, Teri has taught a sports law class since 2011 and has a direct influence on future leaders of the sports industry. She has been named Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal Forty Under 40: Class of 2015. She was also named to the EnVest Foundation’s “40 Under 40” list in 2010 and is a member of the Sports Lawyers Association. Teri received her undergraduate degree in Accounting, summa cum laude, from Howard University and her Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in the State of New York and the District of Columbia.
Howard University - B.B.A - Accounting
Columbia University School of Law - J.D.