For over 10 years, Jeff Fannell has worked at the highest levels of professional sports as a litigator, negotiator and advisor. From 2000 through 2010, Jeff served as Assistant General Counsel for the Major League Baseball Players Association. In that role, Jeff represented all Major League Baseball players in all areas of collective bargaining. He also provided strategic advice and counsel to certified player agents in individual contract negotiations and in matters arising under player contracts, the collective bargaining agreement and the Major League Rules.
During his career at the MLBPA, Jeff played an active role in the development and preparation of hundreds of salary arbitration cases, and appeared as an Association representative in well over 50 salary arbitration hearings. Additionally, Jeff investigated, filed, litigated and resolved through settlement a variety of grievances on behalf of Major League players. Jeff also served as lead attorney in negotiations with the MLB Office of the Commissioner on amendments to the Major League Rules and the Official Playing Rules.
Upon leaving the MLBPA, Jeff established a private consulting practice where he continues to advise baseball players and their agents. He also handles grievance arbitration and salary arbitration matters for the National Hockey League Players Association. In addition, since 2002, Jeff has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at his alma mater, St. Johns University School of Law in Queens, NY.
Jeff earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Administration from St. Johns University in 1992 and his JurisDoctorate degree from St. Johns in 1996. Upon graduation, Jeff began his legal career as a Field Attorney for the National Labor Relations Board in New York City. He spent the next three years as Associate General Counsel for the AFL-CIO in Washington, D.C, before launching his career at the MLBPA.