As a board member for NYU Law’s Sports Law Association, I had the pleasure this past week to interview Ben Meiselas, the attorney who represented Colin Kaepernick in his lawsuit against the National Football League. Ben is a partner at Geragos & Geragos and heads the firm’s transactional and civil rights practice, however he is best known for representing former quarterback and civil rights activist, Colin Kaepernick. On top of being a full-time lawyer, Ben has also been the General Counsel for the Big3 Basketball League, currently serves as General Counsel for Colin Kaepernick’s “Know your Rights Camp,” and earlier last-year co-founded “Meidas Touch,” a progressive SuperPac which produces political ads to energize and engage voters. Ben was awarded the 2019 Variety Impact Lawyer of the Year for his legal achievements. He graduated law school from Georgetown in 2010. In this interview, we touch on Kaepernick’s role in the racial justice movement, the power of a law degree, working for P Diddy and Senator Hillary Clinton, advice for law school students, and much more.
Video interview shortcuts:
2:35 – 2020 in review, 7:13 – Working for P Diddy and Senator Hillary Clinton, 11:53 – Power of a law degree, 14:10 – Do you consider yourself a sports lawyer?, 19:05 – Colin Kaepernick’s role in 2021, 23:00 – Litigation vs. corporate work, and doing both, 28:14 – Combining passions in your career