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Browns Name Fred Nance as General Counsel

The Browns have named Frederick R. Nance, one of Cleveland’s most influential figures and respected trial lawyers, General Counsel.

“The naming of Fred Nance as General Counsel strengthens our ability to manage any number of matters,” said Browns Owner Randy Lerner. “I’ve had a strong and productive working relationship with Fred for many years and admire the many and various contributions he’s made to the City of Cleveland.”

Nance serves as the Regional Managing Partner for the international law firm, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P., where he is also a member of the firm’s seven person Management Committee and has practiced for more than 30 years. He spearheads the firm’s sports and entertainment practice and is highly regarded as an outstanding trial lawyer.

Nance has had a longstanding involvement with the National Football League, including leading the negotiation of a series of agreements with the NFL guaranteeing the return of the Browns to Cleveland. In 2006, Nance was selected from among several hundred candidates as one of five finalists for the position of Commissioner of the National Football League, becoming the first minority candidate in history to reach the final round of competition for Commissioner of a major league sport.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Nance recently completed a term as Chairman of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, the nation’s largest Chamber of Commerce, and holds trustee positions with the Cleveland Clinic and the Cleveland Foundation, among others.

He is a National Advisory Board Member of the National Association of Black Sports Professionals (NABSP) and is a member of the Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers Association (BESLA). In 2008, Nance was awarded the Distinguished American of the Year Award by the National Football Foundation, Northeastern Ohio Chapter.

Nance has been with Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P. since his graduation from law school. Founded in Cleveland in 1890, the Firm now has 32 offices in 15 countries. Nance will remain as a Squire Sanders partner while representing the Browns and handling other client responsibilities.


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