Laura Brevetti, K&L Gates partner and former U.S. Department of Justice attorney, is moving in-house to World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., also known as WWE, a media company focused on wrestling events and sports entertainment. Brevetti was appointed senior vice president, general counsel and secretary, reporting directly to WWE chairman and chief executive officer, Vince McMahon, at the Stamford, Conn., company.
Brevetti, 62, has been a partner at K&L Gates since 2009. Prior to joining the firm she had her own practice and was Attorney-in-Charge of the U.S. Justice Department’s Organized Crime Strike Force in the Eastern District.
At K&L Gates, she has focused primarily on litigation, regulatory and government enforcement. As general counsel for the 700-employee WWE, Brevetti said she will oversee a variety of matters such as intellectual property transactional and litigation work, contract matters and enforcement and licensing. “The common thread is there are a lot of regulatory matters that any corporation is confronted with,” Brevetti said.
Brevetti, who has represented McMahon in the past, said WWE has been a K&L Gates client for more than 25 years and she was impressed by the company’s legal team. “They have a desire to fight and vindicate their rights when necessary. They don’t fold,” she said. Her last day at K&L Gates is Friday and she begins at WWE Oct. 7.
Brevetti said she has been considering going in-house for some years. “Boards and senior management,” she said, “are coming to appreciate the work ethic and the smarts that many…women are bringing to bear on the job.”