Lakers hire Dan Grigsby as general counsel; Jim Perzik named senior VP

The Lakers made their first offseason move, promoting Jim Perzik from general counsel to senior vice president of legal affairs/secretary, while Dan Grigsby will fill Perzik’s former position.

Grigbsy previously worked with the National Sports Law Group as the partner and chairman with the law firm Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell. He had also worked as outside legal counsel for the Lakers with both the firm and with Arnold & Porter (2001-04), Blanc Williams Johnston & Kronstadt (1997-2001), Nossaman, Guthner, Knox & Elliott (1991-97) and Fine, Perzik & Friedman (1981-91). Grigsby received degrees in political science (UCLA in 1977) and law (Whitter College School of Law in 1981).

“Having worked with Dan as our outside legal representative for over 30 years, we’re very familiar and comfortable with him, and have the highest regard for him as both an attorney and person,” Lakers president Jeanie Buss said in a statement on Tuesday.

Perzik represented former Lakers owner Jerry Buss for 45 years, including his initial acquisition of the franchise in 1979 that also included the Forum and properties from former owner Jack Kent Cooke for $67.5 million. Perzik’s new role will entail overseeing the Lakers’ legal issues, including the development of the team’s new training facility and offices. The Lakers say that he will decrease his office workload on Jan. 2015, but will work with the team as a consultant.

“Jim has been a part of our Lakers family as well as an important member of our organization for many years,” Jeanie Buss said in a statement. “His contributions to our company and our success have been invaluable and greatly appreciated.”


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