Arizona D-backs promote Nona Lee to executive vice president, chief legal officer

The Arizona Diamondbacks have promoted Nona Lee to executive vice president and chief legal officer.

The longtime sports executive will be entering her 20th season with the D-backs in 2019 and has overseen all legal issues for the organization since 2005, according to a press release

Nona Lee (Photo courtesy of the Arizona Diamondbacks)

Before dedicating her time solely to the D-backs, she served as associate general counsel and VP and associate general counsel for the Phoenix Suns, D-backs, Phoenix Mercury, Arizona Rattlers, Chase Field, US Airways Center and Dodge Theater.

“Nona has universal respect throughout the sports industry, the state of Arizona and the entire legal profession,” D-backs President and CEO Derrick Hall said in a prepared statement.

“She has played a critical role in everything the D-backs have accomplished for the past two decades and her groundbreaking role as the first female president of the sports lawyers association is just one of many reasons why she is a role model to so many around her.”

Mrs. Lee assisted in the negotiations with Fox Sports Arizona on a 20-year extension that is the largest financial transaction in franchise history.

She also assisted with negotiations for the building and use of Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, the D-backs’ spring training home, and most recently assisted with the negotiations for acquisition of land and construction of the Club’s planned new Dominican Republic Academy for the Club’s DSL team.

She also assists the Baseball Operations Department with the preparation and presentation of player salary arbitration matters.

Mrs. Lee is active in the community and in the sports industry, serving on the board of directors and as president of the sports lawyers association — a non-profit, international, professional organization whose common goal is the understanding, advancement and ethical practice of sports law.

In addition, Mrs. Lee is an arbitrator on the American Arbitration Association’s Sports Law Panel.

She also serves as a member of the board for Arizona State University’s Sports Law and Business Program, and a member of the board of advisors of the National Sports Law Institute.

She is also the founder of the Phoenix Women’s Sports Association, an Arizona non-profit organization whose mission is to help girls and women find their power through sports.

In addition, she has served on the board of the Women’s Sports Foundation in New York, a non-profit organization, founded by Billie Jean King, dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity.

She also serves as part of the Trustee Emeritus Group for the Women’s Sports Foundation, a release states.

Until late 2012, Mrs. Lee served on the board of the Phoenix Regional Sports Commission, the mission of which is to “enrich our community through sports,” as well as on the Pepperdine Athletic Board.

She has also served on the board of Florence Crittenton as well as on the board of directors of the YWCA of Maricopa County.

Mrs. Lee is a past recipient of the YWCA of Maricopa County’s Sports Leader Award, was an Athena Award honoree and received the Joyce Holsey Award of Excellence from the Black Women Lawyer’s Association.

Since 2014, she has received the Spotlight on Success Award from One Community for her commitment to diversity.

In 2016, she was recognized by the Arizona Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel as Attorney of the Year for private, medium-sized companies.

Mrs. Lee resides in Phoenix with her wife, Andrea Martinez.

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