Jeff established JFA following ten successful years as Counsel and then Assistant General Counsel of the Major League Baseball Players Association. While at the MLBPA, Jeff managed grievances on behalf of players, helped counsel players and agents in matters of salary arbitration, contract negotiations and other issues arising under the collective bargaining agreement and individual player contracts.
Since 2014, Jeff has served as a Labor Relations Consultant to the MLBPA. In this role, he actively participated in the successful 2016 collective bargaining negotiations between the MLBPA and Major League Baseball, and is currently involved in several high-level Association matters. In addition, Jeff currently serves as a Board Member for the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation, a joint initiative that seeks to improve the availability of amateur baseball and softball programs across the U.S. and Canada, particularly in underserved communities.
Prior to his work in sports, Jeff was a Field Attorney for the National Labor Relations Board in New York City. He also served as an Associate General Counsel to the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) from 1997 through 2000.
Jeff is a frequent speaker at professional and academic events across the country. He also is the creator and producer of SPORTS360, a podcast that focuses on the people and issues in and around the world of sports.
Jeff earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Administration from St. John’s University in 1992 and his Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University School of Law in 1996. From 2002-2014, he served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at St. John’s, teaching a course in Sports Law. He also served as the Deputy Director of St. John’s LL.M. program in International and Comparative Sports Law for American and Foreign Attorneys from 2012-2014.
Jeff was born in Brooklyn, New York and currently resides in New Jersey with his wife, Evelyn.
Kap joined JFA in October 2014, after spending the preceding season with the Cincinnati Reds in their Baseball Operations division. In this role, Kap produced advanced scouting and daily game reports, analyzed the player market in support of contemplated trades and free agent acquisitions and provided preliminary research and analysis of the Reds’ potential salary arbitration eligible players.
Prior to his stint with the Reds, Kap served as outside counsel to JFA from December 2012 to March 2014, working primarily in the areas of baseball salary arbitration, while also assisting in free agent contract negotiations and agent fee dispute grievances.
In 2008, prior to his career in sports, Kap was the owner of The Misir Law Firm, a general practice that focused on sports law, criminal defense, personal injury, business transactions and commercial litigation. Prior to starting his practice, Kap served as a law clerk for the late United States Senator Arlen Specter.
Kap earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies from St. John’s University in 2004 and his Juris Doctorate (with a concentration in Litigation) from Western Michigan University, Cooley Law School in 2007. In 2012, Kap graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. John’s University Law School with a Masters in International and Comparative Sports Law. Kap is licensed to practice law in both New York and New Jersey. In 2015, Kap was certified by the Major League Baseball Players Association as an Expert Agent Advisor.
In 2016, Kap was named Head Coach of the St. John's University School of Law Baseball Salary Arbitration Team. In this role, Kap has led the team to two National Championship appearances, including a National Championship in 2017. Kap also serves as an Adjunct Professor at St. John’s University School of Law, where he teaches a course in Salary Arbitration & Negotiation in Sports.
With 10 years of experience in client services, brand management, event production and business operations, working with a range of diverse clients, Lori understands the importance achieving client goals with integrity and believes in putting forth the work needed to "Make it happen".
Current and past clients include: the Houston Texans, Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal, American Express, Smirnoff, TheAFParty, George Foreman, Santonio Holmes’ III and Long Foundation, Mothers Making a Difference Inc. (Houston NBA Moms org.), Project Hygiene Inc. just to list a few.
Lori received her Master’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Sports Management at Houston Baptist University and is also a graduate of The University of Oklahoma (and proud SOONER!), earning a dual BBA in Management and Marketing with Advertising.