Jeff is the pillar of JFA, overseeing all operations, as well as leading client representation. He is well known and respected in the sports world among his peers for his commitment to integrity and his steadfast approach to representing JFA’s clients. Jeff is dedicated to ensuring his client’s goals are advanced and their rights are enforced and protected.
Jeff established JFA following ten successful years of serving as Counsel and then Assistant General Counsel of the Major League Baseball Players Association. As a key figure at the MLBPA, he managed grievances on behalf of the 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. In his time with the MLBPA, Jeff served as an Association representative in more than 50 salary arbitration hearings.
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, complex Association matters.
Prior to his work in sports, Jeff was a Field Attorney for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) 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 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 was an Adjunct Professor of Law at St. John’s, teaching various courses 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 joins JFA after spending the 2014 season with the Cincinnati Reds in their Baseball Operations division. In his role with the Reds Kap produced advanced scouting reports 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, Kap founded The Misir Law Firm, a general practice that provided him with the opportunity to gain extensive experience in such diverse areas as 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 (D., PA).
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, Major League Baseball Players Association granted Kap certification as an Expert Agent Advisor.
In 2016, Kap was named as the Head Coach of the St. John's University School of Law Baseball Salary Arbitration Team.
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.