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Browns name Fred Nance general counsel

When the e-mail arrived and we saw the words “Browns” and “general,” we assumed they’d hired a new General Manager.

As it turns out, the position is still vacant.

Instead, the Browns have announced the hiring of Fred Nance as the team’s general counsel, which is a fancy-schmancy word for “company lawyer.”

Nance, the Regional Managing Partner of the Cleveland-based firm of Squire, Sanders, & Dempsey, was one of the finalists for the position of NFL Commissioner in 2006.

“The naming of Fred Nance as General Counsel strengthens our ability to manage any number of matters,” owner Randy Lerner said in a team-issued release.  “I’ve had a strong and productive working relationship with Fred for many years and admire the many and various contributions he’s made to the City of Cleveland.”

Most recently, Nance was hired by the Browns to represent the team in connection with the grievance filed by former G.M. George Kokinis, who was fired “with cause” and thus stiffed out of ongoing pay.  With coach Eric Mangini possibly getting the same treatment, Lerner might have realized that it would be far cheaper to convert Nance from retainer to salary.

Nance will continue to work for Squire, Sanders & Dempsey while moonlighting with the Browns.

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7 Responses to “Browns name Fred Nance general counsel”
  1. Merriman's Dealer says: Dec 8, 2009 2:56 PM

    Is Florio a fancy-schmancy word for “corporate sell-out”?
    I miss the early day small times.

  2. The Coop says: Dec 8, 2009 3:04 PM

    So, what I’ve learned from this article is that good lawyers are hired by NFL franchises, and incompetent lawyers start NFL rumor websites.

  3. gopher says: Dec 8, 2009 3:15 PM

    Just what the Browns needed, a lawyer. I think if he would start up a web site and post rumors he will be very successful. Oh, I forgot, another lawyer has already done that.

  4. Bob Nelson says: Dec 8, 2009 3:44 PM

    Does he have all of his booster shots and a supply of antibiotics?
    How is he on OSHA regulations and law?
    One could misprounounce his name as Nan-CEE for the sake of humor but that isn’t very funny.
    Actually, I hope he doesn’t have to work very much.

  5. Kige Ramsey says: Dec 8, 2009 3:51 PM

    “The naming of Fred Nance as General Counsel strengthens our ability to manage any number of matters”
    One of those “matters” clearly is not the Football team

  6. ben_waballs says: Dec 8, 2009 4:45 PM

    Thanks for clearing up the definition of general counsel for all of we laypeople. You’re so much smarter than us.

  7. salty says: Dec 8, 2009 5:18 PM

    I wonder if Nance can play ILB… if so – what a great addition.

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