Paul Tagliabue uses his experience as chief executive and board member of the National Football League, major businesses and nonprofits to advise clients on matters of organizational structure and governance, develop strategic risk mitigation approaches and assist in managing unfolding crises.
Mr. Tagliabue chaired the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Independent Advisory Committee in 2009-10 to assess the committee’s governance structure and management responsibilities. In undertaking such assignments, Mr. Tagliabue works closely with firm colleagues who have special expertise in corporate, legislative, regulatory and international legal issues.
Mr. Tagliabue serves as a leader of Covington’s Strategic Risk and Crisis Management initiative. Covington lawyers represent some of the world’s most sophisticated clients in cutting-edge technology, white collar defense, litigation, transactional, government affairs, international and life sciences matters. The group is anchored by senior lawyers who have had operational and management responsibility for high-risk, high-profile situations and crises and have successfully navigated through these issues.
Mr. Tagliabue is regularly engaged in business, higher education and public policy discussions in Australia, China, Brazil, Japan, London, Qatar and elsewhere with representatives of business, government and academia. He serves on Panasonic's Global Advisory Group and on the Advisory Board of the Promontory Financial Group. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Netshoes, a leading Latin America online retailer, and the Chair of Georgetown University's Board of Directors.
Mr. Tagliabue served with distinction as NFL Commissioner from 1989 to 2006, presiding over an extended period of labor-management peace, league expansion and record growth of fan interest and revenue in professional football. During his tenure, the league grew from 28 to 32 teams, secured the largest television contracts in entertainment history, created the NFL Network, developed policies to finance the construction of more than 20 team stadiums, and expanded the league’s global reach. Mr. Tagliabue also lead the NFL in dealing with the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the effects of Hurricane Katrina on the New Orleans Saints and the league.
Mr. Tagliabue’s leadership of the NFL has been featured in the Economist; Fortune; Business Week; Time; and China Daily.