New Voices Under 30: Justin Casey

Justin Casey

Corporate Counsel, Elevate Sports Ventures

Joining Elevate after stops at Proskauer and Foley & Lardner law firms, Justin Casey has shouldered a wide range of responsibilities, from employment and labor law to best practices around data privacy and security.

Elevate Sports Ventures

Age: 29
Born: Tampa
Education: Florida State University, B.S. (2 degrees), finance and marketing; UCLA School of Law, J.D.
Family: Spouse, Elie; expecting our first child in March 2022

More About You

Most important lesson of the past 18 months: Trust my instincts and abilities. Moving from a large law firm where there are countless partners and other experts to lean on, to in-house and being one of two lawyers at the company, has forced me to hone my judgment and decision-making under time constraints and other pressures.

Go-to person when I need help: My wife and my mom. Both support and love me unconditionally and help provide some relief from my harshest critic (myself).

My inspiration: My late maternal grandfather. He built a beautiful, loving family, lost a daughter to leukemia at a young age, and started his own business. I never once saw him yell, raise his voice, or get angry. He had countless true friends with many devoted, lifelong friends among them. He instilled in me my love of sports. He was my best friend and served as an excellent role model.

In the Industry

What drew me to a career in sports: For as long as I can remember, I have loved sports. I was the kid watching “SportsCenter” instead of Saturday morning cartoons. I can’t imagine doing anything else.

Most exciting aspect of sports business: The ability of sports to truly inspire and make a difference in the world. Sports have the unique ability to bring together people from all different walks of life to accelerate change that is needed and overdue. Being able to harness that ability day-in and day-out is amazing.

Sports industry needs to do a better job of … : Creating and engaging future generations of fans. The ability of sports to create positive change is dependent upon its ability to continue to serve as more than merely one form of entertainment — sports need to mean something more, to resonate deeper, with people of all ages.

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