Raquel Libman, Heat general counsel, entered 'guy's club' to handle range of businesses involved in team and arena
No two days are the same for Heat Group Executive Vice President and General Counsel Raquel Libman. After spending time as an international trade lawyer and in-house counsel for the health care company Continucare Corp., Ms. Libman joined the Heat Group in 2001 and has since helped coordinate the legal operations of Miami's professional basketball team and of the county-owned AmericanAirlines Arena.
Only one of a handful of female general counsels for an NBA team, she deals with everything from helping foreign players obtain visas to protecting the intellectual property of both the team and the downtown arena.
"I'm really a generalist," Ms. Libman said. "My job is to protect the company from legal and financial vulnerabilities by providing proactive and reactive legal counsel, and to help develop and implement policies and procedures and strategies to see the operational success of the company."
And while she said professional sports may be a "guy's club," when the opportunity arose, she couldn't resist it.
Ms. Libman was interviewed in her offices at the AmericanAirlines Arena by Miami Today Staff Writer Zachary S. Fagenson.
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