The Baltimore Ravens had an incredible 2023-24 season, and so did their chief of staff and special advisor to the president, Adam Neuman. The lawyer serves as strategic counsel and manages all administrative, operational, financial, and legal activities for the president of the NFL team. Neuman also plays a role in fan engagement, corporate sales, strategic planning, cash flow projections, and ownership presentations.
Neuman is a member of the Philanthropy Committee for the Sports Lawyers Association, the Sports Law Committee for the New York City Bar Association, the National Association of College and University Attorneys, and the Anti-Defamation League’s Glass Leadership Institute. He’s earned almost as many awards as the Ravens themselves, as was named to the White House Coalition to Combat Antisemitism led by the New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft.
Who was your first fictional legal inspiration and why?
Juror No. 8 from the 1957 film 12 Angry Men—a justice-seeking architect and father of three who is unwilling to cast a guilty verdict when reasonable doubt exists. Played by Henry Fonda, Juror No. 8 represents a call to humanity and the importance of fairness even when it is potentially inconvenient or difficult.
What’s a piece of unconventional advice you’ve received that was helpful?
Kevin Warren instilled within me to try and be a thermostat, not a thermometer. A thermostat shapes the climate of opinion whereas a thermometer just reflects it.
What is the most meaningful case or pro bono experience you’ve worked on?
Sashi Brown advocated for our team to visit Brooklyn Homes in Maryland, which had recently suffered from tragic gun violence. Our ability to bring food trucks, learn more about the various policies surrounding gun violence was one of the most meaningful moments as a Baltimore Raven. As Governor Wes Moore has stated, ”In Maryland, we refuse to say these problems are too big or too tough.”
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