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For Austin Weaver, sports and the law have always gone hand in hand. The former varsity football player went from developing scouting reports on high school athletes to serving as an equity partner at Front Office Sports, working in private practice, and then bringing his talents in-house at Anvil Group, Intersport. Now, he currently serves as general counsel for the Association of Pickleball Players, where he supports efforts to provide opportunities for pickleball players of all age and skill levels.
Weaver shares wise words from a legendary basketball coach, the importance of his role, and more.
What is one of the biggest misconceptions about being an attorney or the legal function itself?
The legal function can drive business forward if the legal function is allowed to have a seat at the table and provide proactive guidance.
What’s a piece of unconventional advice you’ve received that was helpful?
It’s not necessarily advice, but something the legendary basketball coach John Wooden once said, “Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”
What is the most meaningful case or pro bono experience you’ve worked on?
My current role with the APP is the most meaningful professional opportunity I have had. Sports are about experience, and many times sharing that experience with others. Pickleball has grown like it has because of the social aspect of the game, and the opportunity with the APP to create opportunities for people all over the world to come together and create those experiences together is really amazing.
Find Weaver on LinkedIn.