Wednesday, January 31, 2018
American Lawyer, Baker McKenzie Associate Ditches Big Law for the Professional Pitch:
Baker McKenzie associate Ena Patel is now the highest-ranking female executive in a technical role in Major League Soccer.
On Jan. 23, the league’s Colorado Rapids announced that Patel would become its new director of player personnel, a role that will see her oversee player contracts, salary budgets, regulatory compliance and soccer operations protocols for the Denver-based club.
Patel, who specializes in international tax planning on cross-border transactions, will report in her new role to Colorado Rapids executive vice president and general manager Pádraig Smith.
“Bringing in a sharp, legal mind who can oversee our contractual processes and complex league mechanisms is a really important part of ensuring that we’re fielding the best possible team,” said Smith in a statement. “We can’t wait for her to get started.” ...
[Patel] received her LL.M. in taxation from the Northwestern University School of Law in 2012 and joined Kirkland & Ellis as an associate in Chicago. Patel spent two years at the firm before lateraling in 2014 to DLA Piper in the Bay Area. She left the following year to join rival global legal giant Baker McKenzie, where she spent nearly three years, leaving the firm around Thanksgiving.