MLBPA Announces Legal Department Promotions
Ian Penny Named General Counsel;
Matt Nussbaum, Deputy General Counsel
New York, NY, Friday, June 30, 2017 … Major League Baseball Players Association
Executive Director Tony Clark today announced two staff promotions in the Association's legal department. Ian Penny will succeed David Prouty as MLBPA General Counsel, and Matt Nussbaum has been named Deputy General Counsel.
Penny is a veteran labor lawyer who, prior to joining the MLBPA in 2010, spent ten years at the National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA), including two years as General Counsel, and twelve years at the National Labor Relations Board. Since joining the MLBPA in 2010, Penny has been involved in all aspects of the MLBPA's representational activities, including the administration of the players' pension and benefit plans, enforcement of player rights under the grievance procedure and collective bargaining negotiations in 2011 and 2016. Penny holds degrees from Rice University and New York University Law School.
Nussbaum joined the MLBPA in 2011 after stints at the NHLPA, the law firm Jones Day and as a law clerk to the Honorable Edward F. Harrington. Also a veteran of baseball's last two CBA negotiations, Nussbaum assumes the newly-created position of Deputy General Counsel after several years as staff counsel. Nussbaum graduated from the University of Notre Dame, where he co-captained the baseball team, and from Notre Dame Law School. In April, he was named to the Sports Business Journal's “40 Under 40” list of up-and-coming sports executives.
Prouty, who has served on the MLBPA's legal staff for nearly ten years, the last four as General Counsel, was also an active player in the last two CBA negotiations, and will continue working on behalf of players as an outside counsel to the Association. A veteran of the labor movement with over three decades of experience representing workers, Prouty's posts before the MLBPA included organizing for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, and serving as staff counsel and General Counsel of UNITE HERE. Prouty stated, “the work of preparing for the next CBA starts as soon as the ink is dry from the previous negotiation. Now is a good time for a change, both for me and for this great organization. I look forward to continuing to work on a variety of MLBPA issues."