Citywide Services Directory
Board of Commissioners 2011
W. Jerome Stanley is president of Stanley & Associates, a sports law firm headquartered in Los Angeles, California. Stanley & Associates is one of the nation’s leading sports management firms, representing professional athletes from the NBA and NFL.
Mr. Stanley embarked on his career while a college student at USC by assisting in the client development of college athletes for a national sports representation firm. While in school, Mr. Stanley worked on the development of college athletes such as Ronnie Lott and Marcus Allen. After college, Mr. Stanley worked first as an assistant in the office of Dr. Jerry Buss, owner of the Los Angeles Lakers and subsequently as Assistant General Manager of the Los Angeles Strings of the World Team Tennis League. This team, led by Martina Navratilova, won the world championship during Mr. Stanley’s tenure.
After graduating from law school and serving a student clerkship with United States District Judge Terry J. Hatter, Mr. Stanley worked for the Los Angeles based management firm of Management Plus Enterprises where he negotiated contracts and assisted in the management of the careers of clients such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Rodney Peete.
In 1989, Mr. Stanley started his own company, which evolved into Stanley & Associates. One of the first major deals he negotiated was NBA All-Star Reggie Lewis’ contract with the Boston Celtics for an unprecedented $16.5 million. Since then, he negotiated contracts and managed careers for clients such as Brian Shaw of the Los Angeles Lakers, Baron Davis of the Golden State Warriors, and Keyshawn Johnson, formerly of the New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys. Currently Keyshawn is a co-host of the popular NFL Countdown show on ESPN, working on a four year contract negotiated by Mr. Stanley. Mr. Stanley is the first African-American sports agent to ever represent the number one pick of the NFL draft. Most recently, Mr. Stanley negotiated the $85 million “maximum” contract of Davis, the former UCLA star and current NBA All-Star. Mr. Stanley has negotiated over ½ billion dollars in sports contracts.
A South Los Angeles native, Mr. Stanley was on the Dean’s list while receiving a bachelor’s degree (1981) and a Merit Scholarship Award Recipient prior to earning his Juris Doctorate degree (1985) from USC.
Mr. Stanley served as a member of the Los Angeles Convention Center Commission. In that capacity, he helped oversee the marketing, finance, and management of Los Angles Convention Center. Mr. Stanley also has taken an active role as an advisor to officials in the area of convention business and tourism. Mr. Stanley has served on the executive council of New Coliseum Partners, where he was actively engaged in the city of Los Angeles’ effort to secure an NFL team. He is currently a member of the California Bar, the American Bar Association, the Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers Association, the Sports Lawyers Association and has been on the Agent Advisory Committee of the National Basketball Players Association.
In 2004, Mr. Stanley was elected Vice President of the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners. This commission is responsible for the formulation of policy for all city owned airports, LAX, Ontario, Palmdale and Van Nuys. LAWA (L.A. World Airports) is a self sustaining branch of the city of Los Angeles. With an annual budget in the excess of $1 billion dollars, the board of LAWA deals with and creates policy in such areas as aviation, security, environmental compliance, contracting, real estate development, community interface, tourism and labor issues. Mr. Stanley, appointed by Mayor James Hahn, served in this capacity 2004-2005.
Currently Mr. Stanley sits as Commissioner on the Los Angeles Board of Recreation and Parks. This department operates over 390 sites for recreational use. Included in those sites are 400 parks, 180 recreation centers, 60 public swimming pools, 13 golf courses, 11 lakes, 7 camps and more than a dozen museums and historic sites. Its annual budget is $180 million and employs 8,000 workers.