K&L Gates litigation partner to grapple with new wrestling role

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has hired K&L Gates partner Laura Brevetti as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary to the board.

Brevetti, who is set to join on 7 October, will have oversight of the company’s legal and business affairs, and will report directly to chairman, CEO and controlling stakeholder Vince McMahon.

She replaces Monty Sarhan, who left WWE after being appointed to the role in January 2013.

WWE is a New York Stock Exchange-listed wrestling and sports entertainment company based in Stamford, Connecticut, and counts John Cena, The Rock and The Great Khali among its roster of stars.

A former US Department of Justice (DoJ) assistant district attorney, Brevetti joined the New York office of K&L Gates in 2009, where she worked in the firm’s regulatory and government enforcement practice alongside the white collar teams.

During a 30-year career, she has defended securities and commodities brokers and traders in DoJ enforcement actions and investigations arising from a broad range of accusations, including fraud, market manipulation, tax and antitrust violations.

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Brevetti headed her own private practice for 20 years, during which time she first developed a client-adviser relationship with what was then known as the Worldwide Wrestling Foundation (WWF).

In 1994, Brevetti successfully defended McMahon and the then WWF against charges related to steroid distribution.

The company was forced to change its name in 2002 after a successful legal challenge in the UK courts by the environmental group World Wide Fund for Nature.