PFA Executive Chairman Brendan Schwab today announced the appointment of sports labour law expert Laura Sigal to the PFA’s Player Relations team.

Laura, who worked for several years with the Major League Baseball Players’ Association, the world’s most powerful players’ body, will work with the PFA’s negotiators during bargaining for the new Socceroos and A-League Collective Bargaining Agreements, which are due to commence early in the New Year.  She will also assist the PFA in the provision of legal service and advice to PFA members around the world.

Laura is admitted to practice as a lawyer in both Melbourne and New York. She has more than 15 years experience in sports, entertainment and media law. Laura has worked with the Major League Baseball Players’ Association and was Assistant Executive Director of the New York Local of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.  She has negotiated collective bargaining agreements, individual employment contracts, and agreements in settlement of disputes. Laura, who speaks Spanish fluently, has successfully represented baseball players, sports agents, sportscasters, announcers, and others in numerous arbitration cases.  She hold a BA from Carnegie-Mellon University, a JD from Fordham University Law School, and an LLM from VrijeUniversitait Brussel (Hon).

Laura’s family heralds from Argentina, meaning she has been exposed to one of the world’s great football cultures from a young age.