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DeMaurice F. "De" Smith is the Executive Director of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), and he was elected unanimously on March 15, 2009. As Executive Director of the NFLPA during the 2011 NFL lockout, Smith played a major role in helping the players and NFL owners come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement.

Prior to his work with the NFLPA, DeMaurice Smith was a trial lawyer and litigation partner in the Washington, D.C. offices of Latham & Watkins and Patton Boggs, serving as the chair of the firm's government investigations and white-collar practice group. Smith previously served as Counsel to then-Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder in the U.S. Department of Justice before entering private practice. He spent nine years with the U.S. Attorney's office and one with the Department of Justice, working on issues like national security and prison construction. Smith has also represented Fortune 500 companies, and argued numerous cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

On March 15, 2009, Smith was elected unanimously by a board of active player representatives to become the executive director of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA). Although Smith lacked football experience, his ties to presidential power and business experts helped give him an advantage over other potential candidates like Troy Vincent, Trace Armstrong, and sports attorney David Cornwell. He was elected to his second and third terms in 2012 and 2015, respectively. As Executive Director, Smith has emphasized that players need to take more control of their careers, educate themselves, and be more involved in the process. Although his main role is to fight for better player salaries and improved safety, Smith has made it clear that long-term health care and increased benefits for tomorrow are just as important.

During Smith's first term as Executive Director of the NFLPA, the issue that dominated dialogue was the 2011 lockout. With improved player safety, better player salaries, long-term health care, and increased benefits for retired NFL players in mind, DeMaurice Smith helped the NFLPA negotiate with the NFL owners and agree on a new collective bargaining agreement in July 2011.

Smith spoke at the commencements for the University of Virginia School of Law in May 2015 and University of Maryland in 2011. In August 2017 he joined the Prince George's County Lacrosse Club Board of Directors.

Smith received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and his B.A. degree in political science from Cedarville University, a Christian college in Ohio.

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DeMaurice Smith

Executive Director of the NFL Players Association

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DeMaurice Smith Biography

DeMaurice F. "De" Smith is the Executive Director of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), and he was elected unanimously on March 15, 2009. As Executive Director of the NFLPA during the 2011 NFL lockout, Smith played a major role in helping the players and NFL owners come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement.

Prior to his work with the NFLPA, DeMaurice Smith was a trial lawyer and litigation partner in the Washington, D.C. offices of Latham & Watkins and Patton Boggs, serving as the chair of the firm's government investigations and white-collar practice group. Smith previously served as Counsel to then-Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder in the U.S. Department of Justice before entering private practice. He spent nine years with the U.S. Attorney's office and one with the Department of Justice, working on issues like national security and prison construction. Smith has also represented Fortune 500 companies, and argued numerous cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

On March 15, 2009, Smith was elected unanimously by a board of active player representatives to become the executive director of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA). Although Smith lacked football experience, his ties to presidential power and business experts helped give him an advantage over other potential candidates like Troy Vincent, Trace Armstrong, and sports attorney David Cornwell. He was elected to his second and third terms in 2012 and 2015, respectively. As Executive Director, Smith has emphasized that players need to take more control of their careers, educate themselves, and be more involved in the process. Although his main role is to fight for better player salaries and improved safety, Smith has made it clear that long-term health care and increased benefits for tomorrow are just as important.

During Smith's first term as Executive Director of the NFLPA, the issue that dominated dialogue was the 2011 lockout. With improved player safety, better player salaries, long-term health care, and increased benefits for retired NFL players in mind, DeMaurice Smith helped the NFLPA negotiate with the NFL owners and agree on a new collective bargaining agreement in July 2011.

Smith spoke at the commencements for the University of Virginia School of Law in May 2015 and University of Maryland in 2011. In August 2017 he joined the Prince George's County Lacrosse Club Board of Directors.

Smith received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and his B.A. degree in political science from Cedarville University, a Christian college in Ohio.

DeMaurice Smith Videos

  • NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith speaks out
    NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith joins Get Up! and speaks out on new national anthem policy. ✓ Subscribe to ESPN on YouTube: ...
  • DeMaurice Smith on Fighting for Player Rights
    NFLPA Executive Director and AFL-CIO Executive Council Member DeMaurice Smith delivers a speech to the AFL-CIO discussing the ...
  • DeMaurice Smith-The 10-Year Agreement: Real Sports Trailer
    Bryant Gumbel sits down with DeMaurice Smith, the Executive Director of the NFLPA, for a wide-ranging discussion on the state of pro football, ...

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like DeMaurice Smith for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for DeMaurice Smith, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for DeMaurice Smith or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book DeMaurice Smith?

    Booking fees for DeMaurice Smith, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire DeMaurice Smith, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for DeMaurice Smith?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like DeMaurice Smith for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book DeMaurice Smith for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent DeMaurice Smith or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for DeMaurice Smith or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

DeMaurice Smith is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book DeMaurice Smith for your event is available upon request. DeMaurice Smith generally travels from Washington, DC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Donna Orender, Michael Lombardi, Troy Vincent, Lloyd Carr and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling DeMaurice Smith for an upcoming event.

DeMaurice Smith Speaker Videos

  • NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith speaks out
    NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith joins Get Up! and speaks out on new national anthem policy. ✓ Subscribe to ESPN on YouTube: ...
    DeMaurice Smith on Fighting for Player Rights
    NFLPA Executive Director and AFL-CIO Executive Council Member DeMaurice Smith delivers a speech to the AFL-CIO discussing the ...
  • DeMaurice Smith-The 10-Year Agreement: Real Sports Trailer
    Bryant Gumbel sits down with DeMaurice Smith, the Executive Director of the NFLPA, for a wide-ranging discussion on the state of pro football, ...
    Players or gladiators? DeMaurice Smith at TEDxStLouis
    The injury rate in the National Football League is 100%. DeMaurice Smith, Executive Director of the National Football League Players ...
  • DeMaurice Smith Speech at 2013 NCAA NACDA Convention
    NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith gave a speech at the 2013 Convention for the National Association of Collegiate Directors of ...

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